New star attraction on show
By RENEE REDMOND
AMONG the bustle of caravans, trucks and show stalls, Clay Gill was setting up his highly acclaimed Star Dancer ride which featured at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Mr Gill, a fifth generation showman, said the Star Dancer, which costs $2.5 million brand new, would be at the North Coast National Show in Lismore for the first time this year.
"It's not a ride for thrill seekers, it's a family ride and anyone from one to 100 can enjoy it," the 31-year-old Brisbane man said.
Mr Gill said the Star Dancer climbs slowly towards the top of a 33-metre high pole and stays at the top rotating for a few minutes before slowly coming down again.
"It comes from Texas. You can see twice as much from the top of it as the Ferris Wheel because you're twice as high," he said.
Mr Gill also has the Ferris Wheel at the show and said he'd never buy a thrill-seekers' ride.
"I like working with families. A lot of young children and elderly can't go on the fast rides," he said.
Mr Gill said the ride has 4500 light bulbs and holds 48 people in its six carriages.
"It takes about two days to set up," he said.
Mr Gill said he lived for the show life and travelled the circuit every year with his father, sister and her two children.
The North Coast National Show opens to the public on Thursday and continues through to Saturday night.