Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fair St. Louis Preparing for Weekend, Including New Zip Line

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fair St. Louis Preparing for Weekend, Including New Zip Line

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ST. LOUIS * Standing around 32 feet tall, Fair St. Louis' first zip line attraction might not seem intimidating.

But David Martin corporate sales officer with Zip Flyte, the company that operates the mobile zip line assured fairgoers Tuesday that the zip line is high enough that some participants have turned away from the ride in fear. Those who stick around, though, are in for the "longest and tallest" mobile zip line in the industry.

The zip line is a new attraction for the 35th annual Fair St. Louis. The three-day event is billed as "America's biggest birthday party" and is expecting tens of thousands of attendees. The fair opens Thursday at 5 p.m. with events running through Saturday night. On Tuesday, crews were setting up the main stage, flags and tents around Forest Park.

Forest Park hosts the fair for its second consecutive year away from its usual spot on the riverfront as the Arch grounds revamp continues.

Martin has traveled around the country for Georgia-based Zip Flyte and said Forest Park makes a great site for the zip line.

"I was blown away by how gorgeous that park is," Martin said.

The attraction will be set up on Lagoon Drive near the west entrance to the fair. Harnessed zip line participants will be whisked 350 feet at speeds up to 25 mph for about 15 seconds. The cost? $10 per ride.


A coalition of protesters has targeted some top St. Louis business leaders for protests this week in the run-up to the Veiled Prophet Parade, part of the fair on Saturday morning. They say the Veiled Prophet organization is a "good old boys'" club that influences policy for the region to benefit a white, elitist power structure. The groups haven't announced specific plans to protest the fair or parade.

Fair St. Louis Chairman Steve Pozaric said Tuesday that the First Amendment rights of any protesters will be respected, and he hopes protesters will respect the attendees who want to enjoy the fair.

Police will be monitoring security at the fair as always, organizers said, and will handle any disturbances as they would at any other major event.

Fair spokeswoman Julie Hauser said a "First Amendment" zone is planned to be located south of Lagoon Drive on Skinker Boulevard.


The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security released a bulletin a few days ago saying that there was a heightened threat of a terrorist attack around the Fourth of July holiday. …

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