Midway Sky Eye; The largest travelling Ferris Wheel in North America.
Comprised of more than 500 pieces, construction of the 155 foot tall giant wheel required an 80-ton crane, at a cost of $3 per minute. The heaviest part is the center axle, which weighs 6,600 pounds. In all, the ride weighs more than 400,000 pounds – as much as two blue whales.
The Midway Sky Eye is lit by more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, ensuring its place as the brightest spectacle at the Fair. Powering the Sky Eye requires more than six miles of electrical wiring, which is enough to stretch from the Fairgrounds to Ybor City. The Sky Eye is equipped with 36 gondolas that hold six people each. Riders can see more than 15 miles from the top from Land O’ Lakes to Apollo Beach!
The Midway Sky Eye was manufactured by the Lamberink company in the Netherlands, and the pieces were shipped to the United States in late January. Owned by Wade Shows, the Fair’s Midway coordinator, the Sky Eye made its North American debut at the 2017 Florida State Fair.