The high-tech structure will make its debut at the 121st Show, which is located in the home county of operators Anderton & Rowlands, the country’s oldest travelling fairground company.
Simon DeVey, from Anderton & Rowlands, said: “I am a true Devonian and I couldn’t wish to operate this stunning ride for the first time anywhere else but at the Devon County Show,” he said.
The huge structure, which stands 33m high and has 22 individual pods, is being transported in six articulated lorries from manufacturers in Italy and is expected to arrive on site on Sunday (May 8).
It will take a team of engineers 10 days to build the structure and a further five days to dismantle it after the Show ends.
Simon’s great, great grandfather was known as Professor Anderton who set up the company in 1854. Over the years the family became entertainment innovators and more recently they have turned turn large stand-alone fairs into theme parks with thrilling rides.
The Devon Eye was made by the specialist manufacturer which created the highest rollercoaster ride in the world, Stratosphere Las Vegas. At night the structure will be colourfully illuminated and riders will have stunning views across the showground and beyond.
In addition, there will be a dazzling array of entertainment in
six rings and arenas including the fast and furious Shetland Pony Grand National and the thrilling Bolddog Lings motocross stunt team.
Tickets are available online and from selected outlets www.devoncountyshow.co.uk
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