But the fun of it Thursday night was cut short when a merry-go-round began to malfunction.
The scary moments were filmed.
“I’ve been on this type of ride before and I can say it’s a lot more violent. It feels a bit more fragile,” said Trevor Drew and the ride owner.
WPBN Digital content producer Trevor Drew is used to working on stories, but around 11 p.m. Thursday he was right in the middle of one.
“I’ve never seen anything, like shaking like that,” Drew said.
He and a handful of other runners were tied to a merry-go-round at the National Cherry Festival when witnesses said something had gone noticeably wrong.
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“And then it started rocking back and forth a little bit, then it started out like going more, and then like, it was at the point where the base was like leaning back and I was like… it looks like “It’s about to fall back into the river right now. It was just… I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Joy Ogemaw.
Witnesses said the ride began to tip over and lift off the ground with each swing.
It was then that the spectators took action.
“And a bunch of people grabbed the rail and then they tried to hold it down and there are probably about 25 people trying to hold the rail down,” Ogemaw said.
“It’s just going to show you what type of people live here in Traverse City – that they without even a second thought will go right there and do whatever they need you know for one of their own,” Joe said. Even with Arnold Amusements.
Even praised those who stepped in to help, but was left with unanswered questions so far about what went wrong with his business journey.
“Obviously, there was a malfunction. We don’t know what it was yet. The ride has been dismantled, it’s gone and it’s on its way back to the factory. The company behind it. factory is in Ohio, and it’s on their way to get them to figure out what happened. Was it a malfunction? Was it a computer problem? We don’t know. We just don’t know not what it was, ”he said.
Despite the frightening moments for the runners, no serious injuries were reported.
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