Sep 21, 2013
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At 97, Guilford Woman Remains Devoted to Riding Ferris Wheel at the Fair

At 97, Guilford Woman Remains Devoted to Riding Ferris Wheel at the Fair

Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register

Marjorie Spalding, 97, takes a ride Friday on the Ferris wheel at the Guilford Fair, something she’s been doing since childhood.

GUILFORD--Like the Guilford Fair itself, Marjorie Spalding has years of history on her side.

Spalding, 97, has ridden the fair’s Ferris wheel since her youth growing up in town, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Friday, Spalding rode the classic fair ride twice with her family.

When asked if she would ride it again next year, she responded with a smile; “Sure,” she said.

Spalding attends the fair every year with her family as her belated, August birthday present. But she had been attending long before her children and grandchildren began bringing her.

Now, she enjoys watching her grandson, David Ott, use the EuroJumper, a trampoline-like ride with riders strapped to harnesses.

“A few years ago, she said she wanted to do it; my aunt and mother told her no because she was wearing a skirt,” Ott said.

Despite her age and moving in and out of a hospice twice, Spalding embraces the height of the Ferris wheel “The higher the better,” she says.

“If she’s really frisky, she’ll ask us to rock the seat back and forth,” said her daughter, Lynne Carol Ott-Spalding.

The Vineyard Point Road nonagenarian takes the time to point out the sites while at the top of her favorite ride, including First Congregational Church and Long Island Sound. She enjoys other fair attractions, as well, such as the oxen pull, horses, animal tents and tight-rope walkers.

See the full story at New Haven Register online.

 

At 97, Guilford Woman Remains Devoted to Riding Ferris Wheel at the Fair

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