Remember when the fair had bungee jumping? A crane would lift a little cage high into the air and out the fearless would jump. It was a novelty that would last just a few years at the fair.
Here's a story from Aug. 10, 1992: "BUNGEE! 2,000 expected to take the plunge."
“Three, two, one — Bungee!”
Another jumper goes flying out of the metal cage dangling from the end of a 150-foot high crane.
If his eyes aren’t squeezed shut, he has a spectacular upside-down view of Paso Robles and the foothills beyond as he plummets headfirst toward earth.
He lets out a little yell when the elastic cord strapped to his ankles suddenly snaps him skyward.
He flies high, then whips down, then back up and down again.
When the momentum winds down after his big bounces in the air, he floats, hanging upside down, on the end of the cord until he is gently lowered to an air-filled mat on the grass below.
“That was great,” he says as he gets to his feet.
The exhilarating experience took about 30 seconds.
It was made possible by World Bungee, a New Zealand company that has brought its Electronic Jump Master equipment to the Mid-State Fair this year for the first time.
The ride is not cheap. The thrill of flying through the air on the end of a Bungee cord costs $60.
And it’s not for everyone. Minimum age for jumpers is 16, and anyone under 18 must have parental permission.
There are weight limits, too. Jumpers must weigh at least 80 pounds and cannot be heavier than 360 pounds.
They must be in good health — no back ailments or heart problems.
And anyone who has a few beers and is suddenly fearless is not allowed to jump. “We get a few who want to, but they don’t get past the check-in,” said World Bungee staffer Gary Hinton. “I don’t know how they’d get out of the cage.”