Organizers of the Adams County Fair had children — and their energy levels — in mind when they planned this year’s activities. Three new …
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Organizers of the Adams County Fair had children — and their energy levels — in mind when they planned this year’s activities.
Three new inflatable attractions in the Children’s Pavilion will offer lots of opportunity for children to let loose: a Laser Tag Arena, Rainbow Splash slide and the Camelot Jumping Castle.
“We wanted to change something up in the Children’s Pavilion area. We have been doing the climbing wall for many years, and while we like that activity, we just wanted to do something different this year. This [laser tag] is a popular activity among kids, so we thought we would give this a try,” said Melanie Snodell, co-fair manager.
The Laser Tag Arena is an enclosed maze that has black lighting and strobe lights. Ten players, five on each team, are allowed inside for a match that lasts about seven minutes.
“It’s certainly a staff favorite. It’s in the top three,” said Jeremy Wright, owner of Blaster Bouncer, which will provide the laser-tag setup.
Wright said the arena is more difficult to set up than the traditional slides and bounce houses because it’s an interactive activity. Just to fill the arena with air can take 45 minutes, then the pieces inside, including lighting, need to be installed.
“It’s like setting up a little building,” he said.
The company will inflate two other, more-traditional attractions for children, a slide and bounce house. The Rainbow Splash is 16 feet long and is a “double drop,” which means it has a bump in the middle of the slide.
“It’s good for all ages, but we’re only expecting kids on it,” Wright said.
The bounce house, Camelot Jumping Castle, is 15 by 15 feet and will hold up to eight children at a time. It’s good for children up to 12 years old for about five-minute sessions.
Blaster Bouncer, headquartered in central Denver, opened eight years ago. Wright said the company grew a lot in the first few years, but that the recession “took the wind out of our sails.”
However, he said, “Our industry is recession proof. People still have birthday parties.”
The company’s main timeframe of operation is April through October.
“We go from five employees to 40 employees in the summer; it’s a big difference,” Wright said.
Blaster Bouncer has 125 major pieces of inflatable equipment, including obstacle courses, dunk tanks, water slides and movie screens.
“We have the largest variety of bounce houses, slides and games in the state, so we offer a lot of different experiences,” he said.
This will be the first time the company has set up at the Adams County Fair.
“(Fairs) are a big draw for families,” Wright said, adding that most attractions are usually inexpensive. “It’s nice to take the kids to something and not have it put you in the poor house.”
Blaster Bouncer activities will be set up at the Adams County Fair, Aug. 3-5, at 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton.
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