Families wanting to utilize the child amusement section at the festival village in Road Town are being told that they can expect a better and safer experience.
Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Carnel Clyne told BVI News that this is because the committee selected a three-year-old company — I Land Rides — from the neighbouring US Virgin Islands for the job.
“In the past, we normally source the Coney Island rides from a gentleman from Puerto Rico but the rides that are here now is from a man from St Croix,” Clyne said.
He continued: “I made my research and these rides are made in Czech Republic, and they make the safest rides. And with that being said, I am confident that we should be error-free between now and the end of the festival.”
He said the company is also more affordable for the territory. Clyne also told BVI News the company is charging roughly $70,000.
“All the profits [made] are ours,” he then noted.
He said, from all accounts, the previous deal was more expensive and the profits had to be shared between the owner of the amusement section and the festival committee.
Getting set and ready
Meanwhile, Coney Island arrived in the territory last week and work is underway to prepare it for the upcoming festivities.
“We are happy to be here and we will try to make [BVI} kids happy,” owner of I Land Rides Zephyrinus ‘Zefo’ Thomas said.
This is the second time that they were contracted to come to the territory. The first was last year’s festivities.
He told BVI News that they brought a total of eight rides and patrons can expect other games.
“We started three years ago with this company when the Puerto Ricans used to come to St Croix they used to bring junk so the government step in and say they don’t want these junky rides no more,” he explained.
He said since then he took up the mantle and started importing new rides to the island.
“We spent over $4.5 million in rides, so we invest a lot of money into it,” he stated.
Some of the rides include the elephant ride. There’s also the Tilt-a-whirl, the merry-go-round, the roller-coaster, the teacup ride, among others.
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