90-year-old spends hours on Ferris wheel

July 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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LANCASTER, N.Y., July 5 (UPI) -- A 90-year-old New York state woman spent hours on a Ferris wheel during Lancaster's Independence Days celebration, as she has done for the past couple of years.

Dorothy Wiggins, a Ferris wheel enthusiast, spent 6 hours on the ride Tuesday and even longer Wednesday, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported.

"I've loved the Ferris wheel since I was a little girl," said Wiggins. "I don't like any other rides."

The Ferris wheel at Lancaster's Independence Days festival is especially meaningful for Wiggins, as it dates to 1902 and Wiggins was born in 1921. She said it is similar to the one she rode as a child.

"It must have been this one," she said. "When I saw the rust spots, I knew it was my old wheel."

For the past few years, Wiggins' routine has been to go to the festival in the early afternoon and stay on the Ferris wheel until 10 p.m. and watch the fireworks. On Tuesday she had to leave early because she forgot her sweater.

"Yesterday was the first time I left before it closed. I almost froze," Wiggins said. "I didn't want to get sick so I [would be unable] to come back the next day."

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