The Fairlift is celebrating its 20th year giving people a bird's eye view of the Oregon State Fair.
The Statesman Journal reports the owners of the Fairlift estimate they have transported more than 1 million riders over the past two decades.
Bill Blake, Corky Erickson and C.W. Craven pay rent to the Oregon State Fair to have the Fairlift on the fairgrounds. While it is around all year, its only use comes in the waning days of summer when thousands of Oregonians flock to the fairgrounds.
It all started with Erickson, who has been in what he refers to as the "aerial tram industry" for more than 50 years. He worked at an air tram manufacturer in 1958 for 14 years. He operated a gondola ride at the Seattle World's Fair, which he later moved to the Puyallup Fair. He also installed an aerial tram at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima.