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Human Powered Snow Cones


The Ice Age snow cone wheel, also known to many as the world’s largest snow cone machine, is one of my favorite show events. It is a “Willy Wonka meets Rube Goldberg” show stopper. This hand crafted machine gets the attention of kids and adults alike. How it works: The individual first loads their cup on to the conveyor. They then lower the ice grinder via a rope attached to some rings. They then add ice by pulling on a belt attached to a pulley. They then advance the cup under the ice grinder by cranking a handle attached to the conveyor. Next, they sound a train horn to announce that the wheel is about to get started. They then run or walk in the wheel to grind their ice. When the cup is full, they advance their cup via conveyor further down the line. Here, the student pulls a lever to activate a large plastic hand that smashes the crushed ice into the cup. They then exit the wheel and move the cup to the next operation on the conveyor belt. At this location, they apply the flavorings to their ice by activating the shower heads, which pours the pressurized flavorings on to the ice. Tons of fun! The whole attraction is the means by which the kids get involved creating their masterpiece. They become the "Maker". The snow cone that they create is just a small part of the big picture (sort of a reward for their participation). This booth gets kids involved in the arts. It’s main drive is to get kids to be creative, and to think beyond what is considered the norm; to be artistic. This is truly one of a kind! I am the dreamer, and the inventor. Joe Donoughe 407-443-7418

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