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Riders successfully test Lagoon's Cannibal

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FARMINGTON — Lagoon employees and city officials braved the amusement park’s most recent ride, Cannibal, Monday afternoon in the first set of human test rides.

Lagoon spokesman Adam Leishman, who was one of the riders, called the ride “crazy” and “incredible.”

The test runs began Monday afternoon and will continue throughout the day, Leishman said, adding that the riders' feedback has been universally positive.

Farmington Mayor Jim Talbot was among the group, along with City Manager Dave Millheim and Fire Chief Guido Smith. The ride’s maintenance team, engineers and programmers also rode it.

“Everybody is really thrilled with it,” Leishman said. “Aside from being really intense, it’s incredibly smooth. It’s great, I mean, it’s been a lot of work, a lot of time, and today we can say, ‘yep, it was worth it’ … it’s a great ride.”

The ride is still in the testing and commissioning phase, and Leishman said if it goes well, it could open as soon as the end of the week.

Though an official opening date has not yet been determined, Leishman said testing is going well and they are feeling optimistic.

Testing will continue Tuesday, Leishman said.

“This is a big step for us, we’re happy to be here in this part of the phase.”

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