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Ferris wheel record-breaker planned in Chicago

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By Associated Press

A record-breaking Ferris wheel ride is planned this weekend in Chicago -- the birthplace of the amusement park staple.

Clinton Shepherd hopes to get into the Guinness World Records book by riding the Navy Pier Ferris wheel for 48 hours. The current record is 30 hours and 35 seconds.

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Shepherd is park operations manager at Navy Pier. He plans to board the Ferris wheel at 2:30 p.m. Friday. A fireworks display will mark the moment -- if he breaks the record -- on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Then Shepherd will stay on the ride until he reaches 48 hours.

The first Ferris wheel was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition.

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