Sparks, NV High 78 Low 48
When we were in Billings Todd told us they were building a new Scheels store that was going to have a Ferris wheel. A Ferris wheel??
Now we are in Sparks, NV and I discovered that the Scheels store here is the largest sports warehouse store in the world. (The store in Billings will be the second largest.) I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check this out and Jim could look at fishing stuff.
This store is 275,000 square feet of every type of sports gear you can think of along with a lot of different entertainment areas especially designed to keep the kiddoes happy.
When you walk in the door you are greeted by a 16,000 gallon aquarium.
Yes, there is a Ferris wheel inside. No, we did not ride it. Ferris wheels and I don’t like each other very much. It is a 1930’s era of Ferris wheel that has been restored. Scheels wanted it to be in the Nevada store because George Ferris (who invented the Ferris wheel) used to live in Reno.
Or how about a 35 foot tall Wildlife Mountain.
There is a shooting gallery, a sport simulator where you can test your skill at basketball, soccer, baseball and football. Also test out your driving skills in the NASCAR simulator. Also a fudge shop and deli restaurant.
There is a Walk of Presidents. This is Thomas Jefferson.
I loved this row of Frisbees – all the bright colors. (I didn’t realize this guy’s head was in the middle of my picture til I saw it on the computer.)
Near the exit is a small Ferris wheel museum. The original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago.
We spent a couple of hours wandering around the store and Jim was able to find some fishing stuff he didn’t have.