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      200-foot-tall ride opens on Myrtle Beach shorefront

      SkyWheel / WPDE

      MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- The largest Ferris wheel in the eastern U.S. is open on the South Carolina shore.

      Several hundred people were waiting this morning as local officials and the developers cut a blue ribbon opening the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

      The $12 million attraction has air-conditioned gondolas and rises 200 feet above the shore. It's located along Myrtle Beach's new 1.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk and takes visitors for a 12-minute ride beside the beach. The SkyWheel also features 1 million LED lights that will create a computerized light show each evening.

      The tallest Ferris wheel in the country is at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. It's 12 feet higher than the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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