Americana News and park name change

Tuesday, April 9, 2002 2:52 PM
The park will be known here to for as The Great Americana Amusement Park at Lesourdsville Lake.

The park is being run by Tom Pugh, FOrmerly of Pugh Shows who did many fairs including the OHIO STATE FAIR for several years.

Below is the Email Update I got from Scott Fowler, The unofficial AMericana site webmaster, He has not yet updated this information on his page. All credit for this info is Mr. Fowlers.

Chuck, Update below,

Greetings to Americana lovers everywhere,

The news we all have been waiting for is now official;
Americana Amusement Park will open for 2002! Here are
the details:

NAME CHANGE: The park's name has been changed to The
Great American Amusement Park At LeSourdsville Lake.
If many of you remember, when the park debuted the
Americana name in 1978, the offical name was
Americana; The Great American Amusement Park. It's
nice to see that the tradition has been carried over
today.

OPENING DATE: An offical opening date has not been
set, however, Memorial Day weekend is traditionally
the beginning of the amusement park season for parks
such as Americana....excuse me, The Great American
Amusement Park at LeSourdsville Lake.

MANAGEMENT: The park is being managed by Tom Pugh (of
Pugh Shows fame). The Pugh family has a very good
reputation in the amusement industry with great work
ethics and the ability to manage effectively. In other
words, the park is in very good hands.

NEW RIDES/ATTRACTIONS: The only new ride I can account
for is The Zipper, a very popular carnival ride that
is not for the faint at heart. Rides that have been
confirmed removed include the Tempest (now located at
Cincinnati's Coney Island) and the Jolly Roger
Playport (donated to the City of Monroe Park
Department). Additional attractions for 2002 will be
announced later.

PICNICS/GROUP SALES: Inquiries should be made directly
to the park by calling (513) 539-2193.

PARK CONTACTS: For additional information on park
operations, please call (513) 539-2193, e-mail
greatamerican@emailaccount.com or send correspondence
to :
The Great American Amusement Park at LeSourdsville
Lake
5757 Hamilton Middletown Road
Middletown, OH 45044-9936

The Great American Amusment Park at LeSourdsville Lake
is located just 20 smiles north of Cincinnati. Take
I-75 to the St. Rt. 63 exit (home of Trader's World)
go west to St. Rt. 4 and then head south.

On a personal note, thank you for your comments and
suggestions. As in the past, all suggestions regarding
park operations are forwarded to the management. The
Unofficial LeSourdsville Lake/Americana web site will
continue to operate so please continue to send in your
photos and memories of one of the greatest traditional
amsuement parks this side of San Francisco!

Scott Fowler
webmaster, The Unofficial LeSourdsville Lake/Americana
web site and co-founder of the Southwest Ohio
Amusement Park Historical Society


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Charles Nungester

Americana is opening in 2002 and needs your support as many company picnics are already schedualed for someplace else, Indivdual visits are very improtant to the parks survival.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 2:55 PM

Hmm,

The Great American Amusement Park at Lesourdsville Lake. That is the stupidest park name I have ever heard of. I wish they would have called it Americana: The Great American amusement Park at Lesourdsville Lake.Will I still go this year? Of course. Will I call it TGAAP@LL? Hell no, Americana is easier to say (and type) and has more meaning for the park's history than this mouthful they are giving it now (a recent renaming of Ohio parks has really given me writer's cramps;) ) . Also, why do these pics show a fresh Americana Amusement Park sign?

This was your friendly opinion from Bigkirby. Have a nice day :)

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com

*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 4/9/2002. ***

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:03 PM

bigkirby said:
That is the stupidest park name I have ever heard of. I'm sorry, but I will keep calling the place Americana. Stupid. TGAAP@LL . Sure.

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com



Those of us who remember never stopped calling it Lesorsdville Lake.

I think it is good they put the Lake back in the name, Americana really abandoned the area in name and History.

Chuck, who also says the new Reds Ballpark will be named Great American

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Charles Nungester

Americana is opening in 2002 and needs your support as many company picnics are already schedualed for someplace else, Indivdual visits are very improtant to the parks survival.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:04 PM
I like the name; always thought Americana was a little dumb. But who cares what it's called...IT'S OPENING!

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:06 PM

My fingers are crossed that the park will be open on weekdays....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Thanks for the update, Chuck ;-)

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2002 - the year of IB's LoCoSuMo!!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2002 3:11 PM
Ok, I was a little to hard with my opinion. Charles is right, at least they are keeping the history with using "lake". I edited my post. And yes, let's all run for the Eagle :)

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 5:07 AM

Charles Nungester said:

bigkirby said:
That is the stupidest park name I have ever heard of. I'm sorry, but I will keep calling the place Americana. Stupid. TGAAP@LL . Sure.

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Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Woodencoaster.com


Those of us who remember never stopped calling it Lesorsdville Lake.

Chuck, who also says the new Reds Ballpark will be named Great American

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Charles Nungester



It's a better name than what us former employees called it... Genericana: the Abusement Park. I would love it if they would open Fantasy Farm again. That place was the bomb when you 5 yrs old. :) And what with this Cincinnati thing with naming everything Grat American? Heck we've got Great Am BallPark (gabp), Great Am Insurance (GAI) and now TGAAPatLL. I'm getting confused way to easily.

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Lotus Notes suck!!!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 5:14 AM

Well, I think the ballpark is named after the insurance company (the company paid, just like PNC Park or Bank One Ballpark).

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 7:45 AM
Hey, Den, it is... Stupid Carl Lindner, try to pass a corporate sponsor name on us. Psha! At least he didnt name it Chiquita Field.

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Lotus Notes suck!!!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 9:15 AM

Great American Ballpark isn't too bad...sure beats Value City Arena!

As for Americana...wow, that new name sure is a mouthful! But, I really don't what they call it as long as they open. I'm dying to try out the Eagle for the first time!

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Aaron
"I think you're blind to the fact that the hand you hold is the hand that holds you down..." - Everclear

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002 9:56 AM

Yet another "Great America" (well, almost)
Cedar Fair should buy it, so we can have a Great America in all 3 major chains ! ;)

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