Posted Monday, August 6, 2007 9:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Laughing Sal still has the power to captivate after all these years. The 6-foot-tall, gap-tooth matron, whose cackle greeted visitors to old Euclid Beach amusement park for years, is back this week at the Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea. The robust mannequin is part of the fair's exhibit on Ohio amusement parks. The exhibit will feature items from Cedar Point, Euclid Beach, Geauga Lake and Chippewa Lake parks.
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It's amazing how much of this stuff has managed to stick around the area. Now if they could just stop drunk senior citizens from driving into the Euclid Beach arch...
Nice to see the old stuff still around.
And for the record, a 30 year old woman ran into it, but Jeff's post was funnier.
(edited to remove the old wink)
*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 8/6/2007 11:25:04 PM ***
Euclid Beach was a beautiful park I saw it on a videotape. It seems Cleveland didn't care if the park got demolished and went bankrupt.
These "Euclid Beach Boys" are already well known in the area for their Rocket Ship Car and Thriller Car (restored ride cars that are fitted to road worthy vehicles- available for parties, parades, etc) and the Rocket Ship Car was included in the exhibit. Laffing Sal was there, of course, as well as cars from Chippewa's Coaster and Wild Mouse, Euclid Beach Park's Thriller, Dodgem and Flying Turns, Cedar Point's Turnpike and Pirate Ride, and Edgewater's dark ride. There were also carousel figures and tons of old signs, articles, turnstiles, ticket hoppers, photographs and a 14 minute video loop. The enticing thing is this is only a small portion of what the guys have amassed through salvage, donations and auctions, with several warehouses, attics and basements full of even more great stuff. Other parks are represented in their collection, too, with most being from the northern Ohio area.
This exhibit was commissioned and selected by the fair and I was told that it was the first time they had displayed this many items in a museum style setting. Time and money constraints aside, something like this seems ripe for expansion with a tour through Ohio Historical Society venues.
The place was busy all day with visitors from baby boomer age to the elderly, all fortunate enough to have visited these parks, and each with a story or rememberance to share. I was lucky to be one of them. Thanks to Coasterbuzz for making me aware. The fair runs through the 12th, those in the area should try to make it if they can. Also check out www.euclidbeachpark.com and www.rocketshipcar.com for more info.
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