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Saturday, April 11, 2009

PLANT CITY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL (ABC TV)

This appeared Saturday Morning, April 11 on Good Morning America.

The Strawberry Festival took place last month.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

INTERESTING ARTICLE

GARDEN BROS CIRCUS 2008


CLYDE BEATTY COLE BROS OPENING IN DELAND (YEAR UNKNOWN)

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HUNT BROS CIRCUS--US RUBBER MAGAZINE 1957 -From R J Reynolds

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GEREN RIDES OPEN IN VALDOSTA

From the Valdosta Times, Valdosta GA--- Aaliyah Richburg, 9, tries her hand at a game of skill Friday at the Geren Rides carnival at Valdosta Mall. David Iglesias, vendor, was impressed by her hand-eye coordination.
Britt Benoit, left, and Kristin Truitt relax after a tough week of classes at Valdosta State University. The duo enjoyed a turn on the Scrambler at the Geren Rides carnival Friday night at Valdosta Mall.

After two days of nonstop rain and thunderstorms, many in Valdosta and Lowndes County enjoyed a night out at the Geren Rides carnival. The carnival will open every day in the parking lot at Valdosta Mall through April 12.


Published April 03, 2009 11:51 pm -

Geren Rides is back
By Johnna Pinholster

VALDOSTA — On Friday night, the lights went up on the midway.

Geren Rides opened for business last night at the Valdosta Mall, the first time in nine years that the local midway has debuted here.
The midway will be in Valdosta until April 12.

“We live here, so we used to always open and close here,” Joanna Geren, co-owner said. “Then Wild Adventures came and it kind of took the novelty off. It just wasn’t producing what it should.”
Geren and her husband Jerry decided to give Valdosta another go this year, a move Geren hopes will be successful for them and an entertainment treat for local residents.
The family has lived in Dasher since 1963. The midway was started by Jerry’s father, who was convinced to move to Lowndes County from Indiana by another show owner who lived here,
she said.

“It was too cold in Indiana in the winter to do maintenance,” she said. “We’ve been here long enough to be considered Georgians.”

Four generations of Gerens have worked under the bright lights of the midway.

Carrying on the family business, Geren’s son Glenn and his wife Diane, along with their daughter Hilary, all work with the midway.
Hilary is currently a student at the University of Miami.
“She will be here next weekend. The funnel cake trailer is her college fund,” Geren said.

This is the first location of the year for Geren Rides. In 2003, the business expanded outside of Georgia and now sets up in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi during the season.

The family has a joke about the right time to pack up and head out for the year.
“When the wisteria starts blooming, it’s time to leave,” Geren said.








Tuesday, April 7, 2009


ZIPPO'S CIRCUS

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Hi Dick, I sure do enjoy you blog. Love the pics. here are some I found that I took in 1960. The 2 girls in the parade were taken in 1958. In Charleroi, Pa.







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