‘Tommy Bartlett Show’ celebrates 60 years at the Wisconsin Dells
By DAVE HOEKSTRA
July 20, 2012
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — The “Tommy Bartlett Show” has survived video games, water-themed parks and a 2008 celebration that was ruined when rainfalls broke the Lake Delton shoreline. The 12-foot deep lake emptied into the Wisconsin River. Water skiing was curtailed, but acrobats and jugglers continued to perform on land.
The Bartlett show without water is like Santa without snow.
But the gig always goes on and “The Tommy Bartlett Show” is celebrating its 60th anniversary this summer.
Anyone who grew up in the Chicago area is familiar with the unique Bartlett presentation of water skiing and circus hi jinx on the tree-lined shores of Lake Delton. Signs promote it as “The Greatest Show on H20” and, indeed, “The Tommy Bartlett Show” is the longest-running professional ski show in the world. (Cypress Gardens closed in 2009 ending a 73-year run.;
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