THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
New CFA Animal Issues Web Link Scheduled for Roll-Out the week of December 1st....Hats off to Gary Payne, CFA Eastern VP and Animal Welfare Committee Chairman and Mort Gamble, CFA National PR for their efforts in the initial Kick-Off. Payne and Gamble point out "It is a truly historic partnership-uniting the circus industry, our Fans, and animal trainers and handlers. Just a few minutes a day on the site will help out members keep current conveniently and consistently with a critical issue that will very likely define the future of the circus itself." Please take time to read the attached CFA NEWS RELEASE...
TICKET INFORMATION On sale: November 20 at 10am Ticket Prices: $15, $20, $25, $35, $55 (VIP), $85 (Circus Celebrity) Ages 0-23 months admitted free on ticket holder's lap (no ticket required). If child has celebrated their 2nd birthday, they MUST have a ticket to enter.
Event Dates/Times:Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:30 PM
Thursday, January 07, 2010 7:30 PM
Friday, January 08, 2010 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 09, 2010 11:30 AM Saturday, January 09, 2010 3:30 PM Saturday, January 09, 2010 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 10, 2010 1:00 PM Sunday, January 10, 2010 5:00 PM
A Melrose Park fixture(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / June 7, 2006) Kiddieland enjoyed 81 years in business. The Melrose Park fixture featured more than 30 rides, according to its Web site. The park refered to itself as "the last U.S. theme park catering exclusively to children."
Family rift (Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / June 7, 2006) President and co-owner Ronald F. Rynes, Jr. talks about the park in 2006. Because of a rift in the family that owns and runs Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park, the amusement park geared for the younger ages, will close down.The 17 acres where the amusement park operates are owned by the founders' daughter, Shirley Rynes, and her son, Glenn, while the amusement park itself is owned and run by Rynes' other children, Ronald Rynes Jr. and Cathy Norini.
(Tribune photo by William DeShazer / September 27, 2009) Park goers had perfect weather to enjoy Kiddieland's last day.
Do I hear ... ?
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Doc Horton, one of the Norton Auctioneers, calls out for bids outside the Scooter pavilion where the bumper cars later sold for $17, 000.
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Diane, left, and Lonia Leone, of Chicago, are a pair of happy sisters at Kiddieland in Melrose Park. They successfully bid $350 on tin signs. They came to the amusement park as children.
One last look
(Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009) Lily Moore, 6, of River Forest, waves to her mom from one of the carousel horses as they look around the Kiddieland park in Melrose Park on the day its contents are being auctioned off.
( Tribune photo by Chuck Berman / November 24, 2009 ) One of the horses on the carousel at Kiddieland holds a bid number. The Melrose Park amusement park, opened one last time for an auction of its rides and everything else. Carnival enthusiasts and long-time regulars packed the amusement park for a final goodbye.