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Playland ad from 1977 PNE booklet
Playland Seattle 1953 advertisement

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition
Butte's Pride - The Columbia ...
Clark County History 2008
Dear Old Nat...Sokane's Playground
Doin' The Puyallup
Great American Amusement Parks
Guide to Ride 2000
Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror
Herbert P. Schmeck Forgotten Legacy
Memories of Columbia Gardens
Once Upon A Time In Playland
The Enchanted Forest And Its...
The Incredibla Scream Machine
The Pacific National Exhibition
Vancouver: A History in Photographs
Vanishing Seattle

Jantzen Beach Park ~ 1940's

On The Midway ~ Puyallup Fair 2007

DVDs and Videos
Finding Playland
Remember When: Nat Park
Remembering The Columbia...
Great Old Amusement Parks
PNE ~ 1958

RollerCoaster! #113 ~ Spring 2010
RollerCoaster! #88 ~ Winter 2004
RollerCoaster! #47 ~ Fall 1993
Sunset Magazine ~ July 1976
Sunset Magazine ~ June 1962
Unwind Sunday Magazine 2008

Souvineer Fair Programs:
Rip Snortin'-Fun! 1983
Whooopitup 1977
The Western Washington Fair 1973
50th Western Washington Fair...

Columbia Gardens Roller Coaster
Western Washington Fair Midway
Jack Rabbit at Nat Park
The Fun Forest

Photos and Postcards:
Happyland amusement rides
Jantzen Beach display
Playland Roller Coaster 1960s
Alaska Yukon Pacific Tickler
Puyallup Carnival Town WWII
Fun-Tastic Rides Amusements sign
Old Mill and Caterpillar Ride
Puyallup Coaster and Rides 1930's
Puyallup Fair Midway early 1970's
Restored Scooter & Whip Car
Restored & Unrestored Old Mill Boat

Rip Snortin' Fun!
The Puyallup Fair 1983 Official Program

1983 Puyallup Fair program thumbnail

This souvineer program was printed for the 1983 Puyallup Fair and has an article with some interesting information about the fair's Philadelphia Tobaggon carousel, the traveling carnival and its previous owner, Bob Bollinger, who also owned Oaks Park in Portland, Oregon:

"The historic 1917 Philadelphia Toboggan Noo. 43 portable carousel has delighted crowds at the Puyallup Fair for decades. But each year it has been dismantled and stored or carted off to Portland where its owner Bob Bollinger owns an amusement park.

This year the carousel wil reside in a permanent structure located at the main entrance of the fairgrounds. It is being donated to the grounds by Bollinger who was born into a carnival family in the early 1900's.

Show artist Tom Cooper did the careful work of restoring and painting the wooden animal figures. Cooper, originally from Sarasota, Fla., was artist for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailye Circus. He did circus work and painted the wagons for the traveling shows.

Preserving carousels is the major concern of the National Carousel Association of Atlanta, GA. It was from a recent convention in Portland that Bollinger discovered the value of the machine that has served the fair for so many years.

According to Charles Walker, Conservation chairman of the Carousel association, the Phildelphia Toboggan portable is the most complete one of its kind in the country. Walker was concerned about speculators interested in purchasing the machine for its antique horses alone. He urged its owner to preserve it as part of the heritage of fairs and carnivals.

When Levitt, Brown and huggins stopped doing business at the fair, the merry-go-round with its 42 horses, three abreast, fell into the hands of Bud Douglas. It was from Douglas estate that Edward Bollinger purchased the carousel.

Edward Bollinger's show first came to Puyallup in 1934. There were mainly independents here then, Bollinger explained. The permanent roller coaster at the fair was built by his father in 1935. The Old Mill Mystic Water ride built in 1936, burned up in the grandstand fire [1970]. Bollinger's father died in [1949] leaving the amusement park and rides to his son [Robert "Bob"].

Bollinger has since incorporated as Funtastics, the familiar carnival rides, traveling in bright yellow semis throughout the Northwest and setting up at local fairs, festivals and shopping centers. His three traveling shows, comprised of more than 70 rides, will converge at the fairgrounds offering the "best show ever."

*1983 Western Washington fair - Page 4 and 5.

[Note: Bob Bollinger passed away in 2004. Funtastic Traveling Shows continue to operate at the Puyallup Fair and throughout the Northwest.]

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The Herald Publishing Company, Inc.
822 E. Main Ave.
PO Box 517
Puyallup, Wash, 98371