I'm not entirely sure when the Fun-O-Rama officially ended. Many of you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about. (Think 4th of July scene in "The Sand Lot".) I do recall the night before seemed very similar to that of Christmas Eve. When you're 8, cotton candy and a makeshift zip-line seem pretty dang cool! Of course there were other things too. A little train that cruised around the park giving rides, a dunk booth, a squirt gun booth, a clothes pin fishing booth for little prizes, hot dogs, burgers, and a whole bunch of kids running around with handfuls of carnival tickets. After all the festivities ended, families would gather on blankets in the soccer fields anxiously awaiting the firework show. Once it began, we all laid on our backs as mortars boomed overhead, lighting up the night sky and slowly replacing the smell of cotton candy with spent gun powder and sulfur smoke. It was awesome.
I've heard a few reasons why the Fun-O-Rama died but none seem too compelling or insurmountable. Primarily budget and man-power issues put in the death nails. When I hear those things I just shake my head. Where there's a will, there's a way. My question then is quite simple.
Is there a will?
The comments section of the Rose Park Revival story in the Tribune was littered with mentions of the Fun-O-Rama, as if part of our neighborhood died with it. So I ask you, would you want to see that come back? If so, would you be willing to put in some time to make that happen?
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