Joyland Sells Several Familiar Rides

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There isn't a for sale sign posted at Joyland, but some familiar rides have been sold.

There were high expectations in the community when Joyland reopened three seasons ago. Those expectations, however, were never realized as park operators failed to recreate Joyland's former spark.

Those operators are gone and Stan and Margaret Nelson own it again. They had operated Joyland from 1949 to 1999.

The park, which opened 60 years ago and called itself the southwest's finest amusement park, can't seem to catch a break.

Aside from the thieves who stole the roller coaster's sit down warning sign at the top of the first hill, vandals damaged buildings and broke windows back in October.

Nelson says recently the paratrooper ride was sold to a Wichita County group for their fair. Another ride, the umbrella ride, was also recently sold. Two other rides, the zoomer ride and the kiddie truck ride, were sold a while back.

"We're not actively selling things off. People are just coming and asking about rides and then we're selling them if they're interested," Nelson said.

As for a possible sale of Joyland, Margaret Nelson says anything's a possibility at this point. She says they're not turning down any decent offers.

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