Car Enthusiasts Support Joyland Restoration Project

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dozens of car enthusiasts were taken back in time at a car show at Northwest High School to benefit the restoration of Joyland.

The amusement park brought fond memories to many participants.

"We used to get dressed up to go to Joyland when we were little kids. It was a family outing. You went and you had hot dogs. The same thing here. Everybody's out to have a good time," said Rex Sageser, participant.

The family-friendly event brought together people who were hoping to revive the old amusement park in South Wichita.

"Joyland was my first amusement park. It also is the site of my first roller coaster. Ever since Joyland, I've been extremely interested in amusement parks," said Alex East, president of the Joyland Restoration Project.

For almost a year, the 18-year-old and his friends have organized events like the car show to raise awareness and money to buy Joyland. Their goal is to bring back Joyland as a non-profit amusement park.

"We really want to be able to help out the community, bring kids together, families together, and show them that there is still family fun out there without it being so commercialized like other amusement parks across the country," said East.

To find out more information about the Joyland Restoration Project, click here.

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