Okay, I admit to have not heard of this sort of thing before.
And I daresay neither did Mrs. Koch when she came up with the acronym FOAM. That stands for "Family Owned And Managed" parks.
Ten family-owned park owners get together every year and just have a blast.
We’re hosting the annual FOAM meeting this week, with friends from:
• Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut
• Waldameer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania
• Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, New York
• Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee
• Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, Texas
• Wonderland Park in Amarillo, Texas
• Cliff’s Amusement Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico
• Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California
Here’s a look at one of the ultra-serious business meetings:
As long as I’ve been here (nearly two decades), we’ve never had a contest to name a ride.
The cute (and colorful!) ride we’re adding to Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch seemed like the right time to try one out.
Alrighty then. Please take a look and then read on for a few rules plus the deadline.
To begin with … our working name is Santa’s Sleigh Ride. It’s sort of grown on us, so you’ve got your work cut out for you to be exceptionally clever! (And yes, we reserve the right to use our name, so please don’t get mad if that’s how this ends up. And please don’t suggest it, either…)
And any pun involving Beatles lyrics–well, that was a home run. So for this, our 64th season, the tune "When I'm 64" was hummed more than once.
This weekend John Lennon would have turned 70. And today, Will would have come on the 2-way at closing and thanked everyone for all their hard work in creating another record season for the park.
Both gentlemen have left behind tremendous legacies.
I think every last one of us has dedicated this season to our dear friend Will. And no one moreso than the Beachcombers, who performed Beatles music all summer long in Splashin' Safari, knowing how much Will enjoyed every performance he attended.
I took my 2 kids and my sister there. It was the first time we had ever been, and both the kids remarked how friendly everyone was at the park . They said the friendliness was better than at Disney and they can’t wait to go back to visit your park!
We had such an awesome time.
The lady that ran the sea horses and then the fishes later, was awesome with the kids!!! She’s a keeper!
My children loved the food, the desserts and of course, all the rides!
Thank you for making our first time there such a wonderful experience!!!!!