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August 31, 2013

The stories behind Kiddieland

Rides, area at new museum exhibit have a history all their own


Tonawanda News — “It will be our first chance to show the rides to our grandchildren, this batch of grandchildren,” he said, “and we’re looking forward to that.”


There are more stories and thank-yous behind the new exhibit, from extensive work done on the rides by Powers Great American Midway, Steve Baldo Ford, Carubba Collision (which estimated more than 225 man hours went into refurbishing the boats), an Orleans-Niagara BOCES auto body class and others, to the fairy garden created by Menne Nursery, and to funding obtained from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Niagara County Greenway Fund, Lumber City Development Corp. and more.

Proefrock said it all adds up to a dream come true.

“There were so many people involved who just put all their effort and energy into doing this,” she said. “And even all the contractors paid to do their jobs, they all reduced their prices. They all seemed to have some sort of connection to the rides or the neighborhood or the community.”

Kiddieland will open from noon to 4 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday, and will be open noon to 4 p.m. weekends into the fall, weather permitting. Museum admission, which includes one ride token, is necessary. Additional tokens are available at 50 cents each.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Kiddieland opening weekend • WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday • WHERE: Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda • COST: Admission to the museum is $6 adults, $5 seniors and $3 children ages 2 to 16. Admission includes one ride token; additional tokens may be purchased for 50 cents. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 693-1885 or visit

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