Animal Sideshow

Posted By on March 2, 2017

 I wish I knew the name of this show. It looks like this was a free show at one time. Note the ticket Box sign with the prices. At these prices the photo had to be taken late 1950’s or early 1960’s.

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Cristiani Circus

Posted By on March 2, 2017

 I think this photo was taken sometime in the 1950’s? I remember seeing their show in 1956? when they played El Monte, California. Many years ago I met a fine man by the name of Chester Cable, who at that time was doing a foot juggling act and I will add…it was a very strong act. Chester told me that he had worked on the Cristiani show and at that time he was a candy butcher. Since then he has become remarkably successful in show business. Now and again I give him a call just to cut up old jack pots.

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Clown Alley

Posted By on March 2, 2017

Clown as an Indian. His name unknown to me. Most likely this gag was a walk-around. For those who do not know what a “walk-around is”. Each clown on the show had their own individual wardrobe skit. All would walk in line around the hippodrome. This would allow time for the prop crew to set up for a large three ring display or rigging aerial acts. This was a much needed time killer while the audience was amused by the funny antics. Makes me think of Lou Jacobs, his walk around was hilarious.   

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The Aerialist

Posted By on March 2, 2017

Sorry to say, I do not know this performer’s name.  I am sure that someone may recognize her.  She performing a back anchor…however it’s possible she could have been starting a routine of lunges.

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Fred Shannon Smith Orchestra

Posted By on November 19, 2016

                                                       Fred Shannon Smith Orchestra.

This Orchestra was one of the highlights of Lakemont Prak. As I walked though the park on my usual rounds, I noticed that something was missing. The promotions brought families, kids and teenagers but there were no seniors. That is when I pondered what would work to want them to visit Lakemont as they did years before. By sheer luck I found Fred Shannon Smith. I hired him and advertised his orchestra promotion as “The Answer to your Memories”. He played two days in the Casino to a packed house. I learned a great lesson by what I had done. You cannot entertain just one segment of a town’s population, it has to be all of them. The seniors were a part of Lakemont Park.  

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Fred Shannon Smith

Posted By on November 19, 2016

scan0008 He and his Orchestra were the perfect addition to Lakemont Park.   July of 1988.  

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The Floor Was Filled

Posted By on November 19, 2016

scan005 They came from all over. Dancing thoughout the day and into the evening. Much to my surprise there was a younger crowd there also.  Their children rode the rides while their parents and grandparents danced the day away.   

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Resting and Dancing

Posted By on November 19, 2016

admin-ajaxThe day faded into evening and then into the night. Lights came on and they danced and danced…..where they got the energy I will never know. There were those that did go out into the park, I guess to get their second wind, and a bite to eat.   A fun time for everyone.

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Fred Shannon Smith & Ivan

Posted By on November 19, 2016

scan0007I was very happy that I was able to bring back some old and good memories to the people of Altoona, PA.

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Lenny Gault

Posted By on October 31, 2016

When I was managing Lakemont Park in 1988, I came across a singer who at first appearance  did not impress me, but after his audition his country voice literally dumfounded me. He was as good as any country singer I have ever heard. I asked myself how could this be. The late Lenny Gault came from a small town just north of Altoona and just enjoyed singing his God given gift. Of course I hired him. Photo taken at the Casino Lakemont Parke.

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