• Upgrades have fans, officials excited for future at Arnolds Park

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    August 22, 2018

    As folks shrieked in delight speeding down the old Fun House slide, others stepped inside the grounds at Historic Arnolds Park Amusement Park, greeted by a new carousel, a $1-million marvel not far from the nation's seventh-oldest wooden roller coaster, The Legend.

    All of this is combining to result in a rather legendary year in the center of the tourism industry in the Iowa Great Lakes, one plank of the economy that continues to drive growth in an otherwise largely rural location.

    "The brand new carousel, commissioned in June, has a very nostalgic look and feel," said Jeff Vierkant, the new CEO serving Arnolds Park Amusement Park. "It was installed and ready for the weekend before July 4."+14 

    The ride will be there for generations to come, doing its magic at the foot of The Legend, which has served fun-seekers on the shores of West Lake Okoboji for nearly nine decades.

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