So in celebration, they planned a day full of celebrations including a variety of performers starting with the community band. They were spread out on the Gazebo and the platform just in front of it.
The band took up all the space and the director told people to please be careful and not fall off. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of the band but I was off in the French Horn section at the time playing 4th. The picture to the right is taken from the stage showing the distance to many cities from Fairbanks.
The area with the amusement rides doubles for BBQ's when any group such as the Department of Transportation, any governmental body, or the city wishes to host one. There is a huge one during Golden Days. The building to the right is Centennial Hall where people perform on a regular basis.
One of the speakers mentioned he'd helped create the park 50 years before. I am not much for amusement rides so I wandered around the area and snapped pictures. I also had to get moving so I could make my next appointment.
Things like this always attract people, especially after a long dark winter and the last snow fall just a couple days before this event. I saw little snow at my house but on the other side of town, the ground was totally covered with hail. Fortunately, the hail did not damage anything.
The closest real amusement park is somewhere around Seattle I think. It might even be further south than that. An amusement park would only be open for a few months every year so its not a viable business up here.
Off to the right is a food truck. You can just see the edge of it in the picture. They offered the usual things. What you don't see is the long lines of people waiting their turn to be served.
It was a busy crazy day full of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I got there early enough to find a good parking spot but by the time I left around 2 PM, people were trolling the lot, looking for somewhere to park.
As I pulled out, a car followed me, taking my spot. I'd parked at the edge. I'll be presenting more pictures of the place. You'll see why its considered a slice of history.