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Kelowna's amusing past is slipping away

Kelowna's Amusing Past is coming to an end Nov. 18.
November 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

A celebration of adventures from a bygone era marked by amusement parks, festivals and fun centres is about to come to an end.

The lighter moments of Kelowna’s history is currently being celebrated in an exhibit at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, called Kelowna's Amusing Past. Attendees of the exhibit have been able to get up close and personal with memorabilia from the regattas, amusement parks, zoos and drive-in movie theatres that helped to make the city “the fun capital of Canada.”

The exhibit is open until Nov. 18, and features photos, videos, mascots, arcade games and memorabilia, among other things.

Attendees will learn about the regatta rioters, Snogo, Myta the Smoking Chimp and Kelowna’s very own Walt Disney (with a hint of Bob Ross), and will discover what happened to these places and characters.

“This has been such an exciting exhibit for so many reasons," Amanda Snyder, the Curatorial Manager of the Kelowna Museums Society, said in a press release.

"Those who remember visiting the family entertainment centres have attended them anew with new family members and friends. For those who were unfamiliar with Kelowna’s amusing past, they’ve been absorbed by some of these fascinating spaces and characters from Kelowna’s history. I hope a few more people will be able to attend the exhibit before it wraps up next week."

Admission to Kelowna’s Amusing Past is by donation (suggested donation is $5 for an individual or $15 for a family/group).

Kelowna's Amusing Past is coming to an end Nov. 18.
Kelowna's Amusing Past is coming to an end Nov. 18.

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