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RE: Hastings/ Threadneedle Fair

I have now updated and created a WikiPage with photos of Threadneedle Fair. Here is the link: http://bgwfans.com/wiki/index.php?title=Threadneedle_Fair
 
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RE: Hastings/ Threadneedle Fair

Nora said:
I have now updated and created a WikiPage with photos of Threadneedle Fair. Here is the link: http://bgwfans.com/wiki/index.php?title=Threadneedle_Fair
Wow! thanks Nora.

THis is sweet.
 
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Some asked about the shadow room in another post.. so I decided to move my info here:

Actually it was not part of the fun house at all and used the space that is currently the bathrooms to the left walking into Hastings/ Ireland. I call them the "Nice new- bathrooms. When the park opened in 1975 the building was called the Jester's Sport and changed to "The room of Recollections and Illusions" and featured a wall when you walked in the would show your body heat.. next to that was a shadow room where you pressed your body against a wall- about every 20-30 seconds a light would flash and leave a shadow of you on the wall and it faded by the time the next flash took place.

This later became Wizard Works around the time The Enchanted Laboratory replaced the catapult.

The FunHouse became the Arcade and then Questor- was wrapped around the building. Most of the Arcade building is now Grogan's Pub and you can still see a wall with tons of electrical boxes - we are guessing it was the prize table for the tickets you could cash in for prizes from skee ball and so forth.

Annies' Cafe was at one time a Music Recording studio but technically that whole building was part of what I called the 70s psychedelic fun house.

Actually it was not part of the fun house at all and used the space that is currently the bathrooms to the left walking into Hastings/ Ireland. I call them the "Nice new- bathrooms. When the park opened in 1975 the building was called the Jester's Sport and changed to "The room of Recollections and Illusions" and featured a wall when you walked in the would show your body heat.. next to that was a shadow room where you pressed your body against a wall- about every 20-30 seconds a light would flash and leave a shadow of you on the wall and it faded by the time the next flash took place.

This later became Wizard Works around the time The Enchanted Laboratory replaced the catapult.

The FunHouse became the Arcade and then Questor- was wrapped around the building. Most of the Arcade building is now Grogan's Pub and you can still see a wall with tons of electrical boxes - we are guessing it was the prize table for the tickets you could cash in for prizes from skee ball and so forth.

Annies' Cafe was at one time a Music Recording studio but technically that whole building was part of what I called the 70s psychedelic fun house.

Yay history! I have put together a collection of photos at BGW Memories FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.150002108486643.35212.149401725213348&type=3
 
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I always wondered why there were so many metal plates on that one wall. Why would a prize table have so many electrical outlets? Were there machines you used to cash your tickets in that needed electrical output?
 
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Jesy said:
I always wondered why there were so many metal plates on that one wall. Why would a prize table have so many electrical outlets? Were there machines you used to cash your tickets in that needed electrical output?
Look at today's Jumpin Jupiter Arcade in Festa. They use outlets for their prize lights, police beacons, plasma balls, the lights on the display cases, etc. That is actually a problem with the Jumpin Jupiter Arcade in Festa, they lack the proper outlets needed to power their display cases, so they use a million and one extension cords.
 
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I'm guessing no, that they're too high for that...were there mechanical prizes that needed plugs to show what they could do? Or were there lights to illuminate them?
 
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Not sure about the ones back then, but the ones now like the police beacons and plasma lights needed to be plugged in to outlets to show guests it's fully operational and test it out. I know they also have track lighting around the prize counter, but that is typically plugged into the ceiling or is wired to a switch.
 
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^That's very true that it's rare to find photos inside Hastings. I think Hastings had a very "magical" charm about it. I find it amazing that Ireland, when it originally opened highlighted that "magical" charm of that hamlet even more. I think it would be awesome if they could bring back Questor, even though it doesn't fit in Ireland very well, neither does Europe in the Air. And for that matter, Questor didn't fit Hastings perfectly, but it was a good ride.
 
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Nora: Thank you for posting that recollection on the shadow room and fun house. I have vague childhood memories of the shadow room, and I thought it was at BGW, but could never figure out where it must have been, wondering instead if it was KD. Problem solved. Do you have any pics of the fun house?
 
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CastleOSullivan said:
Questor didn't fit Hastings perfectly,
Which is probably why they gave up Questor and put in King Arthur's Challenge.

I'm still waiting for the day a video appears with King Arthur's Challenge. I barely remember it, but it was my favorite ride as a kid. It was most likely terrible, but I'd still love to refresh my memory of it.
 
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