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Step Back In Time

Dogpatch lives again in new documentary

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“I loved riding the tram down the hill into the park,” filmmaker Heather Carter recalls of her own childhood visits to Dogpatch USA. “I remember such anticipation building as we went on the tram. It was literally like being transported to someplace else.”

The story has to start way back in 1934, when a cartoonist named Al Capp envisioned a place called Dogpatch.

Filmmaker Jeff Carter found this picture taken with his dad at Dogpatch USA and was inspired to chronicle the glory years of the theme park between Ja...

Filmmaker Jeff Carter interviews Al Capp’s son Colin, who lives in Little Rock.

Characters at the park included Li’l Abner and Daisy Mae, his girlfriend. In the summer of 1970, Daisy Mae was played by Jan Greene (see inset). Her f...

FAQ

Gala Premiere:

‘Dogpatch USA: An Average Stone-Age Community’

WHEN — 6 p.m. May 18

WHERE — Durand Center at North Arkansas College in Harrison

COST — $30

INFO — dogpatchfilm.com or email heather@cartersav.com

BONUS — The event will include live music by some former Dogpatch musicians and a filmmakers Q&A following the film.

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Public Matinee

WHEN — 2 p.m. May 19

WHERE — Lyric Theatre in Harrison

COST — $10

INFO — dogpatchfilm.com

FYI

Fast Facts

• Al Capp spoke at the groundbreaking for the Dogpatch USA theme park on Oct. 3, 1967.

• The cost of the original construction was $1.3 million.

• In its first year, 1968, the park had 300,000 visitors.

• Admission was $1.50 for adults, half-price for children.

• Al Capp’s son Colin worked at the park that year.

• The park closed in 1993.

— Source: Arkansas Encyclopedia

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