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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.”
Sunday, May 13, 2018
The story has to start way back in 1934, when a cartoonist named Al Capp envisioned a place called Dogpatch.
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org
BONUS — The event will include live music by some former Dogpatch musicians and a filmmakers Q&A following the film.
WHEN — 2 p.m. May 19
WHERE — Lyric Theatre in Harrison
COST — $10
INFO — dogpatchfilm.com
• 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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