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'MEMORY DAY' AT CRYSTAL BEACH OFFERS EXHIBITS

A chance to take one more spin through the Laff in the Dark -- at least in memory -- will be offered to Crystal Beach buffs Aug. 3 during a "Memory Day" near the site of the now-vanished Ontario amusement park.

Cars from the Giant Coaster, Laff in the Dark and Kiddie-Land rides will be used as photo props, and the most die-hard fans are invited to bring rags, brushes and scrapers to help restore one of the two surviving sections of Giant Coaster cars and track.

Crystal Beach waffles and loganberry also will be sold, organizers Cathy Herbert and Paul Kassay said.

Exhibits will include many items from Ms. Herbert's extensive Crystal Beach collection.

The nostalgia meeting and memorabilia swap meet will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Queen's Circle in Crystal Beach, as part of "Living History Week" celebrations in Fort Erie, Ont.

Part of the proceeds from souvenir and refreshment sales and Polaroid photos using the ride cars will benefit the Queen's Circle Rejuvenation Fund.

Other events to be held through Aug. 10 include a "Rekindling Our Traditions" powwow at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Center; a Living History Parade; walking tours of Ridgeway, Ont.; the annual Siege Weekend at Old Fort Erie; the Fort Erie Garrison Ball; and an Underground Railway River Crossing.

Information on events is available from the Fort Erie Economic Development Corp.

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