What Unsuccessful Film Featured Grand Junction Fun Park Tilt-A-Whirl?
Did you ever ride the Tilt-A-Whirl at Guyton's Fun Junction in Grand Junction? Do you remember the sign indicating the ride had been featured in a movie? What movie was it?
The Tilt-A-Whirl was the vomit-inducing red, white, and blue thingamajiggy that would spin you around while the entire ride itself would spin. Looking back, I'm sure it was at Guyton's from day one.
Claim to Fame
Posted on the Tilt-A-Whirl was a sign indicating that particular ride, I mean the machine itself, had been featured in a motion picture. As a young person, I didn't recognize the title of the movie.
It Was a Remake
There have been several movies by this name. One came out in 1933. The film we're talking about came out in 1962.
Here You Go
According to westword.com, that particular Tilt-A-Whirl, the one residing at Guyton's Fun Junction, was featured in the movie State Fair. This would be the 1962 version starring:
- Ann Margaret
- Pat Boone
- Tom Ewell
- Alice Faye
According to the Sign
The sign on the Tilt-A-Whirl at Guyton's read:
Celebrity Ride -- This Very Tilt-A-Whirl Appeared in State Fair, Starring Ann-Margaret, Pat Boone, Tom Ewell, and Alice Faye."
Was This Movie Filmed in Grand Junction
Put simply, no. As a matter of fact, it was filmed just about everywhere but Grand Junction. According to Wikipedia, the movie was shot on sound stages at Twentieth Century Fox in California and on location at various places in Texas. Shooting also took place at Mooney's Grove Park in Visalia, California, and at the Oklahoma State Fair Raceway in Oklahoma City.
I miss Guyton's Fun Junction. I used to terrorize the place frequently back in the 1970s. I'd ride the Tilt-A-Whirl all the time with my mom and brother. I can remember going out of my way to read the sign each time.