Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, July 30, 1972 Whoop-Up midway is fun (but nothing is perfect) By I.M1IIY BENNETT Kcrnld Slalf Writer "Tills ride is as tad as my .-ar." "Scream a little louder, Ihey love Some ot tlie remarks by both patrons and employees o[ Uie Thomas Shows midway at Whoop-Up Days are even more enjoyable than the attractions one must, pay to experience. In the Hall of Terrors one of the caged monsters was sent cringing to the rear comer ot liis cell when one patron pro- claimed, "Don't worry, he prob- ably has a PhD in physics and this is only his summer job." The most enjoyable fantaey of this year's midway involves Zambora a lady who "changes" into a 450 pound go- rilla. Her secret: she "thinks gorilla." Though the ploy of the "trans- formation" is quite obvious, the effect, when viewed from a strictly fun-sort of view is very entertaining Bad weather, masses of mud and microphone problems can- celled the Chamber of Horrors attraction where "seven lovely girls are tortured alive." One can only envision what was missed. The girlie show was far more professional the girls are more good stature this year than last. Most per- sons who saw a performance thought the admission was a little high, though, and besides, the girls kept too many clothes on. There is a smaller selection of rides this year and cold weather coupled with rain and mud prevented some of the rides from opening at first. The midway wasn't able to open until 6 p.m. Tuesday night. All rides are open now, however. Over-all reaction to the mid- way was mixed. "I went out to have fun, and I really did. The only thing I fldn't like on the midway this year was the cost of many of the games. The price has been said Lynn Campeau, a university art student. "Some people have a limit of money they will spend on games and at this year's prices they won't play as many games." Alec McKenzic, a part-time gardener, said he -'really didn't like the mud on the midway, they could have used a lot more wood chips." Alee thought the girlie show had "its high poinls" and the use of black light in one per- formance was "very good." He didn't think there was a great enough selection in rides, and the cost of those that were there was too high. "When you buy a book of 15-cent tickets and you have to use five of them for one ride it takes' a long time to realize you just paid 75 he said. He did enjoy himself on the midway, especially the bumper cars and he liked the position' of tlie concession stands, "which were mucli more convenient than last year." Holly Wight, of Lethbridge liked lady who changes into a gorilla. She thought il was "good fun." She thought it was too bad the Torture Chamber attrac t i o n was closed while she was there, but has vowed to return to see it. Holly was unhappy about Hie girlie show. She thought it was too short and "one girl was missing when I saw it. And it was too ohe said. A negative vote for the mid way was registered by David Timms, a camera salesman. "f was extraordinarily unim he said. "Tlie weath- er had a lot to do with it, but I think what few attractions that were there were severely lim- ited. The only worthwhile rides at the midway were the bumper buggies and the double ferris wheel." Curiosity seekers flock to attempted murder hearing City curiosity seekers began filling provincial judge's court at 9 a.m. today to get vantage point seats for the hearing of David William Threinen, 24, of Lethbridge, f o r noncapital murder. Although the trial was not slated to start until 11 a.m., the court was filled to capacity, in- cluding standing room, before 10. Old people, young people, men and women, and some mothers with children were all there to get a look at the charg- ed man. Others knew they would see the mother of Angela Huemer, whose body was found Friday. One lady came complete in curlers. When the court was called to order at 10 a.m. for those fac- ed with minor charges, a city police constable asked the standing room spectators to leave. With some people facing charges still left standing, he asked people sitting in the pews and not facing charges- to make room. After a delay of some seconds, a few finally left and provided room for those with business to conduct. During the interval before some spectators moved, the constable said the event every- one was waiting for would only last a couple of minutes. FRIDAY IS YOUTH DAY AT in LETHBRIDGE DAflMft PARI-MUTUEl BETTING KAUNU DAILY AT P.M. THOMAS BROS. 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While I pause to try and re- member, two people step on my feet, another elbows me in the back and apologizes, and someonj at the table in the far corner hollers out another or- der. Have you ever wondered what it was like to wait tables in a beer garden? Well, I did too. Some things are better left unlearned. I must admit though, the place has a lot of atmosphere. I know the other people waiting tables thought so, and I think underneath it all, they secretly enjoyed it and I guess I did too. The job itself is hectic, es- pecially later in the evening, when there's a never-ending stream of people coming in and no-one going out. Not being mathematically in- clined, one of my greater hard- ships was sorting out whether the numbers in my head repre- sented dollars, bottles, jugs, people or the number of steps I'd walked in the last hour. The paople were really some- thing else. I never met one rude person all evening, and the only drunks, who were rel- atively scarce, were all happy ones. Everyone Uiere had come for the sole purpose of having a good time, and with all those people working so hard at hav- ing one, something pretty won- derful was bound to happen. It was a great feeling. I was thankful for the warmth the people left me with inside, because it got darn cold outside. And it wasn't un- til I was finished working that I noticed my feet hurt, my back ached and I could have fallen asleep where I stood. And I felt kind of awful com- plaining, because I left the reg- ular workers with a good two or three hours of work remain- ing. Would I do it again? Sure. And I'll bet everyone of the others would say the same thing. Midway strip show shenanigans: two views By CATHIE RETI Herald Staff Writer The strip shows are there every year, with the strip art- ists offering performances that "will make you reach down, and grab onto your bench." And yet with an introduction like that, viewers are still at- tracted and enter the lent, won- dering by now what they will he seeing. And it's not only men who fill the dark tent in which they'll see the performance: many of them bring along their girlfriends. There was nothing fantastic about it. The price was too high to pay to just see three girls remove parts of the bits of clothing they did wear, and none of them removing all of their clothing completely. And the girls wore pantyhose under all of il! For much less than the price people pay to see what Uiey sea at the strip show, the local swimming pools provide more visual entertainment. And for women to he paid just so they can try to get some reaction out of the males is rather ridiculous. The ma- jority of the people didn't cheer. Only a few futile claps were heard amongst those who half- filled the tenl. By LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer Cold weather, poor audienco reaction and an exorbitant ad- mission fee all work against the Chez Pariz strip show at the Whoop-Up Days midway. Overlooking the price, Chez Pariz is the best strip show the exhibition has had in the past three years. Vicki, Carmalita and Rita all seem to work hard to please the audience. The task often seems beyond them, especially during the first number, but Ihe blame should rest with the au- dience, not the girls. The performers and the mas- ter of ceremonies, Kathy, are sisters members of a family of 16, they say (nine brothsrs and seven sisters) who are all involved in some area of the entertainment field. Vicki, 18, who plans to at- tend college when she is not on the road is the first to appear. She performs a well-done go-go routine, and although she re- moves fewer articles of cloth- ing than the others her act is the most entertaining. Second to appear is Carma- lita, 23, who is undecided about her future. Her routine is definitely the mainstay of the program and serves to excite even the dead- est audience. Carmalita exerts tremendous energy in prepar- ing the viewer for her sister Rita, 21, the star who is the last to appear. From the outset of Rita's ap- pearance it is obvious she is tlie most experienced of the strippers. Her routine is filled with the classic bumps and grinds and enhanced by a mod- ified version of a belly dance which is mechanically well dene. Only during good audience reaction, however, does her act come alive. With audience coaxing, clapping and en- ENTERTAINMENT DOWNTOWN Tho local rock group Tamarax slarled off sev- cral days of special downtown entertainment Tuesday morning. Businessmen bclween 6lh ond 7lh St. on 4lh Ave. have arranged a variely of entertainers to give street performances from to noon during Whoop-Up Days. Today featured iho YMCA Acrobatic Club, Friday Is Barney and tho Beer Nuts, and Tamarax will repeat its per- formance Saturday. couragement Rita will beconn a performer. Older sister Kathy, 27, a singer by profession, says she often docs a comedy strip and with encouragement she might do -a special performance in Lethbridge. Her performance would cer- tainly help lengthen an all-too- expensive and short show. Gospel crowd appreciative By GARKRY ALLISON Herald Staff Writer Southern gospel music, with its hand clapping, toe-tapping revival meeting style, came to Whoop Up Days and was per- formed before a small but ap- preciative audience of 350 last night. Tlie Prophets, direct from Nashville, Tennessee, reached back into the 1930s for some old standards and even per- formed some of the latest in the way of hit records as they did their rendition of Ray Stev- ens' hit, Tun-. Your Radio On. A lively quartet backed by drums, piano and giu'tar, tho group's main fault lay in a slightly fuzzy sound system which had excessively high volume. The ga t h cring applauded generously rfter each number and particularly enjoyed the Prophets' version of the old hand clapping favorite of Stewart Hambhn's, This Old House, featuring tlie rich bass voice of Butch Sanders. A sincere, deeply religious group, the Prophets presented a fine show, reaching their audience from the very outset of the performance. Though many of the songs were unfamiliar in these parts, with the possible exception of the true gospel music follow- ers, they won many new fans for themselves and for gospel mrsic as a whole. The seven left Nashvillo Monday in Of) degree heat to perform at the rain soaked Whoop Up Days stage show as n replacement act for tho ailing ninckiv o o d Brothers. While they didn't tliink much of the 45 degree tempcratiiro In Lethbridge, they did their best to wnrm things up with their hand clapping music di- rect from the deep south.