With their preservation of two superb Bill Tracy-designed dark attractions, Trimper's Rides
and Amusements in Ocean
City, Maryland was a natural choice to receive our second
Laff Achievement Award.
Not only did Granville Trimper personally commission Tracy to design the Haunted House dark ride and the Pirates Cove
funhouse some 35 years ago,
he has since diligently preserved and maintained the operation of both at a time when many such classic rides have passed into extinction.
For that, we are proud to honor him with this award.



Standing in front of Pirates Cove, Mr. Granville Trimper (center) accepts the "Golden Pretzel" Laff Achievement Award from Laff In The Dark principals George LaCross (left) and Bill Luca (right).

In the seaside resort of Ocean City, Maryland, the Trimper name has been synonymous with amusements since 1890, when Daniel Trimper arrived at Ocean City and began building his hotel and entertainment enterprises, adding the park's antique carousel in 1902. His ten children and their descendants have continued the family operation to the present day.

Over the years, Trimper's has expanded their properties to include the kiddieland pavilion, an outdoor amusement park filled with major rides, and a shopping village and restaurants.


The tradition of annually updating the roster of contemporary rides while maintaining their nostalgic, old-time attractions has made Trimper's Rides and Amusements an Ocean City landmark for over a hundred years.



In addition to their wide selection of major rides, Trimpers also features one of the few remaining indoor kiddieland pavilions, with its 1902 Herschell-Spillman wooden carousel at the center of an array of beautifully maintained vintage Mangels kiddie rides.



Acknowledgements
 
Laff In The Dark extends its sincere thanks to Mr. Granville Trimper,
Office manager Johnnie Jett and Haunted House manager Scott Hudson for their gracious hospitality, assistance and patience as the Laff In The Dark staff spent three days inside these two classic rides, collecting data, documentation and over 500 photos for the production of our two Trimper/Tracy articles:
Trimper's Haunted House
Trimper's Pirates Cove


The Leon S. Cassidy Achievement and Preservation Award is presented by
Laff In The Dark to individuals or businesses who have made notable contributions to the world of traditional dark ride and funhouse amusements, as well as those who have played an important role in preserving existing historically significant rides for
future generations to enjoy.

The Laff Achievement Award features a
one-twelfth scale replica
of the classic
Pretzel ridecar, and was created by

Laff In The Dark 
creative director Bill Luca.

All Photos by
George LaCross and Bill Luca

© 2003
Laff In The Dark/www.laffinthedark.com
Park office manager Johnnie Jett
Haunted House manager Scott Hudson