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).
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.
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
Laff In The Dark extends its sincere thanks to Mr. Granville
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
Leon S. Cassidy Achievement and Preservation Award is
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
Pretzel ridecar, and was created by
Laff In The Dark creative
director Bill Luca.
George LaCross and Bill Luca
In The Dark/www.laffinthedark.com
office manager Johnnie Jett
House manager Scott Hudson