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old skool

Covington, LA

#1 May 1, 2009
remember the summer fun there?
small town

Livonia, LA

#2 May 1, 2009
old skool wrote:
remember the summer fun there?
I do....whatever happened to that place?????
old skool

Covington, LA

#3 May 1, 2009
great bands every sun. afternoon.

Since: Aug 08

Hammond, LA

#4 May 1, 2009
small town wrote:
<quoted text>I do....whatever happened to that place?????
isnt it called Tiki Tubing now?
Zoie

Maringouin, LA

#5 May 1, 2009
Oh My Gosh I thought nobody remembered that place. I went there every sunday faithfully loved it. Great music good clean fun got stuck one day on the ferris wheel and stayed there about 2 hours. My daddy worked at Kaiser and they use to have plant picnics there I loved that place. Thanks for reminding me
reader

United States

#6 May 1, 2009
Sky rockets in flight-------------afternoon delight. I think that was the main song they played, over and over and over. That was one fun place to go to.
sugarb

Ponchatoula, LA

#7 May 1, 2009
Great time. I can remember "tighten up" by Archie bell. Loved the paddle boats. Poured sun-in in my hair and let the sun bleach it OUT. Good ole days
Jarreau89

Opelousas, LA

#8 May 1, 2009
Higgy wrote:
<quoted text>isnt it called Tiki Tubing now?
Actually, it is a subdivision now. I have a friend that lives there.

It was a great place. I feel sorry for teenagers today because they don't have the great places to go that we had. Remember Hoppers on Saturday night - just cruising through the parking lot or lucky enough to get a parking spot and just hang!!!! Great memories.
me too

Livonia, LA

#9 May 1, 2009
what about fun fair park. i used to love to go there. of course that was when it was safe to be in baton rouge. my mom used to drop us off there for hours while she went and shopped at the mall.

Since: Mar 09

Baton Rouge, LA

#10 May 1, 2009
Hoppers, Kips and Hamms, the He and She Scene == those were the days
old skool

Covington, LA

#11 May 2, 2009
there use to battle of the bands there every now and then.some of those same bands still are around today, like van broussard and some are still around with different musicians ,floyd brown is another one.
old skool

Covington, LA

#12 May 2, 2009
remember the bikini contest, boy what a sight, white bikini on a fine tanned babe!
Gibb

United States

#14 Jan 1, 2010
old skool wrote:
remember the summer fun there?
"I not only remember Thunderbird beach, I worked there as a Lifeguard a couple of summers. I have some wonderful memories of Joe Stampley & The Uniques, The Greek Fountains, John Fred & The Playboys, and so many more great bands every Sunday and sometimes on Tuesday nights. The Tuesday night crowd was a little rougher group, but no big deal.There were other stage events as well, like a muscle man contest and a Hypnotist I remember.

As a lifeguard, I/we pulled a few needy swimmers out of the water and actually revived a young boy that had drowned one 4th of July. His mom not only didn't thank us, but chewed us out "for letting him drown" rather than realizing we saved his life! The 4th was one of our biggest days of summer and the people were like ants, just everywhere and it WAS a difficult job to watch over everybody, especially with particular groups of brewski-soaked folks raisin' a ruckus occasionally in the water and on the beach.

There were pinball machines,etc. in the Arcade, the snack bar, the super slide (the lifeguards favorite when nobody was around in the mornings during the week) and the giant water fountain at the shallow end, where young lovers (but not me, no, I would never do such a thing) would go underneath and make-out. Cabins were for rent out there for overnight and weekends, but were employed a lot for the afternoon by people who looked a lot like "pillars of the community", but I won't mention any names.

I always felt sorry for the pet monkey that was caged out there, as people would give him cigarettes and beer and he would then sexually abuse himself while they watched. Weird, very weird.

Did I mention the girls? Girls, girls, girls. Girls love Lifeguards...yep.

Since: Mar 09

Baton Rouge, LA

#15 Jan 1, 2010
old skool wrote:
there use to battle of the bands there every now and then.some of those same bands still are around today, like van broussard and some are still around with different musicians ,floyd brown is another one.
and The Midnighters
Islander

United States

#16 Jan 2, 2010
How about the POP festival held there in 69 or 70. Festival of Life I think it was, or was that the one at McRae? Went to both of them.
nik

Seattle, WA

#17 Feb 21, 2010
I'm 25, and have memories of being there on several different occasions.

What year did it close down? Where was it located?

All I really remember is my family bringing us out there every weekend toting coolers and a playpen for my infant brother. I also remember the superslide (that I was never big enough to go on it seemed), the paddleboats for sure, and the water guns... Were there swings in the water, or something to sit on? I have NO recollection of any monkey, concessions, or bandstand. I was probably only 5 or 6 the last time I went there, so it's all very vague memories... but they sure are good ones.
Linda Farrar King

Pontotoc, MS

#19 Mar 3, 2010
I lived in Jackson, MS. but my mother and I spent our summers at Thunderbird from 1967 to 1971. She was Mrs. Earline, she worked in the concession stand. Before I became a lifeguard, I mostly worked the front gate and helped Mrs. Libby count the money in the office. That was the greatest place. I met so many friends and just had great summers there. I am 57 now so you know that was quite a while ago. Those I remember were Clint, David, Harry, Debbie, Sharon, Terri, Bobby, Larry, Grace, Kerry, Tommy, Wayne and Sammy. What memories! Someone should start a Facebook page. We could reconnect with some of those old friends.
Linda Farrar King

Pontotoc, MS

#20 Mar 3, 2010
Oh, and I remember that Pop Festival in 1970. It was great! Thunderbird was a place WAY ahead of its time!
Paul Kocke

Saint Martinville, LA

#21 Apr 29, 2010
Do you know what the address was? I'm trying to find it on Google Earth to see what it looks like now. It was a GREAT place.
Gibb wrote:
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"I not only remember Thunderbird beach, I worked there as a Lifeguard a couple of summers. I have some wonderful memories of Joe Stampley & The Uniques, The Greek Fountains, John Fred & The Playboys, and so many more great bands every Sunday and sometimes on Tuesday nights. The Tuesday night crowd was a little rougher group, but no big deal.There were other stage events as well, like a muscle man contest and a Hypnotist I remember.
As a lifeguard, I/we pulled a few needy swimmers out of the water and actually revived a young boy that had drowned one 4th of July. His mom not only didn't thank us, but chewed us out "for letting him drown" rather than realizing we saved his life! The 4th was one of our biggest days of summer and the people were like ants, just everywhere and it WAS a difficult job to watch over everybody, especially with particular groups of brewski-soaked folks raisin' a ruckus occasionally in the water and on the beach.
There were pinball machines,etc. in the Arcade, the snack bar, the super slide (the lifeguards favorite when nobody was around in the mornings during the week) and the giant water fountain at the shallow end, where young lovers (but not me, no, I would never do such a thing) would go underneath and make-out. Cabins were for rent out there for overnight and weekends, but were employed a lot for the afternoon by people who looked a lot like "pillars of the community", but I won't mention any names.
I always felt sorry for the pet monkey that was caged out there, as people would give him cigarettes and beer and he would then sexually abuse himself while they watched. Weird, very weird.
Did I mention the girls? Girls, girls, girls. Girls love Lifeguards...yep.
Paul Kocke

Saint Martinville, LA

#22 Apr 29, 2010
Do you know what the address was? I'm trying to find it on Google Earth to see what it looks like now. It was a GREAT place.

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