Lake Winnie Yard Sale Inspires Memories

Reported by: Brittany Shaw
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Updated: 11/09/2012 7:24 pm

It's out with the old, and in with the new at Lake Winnepesaukah.

After 87 years in business, it's the park's first ever expansion sale.

Reservations specialist, Kim Pike, says hundreds poured out in hopes of snatching a piece of theme park history.

"We had one gentleman that was in his 80s. He stood and talked to us forever this morning," Pike says.

Among the items up for purchase?

Bumper cars, ferris wheel carts, and these sleek miniature corvettes.

Public Relations director Talley Green says the sale is a way for the park's past to fund its future.

"We're thrilled about the water park that's coming in 2013, and some of the items that have already been sold today include little corvette kiddie cars, some alpine skyride tubs, and just a variety of Lake Winnie blast from the past," Green says.

But it's not dealers who are buying these pieces of Lake Winnie's past; it's those who want to take their childhood memories into their homes and businesses.

Collector Curtis Burns called the sale a once in a lifetime opportunity...and loaded up a truck with the theme park relics.

"There are tons people around like me that are totally nostalgic that see this stuff and think memories of your childhood just ring back and you're like 'wow!'Look at that, I get to own something that I rode as a child. I have pictures of this that are thirty years old," Burns.

And for other sale participants, like 11 year old, Ben Monroe, those Lake Winnie memories have just begun.

"I come as often as I can. I beg my mom to bring me down. I love Lake Winnie," Monroe.

And Monroe says he too spent seven dollars of his own money to buy his share of Lake Winnie's past.

In Rossville, Georgia, Brittany Shaw WDEF News 12.

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