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Welland Alive Family Festival Promo Video

Electric Chair Display Being Questioned

Related Post: Clifton Hill Execution

From the Niagara Falls Review:
The exhibit is called Shake and Bake, and for $2 you can watch a hooded male figure get fried while he sits strapped in an electric chair.

How’s that for wholesome, good family entertainment? And right in the heart of our tourism district on Clifton Hill.

I’m in shock (no pun intended) to think a business would put something like this outside in the open where it can be viewed by young children.

This exhibit has got to go!
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Snowbirds Over Welland

Submitted Joke for August 2008

Niagara Falls joke from Wocka.com

Two blond adventurers were on holiday, and went to see Niagara Falls.
After a few drinks one night, one bet the other $500 he couldn’t carry him across the falls on a tightrope.
After a very scary trip, his friend managed to stagger safely across, and the wager was duly paid.
“That was close,” said the loser. “When you wobbled, halfway across, I was sure I’d won.”

This joke has been rated 1 out of 5 on the funny scale

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Niagara On The Lake Farmer in Commercial

Phil Tregunno, of Tregunno Farms, is one of five growers featured in a Presidents Choice campaign with Galen Weston of Loblaw Companies Limited.

Spirit Caught on Tape at Drummond Hill Cemetery

A New Beginning at Niagara College

This soon-to-be student is just a little too excited to be moving to Welland.

The Ruth B Shipwreck

The wreck of the Ruth B is located where the Niagara River meets Lake Erie.

Living Water Wayside Chapel

Ontario currently has two churches on the list of the smallest in the world. This one is one of them and it’s located in Niagara on the Lake.

Tubing Down the Streets of Hurricane Fay

Lakeside Park Carousel

This Lakeside Park Carousel at Port Dalhousie was carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905 and is still just 5 cents a ride.

Port Colborne Kite Show 2008

Here is a kite show from this years Canal Days in Port Colborne.

Aerial View of the Fallsview Tourist District

Passengers tape from a plane 4000 feet above the Fallsview Tourist District in Niagara Falls.

The Show Must Go On!

…but only with the right marketing plan in place

I was reading an article today on the Niagara Falls Review website, that said “Pink Floyd Niagara is wrapping up its second summer in Niagara Falls, and unless word gets out, they may not be back next year. This is a dazzling, $500,000 production Floyd fans from across Ontario will dig, not just Niagara Falls.”

I agree that it is dazzling and it’s defiantly a show that must not be missed, however, the price of admission is rather high, running at about $58 per couple. I saw the Roger Waters band perform the complete Dark Side of the Moon at the Rogers Centre last year and paid about $2 less than what I paid at the Pink Floyd Niagara concert. Of course without David Gilmore, the Waters show was still not Pink Floyd, but it was the closest thing to it, without stepping into a time machine.

It does cost PFN a lot to put on such an elaborate show but with such a poor location and high ticket price, I really can’t see them performing again next year. If they do manage to pull it off and come back for another season, I will be purchasing a season pass and be attending at least once every 2 weeks.

Search Continues for Body of Girl in Niagara River

From the Buffalo News:

State Parks Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department helicopter continued to search the shores of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario today for the body of a 12-year-old Bronx girl.

State Parks Police Lt. Patrick Moriarty said the recovery effort would continue at least through Tuesday if the body of Magdalena Lubowska is not found today.

“Tomorrow we’re going to do the same thing we’ve been doing,” Moriarty said. “I’m hopeful that there may be some closure on this today or tomorrow.”

Lubowska slipped from a rock and fell into the rapids of the lower Niagara River during a hike Wednesday in the Niagara Gorge with 22 other youths who were staying at an unlicensed “summer camp” in Niagara Falls.

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Daredevil Days 2008

I made it out to Daredevil Days on Saturday and was disappointed to hear that Dean Sullivan would not be dropping 1000 feet from a helicopter, but rather be dropping 200 feet from a crane. It was also disappointing to see that some of the events that had been scheduled for Saturday didn’t happen at the times they were scheduled and that the city was wasting energy by leaving the downtown traffic lights on when the street was closed all weekend.

On a lighter note, the events that did happen were definitely worth the loss of energy. Gene Sullivan, no relation to Dean Sullivan, jumped a motorcycle through a wall of flames in front of a large crowd of spectators while the Secret Place Christian Fellowship were one block away preforming inspirational music and producing quite a crowd themselves. Entertainers littered the downtown streets and brought smiles to people of all ages.

All in all, I would attend the festival again, if the organizers decide to do another one in the future. Here is a short video I taped while attending. Please remember to let it completely load before watching.

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Crystal Beach Cyclone Roller Coaster

It is said to be one of the most frightening roller coasters to ever be built. This is a series of clips edited together from old newsreels of both Crystal Beach and Palisades Park. These were 2 of the 3 infamous Cyclone triplets that were built in 1927.

First Time in Canada

Two very excited girls make a trip to Niagara Falls and cross over into Canada for the first time.

Daredevil Days Coming Fast

Also see: Daredevil Days Promo Video
Related: Dean Sullivan Promo Video
Related: Daredevil Jumps into Niagara Falls with a Rope

Celebrate Old Downtown is pleased to present an event you will just have to see to believe. This adrenaline packed event brings you mind-blowing free entertainment with something for the whole family. Treat your senses to the best sights, sounds and tastes Niagara has to offer.

The busker festival will be downtown’s signature event. Live music will fill the streets as jugglers, stilt-walkers and buskers animate every street corner. Make your way to the main stage where you will dare to watch some of the most thrilling stunts this area has ever seen, including world renowned stunt master, Gene Sullivan of Evel Knievel fame.

World renowned daredevil Dean Sullivan will jump from a crane, over 300 feet in the air, with only a rope and without the benefit of a safety braking device. Days and times of his jumps will be posted on the “Schedule” page as they become available.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Friday will be host to some incredible local Niagara bands. Saturday you will experience the classic hits made famous by Ian Mitchell and The Bay City Rollers and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies. As if that weren’t enough, Niagara’s local businesses will be there offering you sidewalk sales, food, drinks and activities. So what are you doing this summer? Come out and celebrate old downtown with us at Daredevil Days, August 15th to the 17th on Queen Street in Niagara Falls.

For more information, visit Daredevil Days.

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