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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer David Reyes contributed to this report
A woman was in critical condition with head injuries Thursday night after she fell from a high-speed, spinning ride at Knott's Berry Farm, authorities said. The woman, identified by Fire Department officials as Cheryl Vandegrift of West Covina, fell from the Tampico Tumbler about 2:40 p.m. as it was twirling riders, park officials said. It was unclear how far she fell, but the ride is 30 feet at its highest point.
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BUSINESS
January 4, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Knott's Berry Farm said Thursday that it will close the theme park two days a week for the first time in five years, a cutback that could be a sign of the recession's effect on Southland tourism, though the park said otherwise. The five-day schedule, with the park closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, will start next week and continue for six weeks, after which the park will again be open seven days a week, said Stuart Zanville, a Knott's spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five animal rights activists protesting the captivity of marine mammals chained themselves to a dolphin swim tank at Knott's Berry Farm on Saturday, halting a noon dolphin feeding show, park officials and police said. After the protesters had remained chained for about an hour, Buena Park police summoned by security guards arrested them. They were taken to police headquarters and booked on trespassing charges, then released with orders to appear June 29 in Municipal Court in Fullerton.
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
Russell Knott leaned back in a chair behind the desk in his unassuming office at Knott's Berry Farm and reminisced about working on the farm--both in the fields and as general manager of the theme park. Knott, 77, also reflected on the city's first tourist attraction, founded by his late parents, Walter and Cordelia, who had settled in Buena Park nearly 74 years ago.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
At Knott's Berry Farm's Cinco de Mayo debacle promoted by KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees, the rowdy youths were mainly outside the park--those who didn't get in on the 5-cent admission. But a similar promotion at Disneyland for Halloween in 1994 produced not only horrifying gridlock, brawls and frustrated customers outside the Magic Kingdom but a crime wave inside. "It was a nightmare," recalled Deena Ipolito, a sales clerk at the Emporium on Main Street that day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two animal rights protesters who chained themselves to the dolphin tank at Knott's Berry Farm last year were found guilty of trespassing Friday in Municipal Court in Fullerton. Gina Lynn, 24, of Costa Mesa and her mother, Sherry Trapp, 55, of Buena Park contend they were only trying to educate the public about mistreatment of dolphins at the amusement park when they staged their protest in May 1995.
NEWS
January 5, 1993 | DENNIS ROMERO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Destructo is riding high. He's at the apex of the Knott's Berry Farm Timber Mountain log ride, pinned in a fiberglass tree trunk by a gaggle of screaming girls. It's his birthday, it's 2:30 a.m. New Year's day, and this is his party for 17,254 paying guests--the largest rave yet held in the United States. When he mentioned rave two years ago, he says, "Nobody would listen, not even my mom and dad."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1989 | KENNETH WILLIAMS, Kenneth Williams is an editorial assistant in Calendar for The Times Orange County Edition.
Before it was all over, my clothes were a tattered confusion of shredded rags. The left side of my face was a purplish-black swollen mass of ruptured skin. A heavy, black three-inch bolt protruded from my cheek and jagged flaps of torn, blackened flesh oozed sticky rivulets of half-congealed blood. If this sounds like a typical Saturday night scene at the local trauma center, guess again.
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