LAKESIDE: 66 YEARS OF FUN IN THE SUN.

[DVD: Blue Ridge PBS – 2016 – 60 mins +extras]. The sound of a roller coaster flying down the tracks, screams and squeals of delight, blinking lights and cotton candy. Those are but a few of the things that immediately come to mind when thinking about a visit to Lakeside Amusement Park (Salem, Virginia). It has been more than 30 years since Lakeside turned off the lights and closed the gates in October 1986, and yet many still remember their time there fondly. What began as a two million gallon pool in the 1920s eventually became an amusement park with a variety of rides and games along with concerts from the likes of Conway Twitty, Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins and other top country music stars. This documentary takes a look back at the park through the years with archival photos and footage. Also included are memories from those who worked there during the 1940s, members of the Roberts family who owned the park the longest, “Whispering” Bill Anderson who performed at the park several times, and others. ANDY SHINE SAYS: There’s plenty of input from those who part-owned Lakeside Park as well as from those who worked or visited there. There is a good balance of interviews and park footage. The three minutes of extras include Lakeside newspaper adverts and details concerning a UFO sighting over Lakeside Park. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.