Bensons Animal Farm
June 24, 2012 04:45:13 (EDT)|
Trevor June 19, 2012 21:32:10 (EDT)
Judy, please shut up. No one cares about your stupid, tree hugging, PETA loving, bullshit rhetoric . Does anyone think Bensons wasn't guilty of the same treatment of animals? Guy was charged, which whIle being a serious charge, was he convicted? Do you know intimately the detailts of the case or are you blindly seizing the opportunity to further sway public opion in your favor? For all you know the 14 year old girl could be a liar for sake of attention, or come from a trash family looking for an easy lawsuit. If its such an issue for you why don't you do something productive. Go to the town join a committee with the town and help to bring in a circus that meets the animal care standards you seem so concerned about. ( however that's probably impossible since you likely feel no circus meets that standard cause all animals should be free) by doing this you'd be hittin the enemy where it hurts... Their wallet. If they loose gigs they losse money and eventually shut down.
The Friends of Benson Park, Inc. June 19, 2012 17:28:29 (EDT)
Remember the days of clowns at Benson's Wild Animal Farm such as the zany duo " Ham & Eggs "?
Come visit Benson Park Tomorrow Wednesday June 20th a noon to meet Carlee & Charlie two of the most charming fun Circus clowns around, be early as we heard they are coming with a limited amount of *FREE* kids tickets.
Tents will be set up to meet and greet and ice cold drinks and ice cream will be available in front of the old Elephant Barn.
Judy June 15, 2012 14:28:52 (EDT)
Benson s has invited another Circus. Circus animals are unwilling and abused to perform. The Kelly Miller circus also has had an employee charged with rape of a 14 year old.
Kelly Miller Circus
David June 13, 2012 18:59:52 (EDT)
I have a park map, parking ticket and ticket entry stubs all noted as "Bensons last day - 10/12/87". That would have been Monday, Columbus Day. Is that correct as the last day? Thnx
Sheila June 13, 2012 10:58:31 (EDT)
When I was younger I used to go to Bensons every summer at least twice per summer..I use to think it was funny when I would sit down near the lake area and the squirrels would run up my body and sit on my shoulder.. Then I got married years later After that I brought my son he was only 1 at the time he doesnt remamber anything I was never able to take the other 3 of my children there since it closed.. but I miss that place so much.. I havent had the chance to visit many zoos or animal farms.. I was disappointed in York's in Maine (I havent been there since 1993) so I stpped looking for such things.. I see now they are renovating the park they should contact Derry Flea Market and maybe see if anything is still in good shape to bring back to Bensons. The flea market is closed so all those things are just collecting dust now.. It would be nice to see more of the way old Bensons used to be..
Teresa June 10, 2012 10:57:47 (EDT)
Thanks for looking!
H. Wood June 4, 2012 10:51:57 (EDT)
I see on ebay that someone has an old pennant from Benson's up for auction. Looks old!
Lisi May 29, 2012 17:44:27 (EDT)
@Toni: I DO remember the PA playing Bad Girls! (Kinda remember Emmy Lou the emu tearing around the park to that music.) That song always makes me remember that photo booth playing a continuous loop of Benny Benson saying "...and you forgot your camera..." (always wanted to secretly unplug that thing).
Mr. Dana Sion May 26, 2012 18:44:41 (EDT)
Sandra, to adopt-a-spot at Benson Park Email Natalie at "email@example.com". Thank you for your support of Bnson Park.
micah May 21, 2012 16:49:27 (EDT)
I am 11 and no nothing about it but my grandma takes me and its sad my mom remembers it though.
SANDRA May 20, 2012 19:38:12 (EDT)
We want to know how to adopt a plot of land for improvement. we really enjoyed what others have done there.
Nancy H May 18, 2012 14:52:49 (EDT)
I went to Benson's serveral time as a young child, we took our daughter there when she was 5 yrs old in the early 80's. So sad, great memories!!!
Toni May 17, 2012 17:39:09 (EDT)
Okay, every time I hear Donna Summers "on the radio" I think of Bensons. Am I the only one who remembers in the early 80's, before the park would open in the morning, Bad Girls or Hot Stuff would blast over the PA system? Memories.
Dotty B. May 17, 2012 16:35:59 (EDT)
There are three Benson's elephants that are still alive: Liz, Ruth and Tina http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=646&show=6
steve May 16, 2012 14:44:57 (EDT)
Here is the Park Brochure which has a map of the park.
Chris May 12, 2012 20:32:43 (EDT)
Can you ride bikes thru Bensons?
Chelsea May 12, 2012 18:49:18 (EDT)
Is there by chance a map of the area that shows trails?
Ann May 11, 2012 06:37:28 (EDT)
Does anyone remember ... when visiting the Old Woman of the Shoe if a cast member portrayed the Old Woman or if there was a mannequin at the display?
Dwaine High May 7, 2012 08:50:06 (EDT)
Hi Lee, I've got one of the frogboats and have been working to restore it. The steering mechanism has been replaced with all stainless steel so it will never rust again. I've gotten the fiberglass and resin to do the rest of the cosmetic work but I just can't find the time. I don't know how many of these are out there but just the couple times I've moved it around in the back of my truck I've gotten many comments and questions about it.Quite a few people have even recognized it as one of the former Bensons rides. It's a real conversation piece.Send me a message and we'll talk...
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