^ & ^^ I completely agree with these sentiments. The flip side for me is that even though it's great to connect with fellow riders from the past, it's just as sad to know that so many TPRers will never get to experience it. I'd still bet the house that this ride would produce the most insane TPR ERT session in history.
You know how we'll occasionally see the crazy suggestion that TPR should pool their money and buy a theme park, etc. etc.? I'm proposing we all ban together, find this thing, resurrect it, and call it our own!
much for posting this!! It's awesome whenever someone not only finds this thread, but takes the time to register, and then post. Heck, I didn't even realize it was first in a Google search.
duncans108 wrote:Hello, I just found this site today and joined because I googled "kick boodie ride" and this site came up, anyway. I am from south Florida and growing up, my best friend and I at the time got to ride the Kick Boodie hundreds of times over the years at our annual church carnival in the late 80's to mid 90's.
We were what the ride operator/ owner would call SUPER KICKERS because we rode the ride so much we had all the levels mastered and would re-connect everytime he hould yell KICK BOODIE over the PA system. No matter what new ride the Church would add in each year, the Kick Boodie was the main attraction having the longest line of waiting riders.
What church did you go to? I attended St. Helen Catholic Church, and we'd have it there just about every year. I've also ridden it at St. Anthony, and I believe it St. Coleman as well.
Ah yes, "Super Kickers." I couldn't remember what it was he called us. My brother and I were in this club also.
My friend and I were so addicted to the ride we would show up on Monday when all the rides would start to arrive to the Church to be set up eventhough the carnival didn't open untill Thursday just so we could watch the owner pull in and set it up.
This brought back a great memory. We were never told which rides we'd be getting each year. So naturally, as the rides would start to show up, kids would create a system to alert each other as to what was pulling in the parking lot, as we couldn't see from certain classrooms. As soon as it arrived each year, it was like a collective sigh of relief. No other rides mattered.
I actually recently spoke with my dad, who conveniently organized the church carnival each year, about the good 'ole days. He reminded me of the one year when we weren't able to get it for the carnival. Attendance dropped dramatically that year!!! The next year it was most certainly back in the lineup of rides.
I remember the last time I rode the ride on the last day of the carnival, I got to talk to the owner/operator who did travel in a motorcoach with the ride attached behind like in the photo you posted, only difference was the coach was red in color anyway, he told me he and a friend of his designed the ride and it was the only one of its kind as I played with his family dog that hung outside the coach when he was working. The dogs name was "Peaches" by the way. I told you we were addicted.
Cool, I had forgotten about Peaches. That brings up something else. I also remember speaking with the owners several times in random conversations, and they always seemed to be the nicest people on the circuit. They were not your typical carnies.
The owner / operator told me to enjoy the ride cause he was not sure how much longer he was going to continue to operate it from carnival to carnival. I asked why he never brought the ride to state fairs like the Dade and Broward county fair, he said they required a special license and he could only have it at select carnivals and it was about time to hang it up.
Great info. Yeah, we always wondered the same thing as kids.
That was the last time I got to ride or even see the Kick Boodie. To this day when ever I pass a carnival or bring my kids to one, the first thing I do is look for the Kick Boodie in hopes someone has taken over the rains and brought it back.
LOL. I subconsciously do the same thing. I've told my wife that, if by a miracle of God, I somehow find this thing operating somewhere, we're dropping everything and going to ride! I don't care if I'm on my way to a wedding, funeral, or whatever.......I'M GOING TO RIDE!!
I have rode so may type's of ride's over the years and no matter what The Kick Boodie was the ONLY ride that was a blast and a challenge to ride all in one. Nothing can compare to the best ride of all time "The Kick Boodie"
I wholeheartedly agree. And going back to my original statement, this is the toughest part about seeing this thread bumped. Those who have ridden it, and understand its awesomeness, will always struggle to explain how it trumps any other thrill ride in the world. It was so simple, yet so amazing!
On a side note, I have not given up on trying to find video of it in action. I've recently upped my efforts in trying to contact old friends who, at the time, had video cameras. Sadly, back then, video cameras weren't as commonplace as they are now.
Stay tuned though. I'm determined to find it on film somewhere!