After 45 years of serving the great community of Fairmont, Valley Worlds of Fun Family and Fun Center will be closing their doors permanently at the end of July – leaving residents, as well as employees wondering what is left to connect the community.
Fairmont resident, Jacob Cottingham says he feels bad that he cannot continue the years of family traditions with his siblings.
“We were like younger than her and she’s eight. We came here almost every weekend during the summer.” stated Cottingham.
General Manager, Leigh Black says even though Worlds of Fun was growing with attractions, financial struggles and health complications to the Martin family business owner played a factor.
“Over the last 10 years the growth has been really slow and the hardships of the economic times have really made it to where it has gotten really hard.” said Beck. “Bob Martin the original owner that created all of this, it’s very hard for him. He is up in years. He has had a stroke a stroke in recent years and he would love nothing more than to be here running this operation because this was his true labor of love.”
Beck says she will miss everyone she has worked with because they were not just co-workers, but family.
“On behalf of me and my staff I would just like to thank them because they probably could’ve closed these doors a lot sooner and they kept going and a lot of it was for us. So, I am just really thankful for them and for the opportunities that they’ve afforded to me and I am just very grateful that they took a chance on me, because I love my job here.” Beck stated.
Valley Worlds of Fun will be closing their doors permanently on July 29th, but want residents, as well as out of town guests to pay a visit with only $10 admission passes for both outdoor and indoor entertainment.