Funland book author Chris Lindsley to appear Oct. 12

October 9, 2019

Chris Lindsley, the bestselling author of the book about Funland called "Land of Fun: The Story of an Old-Fashioned Amusement Park for the Ages," will be holding two book events Saturday, Oct.12. Both are free and open to the public.

Lindsley, who worked at Funland for six summers in high school and college, will be doing a presentation on the history of Funland and a question-and-answer session and book signing from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the Lewes Public Library.

He will be signing books from 6 to 8 p.m., at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

“Land of Fun” is the No. 1-selling book this summer at Browseabout. Readers will discover the old-school values of Funland co-founder Al Fasnacht, who at 90 has, with his family of four generations who have worked at Funland, created a Rehoboth Beach institution by focusing on the customer experience rather than profits. Fasnacht worked more than five hours a day this past summer, handling all the trash and recycling duties every day and operating the kiddie rides for 90 minutes each night.

Chapters cover topics such as the making of the haunted mansion, which is considered one of the best in the country; the history of the five rides older than Funland; everything about Funland’s games; the secrets to this four-generation family business; how brothers Al and Don Fasnacht turned the park into a family-friendly destination for people of all ages; and the future of Funland.

Each chapter ends with personal story told by someone with a connection to the park that speak to Funland’s ability to create great memories for generations of families, and what makes the family that runs it so special.

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