Al Fasnacht, the senior member of the Fasnacht family that has owned and operated Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk since 1962, will be signing copies of the new book "Land of Fun: The Story of an Old-Fashioned Amusement Park for the Ages," from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, at Funland on Delaware Avenue.
The signing will take place inside Funland, right beside the boats. Copies of the book, a history of the amusement park that was published in May and has been featured in the Washington Post and USA Today, will be available for purchase for $20. “Land of Fun” author Chris Lindsley will also be on hand for the signing.
“Land of Fun” is the best-selling book this summer at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach; Funland fans of all ages are reading it sometimes from cover to cover in one sitting.
“The book was the perfect mix of the history of Funland and personal accounts from the many people connected to Funland in one way or another. I couldn’t put it down,” said Kristine Loeffler of Randolph, N.J., who first visited Funland at 2 months old. “The book brought back so many memories of my growing up, and now I get to watch my own kids enjoy the same rides, games and family-friendly atmosphere. If you like Funland, you’ll love this book!”
Fasnacht will provide a personalized inscription, talk with guests about the park, take pictures with families and thank them for their interest in Funland. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Funland fans.
Fasnacht turned 90 in November, but he still works about five hours a day at Funland, handling all the trash and recycling, and operating the kiddie rides.