Faribault’s Second Tilt-A-Whirl Car to be Dedicated Soon
The second Tilt-A-Whirl car to be installed in downtown Faribault will be dedicated on Thursday, July 13, at its location on the State Bank of Faribault corner.
The restored car was in the Faribault Heritage Days Parade after those involved in its restoration decided it would be pretty cool to include it in the parade. Initially the dedication was going to be held during Heritage Days.
I walked downtown today and wondered why it hadn’t been installed yet so I called one of those involved in the restoration.
Also while downtown I swung into Burkhartzmeyer Shoes, where the first restored Tilt-A-Whirl, sits and Brian told me there are people taking selfies at the attraction all the time. I’ve driven by many times when wedding parties and others have been clicking pictures.
The Tilt-A-Whirl was invented by Herbert Sellner in 1926 in his Faribault home.
Sellner Manufacturing was already in business. He started the business in 1914 with the first products being furniture, kitchen sets and lamps. Herb then created a water toboggan slide he thought would go over really well in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and it was very popular. That’s what turned his attention to entertainment products.
Over the years, Sellner Manufacturing produced more than 1,000 of the amusement rides. Larson International of Plainview, Texas, purchased the rights to manufacture and work on Tilt-A-Whirls.
According to Wikipedia, the oldest operating Tilt-A-Whirl is a 1927 model, traveling with Tom Evans United Shows in the Midwest.
The second restored car is one of four cars donated by Gary Pettipiece of Faribault to the city. It is painted in Faribault High School colors of green and white. The dedication is planned for noon Thursday, July 13.
The picture below is from the first car dedication where television personalities helped dedicate a symbol of Faribault’s history.
It’s pretty cool to have the cars from the historic iconic ride that was invented and manufactured in Faribault for so many years in the historic downtown district.