Saturday, April 10, 2021

George and Barbara Walker’s Holiday Hollow enters final season

 

2017 will mark Holiday Hollow‘s celebrating its 25th anniversary as well as its farewell season. Opened in Corfu, New York, in 1992 by George Walker III and his wife Barbara Walker (parents of Dynamic Attractions’ George Walker – aka George Walker IV – who in his youth was very much involved in Holiday Hollow), the final season will feature special events and two new shows.

Holiday Hollow is advertised as a “mini-Renaissance festival” with a Halloween and pirate theme. It opens October 7th after which it will be open every weekend and Columbus Day through October 29th.

George Walker of Dynamic Attractions has industry roots at Holiday Hollow, created and run by the Walker family in western New York State since 1992.

“It’s a bittersweet ending to a great, 25-year run,” said George Walker [the younger], “My whole family and all the many cast members who have worked with us over the years are very proud of what we accomplished, bringing as many smiles as we could to our guests.”

A local newspaper, The Daily News, published a fond editorial about this beloved regional attraction in its Sept 14, 2017 edition. The editorial states: All the Walkers wanted to do was entertain people, make them laugh and forget for a moment the grim realities life can hold. They put in the time and effort to make a dream come true and were able to spend 25 years doing what they love to do. That is admirable and appreciated…. There is a sadness in seeing Holiday Hollow end. But Mr. Walker [the elder] sums it up well: “I ran across a quote that is sometimes attributed to Dr. Seuss,” he said. ”’Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.’ That’s what we want to do.” Mission accomplished.

The team that has been at the heart of Holiday Hollow for 25 years: Zachary Walker, Barbara Walker and George Walker III. They are standing just inside the entrance to the Halloween Village.

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