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Postby xxlatinogueroxx » Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:15 pm

I have noticed in the Sky Whirl Photo Album a picture of the Farmers Market...same name? Anyways, in the center of the court there was a stand of some sort with the color orange. Does anybody remember what it was? Sorry I cant paste a picture on here, it would be easier to explain.
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Postby steven » Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:29 pm

I believe that you are referring to a small bandstand or performance stage that was used for entertaining those who were eating at Farmers Market.

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Postby xxlatinogueroxx » Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:58 pm

^ Maybe, the one I am talking about was in the middle of the food court in between the tables and chairs.

Was the band located across the market along with its own stage?
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Postby steven » Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:12 pm

There was a gazebo in the middle, with tables and chairs inside it. The bandstand was out at the edge of the seating area. Here's a photo:

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Postby xxlatinogueroxx » Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:39 am

Thanks alot, nice picture. Wow it looks way different now then it did before.
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Postby BrianPlencner » Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:44 am

Steve,

Thanks for posting that picture.

By the way, was that taken in the Gurnee Park, or the Santa Clara one?
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Postby redfishpaw » Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:49 am

Nice picture, I believe that later on, the gazebo at gurnee was open on all sides.
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Postby steven » Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:59 pm

Brian,

I think this photo is Santa Clara.

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Postby RLAiello » Fri Aug 26, 2005 1:09 am

Both parks had identical seating arrangements and gazebos when they were built (I miss the way it used to look). SC kept theirs that way for a long time. When I visited in 1990 they still had it the same as when Marriott built it, but by then Gurnee had taken all the structures down and it really looked univiting. Farmer's Market was really nasty in Gurnee until after Time Warner bought Six Flags, then they did a complete revamp of the Farmer's Market area... which brought new pavillion style coverings and new theming to the area. As far as I know it retains this today, and it really looks nice.

Here's a couple pics I took when I visited in 1990. One from Sky Whirl (RIP) and one from across the main path.

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Postby Roger » Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:42 pm

Hoo boy, does this bring back memories.

I worked at Farmers Market back in the early 80s in Santa Clara. They even had the audacity to make me a LEAD (boy was THAT a mistake!). I remember slinging fries at Andres (is that still even in existence?)

Thanks for the site. Takes me back a long way.

Although I'll freely admit that I'm incensed about their removal of the triple ferris wheel. That was the best ride in the park, followed (in order) by Willard's Whizzer and Triple Play.

But then, my taste has always been more than a little questionable.

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Postby that_guy » Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:01 pm

^ You have good tastes :)

Anyways, SC has replaced it with canvas canopy. I've noticed that most of the original seats are still being used, although some colors and styles are mixed and matched.

Does anyone know exactly what they sold here when it was Marriott? I'm guessing they didn't sell rice bowls at that time (what I always eat when I go there).
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Postby RLAiello » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:52 am

It's scary that I can do this... but my sister worked for many years in Farmer's Market, so that's why I know these things. I also have pictures of the Santa Clara Farmer's Market in 1990-- each and every single stand.

Sometimes I worry about my geek-ness when it comes to this park. ;-)

Jose's Taco Cantina
Giovanni's Spaghetti
Corn Dogs
Schultze's Wieners
Andre's French Fries

These were in the original configuration of Farmer's Market in both parks and remained as such for many, many years. They still remained in 1990.

I don't know the original names of the other areas, but in Santa Clara in 1990 they were (with their Gurnee names in parens):

County Fair Cones - (part of Giovanni's in Gurnee)
Oriental Express (Interestingly, this location and Corn Dogs were interchanged location-wise in both parks...)
Croissandwich - Santa Clara (Called Gyros to Go in Gurnee)
Mucho Nacho (called Steve's Deli in Gurnee)
Burger Barn (called County Fair Grill in Gurnee-- This location and "Schultze's Wieners" were interchanged between both parks)
Pizza Express (Gurnee only-- in the mid-80s they added this stand to their Farmer's Market, so Gurnee's Farmer's Market actually has one more stand than Santa Clara.)

There was also a beer kiosk in the Gurnee Market, and the Corn Dogs stand in Santa Clara sold beer. Years later in Gurnee, this was one of the only places in the park where you could even buy beer.

Also, the larger kiosk building at the left of the Farmer's Market complex was built as a Belgian Waffle station originally, but has changed over the years as well. In 1990, Santa Clara called this "Market Munchies."
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Postby Glorfindel7 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:39 pm

The Farmer's Market brings back many memories for me. I remember the "Jose's Taco Cantina" and the French Fries. I think that was also one of the places in the park where you could get the foot long hot dog (the other being Yukon Do It in Yukon Territory...)
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Postby binks drake » Sat Jun 24, 2006 10:20 pm

Right Now, Gurnees Farmers Market consists of Jose's Cantina, Panda Express, Schulz's hot dogs, Dippin Dots, Andres Fries, County Fair Grill, and Papa John's (It has anothern name but i can't think of it).
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Postby RLAiello » Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:32 pm

Does Andre's still use these cups for their fries (as seen on the front page of the "Food" section of this site)?

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I know they did for all the years that I worked there.
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