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Wapello Fabrications Company, Inc.

This is my regular Tuesday series about ride manufacturers who have made rides for Hersheypark. Today’s article is about Wapello Fabrications Company. 

Wapello Fabrications Company, Incorporated (WAFABCO), is based in Wapello, Iowa, and was founded by June Hardin. Hardin purchased a company in 1973 which eventually became Wapello Fabrications. The company produces kiddie inflatable rides, the kinds you could get into and bounce up and down in.

June Hardin was president of Wapello until she passed away in 2013. Hardin also served on the boards of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Amusement Industry Manufacturer’s and Suppliers (AIMS) International.

Hersheypark owned one of WAFABCO’s rides, purchasing one called Moonwalk in 1996. The ride was installed in the park for a time starting in 1999, through 2003, and was used for Hersheypark In The Dark and was in Santa’s Castle during Hersheypark Christmas Candylane.

Moonwalk on a 2003 map of Hersheypark.

Eventually, Hersheypark discontinued using the ride during Christmas Candylane and the ride was removed from the park.

To read more about other ride manufacturers that have made rides for Hersheypark, click here.


Harry Michelson View All

I have a wide variety of interests, from sports to politics, music to Star Trek. I write about the history of amusement parks on my website, The Amusement Parkives, which I founded in 2016.

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