If you grew up in Edina during the 60s and 70s, you probably spent a few summer afternoons watching puppet wagon shows. Built to look like a castle with a drawbridge door, the puppet wagon was hauled by truck from park to park throughout the summer. Park and Rec summer staff made the puppets, wrote original plays and entertained the hordes of Baby Boomer children who flocked to the summer playground program. Children's author Nancy Carlson provided this clipping from the local paper -- she circled herself in the picture. (She claims she always had messy hair so she was easy to identify, even from the back of her head.) Do you remember the puppet wagon? Or any of the other summer park and rec events, including turtle races, elephant rides, summer olympics, or cowboy days? Tell us your memories by commenting on this post or emailing me.
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