New Creature Show
Among the outstanding back-end units making its debut this
season is Frank Hansen's Siberskoye (Siberian) Creature. It
reportedly rolled up record grosses with the No. 1 unit of
Bobby Cohn's West Coast Shows at the Portland (Ore.) Teen-Age
Fair, with similar success at the Seattle and Omaha teen
Kudos came from Don Burton, producer of the Portland event,
who termed it "one of the cleanest and best conducted
attractions we've ever had in our six years of producing
fairs," and Joe Gunson internal auditor for the KOIL (Good
Guys) Teen Creature drew 30 per cent of the approximate 58,000
attendance. Tab was 25 cents, 25 cents for kids.
Bookings to date include the independent midways at the Heart
of Illinois Fair, Peoria; Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis;
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul; Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson,
and Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City.
A retired Air Fore pilot, Hansen entered show business last
year with his "Mystery Machine" after it was returned to him
from the Smithsonian Institution. He wound up at the Arizona
State Fair in Phoenix, then moved to California to frame the
new unit at an estimated cost of $50,000.
The Creature is framed in a 40-ft. semi which can be folded up
on the road in 45 minutes. Trailer has paneled walls,
carpeted floors, individually-lighted, airline-type steps and
watchman's quarters in front. Camper-type quarters are
air-conditioned and carpeted, with shower, lavatory,
refrigerator, stove, oven and self-contained water, waste and
Exhibited in a specially-designed refrigerated coffin which
maintains 10 below zero at all times, the "creature: is frozen
in a 3,000-pound block of ice, clearly visible through a
double thermo-glass top which prevents frosting and acts as a
heat barrier. A portable electric generator supplies power on
the road and for emergency use on location.