Carla Eckels / KMUW

Artist Marlene Irvin is busy these days restoring all 36 of Joyland’s carousel horses in her backyard workshop in Wichita. Next year, the horses will be installed in their new home at Botanica.

Louie The Clown Recovered

Feb 19, 2015
WPD I Facebook

An organ-playing clown lost for nearly a decade was found and was presented to citizens Thursday by the Wichita Police Department. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Louie is an animated ceramic close-to-life-size clown, who played a Wurlitzer organ at the old Joyland theme park in Wichita for many years.

The clown represented happy days and nightmarish memories for children of all ages.

Joyland closed in 2004, and in 2005 or 2006, Louie went missing.

On Thursday, Louie was brought back to the people who missed and didn't miss him.

Restore Hope Inc, a group that has worked for three years to restore the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, is calling it quits.

Kira Johnson, who led the three-year effort, says a lack of time and money led the group to disband.

The group thanked members for their support over the years on its Facebook page. It said if donors had pre-purchased park passes, their money would be refunded.