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The Westword 2014 Show and Tell Bucket List: #5-1

Riding retro at Lakeside Amusement Park.
Riding retro at Lakeside Amusement Park.

Since the start of the new year, we've been filling our four blogs -- Show and Tell, Backbeat, Cafe Society and the Latest Word -- with a Colorado bucket list of the 100 things to do before you kick it.

We've already shared Show and Tell Bucket List picks 25-16 and and 15-6. Here are the final five for Show and Tell.

The Westword 2014 Show and Tell Bucket List: #5-1

5. Relive your youth at Lakeside Amusement Park.

The rides at Lakeside Amusement Park are sturdy but not even close to high-tech, and their squeal-inducing, brain-swirling squeaks and trembles bring on a rush of instant nostalgia...if and when they're running. The food is cheap and bad for you; the lines are short but the atmosphere is long. At Lakeside, you can be a bobby-soxed teenager forever and ever, even if you never wore bobby sox the first time around. It's our no-frills, down-and-dirty, magical fortress of fun -- and, truly, you haven't lived until you've circled Lake Rhoda on a moonlit train ride. The neon alone is history caught in amber.

Continue reading for the rest of the Show and Tell Bucket List countdown.



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