Family-owned and -operated for most of its history, Indiana Beach was launched in 1926 as Ideal Beach by Earl Spackman. The amusement park located by man-made Lake Shafer grew from a swimming area in a cornfield into a regional attraction. Its pitch to Chicagoans in countless TV commercials featured a crow squawking that “there is more than corn in Indiana,” a call heeded by generations of family fun-seekers willing to drive two hours to find out for themselves. “Despite significant efforts to improve financial performance and considerable investment in rides and infrastructure, we have not seen improvement in operating results...
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