State Fair, SD & Hennies Brothers

My Great Uncle Gordon Hennies and my Great Aunt Helen Hennies Folkmann talked about going to the Fair and seeing the "Hennies Brothers" as far as we know we are not related, just a fun story that was always told at gatherings.

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State Fair, SD & Hennies Brothers - · ' ! ! America's Largest Motorized Li i f...
· ' ! ! America's Largest Motorized Li i f ·,..,:,..,1 T_ 17." i . - rr j Carnival To Entertain Here : Bennies Brothers Returnin To Fair by Pat calf! Next, Weak ir.s to the 19:;j South Dakota State thc lavish amusement ! ^V° u ^ spread before them on the midway *·' Bennies Bros., Shows, wiil have their I nm - JZC ' IT ient magnified even further this year when that company returns to en- 1 tcnairl exposition patrons next week. i be Continuing to firow yearly as it has to!?" 1 "." 10 . d{lys ol 1!s organisation back company will visit i U ' 3G ^ ta , lc . f ' lr wll!l . a n improved will ! e -^P andeu ^° n - expansions that have j u t , thc H « nn '* Esthers oven farther here- , ' tront of America s carnival parade. L ^ , ! ''° ni '' m0l ' C brilliantl ' I ^S^-tcd amusement centers ar.d the ad,:;. ° £ ' WO ric!cs a!ld thi ' cc show s are thirds o f '"·""" c m R e n e r o! --"""semont seekers. · _^.'Stnry Behind Show "While these arc the.things Ui;.t will be from, j seen by the casual State Fair fioer, is a dramatic story written behind, the week. Kennies Brothers' rise which probably ' is known to comparatively few of their millions of patrons. It is a talo which rivals those tfaudy fiction pieces of ratio. Ai^t-'i- or others of that 1 era of by- ' for ! £one heroic yarns. trips to j 0"° could hardly Imuqine a more Hennies Bro« Shows. Their organization, now s:ul- j rating second to no other ot its kind his- ! t^ continent, sprouted from thc imagi- t-.vo ambitious school lur- j kids whose leanings were toward | shows and troupers since early The bands Fair Child N., 4-H to begin m. Wednesday. be handicapped competitive scored. will llo . od - Have AmWiiuns ng in an environment of show life at Kansas City, which was a winter ca for outdoor showmen, the Hennies boys were seized with one burning ambition--to set up a show o£ their own and become a part o£ this ^'amorous amusement world. Their hopes blossomed into realization a few years later when -with the fruits their hard earnings the- boys purchased used riding device, an net that formally launched -a career that Inter was to. carry them into the foremost ranks of America's carnival world. Enjoying success with theiv first purchase purchase thc Kansas City youths expanded and soon their properties embraced five riding devices. Two shows were then in operation, two rides in or.o, three i the other. 1933 Eig Year The year 1933 was the crowning point the Hennies Brothers career. With no. little misgiving they launched their carnival carnival at Wichita, Kan., with an investment investment approximating S22.000. Continued success, however, soon wiped.out their qualms and it was not long before had established ' themselves among America's leading showmen. Today thc Kennies Brothers properties ire valued in the neighborhood of $150,100. $150,100. Their motoriiod equipment is worth ipproximately $60,000 while showfronts, -ides, canvas and otiier carnival paraphernalia paraphernalia is rated ;n the vicinity of S90.000. The Hennies Brothers shows will roll nto Huroji some tune Sunday :%-rnin£ v/ill be set up ready to entertain State Flair visitors during the full run the ID3G exposition.

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  1. The Daily Plainsman,
  2. 10 Sep 1936, Thu,
  3. Page 15

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  • State Fair, SD & Hennies Brothers — My Great Uncle Gordon Hennies and my Great Aunt Helen Hennies Folkmann talked about going to the Fair and seeing the "Hennies Brothers" as far as we know we are not related, just a fun story that was always told at gatherings.

    greg_lizsund – 26 Jun 2013

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