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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Fred Heiss Sr. And Jr.: Melody Drive In, A Family Affair Part 1

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The summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days, A Night at Drive In Part 2. The best part about the more than 30 outdoor movie palaces reviewed is that the majority of them are still going strong.

Being a family business seems to be one of the big factors in their survival. Families work cheap! Just ask Fred Heiss and his son Fred Jr. Three generations of their family have kept the Melody Drive In going in the beautiful countryside of Northern Indiana. In the first of two parts, father and son discuss the transition from 35 mm film to the high tech hard drives that deliver today’s box office hits and how Drive Ins are experiencing a revival.




Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau logo

This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Finney County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau which invites you to celebrate the 23rd Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City August 22 through the 24th. On the 4th weekend of August the west green of the Lee Richardson Zoo comes alive with sights and sounds of families enjoying food, music and children's activities. It’s the 23 annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, KS.


Bring your family and friends, grab your lawn chairs and make yourselves comfortable to enjoy the Tumbleweed Festival in a beautiful outdoor setting. It’s the pride of Finney County and a great way to celebrate the end of summer.


This year marks the 23nd year of the Tumbleweed Festival and we hope you will make plans to attend what we hope will be the best ever Tumbleweed Festival. For more information visit www. http://finneycountyctb.com/ and look under attractions. Don’t miss the fun. Garden City, KS Aug. 22-24.




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