Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts Group Celebrates 10th Year of Keeping its Members in the Dark

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Grassroots fan club provides fun and information, as well as the knowledge to help the entire amusement industry

Our membership base has fluctuated over the years but right now we are the strongest we have ever been, both in number of members and in events we host

Proudly declaring that it “keeps its members in the dark,” the Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts fan organization is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Oct. 31.

Fondly known as DAFE (pronounced “daffy”), the club was founded on Halloween in 2000 by Rick and Sue Davis and Joel Styer and the organization has grown to include nearly 400 members in 38 states and five countries.

Dedicated to the enjoyment, documentation and preservation of dark attractions including darkrides, funhouses, haunted houses, mazes and related attractions, membership in the group is open to individuals, families, attractions, and manufacturers.

“Our membership base has fluctuated over the years but right now we are the strongest we have ever been, both in number of members and in events we host,” said founder Rick Davis, who says the group hosts upward to four events a year at parks and attractions. “These are always well-attended, fun activities because they offer our members an opportunity to get behind-the-scenes tours, exclusive ride time on the attraction, and camaraderie with others with the same interests.”

Davis points out that in addition to providing an opportunity for members to visit different attractions, the group also works within the amusement industry providing a conduit of information about darkrides and the entire haunted attractions business. The group also has been instrumental in saving and restoring several classic attractions, including the Fright Zone at the former Erieview Park in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio.

In addition to preserving, restoring, chronicling, and promoting darkrides, DAFE publishes a quarterly magazine, Barrel O’ Fun, has the Daffy Klub Web site http://www.dafe.org and it runs an annual survey of its members from which the group publishes the top favorites in several different genres of the industry.

On this anniversary, Davis looks back fondly on DAFE’s creation. “We were three serious fans of darkrides and felt a formal group of other aficionados could help us with our mission of not only enjoying and promoting the rides and walk-throughs but also in helping us preserve and restore them before all the classic sites were torn down and destroyed,” Davis notes. “Thanks to the generous amount of time our membership has given over the years, we have succeeded and are much more than a basic fan club. We are now a strong, focused organization that has proven it can be helpful to attraction owners throughout North America while providing our members an opportunity to learn, preserve and enjoy their passion.”

For more information on the Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts group, go to their Web site at http://www.dafe.org, or contact Rick Davis at his contact info provided below.

rickdavis(at)dafe(dot)org
330-856-4623 home after 4pm eastern
330-502-6980 cell anytime

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