Yesterland Farm in Canton sustains heavy damage during tornado

Published: Apr. 30, 2017 at 10:41 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2017 at 11:36 PM CDT
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CANTON, TX (KLTV) - Canton is well known for two family amusement parks. The main entrance to one of them, Splash Kingdom, was severely damaged in a late April fire. The other, Yesterland Farm, is in tatters after the tornadoes on April 29. And the owners of the park were on the property when that storm hit.

"Twister" is the name of an old ride at Yesterland Farm, on Interstate 20 in Canton. Now, that sign describes something else.

"This was our brand new cute little redneck playhouse," said Yesterland owner Kama Bozeman. "It was out there, and now, it's here, and I'm not sure where the top of it is."

Iconic pieces of this farm, which many East Texans likely have photos of in their homes, are scattered across the property.

The owners were hunkered down in their home on the back of the property when the tornado hit. They didn't believe, based on what they were hearing, that the storm was bad. But once they left their shelter, they saw just how wrong they were.

"We had grandstands that were 10 rows high, and now they're at the far end of our superslide, several hundred feet away," Bozeman said.

But Bozeman said it wasn't the sounds of destruction that kept her awake long after the storm.

"I couldn't sleep last night, because I had a song in my head," Bozeman said. "It's the one that everybody learned in Sunday school--"I've got that joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. I've got the love of Jesus in my heart, and honestly he took care of us."

So many had total devastation," Bozeman said. "You know, this is just nothing compared to what those people are dealing with. We're really in prayer for those people, are hearts are broken for them."

Bozeman said that they've already been contacted by other similar amusement parks, with offers to help. She says they'll be ready to open in late September as scheduled.

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