On this day in 1943, the first ski show was held at Cypress Gardens. Several soldiers saw a local newspaper photo of a water skier and showed up the next day to see the “water show,” although the park did not have a show. Julie Pope, wife of Dick Pope, rounded up her children and friends to stage the park’s first water ski show. Soon, Cypress Gardens was dubbed the “Water Ski Capital of the World.” Cypress Gardens was bought by Legoland in 2011.
Florida’s Fabulous Cypress Gardens on Flickr.
Cypress Gardens, FL