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Humpty Dumpty had a great fall — no, really

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 8:14 p.m. CDT; updated 8:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2014
Roger Tofte, the creator and owner of the Enchanted Forest theme park in Turner, Ore., sits Wednesday in front of the rebuilt wall where Humpty Dumpty will sit. A 40-year-old Humpty Dumpty took a great fall earlier this month at the theme park. Park officials said the popular attraction fell when two men tried to climb the wall and accidentally pulled the statue down.

SALEM, Ore. — The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put together again.

But the owner of an Oregon theme park vows to build Humpty anew.

Last weekend, two men planning a photograph jumped on the wall where the statue of rebar, cement, sand and plaster had sat for 40 years.

And, you know how it goes: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Sculptor Roger Tofte told Salem's Statesman Journal that Humpty was in too many pieces to fix, but the two men offered to pay for a new one. He said it will take a month to build.

The 84-year-old Tofte has been running the Enchanted Forest along Interstate 5 south of Salem since 1971. It has 20 acres of rides and sculptures based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes.


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