Roger Tofte putting Humpty Dumpty back together again
An owner of a popular theme park south of Salem is working to build a new Humpty Dumpty after the one he built nearly 50 years ago had a great fall, as the saying goes.
"Laying flat out there all smashed," said theme park owner Roger Tofte. "It was devastating."
Tofte built the original Humpty Dumpty at the park in 1968, and his family opened The Enchanted Forest Theme Park in Turner a few years later. He said two grown men weighing about 250 pounds went off the trail last week and stood on the cement wall where Humpty Dumpty sat.
"They claim they were just standing there and it fell over, but we have witnesses," Tofte said. "I can see they're probably feeling a little guilty, and they offered to pay for some of it. So we'll see."
Tofte is already busy trying to fix the iconic character. He started rebuilding the cement wall where Humpty sits and hopes to start on Humpty next week.
"The biggest cost is my time," he said. "I don't know how many man hours I'm going to have to spend."
He expects the project to take another month if he works on it every day. Tofte is getting help from his two grandsons, but even at 84 years old, he's doing most of the work.
"It's a mixture of sand and cement and I put about three or four coats on," he described. "Get the features hopefully back to where it was."
A sign in front of Humpty reads, "Humpty Dumpty had a great fallAll the kings horses, and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together againBut Roger Tofte can!"
Tofte feels Humpty is part of his family business and knows how special it is to others, too.
"They have a lot of memories and probably a lot of photographs from way back," he said. "It's really rewarding for all the work."