The Tommy Bartlett Show had more than 18,700 shows throughout its history. However, pretty tough to reopen when there's no certainty that next year will be any better than this year.". Co-owner Tom Diehl said the financial losses from this year made it impossible for the show’s long run to continue. News Tips: 608-273-2727 Cathy and Jerry Luiting were heartbroken when they heard that 2019 would be their last time performing with their ski family. After more than half a century, Diehl says he is ready to say goodbye, as he plans to continue working to support the tourism economy in the Dells. So there was a lot of kids out there, they were aspiring to become a pro skier at that level, so this is a huge opportunity gone.". “But in business, you have to make decisions separate from emotions.” The iconic Tommy Bartlett Show in the Wisconsin Dells has announced its permanent closure due to the losses incurred by the pandemic. — Sam Wunderle (@Sam_Wunderle) September 16, 2020 "The biggest detriment to business is uncertainty. The Tommy Bartlett show announced Wednesday it would close for good after losing the 2020 season to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of skiers and millions of people have come out for performances over the years. "It's a big impact. There was a lot of tears," he said. CLOSED for 2020 SEASON – We are saddened to announce that due to COVID-19 and its impact on public gatherings, the Tommy Bartlett Ski, Sky, and Stage Show will not open for … The water ski, sky, and stage show had been running for 69 years. The company's year-round staff have stayed on through the pandemic to keep that running. "Tommy's legacy and the show's legacy will always remain that he presented high quality entertainment for the masses and they thoroughly enjoyed it because they kept coming back year after year.". But it was an emotional decision for Diehl, who started working with Tommy Bartlett 54 years ago. WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (CBS 58) --- After nearly seven decades, the iconic Tommy Bartlett Show in Wisconsin Dells is permanently closing. "You get to know who the people are that you're working with and they become your second family and I look forward to seeing them," Cathy said. Tom Diehl, president of Tommy Bartlett Inc., looks over the vacant amphitheater of the company's water ski show in Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday. 5727 Tokay Blvd. “But in business, you have to make decisions separate from emotions.” It was one of only three pro shows left. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show had to cancel its 2020 summer season. Sorry, no records were found. "In this case, we weren't open. Your tickets will be held for pick-up at our Tommy Bartlett EXPLORATORY ticket booth, which opens daily at 10:00 a.m. Summer 2020 closing hours vary – guaranteed to remain open through 4:00 p.m. It's just unfortunate that they had to have this turmoil take place, because it's hurt a lot of people. “We wish them all the best.”, The Wisconsin Department of Tourism said in the announcement of the program that a reduction in travel has placed the state’s “tourism promotion infrastructure in danger, even risking outright collapse in the smallest of rural communities.”. Wisconsin Dells (OnFocus) – Citing historic losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Tommy Bartlett Show is closing its doors for good. The company is blaming “catastrophic” losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Managers on Wednesday said they are closing and will not reopen. The Tommy Bartlett Show has been through a lot over the decades, but until now not even the draining of Lake Delton after massive floods in 2008 could stop the performances. The owners … "It's devastating," he said. The show has been a Lake Delton staple since 1953 — even after heavy rains caused a washout that drained the lake in 2008. From the Braintrust: Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly Earns Failing Mark The Tommy Bartlett Show in the Wisconsin Dells is closing permanently because of business losses from the pandemic. The water ski, sky, and stage show had been running for 69 years. And we don't have any certainty as to whether or not things will be the same next summer," said owner Tom Diehl. My husband took me to see it in 1969 on one of our early dates. Please adjust your search criteria and try again. The show typically runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, drawing around 2,500 spectators every day. Diehl says the hardest part about closing down was telling the staff and skiers in April that the show would not go on. Diehl said he hopes someone might take over the spot some day, and continue ski shows or other tourism entertainment. The owners of the Tommy Bartlett Show say the ski show is not coming back next year. Colby Girls Edge Spencer That's good news for the community, which is 99 percent tourism-based, according to Diehl, who also leads the Association of Wisconsin Tourist Attractions. The company is blaming “catastrophic” losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Tommy Bartlett Show in the Wisconsin Dells area is closing permanently. The popular "ski, sky and stage show" set on Lake Delton announced in May it was closing down for 2020 due to the outbreak of the pandemic. 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