Ever since Will Russell’s arrest on Saturday at Lebowski Fest on charges of marijuana possession, resisting arrest and menacing, rumors have been swirling, fueled in part by disjointed messages on both his personal and his Funtown Mountain social media pages.
Russell, 39, is the man behind the newly opened Funtown Mountain, creator of Lebowski Fest, and owner of the WHY Louisville stores.
On Wednesday, the Funtown Facebook page announced the theme park was closed and all events were canceled. A hand-written sign posted on the front door at the park stated: “Closed due to rapture. You may wander about but don’t let the cat out.
Today came this announcement:
UPDATE: Less than an hour later, that post was deleted.
We’ve followed Russell’s pursuit and purchase of the former Guntown Mountain in Cave City, Ky., closely at Insider Louisville. We visited the site with Russell back in February and detailed his elaborate plans. Last month, we attended the “grand awesoming” of the lower portion of the park.
Since its opening in June, the souvenir shack, the Haunted Hotel and the putt-putt course have been open. The park has been host to outdoor movies and concerts.
The upper Mountain, where the original Old West theme park is situated, remained closed because the chair lift needed updating. A music hall, movie theater, pop culture museum and Lollyland were planned for the upper Mountain.
Tonight, the Velcro Pygmies had been slated to play at the Mountain; it’s unclear if that’s the show that “will not go on,” as referenced in the aforementioned Facebook post.
A source tells us Russell fired his Funtown Mountain staff on Wednesday. Messages for Russell have not been returned.