Blue Collar Comedy will ride again, this time in an event venue-theme park-shopping center expected to cost more than $200 million to build (just for phase one), according to a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter.
In keeping with the “down home” theme of comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall, the 500-acre development will locate in Foley, Alabama, the THR website noted.
Foley mayor John Koniar described the attraction as “Six Flags meets Branson, Missouri,” in comments to the entertainment magazine.
The Blue Collar Comedy development, which will be called Blue Collar Country, has plans for hotels, retail stores, rides, an RV resort, and a 100,000-square-foot events center to host sporting events, conventions, and concerts.
Restaurants will include a Larry the Cable Guy rib joint, a Jeff Foxworthy steak house, and a Bill Engvall fish spot. (No names available at the time of the announcement.)
According to Blue Collar Country manager J.P. Williams, funding for the nine-figure phase one will come from bonds, grants, institutional financing, and tax credits (local and state). Williams estimated that it could take as long as three years for the attraction to become a reality, but it should no doubt be a big one for Foley, which housed just under 15,000 residents as of the 2011 US Census Bureau estimates.
The inaugural theme park will be an experiment of sorts. Conceived by business partner and singer Tony Orlando, the park could be one of seven nationwide if successful.
The park is just one of many pies in which ringleader Foxworthy has his fingers. It was announced the “You Might Be a Redneck If…” comedian is in talks to host a Christian dating show for the Game Show Network. He has also appeared frequently on the elevator pitch reality series Shark Tank.
Larry the Cable Guy and Engvall have been keeping much lower profiles as of late.
Will you be visiting the Blue Collar Comedy attraction when it opens in two to three years?