Jeanne Youngwirth is coming home.

Youngwirth, the daughter of John and Judy Kenison, the new owners of Sawyer’s Creek Family Fun Park, announced Thursday that they have chosen her to be the facility’s general manager.

Why did the Kenisons select their daughter for the position?


Jeanne Youngwirth is coming home.
Youngwirth, the daughter of John and Judy Kenison, the new owners of Sawyer’s Creek Family Fun Park, announced Thursday that they have chosen her to be the facility’s general manager.
Why did the Kenisons select their daughter for the position?
“For one thing she is our daughter, which is a big plus for her,” said John Kenison with a laugh. “The other thing is she has the qualifications.”
Youngwirth’s professional background includes experience working in theme parks, dating back to her college days where she was an assistant manager of The Landing Water Park. Since college she has spent most of her career in advertising sales working for Lamar Outdoor, Ad Trend, Inc, and Time Warner in the Kansas City market. She also has the added experience in marketing by working for Bennett Packaging of Kansas City in developing their marketing department. 
Youngwirth, a 1996 graduate from Hannibal High School, earned a bachelors degree in business with an emphasis in marketing from Hannibal-LaGrange College in 2001.
“I think she has what it will take to get the park up and running,” said Kenison. “She’s got a lot of ideas. She’s very enthusiastic.”
Kenison wants to see the park re-open this spring.
“We are still shooting to try and get this open as soon as we can for the season, at least by May or shortly thereafter, and maybe earlier if everything goes well,” he said.
Some preliminary work has already taken place at the park, which the Kenisons bought at auction in mid-December.
“We’ve done a little cutting weeds and are trying to find out what kind of damages we have,” he said. “We’ve tried to get a guy to get a roof put on. Of course we’re not in too big of a problem right now because everything is so darn frozen. Nothing is leaking into the building yet. I told him the other day he’s going to have to get that roof on because I want it on before March when the rains come.”
An inspection of the property has not turned up any major problems, according to Kenison.
“We don’t have that much damage. A lot of cosmetic work is going to have to be done,” he said. “Once you shut a park or anything down for a couple of years you’re going to have some problems. The big thing is to go in and fix it, make it right and move on.”