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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    Balloon girls strolled the park selling balloons from the park's first day in 1973 until the late 1990s, when the job was phased out due to staffing shortages. Balloon girls wore flouncy skirts complete with matching bloomers.
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    Female rides employees stationed in the front of the park wore this uniform during the early to mid-1980s. The style was meant to imitate an old southern style with a current twist, says public relations manager Julie Whitted, hence the knickers, puffy sleeves and black nylon stockings.
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    Some water park employees wore teal bathing suits during the 1980s. Teal was king then -- recall the Charlotte Hornets uniforms. At the time, the waterpark was called Riptide Reef.
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    These employees worked at the Days of Thunder ride, which debuted in 2003, when the park was owned by Paramount. The uniforms were designed to look as though employees worked in a pit crew.
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    Say hello to the Smurf Island boat attendant. Smurf Island appeared at Carowinds in 1984. Guests arrived via boat to play in Smurf VIllage and eat the popular blue Smurf ice cream. (Note the regulation black shoes.)
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    This uniform from the late 1990s was used for employees of the water park, then named "Water Works." (Now called Boomerang Bay.)
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    In Carowinds' early days, the park's "Rural Farm District," known as the RFD, had a country farming theme, so employees there wore checkered shirts, shorts and overalls. Every employee had to wear black shoes with rubber soles, to give them a consistent look. (Today they can wear any kind of shoe with a non-skid sole.)
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    - courtesy of Carowinds
    This uniform, which screams 1990s, was worn by employees who worked the Wayne's World area of the park that was created in 1994. Staff members loved the casual, comfortable clothes that were practically an anti-uniform.
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