Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Knoebels to Celebrate 90th Anniversary on Monday

On July 4, 2016, Knoebels Amusement Resort will celebrate its 90th anniversary of fun, food and fantasy, and welcomes friends from near and far to join in on the festivities.

This coming Monday, Knoebels visitors can treat themselves to $.90 small fountain sodas and $.90 hot dogs throughout the day. At 3:00 p.m., a parade will commence at the International Food Court and conclude at the Hawaiian Bandshell where a ceremony will take place. The ceremony will include a celebration with the Knoebel family, cake for visitors, and “Legacy Family” recognitions. Friends of Knoebels who are unable to attend are invited to tune in to the live stream of the ceremony on Knoebels Amusement Resort’s Facebook page.

According to Stacy Ososkie, Knoebels’ Public Relations manager, tokens of the 90th anniversary can be found in all corners of the park throughout the season.

“We have a special photo spot near Phoenix, and banners adorn the park and parking lot. One of our team members even hand-painted the 90th logo at the bottom of our Crystal Pool,” said Ososkie. “We have limited-edition merchandise for sale in our gift shops, and have been running special promotions like $.90 Sunday ride features, a $90 season pass to Crystal Pool, four rounds of golf at Knoebels Three Ponds for $90, and $100 gift cards for $90.”

It all started on July 4, 1926 with a carousel, a pool, and a few food stands. Fast-forward to today: Knoebels Amusement Resort still offers free admission, free parking, free picnic facilities and free entertainment. It is also still owned and operated by the Knoebel family. The resort in Central Pennsylvania has grown over the years to now include 63 rides; 35 unique food stands; a 900,000 gallon pool; two campgrounds; a golf course; and a plethora of gift shops, games and attractions.

Throughout the years, Knoebels has added both brand new attractions and classic rides of days gone by. Many visitors relish in the ability to experience amusement park rides of their childhood, or witness their children or grandchildren enjoying those same rides. Its classic wooden roller coasters have attracted visitors from all over the world, its new steel roller coaster appeals to the thrill seeker in the family, and its 100+ year-old Grand Carousel is consistently ranked among the finest. For some, the best ride at Knoebels is the food – It also consistently wins the industry’s top honors for best amusement park food in the world.

“We are extremely grateful that by the grace of God, in cooperation with many family members and friends, we have been able to operate for 90 years,” said Dick Knoebel, president of Knoebels. “Knoebels is proud to be a place where memories are made by visitors of all ages, and we are looking forward to being around for the next 90 years.”