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17 September 2010 - 1:36pm
Get ready to melt.
Jeff from Akron, Ohio, sent us this story and photos of his darling pup (and the pup's precious pillow).
I wanted to send you these pictures of one of my dogs, who is (apparently) a big fan of Holiday World.
When we came to the park in 2009, we played a game and won a small little pillow with the Holiday World logo. We gave it to the dogs as a toy, and Shelby, miniature schnauzer puppy, has fallen in love with this pillow.
In fact, every night when we tell her that it’s bedtime, she goes to grab her pillow to take it upstairs to the bed!
14 September 2010 - 4:01pm
...but Mrs. Koch voted for this video to win Week 2 of our "#1 Fan" Video Contest.
Here it is:
Congrats to Jordan (his mom, Cindy, entered for him) for winning two one-day tickets, plus winning Mrs. Koch over to a new style of music.
Jordan is now a finalist, and could win four Season Passes for the 2011 season!
12 September 2010 - 2:13am
Wow, what a night.
Thanks to all who joined us on our Facebook page as we posted about the evening's events as the 2010 Golden Ticket Awards were announced.
In case you missed it, here's the news release with the results:
PARK WINS SIX ‘GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS’
‘VOYAGE,’ ‘WILDEBEEST’ TAKE TOP HONORS
WILL KOCH NAMED ‘INDUSTRY LEGEND’
SANTA CLAUS, IND.----- The new Wildebeest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari was named the Best New Ride in a Water Park and Best Overall Water Park Ride at Saturday evening’s Golden Ticket Awards, presented during an Academy Awards-style ceremony at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
In addition, Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster was
named the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet for the
fourth year in a row.
Presented by Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade, the industry’s “best of the best” awards include theme, amusement and water parks from around the world.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari won a record six Golden Ticket Awards at this year’s ceremony.
For the eleventh consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Cleanest Park, outranking such parks as Disney World, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Cedar Point. The parks also received #1 Friendliest Park award for the twelfth year.
“For these awards, we humbly thank our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses,” says park matriarch Pat Koch, who attended the ceremony with daughter-in-law Lori and grandson William. “It was a long, hot summer and they all worked together to keep smiling and keep cleaning.”
In an emotional tribute, the late Will Koch was honored as only the second inductee in Amusement Today’s Legends Series for being “a true visionary, leader and dear friend to the industry.” The park’s leader for more than two decades, Koch passed away unexpectedly in June at the age of 48.
Amusement Today is an international monthly trade journal for the amusement and water park industries, based in Arlington, Texas. The Golden Ticket Awards are determined by surveys submitted by well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will be open September 18 and then closed to the public September 19 for a private outing. From September 25 through October 10, Holiday World will be open weekends-only before closing for the season. For more information about the parks, visit www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.
11 September 2010 - 7:15pm
Did you know Holiday World was the first park to host the Golden Ticket Awards, back in 2001? The Golden Ticket Awards are the amusement/water park industry's version of the Academy Awards.
The 2010 awards will be announced this evening; the host park this year is Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
And look who's there:
From left, you'll recognize Pat Koch, then Lane Nelson from Waldameer Park. That tall fellow is William Koch III and next is his mom, Lori.
It's time for the reception (which is before the dinner) before the awards ceremony.
Isn't this pretty? William is a really good photographer, just like his dad.
And here's a photo (thanks to our friend Jeffrey from Schlitterbahn Water Park) of Pat, Lori and William.
7 September 2010 - 5:18pm
Our first winning video features a young fellow by the name of Mark.
Mark's dad, Eric, entered these 57 seconds of cuteness in our month-long video contest. This self-proclaimed "#1 Fan" measures his fun in inches. Take a look:
Eric's winning video gets him two one-day tickets ... plus the video is now a finalist for our grand prize of four season passes for the 2011 season.
Are you our #1 Fan? There will be three more weekly winners. Take a look here for all the rules.
Oh, and if you already sent us a YouTube video link by email, don't worry -- you're automatically entered in next week's contest.