Did anyone else just stop and cry the other night when the news came on about the devastation in Oklahoma?
The thought of so many children and other family members lost in that tornado is just heartbreaking.
We've put together an online HoliAuction to help raise funds for the American Red Cross's relief efforts.
We started with the practical stuff: eight one-day admission tickets, a private cabana for a day, lunch served in your cabana and supper (plus a tour) in Plymouth Rock Cafe.
And then there are some one-of-a-kind items:
This is an example of customized Coaster Art. You can choose the coaster photo and we'll transfer it onto a piece of Raven track wood. We add a decoupage-esque finish and you'll have your own piece of Coaster Art.
We'll give you the first ride of the day on Mammoth (or the ride of your choice) and we'll take your family's photo on that ride (we'll even post it on our Facebook page if you'd like).
There's a retired hard hat signed by all of our Coaster Cats. And three flags from The Voyage plus the park-logoed flags from the front gate.
Oh, and coaster patches:
Let's see, we tossed in a Holiday World trunk organizer, a 60th anniversary park throw, and two Mammoth beach towels.
And a sweet Holidog Christmas ornament.
The HoliAuction will end on Tuesday, May 28, at 12noon CDT. Here's where to see the full list of items, read the rules and regulations, and bid on all the goodies.
Thanks to everyone who entered our "Canine caption contest" – it was a howling good time!
We ended up choosing two favorites. Each winner receives two one-day tickets:
I double dog dare u to ring the bell! from Robin C. from Indianapolis
Pavlov never could have predicted this! Lisa P. from Goshen, Kentucky
Congratulations to Robin and Lisa! We hope everyone enjoyed playing.
This is one of those photos that just screams "Caption Contest!"
And so …
This is a new game at Holidog's FunTown. Stun us with your wit and you could win two one-day tickets.
A few rules:
1. Must be 13 or older to enter.
2. Must not be an employee of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (or that employee's immediate family member).
3. Just one guess per email address, please. (No multiple entries this time around.)
4. If you've won tickets from one of our contests within the past six months, you're not elegible to win this one. If it's been more than six months – have at it!
5. Judges' decision is final. It always is.
6. Deadline is Friday at noon. That's 5/24/13 at 12 noon CDT. We'll notify the winner by email.
7. To enter, post your crazy, funny, clever caption as a "comment" here on this HoliBlog post. Don't include your address or phone number, we'll notify the winner by email. (Remember, our comments are moderated – so keep the captions family-friendly. If your post doesn't show up right away, that means we're in a meeting or sleeping or eating or, you know, in the bathroom. Please be patient.)
8. And yes, if you win you can use your tickets this weekend. Good luck!
Did you know the highest honor in Indiana's tourism industry is the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award?
This award was established in 2011, in memory of our late president, who passed away suddenly in 2010. Will had been a leader in the tourism industry for so many years that our state's Lieutenant Governor's office and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development decided to create a special award.
And this year's recipient is John Livengood. He's pictured below (from left) with his wife, Leslie, daughter Kat, Lori Koch and Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
Quoting from a news release: He currently serves as president of the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Hospitality and Tourism Foundation. Continuing the spirit of the award’s namesake, he has been a top advocate for the Indiana hospitality and tourism industry throughout his career.
I joked that it looks like they gave John a flatscreen TV for his upcoming retirement. Indeed, if you look closely you'll see one of Will's signatures – a roller coaster – etched in the "screen."
And John kidded that although he greatly enjoyed working with Will over the years, "the only time I told him 'no' was when he asked me to ride his roller coasters with him."
As our Dispatch called "park is clear" on our two-way radios this afternoon, the first clap of thunder boomed.
All the darling children we saw today were returning to school safe in their buses and dry as a bone.
Well, almost all …
Maddy, from Boonville, and some friends took advantage of the sunny weather and played in the fountains at Holidog's FunTown.
Today is Play Day – our twenty-first annual. Each year, our friends at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville invite 2,500 children with disabilities along with their teachers and chaperones. And we all have one heck of a good time together.
We donate the discounted admissions proceeds to the Rehab Center – this year to benefit the Milestones Child Development Center and to underwrite children's therapy. Over the past two decades, that donation has topped $300,000.
It was a beautiful day filled with beautiful laughter and smiles.
Let's start with where we go from here. Because you can help determine who wins the grand prize of two nights in a cozy Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort plus tickets for a family of four to visit Holiday World & Splashin' Safari for two days! Second place receives four tickets to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and third- and fourth-place winners will each get a pair of tickets.
We had hundreds and hundreds of great entries – thanks to everyone who had so much fun with this.
It wasn't easy for our panel of judges to choose our favorites, but we agreed on these as our Funny Final Four.
Let's drop in our poll right here, so after you check out the finalists, you can come back and vote:
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