‘Oh, fudge!’ Sweepstakes

Butterscotch Fudge at Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen | Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Congratulations to Linda S. from St. Meinrad, Indiana, and Paulette A. H. from Nashville, Tennessee, who each win two one-day tickets for our 2016 season. Thanks to all who entered!
Have you watched A Christmas Story yet this year? That’s an Indiana story, did you know? Little Ralphie was actually Jean Parker Shepherd, who grew up in Hammond, Indiana, in the 1920s and ’30s. (As a side note, as a teenager, I used to listen to “Shep” on WOR radio. What a storyteller he was!)

And so, with Ralphie in mind (and a mouth full of soap), we introduce our “Oh, Fudge!” Sweepstakes.

Butterscotch fudgeOur F&B team spent a day with a Fudge Expert (yes, that really is a job title; pretty sweet, huh?) last month. They asked if we could post a non-binding poll here on the HoliBlog, listing seven new-to-us flavors so you can vote for your favorite.

At the same time, please enter our sweepstakes and maybe win a pair of one-day tickets for next year.

Here’s how:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
  • Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
  • Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by voting in this poll, posting a comment here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about this sweepstakes, and visiting us on our Facebook page. The winners – chosen at random – will be emailed shortly after 11am CST on December 14.
  • For the “post a comment on the blog” entry option, simply tell us about your favorite Christmas treat. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
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Good luck, everyone – and Merry Christmas to all!

Oh, heavens – what a cookbook!

Did you get a chance to browse through Hevron’s Mercantile this season?

Joe Hevron's name badgeIf you’re a regular HoliBlog reader you’ll recognize our new shop’s name as belonging to our longtime employee (and dear friend) Joe Hevron, who passed away in 2011 after working at the park since we opened in 1946.

That’s right. Joe began his career in 1946, our first season. (I’ve just learned he was our first popcorn popper.) That was back when we were called Santa Claus Land. Joe had just finished high school, and other than serving his country during the 1950s, he never left.

In May, members of Joe’s family gathered with us to honor him, share some sweet – and funny – stories, and cut a ribbon to officially dedicate Hevron’s Mercantile.

Hevron's Ribbon Cutting

Well, not exactly “ribbon.”


We used the traditional “big  scissors”; Leah and Lauren asked for help from a young Hevron family member.

For the ribbon, we substituted something Joe used a lot of during his long tenure with us – adding-machine paper. (He probably would have wanted us to gather up the scraps and use them. He was a practical fellow. Oh, and he also would have been mortified that we named a shop after him – but we all agreed that Joe would have been pleased to know that we cared for him so deeply.)

Joe’s descendants shared their family cookbook, “One hundred seventy-five years of Recipes and Reflections,” with us to make available in Hevron’s Mercantile and now, on the HoliShop. (We thought they were all gone, but found 10 more, so if you’d like one, please order it soon.)

Flipping through the cookbook is a charming trip back in time, as the recipes are peppered with narratives from several generations. Alongside ingredient lists for Pumpkin Pie, Prune Pie, Rhubarb Pie and even Vinegar Pie (!) are stories and photos from generations ago.

There are even Civil War-era recollections handed down. Joe’s home place was in Lincoln City – in fact some of the family’s property is now part of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

As we planned our evening to honor Joe, we knew – since he loved his sweets! – we’d need to serve cake. It featured a photo of Joe as engineer on the Santa Claus Land Railroad train (you may remember it as the Freedom Train) and his favorite phrase, “Oh, heavens!”


"Oh heavens!" cake

If you’d like one of the “Our Lincoln Heritage” cookbooks, please order soon, as there are only a handful left (and I’m getting ready to purchase some for Christmas gifts).

‘What’s new for 2016?’

Boy-oh-boy, have we heard that question a lot this fall!

In 2016, we celebrate our 70th birthday. Pretty amazing to think we’ve been around that long – ever since Louis J. Koch (Lauren and Leah’s great-grandpa) decided it was time for Santa to have his own park here in the town that was named for him.

During the “off season,” we perform a tremendous amount of maintenance on our rides. Walk through the park this time of year and the rides are quite skeletal in appearance.

For example, HallowSwings was stripped down to its bare bones last month.


Tarp Lifted Off HallowSwings

Even the smiling skulls will get a new coat of paint.

HallowSwings' Skeletons and Pumpkins

It should come as no surprise that our wooden roller coasters receive loads of TLC during the colder months.

The trains receive the full spa treatment.

Zach working on Legend car

And the track? We’ll, let’s just say that all three wooden coasters – Raven, Legend and Voyage – will be extra exciting to ride in the spring.

Because our Coaster Cats have an “in” with Santa. (The man in red loves riding coasters.) So we caught their plans on camera for you.

Coaster Cats working on Voyage

Let’s start off with a video greeting from Matt, Lauren and Leah … and be sure to keep watching, as our Cats work on their wish list for 2016.

We’ll be back in January with details. What do you think we’re up to? (Please post your comments below.)