SANTA CLAUS, IN—–Seven employees at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were recently honored for their years of service with the world’s first theme park.

“Each year, we present Service Awards to employees who have been with our park family for multiples of five years,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari president Matt Eckert. “It’s this core of longtime staff members that helps to make the transition smooth each spring as our employee numbers swell from 100 to more than 2,200—we’re very fortunate to have them on our team.”

The Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Service Award recipients are:

Andrea Southwood, Print Shop Manager, 25 years – Chrisney, Ind.
Paula Werne, Director of Communications, 25 years – Ferdinand, Ind.
Karen Strahl, Safety Manager, 10 years – Boonville, Ind.
Lori Cotton, Attractions Manager, 5 years – Santa Claus, Ind.
Anthony VanCamp, Attractions Maintenance Lead, 5 years – Dale, Ind.
Amanda Ellsworth, Entertainment & Special Events Coordinator, 5 years – Evanston, Ind.
Barbie Blair, Administrative Assistant, 5 years – Santa Claus, Ind.

Photo, from left: Amanda Ellsworth, Anthony VanCamp, Lori Cotton, Karen Strahl, Barbie Blair, Andrea Southwood (not pictured: Paula Werne)

2016 Holiday World Service Award Recipients

Holiday World opens for its 71st season on April 29. For more information about the parks and job opportunities, visit or call 1-877-463-2645.