Snow on the first day of spring?

Snow Globe, featuring Wildebeest

Snow? No, thank goodness, we’re talking about the arrival of snow globes on the first day of spring. The Vernal Equinox, if you will. One of only two days each year when day and night are equal. Tomorrow, the days grow just a little bit longer. We’ll have two new snow globes in the shops this…

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High standards

Well, here’s another job I wouldn’t want: Cleaning our water tower! Our 14-story water tower gets a bath. pic.twitter.com/lpAgHs8Sxn — Holiday World (@HolidayWorld) August 23, 2016 Our bright-yellow water tower has been around since the spring of 2005. We’ve blogged about it often enough that it even has its own “tag,” so it you’d like…

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More calculations

Around here we kid around about each person’s “inner geek” coming out in our work. John knows every dimension of the new water tower. Will can explain the mechanical workings of every ride. Lori knows every specific water-quality number and how to balance it perfectly. I eagerly volunteered recently to rewrite text into blocks containing…

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I said I wouldn’t do it …

Painting water tower

… but here’s one last story about our new water tower. My husband is a dairy farmer … and he needed some equipment welded yesterday. The fellow he normally calls wasn’t available, as he was doing some work at Holiday World (oops! sorry, dear). But the welder was available today and got the milking parlor…

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Would you want this job?

Painting water tower

I tease a lot of the directors here at the park: I’m sure glad you like your job — I sure wouldn’t want to do it! Happily, not too many of my fellow employees are camping out at my office door, either. It’s nice to be well-suited to your job. Your career. What about these…

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That giant lightbulb in the sky

Water tower

The day has finally arrived! We all gathered around (along with a number of locals, who brought lawn chairs) and watched as … Teepee + Stack + Bowl = Water Tower! I’d always thought of the pieces as the cone, the cylinder, and the sphere. (Gosh, maybe I never will use what I learned back…

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Problem solving the high-tech way

Test ball

Wow! Will Koch is getting into this HoliBlogging — two days in a row! (He cautioned me not to expect something every day. We’ll take what we can get, right?) This is from Will: Yesterday, our marketing director, John, called and said we needed to talk about the logo design for the water tower. We…

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10 days till opening: Will Koch’s thoughts

Here is Will’s first HoliBlog post: As opening approaches, everywhere I go in town, people ask me, “Are you ready?” And I always respond, “No. But we will be on opening day.” They also want to know whether I’m nervous about getting the park open. The funny thing is that I always (honestly) reply that…

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Up, up and away!

Unpainted water tower

It’s noisier than usual this spring. There’s a giant contraption being assembled right across the street in our Legend parking lot. And it looks like a hot-air balloon: Actually, it’s a new water tower. Our very own. That massive sphere will hold half a million gallons. That a lot of H-2-O! Will Koch likes to…

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