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August 22, 2005
I’ve been going to Knoebels Amusement Park since I was a child. And after all these years, trying to catch the brass ring on the 1912, hand-carved Carousel is still my favorite thing to do. I’m not alone in my thinking, as the outside horses seem to be the first ones that babyboom riders choose. The carousel is always my family's first and last ride of the day. Catching the brass rings entitles one to special perks, like having your name and town announced over the loud speaker AND you get a FREE ride! I’ve caught the brass ring about five times in my life and every time was as thrilling as the first.
Knoebels was the first park where I rode in those airplanes with the joy stick that makes the plane go up and down. I was terrified. I remember watching my older sister staying in the up position the whole ride and thinking how brave she was. Knoebels has a shaded children’s section with lots of rides and animals.
After the floods from Hurricane Agnes in 1972, much of Knoebels was in ruins. When the water receeded, the mud was cleared, then restoration and repairs began. Soon after came the cool, Haunted Mansion. The Phoenix Roller Coaster was added in 1985 and is DEFINITELY my favorite wooden coaster of all time. The Twister has only called Knoebels home for a few years and although it is fast and exciting, it is jerkier than its predecessor.
Besides 10 Thrill Rides, 27 Family Rides, and 16 Kiddie Rides, Knoebels has a campground, cabin rentals, swimming pool, miniature-golf course, and many food stands.
What makes Knoebels such a special place? There are no parking fees. No hefty fees to ride rides and they allow you to bring your own picnic.
There are several options for ride costs. You can purchase an arm band, but beware, some rides are not included. Or, you can purchase booklets of tickets and pay as you go. Over the years we have consistently made out better buying tickets than armbands. Two booklets of tickets per child lasts my kids 4-5 hours (on adult/family rides). Save your leftover tickets for the following year–they don’t expire! If you are buying $100 worth, go to the park office for a discount.
Whether your having a private picnic or large reunion there are no rental fees for the huge pavilions (unless your using gas their gas grills). The spot is yours for the entire day.
No matter how many cooler, faster, higher, or scarier rides Knoebels adds, its the love of trying to catch the brass ring that steals my heart. If you’ve never caught the brass ring, now’s your chance! I guarantee you’ll love trying! Perhaps next year I’ll see you in line!
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From journal Pennsylvania Parks
April 26, 2005
From journal Bloomin' Bloomsburg