2 Thumbs down for July 4th @ Stricker's Grove

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Friday, July 5, 2002 9:48 AM
I never post on these things but after my day at Strickers I just have to. Strickers is well known for it's family atmosphere as well as economical prices and in general little thrills that are produced by a small selection of rides gathered by Mr. Stricker whom has never out grown his childhood. All of that is fine and dandy if you like that sort of thing. I've been there many times and found it some what pleasurable until yesterday. In the whole holiday family setting I thought it would be approiate take my son and parents to this humble little park in tim-buck-two. But upon arriving and paying the $3.00 fee to park which is fine but then to go inside the gates where the tickets are high as a kite in GA only to be told that children regardless of there age are required to have a $12.00 ride pass. The same cost for the adult all day pass. This is totally insaine!!! Children can't ride all of the rides that they have due to safety reasons and as a parent to be forced to pay adult prices for a child not even a year old to ride the merry go round a few times because it's cheaper than the tickets is just stupid. On top of that adults are allowed to ride the children's rides taking any thrill that the children may get from the ride away because they have to wait in long lines to ride a ride that is designed for a child. All the while to have the elderly woman working the whip tell me that I couldn't ride it with no specific reason other than NO! Everybody else was riding it. And I'm quite sure that whom ever is in charge of amusement park safety that they would just love to know how the amusement rides can be riden by anybody of any age with the exception of the Tornado, even if they are far by too little for the ride. I'm giving Stricker's two thumbs down due to the high priced children's passes,rude employees, and general safety that is practiced by the park. This is really sad seeing as how Mr. Stricker has had a decent park in the past, perhaps his family is not as good at running the park, or the new guy that they hired needs a whole lot of practice. It's got a great setting and plenty of shade but with the decrease in safety concern, and hospitality it is sure to keep rolling down hill.
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Friday, July 5, 2002 3:51 PM

Is it true that it is only open 2 days a year?

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:09 PM

Wow, two negative reports from a park I have only heard and experienced good things from.

Yes, the park is only open to the general public a few days a year, 4th of July and the second Sunday in August (They had a 3rd day last year - customer appreciation day in October). The other days are consumed with private rentals and company picnics.

The prices vary with the 4th of July being the most expensive - probably due to the added expense of the fireworks. The park often offers free parking and free drinks on the other days.

Tornado is a great coaster. It rides very well with a nice pop of extreme airtime (especially in the last seat) right after the gentle double dip. They have a nice collection of other rides as well including the only Crazy Dazy teacup ride I've ever been on (I love this ride).

Stricker's Grove is a nice park. Just don't expect Kings Island when you visit.

Edit: I got a ride on the whip and the turtles last year on the 4th. Customer Appreciation Day landed me a ride on the Helicopters too. Great kid's ride!

*** This post was edited by millrace on 7/5/2002. ***

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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:15 PM

That's weird. You would think the parkwould be better with all the offtime.

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Friday, July 5, 2002 6:16 PM
Where is Stricker's Grove?

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Friday, July 5, 2002 7:29 PM

I don't think they have a lot of offtime. From what I understand, they are pretty well booked most weekends.

Stricker's Grove is located on SR 123 just south of Ross, Ohio and north of Cincinnati.

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Friday, July 5, 2002 8:26 PM

Wow, everyone I seen was having a blast including me. What are you calling childrens rides that adults were riding?

Yeah, I rode the whip about 3pm when there was no line for it but the rest was adult rides.

Strickers puts on a fireworks display and thats the only reason they charge for parking. Granted it wasn't a great fireworks but it wasnt bad. People pull in and pay to watch the fireworks. Oh, Try getting a kid in a corprate park, Im still pretty sure 12 bucks isn't going to do it and what woodie do they have that the little kid can ride? Teddy Bear is a JR coaster but it certaintly isn't a kiddy ride.

Chuck, who is miffed by this report. OH, Lesourdsville lets kids under 4 and adults over 65 in for free but you still have to buy tickets to ride

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:25 PM
Never been to Strikers Grove, but I will second a comment from above... when you go to a small park, don't go in "expecting a PKI".

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Face it, call ourselves what we want, but to the parks we are all "GP".

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:22 PM

I wasn't trying to be mean at all, I actually think I met Mustangmommy and when I met em they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Oh well, I have and I know that you can have a bad day at the best of parks.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester
Lesourdsville Lake, The great American amusement park opens the season June 6th Thurs-Sun every week. Park phone is (513)539-2193

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 1:26 PM

Chuck ,

I don't think you met me beacause I didn't talk to anybody while at the park other than a deputy!!!! And well unless you are him, I know I didn't talk to you!!! I don't go to parks with the expectation of PKI(which is not all that great!), I've been to parks from the east to the west coast, big and little and I still can say that Stricker's was a rip on the 4th. The parking fee was fine for the pitiful firework display and a parking fee is usually the norm at almost all of the parks. And as for the posting on the Teddy Bear they do let infants on it!!! I know I've personally seen a seven month old on it!!!! And the kiddie rides that are allowed to be riden by the adults are as follows, the whip, the turtle and the helicopers, basically Strickers policy is if you can fit on the ride and it will still run, you can ride. And two and three year olds at most parks are allowed in free of charge and can actually ride the child oriented rides with out having to wait for a line of adults to first ride.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 4:01 PM

mustangmommee said:


I'm giving Stricker's two thumbs down due to the high priced children's passes,rude employees, and general safety that is practiced by the park.

And two and three year olds at most parks are allowed in free of charge and can actually ride the child oriented rides with out having to wait for a line of adults to first ride.



Not to be mean or anything to you mustangmommee but Strickers isn't a corporate park, and found the $12 a fair deal. Also i didnt see any rude employees there, everyone i saw was nice. About the saftey thing I only saw one thing i thought was bad, while i was riding the teacups the ride-op jumped down in the ride area while the ride was going to pick something up, but then again its not a corporate park, and that is probably allowed there. And about the wait for the "child orientted rides" I dont see anything wrong with adults riding the little rides if thats Strickers policy, in which it is therefore why should your child be able to go in front of other people that were waiting in line already, that is called line jumping, and i know that is against Strickers policy, anyways thats irrelevant because the lines for the child rides were not even 1 cycle wait.

*** This post was edited by FoF on 7/7/2002. ***

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