After two weekends of beer sales at Kennywood, nothing happened

Posted Monday, September 17, 2012 10:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Kennywood is now one of dozens of amusements parks around the country that sell beer. It went on sale for the first time last weekend under tight security. To some people, the idea of beer sales at Kennywood is no big deal. For others, a beer stand in the park is an unwelcome sight that breaks a long-standing tradition.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 3:46 PM

This topic is actually kinda laughable. If the selling of beer is so debatable or whatever what in the hell will parks like Kennywood do once MARIJUANA becomes legalized ?? How will they handle it? Can't treat it like cigarettes and beer thats for sure.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:51 PM

So, this news item came up in today's Rollback. I haven't been to Kennywood in a while and haven't heard anything about their beer sales this season.

What's the state of beer at Kennywood this year? Are they still selling? Is it still strangely restricted?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:00 PM

You likely haven't heard anything because a couple of hooligans got wasted, started fighting, puked in the pond, punched a toddler in the face and burned the beer garden to the ground.

Needless to say, sales have halted.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:00 PM

Does the beer smell like popcorn?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:06 PM

No, but I heard popcorn sales increased during the fights, as everyone rushed to get a ring side seat.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:45 PM

A drunken toddler firefight is quite the achievement on the park's two beer limit.

I gather this means that, in reality, "nothing happened."

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:02 PM

Well, Kennywood probably increased per caps by a percentage point or two. They might have done better with Butterbeer (no 2-drink limit).

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, September 17, 2013 6:02 PM
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:41 PM

robotfactory said:

So, this news item came up in today's Rollback. I haven't been to Kennywood in a while and haven't heard anything about their beer sales this season.

What's the state of beer at Kennywood this year? Are they still selling? Is it still strangely restricted?

Still selling it. I went there 16 times this summer but the garden was only open maybe 5 or 6 of those times. And of those time there were perhaps 5-10 people max throughout the day.

The garden isn't open during school picnic days (which pretty much knocks out May and June). I don't think it's open during Fall Fantasy (15 or so days in August when local marching bands perform) but I could be wrong on that.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:49 PM

That's unfortunate. I don't think I could listen to high school marching bands sober.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:28 AM

Chriscub said:
This topic is actually kinda laughable. If the selling of beer is so debatable or whatever what in the hell will parks like Kennywood do once MARIJUANA becomes legalized ?? How will they handle it? Can't treat it like cigarettes and beer thats for sure.

The parks in Colorado have signs stating that you aren't supposed to ride while under the influence of drugs, but considering you can consume pot in edible form, it is hard to enforce the rule in the parks. It also doesn't help that there are dispensaries within walking distance of Lakeside & Elitch Gardens. Currently only med-card holders can buy in the dispensaries, but that all changes Jan. 1. But it isn't like a bunch of stoners are going to turn violent in the park, if anything, they're going to eat more.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:17 AM

That's one way to raise your per caps. Stoned guests with the munchies and inflated food prices.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:20 AM

You won't have to worry about anyone keeping their arms and legs inside the car at all times, because everyone's too lazy to bother.

That would probably be the easiest group of guests ever.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:32 AM

Yeah, I'm basically recycling Bill Hicks by saying this, but I'd much rather be in a crowd of stoners than a crowd of drunks. There's a reason you never hear the term "murdered someone in a stoned rage."

That being said, I still don't mean to infer that drinking at amusement parks is any cause for moral panic.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:29 AM

If the parks really wanted to up their per-cap spending, they should sell popcorn-scented pot.

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:31 AM
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:17 AM

I'm afraid to add anything to any conversation now.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:02 PM

We'll just scent the conversation with popcorn and you'll be sucked right in.

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Seriously though, you're getting awfully defensive.

Say something that stands out and it's going to stick - for a while at least. Hell, these guys even jumped on me with the "volleying for a seat" thing. If you have an opinion, eventually it's going to be strong enough for people to take notice.

Take it in stride. Five years from now when someone tosses out a popcorn scent joke after a long while of not seeing it, you can take pride in knowing you contributed a permanent addition to the community.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:03 PM
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:09 PM

And when that post happens on September 18, 2018, Gonch will link back to the above post as evidence of his precognitive abilities. ;)

Last edited by birdhombre, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:11 PM
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:11 PM

Pfft. 5 years? That's practically overnight.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:28 PM

Why is this particular thing driving you so over the edge, Travis? We've poked at you for years about your incessant disdain for pay to cut, conspiracy theories about parks underhandedly trying to gouge money, and more, but popcorn is what finally makes you give up?

Only you can prevent yourself from being a victim.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:49 PM

And forest fires. You can prevent those, too.

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