On the 4th, parking is about $3, and admission is free, and you can pay as you go or buy a wristband ($15 give or take). Soft drinks are $1, and you can get some good food for $5/meal, if you don't want to bring your own food/picnic in. It'll be a great day to meet up with some friends and bump into a few others. The park isn't too busy in the early-mid afternoon, but it picks up later on, as they have fireworks.
There's several great rides to do, especially the miniature railroad, and don't forget to ride the Tornado in the back!
I usually go on Family Day on August. It's been years since I've been there on the Fourth. Do they do that thing where all the rides shut down for an hour for dinner?
I hope there is some Stricker's Grove merchandise available to buy. I spend more money at these little parks on things like shirts and postcards than I do at the biggies.
I'm thinking the next day (Thursday the 5th) I may hit KI for a few hours before heading back up to Akron.
Hope to see some Coasterbuzzers!
Nice little place. We arrived in the late afternoon and planned on sticking around for the Fireworks, but just ran out of stuff to do. Ended up making it back to Dayton with plenty of time to see local fireworks.
I imagine some of you guys could have a great time here and we did too - just not enough there for us to stay more than a couple of hours.
I was at Stricker's Grove for Coaster Con, and even though I live in Cincinnati I won't be going back. I mean, it's not that I had a horrible time, but it was worth visiting once. ANYWAY, I spoke a little to the woman who I think was the owner, and she was very friendly.
Tip Top is an awesome ride! Some of the tubs don't spin very well at all, and some spin like mad. The ride op told me that car 6 was a good one and he was right.
On Tornado there are these two airtime spots that are very powerful and unexpected. They hurt, so hold on. :)
I am going in August. I miss that corn on the cob and that HEAVENLY butter....:)
I never found myself running out of things to do, then again I was with a bunch of people and we pretty much stayed on the flyers. ;)
*** Edited 7/2/2007 9:30:05 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
Chuck, who thought it was 2-11 but who cares?
Hope I don't get kicked off the flyers this year.
I'll be wearing my Maverick First Rider t-shirt, so if anybody sees me, say hi!
It was last October and getting a little cold. We spent the first part of the day in Metamora, IN. Its a neat little town. Then we drove to Stricker's. I absolutely love the fall.
In the evening they sat all the corn on the cob and butter so people could eat the left overs for free. I must have ate 4 of them. My wife and kids all had some too. We all had butter all over our faces. Yes, that is a great memory.
I've never been there in July or August.
I was there on the 4th and again in August in 2005. Both times the park was "crowded", but wait times for all rides were short (1-2 cycles). Even the Tornado line was 15 minutes max (usually 5-10).
I think that a large percentage of guests hang out in the picnic areas and socialize, as opposed to riding the rides over and over.
If you would like more details here is a TR I wrote 2 years ago...
http://coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=42385 *** Edited 7/3/2007 4:22:42 AM UTC by buckeye brad***
Speaking of buying used rides, did anything positive ever happen with Schwabinchin?
They bought the ride from Jerry Couch who claimed the ride was in excellent condition. Well a main bearing or something was bad in it and Ralph had to have the park custom made. He rehabbed the whole ride before he passed on and I was told by reliable sources that it would be open this year.
Chuck, who says Schwabinchin is still sitting out back in pieces and will never run again from what I understand it was just too cost prohibitive as parts aren't available and it's just wore out.
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