Conneaut Blue Streak fans donate time to paint the ride

Posted Monday, April 29, 2002 4:34 AM | Contributed by TiggerMan

Volunteers spent the third weekend in a row painting Conneaut Lake's Blue Streak, giving it its first fresh coat of paint in years. Money was raised in part by the American Coaster Enthusiasts last year when they raised over $5,500 in a marathon riding session.

Read more from the Erie Times-News.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 4:53 AM
I was there the first weekend. We got some serious rain, but that didn't stop our passion from wanting to fix up the old Girl!

Coasterbuzzes own "Arrow Guy" has been donating his time for the past THREE weekends to paint this wonderful coaster.

Gene Rumsey and the gang at Conneaut have been wonderful to us. They provided great sleeping quarters in the Hotel Conneaut and wonderful food...Including Prime Rib and Crab Legs.... MMM MMM!

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Monday, April 29, 2002 5:51 AM

To anyone that worked and continues to work on this ride:

Thank you for your service :)

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Monday, April 29, 2002 6:27 AM
To all the Great Adventure fans could we please do the same for Rolling Thunder

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:14 AM
I was there, along with RllrCstrDude187 and Bilelele, all 3 weekends and unfortunately it rained most of the time preventing us from painting the coaster itself until this past weekend. It was sunny on Saturday and the entire coaster(at least as high as the volunteers were allowed to climb) was completed. On Sunday work was being done on the station and brake run but storms rolled in in the afternoon so the event was officially over for this year.

By the way, they are considering making this an annual event so if anyone wants to help out, mark your planners for next year.

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Monday, April 29, 2002 7:22 AM
oh yea. that was awesome. sorority party mmmmm

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ladies and gentlemen, due to an increase in line jumping, people caught cutting in line will no longer be ejected from the park. u will be ejected from the ride

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Monday, April 29, 2002 10:54 AM
is there anyway we can do this for Rolling Thunder at SFGADV????
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Monday, April 29, 2002 1:36 PM

That was so much fun. That would be cool if they made events like this for other parks too. As for Conneaut Lake I'm curious to know if we'd be painting every year or just helping out with park maintainence.

I wish we could have gotten to ride it tho.

Hey john you missed a sorority party on Saturday night this past weekend. lol. Where were ya?

mmm.....free food and free hotel.....

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Monday, April 29, 2002 6:52 PM

I can't believe the hospitality the park extended to us !!!

My son and I spent the last three weekends at the park. What an incredible experience it was.

We painted our beloved Blue Streak, painted in the Carousel building, helped clean-up Kiddie Land and even scraped a little at the Hotel. We got to check out alot of behind the scenes things you usually can't see when the park is in operation. My 10 year old son still can't believe he got to walk the track of the Blue Streak.( I can't either) He will never stop talking about the ghost hunt we went on in the hotel looking for Elizabeth, the legendary spirit that supposedly roams the halls.

We met so many great people and ate soo much great food that I hated to see it come to an end. The park treated us like royalty.

It's great to see the park coming back to life. It looks great!!

Everyone can still help... show up any weekend starting Memorial Day and donate a few hours to re-discover this classic amusement park. You can get an after 5 wrist-band and an ice cream for what it cost to park your car at some of the "mega" parks. The restaurant at the hotel is beautiful, the sun-porch overlooks the lake and the food is incredible.

My mom and Dad took me to Conneaut when I was young and I have great memories of the park. Now I take my kids with the hopes that the park will be around long enough for them to do the same for their kids someday.

RllrCstrDude, who woulda thought, a sorority party.... It just doesn't get much better !

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Monday, April 29, 2002 6:59 PM
Aw man! and me, the woman-magnet, wasn't there!

Well, as a faithful boyfriend to my little lady, i spent the past two weekends with her so i don't feel so guilty when i truck off to SRM, Coastermania, and Timberfest without her *** This post was edited by john peck on 4/29/2002. ***

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 12:20 PM
What a wonderful time I had.....meeting people, helping a park and fufilling a childhood dream (painting a coaster)! I will continue to help as long as I live close enough. I just hope they forgive me for accidentally using Scooby Doo purple!
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Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
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Tuesday, April 30, 2002 12:26 PM

I was there during the last weekend and I had a lot of fun. We got a lot accomplished on Saturday, it was amazing. It was really nice to see all the enthusiastic volunteers, especially Betty ;)

It's obvious that the park is serious about its future, and they are very grateful about everything that has been donated to them. The future looks bright for this great classic park!

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 3:47 AM

Although I was unable to attend the festivities due to working out of state, I extend my thanks, admiration and appreciation to those that did participate.

As a long time resident of Crawford County, the Blue Streak and Conneaut Lake Park are a staple of the local economy. The turmoil surrounding the park is well documented, and I tip my hat to those that are willing to give their time and energy, and that includes those that are still fighting to keep the park open.

The Blue Streak was my initiation into roller coasters which has only become a greater obsession as the years have passes. I am now a member of ACE and as any true coaster fanatic knows, my vacations revolve around how different roller coasters I can ride in a week.

Again thank-you to those that are continuing to preserve this great ride and park.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 4:59 PM
Kudos to all who gave of themselves.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002 5:15 PM
Six Flags can afford to paint their own darn coasters!!!!! What about helping other small parks that CAN'T afford to hire a pro. The first that comes to my mind is Williams Grove (Cyclone).
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Thursday, May 2, 2002 10:36 AM

Will the train work this year? It didn't when I went last year. Also, as much as I like dark rides, the wall of gum was a little unsettling. Oh, and is there any park maps floating around online?

Matt Zar's Homepage: http://www.bw.edu/~mzarzecz

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