SFKK and the Ky State Fair question

Friday, May 2, 2003 5:13 AM
Yesterday, while plotting out a vacation for later in the summer, I checked the schedule for SFKK and saw the dates of August 14-23 (or something like that) shaded in black / dark grey with the note "Kentucky State Fair". What exactly does this mean (aside from "That's when the Kentucky state fair is held...") and how does it affect the park .

The trip was going to include SFWoA, Michigan's Adventure, Indiana Beach, Holiday World, SFKK, PKI (all first time visits for us) with a possible stop off at Kennywood (3rd visit) if time permits. However, with Holiday World on limited hours (closed on week days starting Aug 18) and depending on what implications the Ky State Fair has for SFKK, we may do a New England trip instead, hitting the major parks up there for the first time.

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Friday, May 2, 2003 5:16 AM
No admission to the park itself.... but all rides cost. You pay admission to the State Fair (Usually during normal park operation you just pay to park on the fairgrounds) then once inside you buy ride tickets and the various coasters etc at SFKK take them. There is an added midway of carnival rides outside the park's boundries that also take tickets.

It's not cheap. Actually, I would avoid SFKK during that time.
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*** This post was edited by Shaggy 5/2/2003 9:50:44 AM ***

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Friday, May 2, 2003 5:18 AM
During that time, the park (which is on STate Fair land) does not accept season passes. I foung this on the SFKK website....

Please call ahead for special operating times during the Kentucky State Fair. You must pay an admission fee to get into the State Fair in order to enjoy the rides at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Admission to Six Flags is free; however, rides are based on a pay-per-ride basis. Season passes are not valid during the Kentucky State Fair.

Hope this helps....

EDIT: D'oh....looking for the exact information from SFKK and was beat to the punch... ;)

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*** This post was edited by redman822 5/2/2003 9:19:22 AM ***

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Friday, May 2, 2003 5:32 AM
I second Shaggy's recommendation. SFKK is not worth the time during the State Fair. Very expensive, and usually very crowded.

Spend an extra day at PKI instead. :)

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Friday, May 2, 2003 5:36 AM
That was quick.

Okay... now I feel like a lazy bum... I could have easily checked the web site myself (but then again, I was doing this "on the sly" while at work... I had to sneak in a look at the calendar for several parks... going into detail wasn't a good idea.)

I guess that about answers it... no SF season passes honored (we are planning on getting them this year) and no POP admission for SFKK along with Holiday World's limited schedule makes the choice seem like New England instead of the mid west. Looks like it will be Great Escape, SFNE, Canobie Lake, Funtown, Lake Compounce and Playland Park in Rye NY (and if we are REALLY ambitious... Martin's Fantasy Island and Seabreeze).

I think next year will be the Mid West, and in June, not August (work schedule this year knocks out June). If so, will probably take a little extra time and plan 2 days at CP as well as the others.

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*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 5/2/2003 9:39:40 AM ***

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Friday, May 2, 2003 6:54 AM
I'd just say avoid SFKK all together, because it is not a good park. There are 2 good coasters, Thunder Run, and Chang, but you would have much more fun if you went north to LeSourdesville Lake park, if it is open.

The one time I went to SFKK, it was during the state fair, and there was absolutely noone in the park, like mabye 5 people per coaster. It was as in usual SF fasion, very poorly run, and the coasters closed early, because of not enough people. The coasters were also WAY overpriced.

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Save LeSourdesville Lake!!! It was the best park ever!!!

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Friday, May 2, 2003 7:54 AM
We would be travelling from Santa Claus IN (HW) to Kings Mills OH (PKI) and practically passing right by SFKK. Its not like we were making a special trip for SFKK, but more like "since we are this close". LeSourdesville Lake (aka Americana) WAS planned as well (and was a "must see" park because of Screechin' Eagle), but with the "closed indefinately" sign hung out front... well you know the story.

Truthfully... IF Holiday World would have been open on week days between Aug 18 and 22, then we would still be planning the Mid West (and chalking SFKK up to an "Oh well... would have been nice if we could have done it").

However, We like to "fly by the seat of our pants" sometimes and not make any concrete hotel plans unless we absolutely have to (for instance... if we would want to stay at Breakers at Cedar Point... or even York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, ME on our New England trip, we would plan ahead.) It keeps the schedule more open and flexible this way. We could still decide on a different travell plan and head west.

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Friday, May 2, 2003 9:01 AM
When you go from HW to PKI the forces of nature *require* you to stop off at SFKK since it is so close. I've always gone on light crowd days and really enjoyed the park... but I get the impression that if there are moderate to heavy crowds, the park would be a nightmare.
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Friday, May 2, 2003 9:09 AM
Any park is worth a stop if you are passng through. Especially one with one of Anton's Shuttle Loops :)

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Friday, May 2, 2003 9:14 AM
nightride said: "I'd just say avoid SFKK all together, because it is not a good park. There are 2 good coasters, Thunder Run, and Chang, but you would have much more fun if you went north to LeSourdesville Lake park, if it is open."

You obviously haven't been this year. Greezed Lightnin' is kickin' some major butt (when it's open) and Twisted Twins gives some wicked ejector air.

Plus, LeSourdesville Lake is closed.

--Ryan

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Friday, May 2, 2003 9:58 AM
Your kidding right? Greezed Lighting was open for about 1/2 an hour on media night (last Thursday) and only ran for about an hour on Saturday of last weekend.

Not sure if it is running today, but it seems downtime was kicking GL's butt so far. ;-)

Granted, the ride however, was fun when it was running media night. I think I logged like a dozen rides or so.

And as far as Twisted Twins, I know of little air on it. If you want air, ride the front car of Thunder Run... the one redeeming quality ride in the park. Not to say GL isn't.... I haven't made up my mind on that one yet ;-)

Shaggy

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 4:02 AM
Sorry, I guess that since I haven't ridden every coaster in the world, I try to appriciate the ones I have.

--Ryan "Forget this one."

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 6:25 AM
I think Chang gives a good ride. It's certainly my favorite stand-up coaster (I love the hang-time in the vertical loop).

Are they ever going to get Thunder Run on 2 train operation? Even on moderately crowded days, it takes forever to get through the line (of course, it's always worth it! :) )

Jerry
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 7:40 AM
I was there Friday, GL was running great and it was a walk-on all day. I spent two hours at SFKK, and got six rides on GL. Thunder Run was a walk-on as well, we didn't even have to wait for the front seat.

I think Twisted Twins gives amazing ejector air in the back seat over the first drops. The third drop on Stella also gives some pretty good air. However, the first drops on Twisted Twins are two of my favorite wooden coaster drops anywhere in the backseat.

I know in the past, the park had offered wrist bands for unlimited rides in the park and maybe even the fair too? You should call and check, I rememeber the wrist bands being like $19 or so.

Cory

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 9:16 AM
Last year at the Ky State Fair, I was bored and my g/f has never rode a stand up coaster so I figured we go over and ride Chang. I can't remember the exact cost, but I know it was more than 5.00 for the both of us. The park was really empty, but we enjoyed a front seat ride on Chang.
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Sunday, May 4, 2003 9:27 AM
Yes, check my sig, I know LeSourdesville is closed, but they are saying that they will only be closed for a short time now(at least last time I looked).

Dude, I totally forgot about GL, that should make the park a better place.

But both my dad and I are like huge airtime fans, and I never noticed any air on the one twin that was open, which really surprised me for a CCI coaster. I thought that which ever twin was open when I rode it was a very overrated woodie, but then again, we were the only ones on the train. Also, that might have something to do with the awesome Thunder Run so close.

Well, if you are passing any park, of course make a stop, just I didn't think it was a good park the time I went. One of the ride ops was selling used tickets amd pocketing the money, so that also didn't make me like the park so much, but hey I will go again this year and see what it is like.

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Save LeSourdesville Lake!!! It was the best park ever!!!

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 9:38 AM
Like Cory said, Lola (Pink), gives awesome ejector air in the back seat.

--Ryan

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 3:57 PM
If I recall, doesn't Thunder Run have only one train? And no transfer table or storage either?
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