Looks like the auction date has been set for February 10th. On the park's website it says, "Williams Grove Amusement Park is no longer looking for a management team. The Amusement Park sale will continue forward till a sale is consummated with a qualified buyer." The area is now being turned into a flea market with 400 different booths.
It was confirmed at Eastcoaster that the auction is for ride parts located on the property that was just sold, not the actual amusement park or its rides. As for now, Williams Grove and its components are NOT being auctioned off.
I'm thinking about going to the auction. God only knows what kind of cool crap they may have been saving for the past 60+ years. Maybe I could get my own personal Lusse to customize for my bargin nights at Knoebels! I can see me now driving home on rt. 11&15 with a 500 pound bumper car strapped to the roof of my Sunfire!
The auction was only stuff they had collected in their bone yard. It was mostly ride parts of an Eli Wheel, Flying Coaster, Calypso, Cuddle Up, fiberglass bumper car shells, carpet slide, Mangles Whip stuff including cars, Trees, piles of dirt, piles of scrap, wooden barrels from a fun house and more piles of scrap. Everything that I saw was really only worth scrap price, none of the rides were complete. Parts were in piles so you didn't really know what went with what.
I was going to go in with a friend to buy the whip cars to restore and resell but they went for $450 a piece and the guy bought all 8. We would have bought the rest if they would have sold for $250 but we didn't get the chance. $450 was a good deal I guess since all the trim, lapbars, wheels and seats were intact, even the Mangles signs on the sides.
Bumper cars went from anywhere from $500 to $100 a piece but they were all in real bad shape. No Lusse's in the lot.
The slide which was only the sliding surface and in about 20 pieces went for $.50. Yea I did type fifty cents!
We didn't stay for the entire auction, too cold and we were only really interested in the Whip Cars.
The Cuddle Up cars would have been cool to make into two person bar booths but we didn't stick around.
In all there were some cool things like an assortment of fiberglass tubs for various rides but everything need lots of TLC. The Whip cars were about the only real ride items of value and in decient shape.
The good news is that this was just the items from the bone yard not the actual park so there is still some hope for Williams Grove.
I was under the impression that the flea market was going where the park is but it will actually be south of the park in the big field/ overflow parking past the Cyclones far turnaround.
I'm still amazed piles of Dirt and logs went for more then an old slide!
Thanks for the update. I was on the fence about going, but decided against it since I just drove to Eastern PA last week. Anyway, I'm glad I didn't waste my time and more importantly GAS. I'm glad to hear about the Flea Market being further down. Perhaps the (Steam Engine? is that right) association that bought it can turn it into a couple day a year park like Strickers does.
coasterpunk said: It was mostly ride parts of an Eli Wheel, Flying Coaster, Calypso, Cuddle Up, fiberglass bumper car shells, carpet slide, Mangles Whip stuff including cars, Trees, piles of dirt, piles of scrap, wooden barrels from a fun house and more piles of scrap.