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Event will be held rain,
snow (blizzard) or shine

Salvatore’s - South Hills of Pittsburgh

March 3, 2018

CoasterBash! always provides attendees with an eventful evening that includes a wide variety of presentations ranging from history to retrospectives to what’s new at the parks.


Highlights include:

· Nick Paradise of Kennywood will give an update on what's new for 2018.

· Jeff Croushore Of Idlewild and SoakZone will provide an update of what’s new at the park for 2018.

· Steve Gorman of Waldameer will update us on the construction of Water World's ongoing additions and other improvements at the Erie park for 2018.

· Brian Butko of the Heinz History Center with Kennywood 2.5” and a look at some stunning old pictures of the park that have been touched up and color-corrected.

· Author Jennifer Sopko will talk about her forthcoming book on the history of Idlewild Park.

· Representatives from Conneaut Lake Park will be on hand to provide a status update.

· Dalton Fischer from Silver Dollar City will report on the park's new Time Traveler roller coaster and what to expect at the 2018 ACE Spring Conference.

· Chris Camp, president of Fun Fore All will talk about the popular fun center

· Plus The Golden Kenny Award; videos from the talents of Ken Simmons, Joel Brewton and others; a fun contest; and LOTS of door prizes!








featuring...Chicken Romano with Lemon Cream Sauce, Baked Ham with Pineapple Cherry Glaze, Farfalle Pasta with Marinara Sauce, Parsley Red Potatoes, Chateau Blend Vegetables, Antipasta Salad, Tossed Salad, White Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake

NEW PROCEDURE THIS YEAR FOR VENDORS: Anyone wishing to set up a table at CoasterBash! must do so when they register. The cost is $10 along with providing at least one door prize valued at $15 or more. Mail-in registration forms that include tables must be postmarked by February 17, 2018 and vendors should simply add "Vendor Table" as a name and indicate a $10 price. Online registration for vendor tables will be open through February 21, 2018 (note that it's several days BEFORE the general online registration deadline). Tables may not be purchased after February 21.

Registration Fees


Must be postmarked by February 23, 2018


ACE Member

Child Member (3-11)


Child Non-member (3-11)






Non-members may attend only if registered with and accompanied by a member.


  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $5/person cancellation fee if notice is given by February 23, 2018.

  • Cancellations must be made by phone to Dave Hahner at 412.734.3922.

  • NOTE: No materials will be provided in advance. All registration materials are picked up at the event.

There will be NO refunds issued after February 23, 2018.

Online Registration Available


Online registration through February 25, 2018 at

Online registration prices are $1.25/person

higher to cover processing fees.



Fifth annual CoasterBash! Photo Contest.


Special Thunderbolt division in honor of the ride's 50th year

Bring photos to event by 3 p.m.
Prizes awarded!

See additional information below or, visit

Tentative Schedule


2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration/Social time

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Presentations Segment #1

7p.m. - 8 p.m.

7p.m. - 11 p.m.

Presentations Segment #2

Sales Tables open during social time, breaks and dinner only.

Event flier including a printable mail in registration form available here.


There is no official hotel for this event. However, the following four facilities are only a few miles away, all along Lebanon Church Road, and are recommended by CoasterBash! organizers.


Comfort Inn


Hampton Inn


Holiday Inn Express


SpringHill Suites by Marriott






The address for Salvatore’s is: 5001 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

General directions from Pittsburgh: Take Route 51 south (after the Liberty Tunnel you will go through 14+ traffic signals (after traveling approximately four miles) after passing a McDonalds (on the left), turn right onto Brownsville Road (traffic light at intersection). Follow Brownsville Road for .3 mile and turn left at the first light. This will still be Brownsville Road. After the turn, follow Brownsville Road for .2 miles and turn right onto Curry Road. Follow Curry Road for .7 miles and just after the underpass, Salvatore’s will be on the left. It is located in a small shopping center.

From the Pittsburgh International Airport area and points West: Follow I-376 east toward Pittsburgh. Exit on to Route 51 south towards Uniontown immediately before the Fort Pitt Tunnels to downtown Pittsburgh. Then follow the "General directions from Pittsburgh" above.

From the Monroeville area and points East: Take I-376 west towards Pittsburgh and exit onto the Boulevard of the Allies (exit 2B). Merge onto the Boulevard of the Allies and follow signs for the Liberty Bridge. Merge into the right lane on the bridge and remain in the right lane through the Liberty Tunnel. Immediately after exiting the tunnel, take the second exit for Route 51 south towards Uniontown. Then follow the "General directions from Pittsburgh" above.

From points North: Take I-279 south to I-579 south. On I-579, stay in the far left lane, which will eventually exit on to the Liberty Bridge. Get in the right lane on the Liberty Bridge and remain in the right lane through the Liberty Tunnel. Immediately after exiting the tunnel, take the second exit for Route 51 south towards Uniontown. Those coming from the Ohio Turnpike, can either exit at Exit #28 and take I-79 south to I-279 south and follow the directions above from points North (Mapquest recommended route) OR exit at #10 and follow I-376 east (portion toll) towards Pittsburgh and follow the directions from the Pittsburgh International Airport and points west. Then follow the "General directions from Pittsburgh" above.


From area hotels: Turn onto Lebanon Church Road (Route 885 South) toward Route 51.  After going under Route 51, travel 1.5 miles and turn right on to Brownsville Road.  Proceed for 0.8 miles and turn left on to Hollow Haven Drive (across from the Loose Moose Saloon).  Continue 0.5 miles and turn right on to Curry Road.  Salvatore's will be on the right in 0.4 miles.


To get to the recommended hotels in the area near Salvatore's, use the directions above to get to Route 51 south. Follow Route 51 south beyond the turn-off indicated in the directions to Salvatore's, through more traffic lights, and take the exit (on the right) for Lebanon-Church Road (Route 885 north) toward West Mifflin. All four recommended hotels are on the right, after approximately 1-2 miles.

If you need directions from any other area, please call Bill Linkenheimer at 412.725.7499.
If you get lost on the day of the event, call Salvatore’s at 412.653.1880.

Don’t miss Mountainfest at Wisp Mountain Resort Presented by ACE Mid-Atlantic

Sunday, March 4 - the day after CoasterBash!
Wisp is located in McHenry, Maryland, just two hours from Pittsburgh!
ACE members can purchase four rides on Wisp's Mountain Coaster for just $31 (a $48 value).
Event time is 12:30 p.m. Advance registration (but not payment) is required by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
Details available at




CoasterBash! attendees who order at least $40 worth of merchandise will enjoy free domestic shipping to their home, through March 6, 2018.


Details will be made available at the event, exclusively to CoasterBash! XXIX attendees!


Rules & Procedures

1) The CoasterBash! Photo Contest is open to any current ACE member who is attending CoasterBash! The contest coordinator is Jason Ballard (contact:

2) Each entrant may submit no more than two unframed photographs. Each photo must be original and have been taken by the entrant. Photos may have either a glossy or a matte finish and may be printed in color, black and white or sepia tone. Photographs may not be smaller than 8 x 10 inches and no larger than 11 x 14 inches. If the photograph has a border, the picture area still must be no smaller than 8 x 10 inches and the entire photo, including border, no larger than 11 x 14 inches. Photographs may not be attached to a matte or framing board. No photograph may have the entrant’s identification anywhere on it.

3) Submitted photos must be roller coaster-related. Though other attractions may appear, any photo not showing an existing or a defunct roller coaster will not be accepted for entry into the contest. No on-ride photos will be accepted. Any gestures, wording or subject matter contained within a photograph that may be viewed as offensive will disqualify the photo. Winning entries from previous CoasterBash! Photo Contests are ineligible.

4) Each entrant’s photograph(s) shall be submitted at the event on March 3, 2018, between the hours of 1:30 and 3 p.m. All entrants must provide the name of all coaster(s) and park(s) featured in each photograph entered.

5) All entries will be displayed for viewing at the time and location specified on the official CoasterBash! schedule distributed to all attendees at the event. The deadline for casting ballots will also be specified on the official schedule. As with all event activities, this information is subject to change, and in such an instance, due notice will be given through various announcements.

6) Care and precautions will be taken to protect all entered photographs. However, each participant must use every precaution to protect their photos, as neither ACE Western Pennsylvania nor the Photo Contest Coordinator and other volunteers will be held responsible for any stolen, lost or damaged property.

7) Winning photographs will be chosen by popular vote. Each CoasterBash! attendee will receive one official voting ballot at registration check-in on arrival at the event. No other ballots, including replacements for lost ballots, will be distributed or accepted. CoasterBash! attendees will be able to indicate on their ballots their choices for first, second and third place. Each first place vote will earn three points; each second place vote will earn two points; and each third place vote will receive one point. No photograph may be voted for more than once on any single ballot, and any such action will void the entire ballot. The three entries with the highest number of points will be awarded first, second and third place, respectively. Any winning entry may not be re-entered into any future CoasterBash! photo contests.

8) In honor of Kennywood's Thunderbolt's 50th year, entrants are encouraged to submit photos with Thunderbolt as the primary subject. A small panel of judges including (and appointed by) representatives of Kennywood, will choose one winning picture of Thunderbolt and the winning photographer will receive a special prize.  Kennywood reserves the right to use the winning photo for promotional and marketing purposes.

9) Winning photographs and entrants will be announced near the end of the event’s presentation program. Awards will be presented for each of the winning entries. All winning entries become the property of ACE Western Pennsylvania and will be retained for possible publication in a future issue of an ACE publication and/or inclusion on one or more of ACE’s websites, with proper credit and identification.

10) Non-winning photographs may be reclaimed from the Photo Contest coordinator and volunteers at the end of the event, once the presentation program has ended.

11) The ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Representative or Contest Coordinator reserves the right to revise the schedule that is described or implied herein. The interpretation of these rules by the contest coordinator is final. Contact the contest coordinator with any questions or comments.

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