Allegheny Mountain Madness

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Coasting in the Alleghenies

Join us for a day at two wonderful traditional parks, both over 100 years old, in Blair County, in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains! Lakemont Park in Altoona is home to Leap the Dips, the world's oldest roller coaster, as well as Skyliner, a peppy John Miller-designed PTC coaster that originally opened at New York's Roseland Park in 1960 and got a new lease on life after being moved to Lakemont where it reopened in 1987. Both of those coasters will be included in ERT! Lakemont Park also includes a number of other rides and attractions, including two very attractive miniature golf courses. DelGrosso's Park in Tipton is just 10 minutes from Lakemont, and it includes a fine selection of classic-style rides, including a Reverchon Crazy Mouse, with spinning vehicles. Guests will find Laguna Splash to be one of the nicest waterparks in the region. As part of DelGrosso Foods, known for its lines of spaghetti sauce, the park has a reputation for great food, so it's no surprise that the event will include a spaghetti picnic dinner featuring a side of Murf's Famous Potato Salad!

TWO parks, ONE event, LOTS of value!


Allegheny Mountain Madness event registration will include the following:
  • An hour of ERT on Leap the Dips and Skyliner at Lakemont Park.
  • Unlimited Ride & Play Pass for Lakemont Park (unlimited access to all rides and miniature golf)
  • All-Day Fun Pass for DelGrosso's Park (unlimited access to all rides and the waterpark)
  • Spaghetti Picnic Dinner at DelGrosso's including Murf's Famous Potato Salad
  • Special discounts on food at Lakemont Park
Mini Golfing for Gary

This event incorporates Gary Baker Memorial Day. If you didn't know Gary Baker, he was a longtime ACE member who was a strong advocate for the amusement industry and roller coaster preservation. He was heavily involved in the fundraising that lead to the restoration of Leap the Dips, the world's oldest roller coaster, which is located at Lakemont Park. He also served ACE in numerous capacities, including as regional representative for ACE Western Pennsylvania and as ACE's national events director, a position that he held for six years. Gary passed away unexpectedly in fall of 2009. This reoccurring event was created to honor Gary, who truly loved all parks, but especially the traditional ones. Lakemont Park and DelGrosso's Park were undoubtedly two of his favorites.

Gary Baker Memorial Miniature Golf Tournament

Next to roller coasters, one of Gary Baker's great passions was miniature golf. As a member of the PPA (Professional Putters Association), Gary played professionally! Throughout his time in ACE, he engaged many members to play and enjoy the sport, so a memorial tournament seems fitting, especially at one of his favorite parks, which he'd be pleased to know is now home to two miniature golf courses!

  1. Only those registered to attend Allegheny Mountain Madness may enter the miniature golf tournament.
  2. You may play either the Rabbit Hole course, Keystone Falls course or both.
  3. Play with at least one other contestant.
  4. Have first and last names on score card
  5. Follow all course rules, including 6-stroke limit and adding a penalty stroke for each time the ball leaves the course (and is placed back on where it left).
  6. Turn in score cards to Regional Rep Bill Linkenheimer.  The final time to do so is by 4:45 p.m. at Pavilion #12 at DelGrosso's Park.
  7. The grand prize will be for the lowest combined score for both courses.
  8. Two other prizes will be given for the best score on each individual course, with the grand prize winner ineligible.
  9. Winner will be announced during the picnic.

Height Requirements & Park Policies

Leap the Dips 
48" unless accompanied by parent

Skyliner 48" unless accompanied by parent

height requirements for all other rides, at Lakemont Park, click here.

height requirements for all rides, at DelGrosso's Park, click here.

Parking is free at both host parks.

Cameras are not permitted on rides at any time.


10 - 10:30 a.m. Event check-in at Pavilion #9 at Lakemont Park

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. ERT on Leap the Dips and Skyliner

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Laguna Splash Waterpark (at DelGrosso's) open

11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Lakemont Park open

11:35 a.m. Group Photo in front of Leap the Dips station

11:40 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Gary Baker Memorial Miniature Golf Tournament at Lakemont Park

11:40 a.m. ITOT on C.P. Huntington Train at Lakemont Park 

12 noon ITOT on Motorway Go Karts at Lakemont Park

12 noon - 8 p.m. DelGrosso's Park (rides) open

4:15 p.m. ITOT on Crazy Mouse at DelGrosso's Park

5 p.m. Spaghetti Picnic Dinner (with Murf's Famous Potato Salad) in Pavilion #12 at DelGrosso's Park

5:45 p.m. Deadline for turning in miniature golf score cards (at DelGrosso's)

6:15 p.m. ITOT on train at DelGrosso's Park

6:35 p.m. ITOT on Dodgem at DelGrosso's Park

7 p.m. ITOT on Carouselle at DelGrosso's Park

To participate in ACE Western Pennsylvania’s famous ITOTs (Informal Take-Over Times) of rides arrive five minutes prior to the scheduled time and wait until the time to enter the queue as a group and enjoy it together. Please be respectful of other park guests, as large groups can sometimes appear to be overwhelming.

COVID-19 Considerations

The greatest concern of American Coaster Enthusiasts is the health, safety and enjoyment of its members. To ensure continued safety, ACE is closely monitoring the ever-evolving (and rapidly improving) COVID-19 situation. As a result, we ask that you respect the wishes of ACE and the parks.


Please follow and respect all safety procedures instituted by Lakemont Park and DelGrosso's Park, our hosts for the event. Note that both parks require guests who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings (properly over both the mouth and nose) at all times except when activingly eating and drinking. Lakemont Park's policies may be found here and DelGrosso's Park's policies may be found here.


We realize that you may not get to see some of your ACE friends often and may be excited to see one another, but given health concerns, we suggest that you follow common protocols for health safety. Not everyone is fully vaccinated and everyone has different comfort levels in terms of being in close proximity to others. Please be respectful of other members who may wish to keep a safe distance. 

Registration Information

ACE Members (ages 12+)- $28.00

ACE Members (Ages 3-11) - $23.00

Non-Members (ages 12-59)- $38.00

Non-Members (Ages 3-11) - $33.00


*Non-members may only register as a guest of an ACE member who is also registered to attend this this event.



Online registration is open through Sunday, July 25 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

In an effort to provide attendees with the best experience possible, there will be no late or on-site registration, so please be sure to register by the appropriate deadlines.


The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities. The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants acknowledges that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people are present and that attendees voluntarily assume all risks to exposure to COVID-19 and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc. and its Officers, Executive Committee Members, Regional Representatives and other representatives from any and all illness and injury.

Registration Directions


 You must be a member of ACE to attend or be accompanied by a member who is also registered to attend the event. If only non-members are listed on the registration, please indicate the name of the registered member of whom you are a guest.


· To register by mail, click here for the mail-in registration form. Fill it out completely, and mail with appropriate payment to the address listed on the registration form. Mail in registration forms must be postmarked bTuesday, July 20, 2021. DO NOT MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION after July 20! Personal checks are accepted from ACE members only. All others may pay by money order. Do not send cash in the mail.

· To register online, click the Register Now button below. Online registration is available through July 25, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time.

· No materials will be sent to you in advance. All materials (ride pass vouchers, etc.) will be provided to you at the event.

· If you provide an email address, an email with information about attending the event, will be sent to you shortly before the event and no later than July 27. Email if you register, but don't receive such an email by that date.

· If you don't plan to make the scheduled event check-in time, please email to make alternative arrangements.


· If you unexpectedly arrive at Lakemont Park after event check-in has ended, please find regional officials at the ERT rides (note that there's no charge to enter Lakemont Park).

· Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $5 per person processing fee through July 25, 2021. To cancel, contact or contact Dave Hahner at 412.734.3922. No refunds will be issued after July 25. Processing fees for online registration may not be refundable.



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