CoasterBash! XXXII

May 1, 2021

Event will be held rain or shine

The CoasterBash! tradition continues in 2021, two months later than usual and in an open-air setting of Kennywood's pavilions. CoasterBash! XXXII will include many of the activities one has come to expect, including a wide variety of presentations, an all-you-can-eat-dinner, unlimited soft drinks, the CoasterBash! Photo Contest, the ACE Preservation Fund Sales Table, a silent auction and door prizes. While some of the event's usual features may be paused for this year, for the first time ever, CoasterBash! will include ERT on an actual roller coaster!

Event Highlights
  • Nick Paradise of Kennywood will provide an update on the park's plans for the 2021 season
  • Jeff Filicko of Six Flags Fiesta Texas will report on what the popular Texas park has in store for 2021
  • Jeff Croushore of Idlewild and SoakZone will provide an update on the park's 2021 season
  • Janine Rebbie Matscherz of Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. will talk about all of the legendary coaster train manufacturer's current projects.
  • Rick Knoebel of Knoebels Amusement Resort will discuss what's new at the park and their plans to host the finale of Coaster Con 43!

Plus The Golden Kenny Award; videos from the talents of Ken Simmons, Joel Brewton and others; PLUS


Door Prizes

ERT on an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark


Photo Contest

Unlimited Soft Drinks

Dinner Buffet

featuring...Chicken Romano with Lemon Wine Sauce, Carved Prime Rib with Au Jus and Horseradish, Linguini with Red Pepper Sauce, a Baked Potato Bar, Grilled Vegetables (Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Portabella, Asparagus, Red Pepper), Tossed Salad, Fresh Tomato Mozzarella Basil Salad, Assorted Cookies and Ice Cream Sundae Bar.

Tentative Schedule

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Arrival and Event Check-In

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

ERT on the ACE Roller Coaster Landmark Jack Rabbit

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Socially Distanced Social Time

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Presentations Segment #1

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Presentations Segment #2


IMPORTANT NOTE: CoasterBash! XXXII attendees who exit the park before the event ends, will not be permitted to reenter. Attendees are encouraged to bring everything they may need for the duration of the event (including clothing for forecasted weather conditions, medication, etc.) along with them when they initially enter the park.

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 COVID-19 situation. As a result, we ask that you respect the wishes of ACE and the park.

Please follow and respect all safety procedures instituted by Kennywood, our host for the event. Even though the park is not open to the public on the day of this event, the park's policies still apply. This includes wearing face coverings (properly over both the mouth and nose) at all times when on park property, except when actively eating. Please do not attend if you're sick or show any symptoms of COVID-19. You can view Kennywood's safety procedures here.

When interacting with ACE volunteers, including, but not limited to event check-in, Photo Contest, ACE Preservation Fund Sales Table, door prizes, silent auction, Chinese auction/raffle ticket sales and silent auction payments, attendees are expected to wear a face covering (properly over both the mouth and nose) and maintain physical distancing to the greatest extent that circumstances allow. The volunteers will be wearing face coverings as well. 

We realize that many of you attending may be seeing some of your ACE friends for the first time in quite a while. We know that you'll be happy to see one another, but given health concerns, suggest that you follow common protocols for health safety.  Everyone has different comfort levels in terms of being in close proximity to others. Please be respectful of other members and allow a six-foot distance between one another, unless it's made clear by all involved that closer proximity is welcomed.


Registration Information

Given the nature of this event and restrictions associated with the current health crisis, the event currently has a maximum capacity of 150 persons.
Event registration will be accepted on a first come, first registered basis.
Owing to the limited capacity, for this year only, the event is restricted to current ACE members only.
In an effort to capture event registrations in real time, all registrations must be done online.
Sorry, but mail-in registration is not available for this event.
Online registration is available through April 21 or until maximum attendance is reached, whichever comes first.
If the event reaches capacity prior to April 21, members who were unable to register may put their names on a wait list and will be contacted in the event of cancellations or changing circumstances that allows capacity to be increased.
Once registration is at capacity, any member wishing to be wait-listed should contact ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Representative Bill Linkenheimer at and include their phone number as well as the name of other members in their family/group who wish to be on the waitlist. As openings become available, those on the waitlist will be contacted in the order that requests were received.

Registration Fees: $42 per member

Registration fee is inclusive of all online processing fees and service charges!




Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be issued less a $5/person cancellation fee if notice is given by April 21, 2021.

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 April 21, 2021, though exceptions will be made if the event has reached capacity and waitlisted members are available.


You do not need to print a ticket and bring it with you to the event. Simply use your name to check-in at the event when you arrive.


CoasterBash! XXXI Photo Contest

Rules & Procedures

1) The Eighth Annual 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 entrantís 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. Any winning (top three) photo from any previous CoasterBash! or any other ACE photo contest is ineligible.

4) Each entrantís photograph(s) shall be submitted at the event on May 1, 2021, between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30 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) Winning photographs and entrants will be announced near the end of the eventís 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 ACEís websites, with proper credit and identification.

9) 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.

10) 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.


here is no official hotel for this event. However, the following three lodging facilities are only about four miles away, all in The Waterfront complex, and all are recommended by CoasterBash! organizers.


Comfort Inn


Hampton Inn


Holiday Inn Express


Courtyard by Marriott


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