Gary Baker Memorial Day

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Who is Gary Baker?

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.

An Informal Event With a Twist

This is an informal event and no registration is required. A discount is available to to ACE members and their guests at one of our host parks (see separate section). While this event doesn't include ERT, there is an optional schedule of ITOTs (Informal TakeOver Times) and meet-up activities should you wish to meet up with your fellow ACE members. In addition, there is an optional (and very affordable) catered meal at DelGrosso's, which will take place at 4 p.m. See next section.

Enjoy a Meal at DelGrosso's

As a bit of a twist, the otherwise informal event will offer an optional meal at DelGrosso's -- a park well known of its high quality food. The meal will take place at 4 p.m and the cost (for both members and non-members alike) is only $12. The scrumptious picnic will include a barbecued half chicken, spaghetti with DelGrosso's marinara sauce, salad, roll & butter, soft drinks and an ice cream cup. Advance registration/payment for the meal is required to participate and those interested can sign up to attend it when they register for KennyKon XXX (event held the day prior) either online or by mail. Note that you do not need to attend KennyKon to attend Gary Baker Memorial Day or sign up for the catered meal. To sign up for the catered meal, click the Register Now button below.

GMBD Discount

ACE Western Pennsylvania has arranged for a discount at one of our host parks, as follows:

DelGrosso's Park: ACE Members attending Gary Baker Memorial Day may take advantage of ACE's ongoing discount at DelGroso's Park. Visit the Main Park Office (NOT the regular ticket booths) on the "ride park" side of the road and present your valid ACE membership card to purchase an All-Day Fun Pass for just $21.95, which is $10 off the regular price. Each member may purchase one additional pass for a nonmember guest. This special courtesy may not be combined with any other discounts or offers.

If any further discounts become available, they'll be posted here.


11 a.m. - 9 p.m.+ DelGrosso's Park open to the public

12 noon - 9 p.m. Lakemont Park open to the public

12:15 p.m.  ITOT on Skyliner at Lakemont Park

12:30 p.m.  ITOT on Train at Lakemont Park

12:45 - 3 p.m. Gary Baker Memorial Miniature Golf Tournament at Lakemont Park

4 p.m. Catered meal at Pavilion 12 at DelGrosso's Park (advance registration with prepayment required)

5 p.m. ITOT on Train at DelGrosso's Park

5:15 p.m. ITOT on Crazy Mouse at DelGrosso's Park

5:45 p.m. ITOT on Dodgem at DelGrosso's Park

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

Make a Weekend Out Of It!

Fun Fore All Fiesta

Friday, July 19, 2019

It's Fiesta Time again for ACE Western Pennsylvania! Come join the fun as we kick off a weekend full of activities on the eve of KennyKon XXX, beginning at Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township, located approximately 25 miles north of Pittsburgh near Interstate 79 along U.S. Route 19 in Cranberry Township. Fun Fore All will be offering all ACE members and their guests a gracious discount for a four hour fun card that includes unlimited Go-Karts, mini golf and rides, including their Fiesta Express roller coaster, not to mention many other activities and attractions.

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KennyKon XXX


Saturday, July 20,2019

In case you haven't heard, Kennywood is adding a new coaster for 2019. And not only is The Steel Curtain new, but it's darn big, and is one of enthusiasts' most anticipated new coasters this year. It was also very nice of Kennywood to launch their largest new coaster project ever to debut, in the celebratory 30th year of KennyKon! At 220 feet, The Steel Curtain is higher than any coaster in the state. With nine inversions, that's more than any in North America. And with more than 4,000 feet of track, that's longer than any other coaster at Kennywood! And like nearly all of the park's coasters, it's a custom design. It's our hope and expectation that The Steel Curtain will be reliably operating at the time of the event, and therefore we're planning to include it on our morning ERT. However, like all new installations, especially ones with new designs, technical challenges can prevail. If the new ride isn't operating, alternate ERT arrangements will be made and we'll still plan to celebrate our 30th KennyKon in style!

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