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SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2020

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 11

Gerstlauer Provides New Coaster to Bellewaerde

One of the European parks least visited by Americans is Bellewaerde in Ypres, Belgium. Like nearby parks Bobbejaanland and Plopsaland De Panne, the park has never been on an ACE international tour itinerary. Hopefully, it will be included on a future international trip. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: Gary Baker Memorial Day 2020

In honor of Gary Baker’s contributions to Lakemont Park and his support for preservation, former Lakemont Park General Manager Barry Kumpf created Gary Baker Memorial Day (GBMD) shortly after Gary’s untimely death in 2009. Gary was a man of many talents — a former ACE events director and ACE Western Pennsylvania regional rep as well as a professional mini-golf player — and a strong supporter of traditional parks. What better place to honor Gary’s interest in preservation and his love of mini golf than this small Altoona, Pennsylvania, park, home of Leap The Dips (the oldest roller coaster in the world) and two outstanding mini-golf courses. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

Obituary: Patti DeBlasi (1946 - 2020)

Patti DeBlasi passed away in July 2020. She was the daughter of John and Marguerite Martin and lived in Texas for 45 years. (Posted 9/11/20) [MORE]

ARTICLES POSTED SEPTEMBER 4

Movie Park Germany Announces — Sort of — a New Coaster for 2021

In the light of a global pandemic, most ACE members weren’t expecting a lot of new-for-2021 announcements this fall. Typically, National Roller Coaster Day every August brings about a flurry of announcements for the next year. This year, expectations of new coasters were low. Members were grateful that many projects on hold were well under construction and should debut next year. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

From the President - September-October 2020

I’ve come to realize that, at least for me, the internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to my coaster enthusiasm. A warning: I know this is long-winded and that I might not be absolutely correct, as I’d love to hear other opinions. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

ACE Western Pennsylvania: KennyKon XXXI

“Welcome to the weirdest KennyKon ever” was ACE Western Pennsylvania Regional Rep Bill Linkenheimer III’s greeting to attendees. The journey to KennyKon XXXI involved some unusual twists and turns, but the actual event was recognizably KennyKon. Some things never change, even during crazy times. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]

Photo: Courtesy Bellewaerde.


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I’ve come to realize that, at least for me, the internet is a double-edged sword when it comes to my coaster enthusiasm. A warning: I know this is long-winded and that I might not be absolutely correct, as I’d love to hear other opinions. (Posted 9/4/20) [MORE]



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