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Coaster Con at Home

Coaster Con at Home



Coaster Con at Home,

ACE's virtual Coaster Con event.

June 20 to 27, 2020

This event highlighted the parks of Coaster Con 43 with special activities to enjoy from home and opportunities to connect with friends and the pastime we love, including:

  • Crew commentary version of "The Legacy of Arrow Development"
  • Photo and video Contests
  • No Limits re-creation contest
  • Zoom Informal Take-Over Times (coaster chat via Zoom)
  • ACE- and coaster-themed trivia contests
  • Google street view scavenger hunts
  • Door prizes
  • #ShareYourMoments giveaways from Roller Coaster Styles
  • Fun ACE printables to enjoy from home
  • and even MORE!


Video Contest Results


Documentary 1st Place
"Vortex: Feel the Final Grip" by Kyle Kruthoffer


Documentary 2nd Place
"Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" by Leo Krasnahill


General 1st Place
"Bat" by Luke Fillion


General 2nd Place
"Quarantine Musings" by Jon Tagg and Hunter Lawrence




Photo Contest Results

1st place – Steel Curtain by Ken Riling-Brewton


2nd place – Gatekeeper by Bob Kilner


3rd place – Copperhead Strike by Bob Kilner



Park Scavenger Hunt Results

ACE held its first virtual scavenger hunt during Coaster Con at Home week:

  • 1st place was Shawn Pilyah with a perfect score of 100 overall!
  • 2nd place was April Lucas
  • 3rd place was Karla Renninger
  • 38 people submitted answers to at least one of the four scavenger hunts during the week
  • 16 people submitted answers to all four scavenger hunts
  • Dutch Wonderland's hunt had an average score of 23 correct answers with 12 people receiving perfect scores (Chris Beall, David Brown, Sean Cogema, Alan Hewston, Scott Lewis, April Lucas, Angela Luhman, Jeanie Pearson, Shawn Pilyah, Vanessa Thomas, Brian Watts and Robin Wilson)
  • Dorney Park and Knoebels hunts had averages of 22 correct answers with 2 people receiving perfect scores on Dorney Park (Shawn Pilyah and Robin Wilson) and 6 people receiving perfect scores on Knoebels (Chris Beall, Scott Lewis, David Lutz, Shawn Pilyah, Karla Reninger and Robin Wilson)
  • Hersheypark was the most difficult with an average of 19 correct answers and 3 people receiving perfect scores (April Lucas, Shawn Pilyah and Karla Renninger)
  • The hardest question was Dorney Park's "What ride building is adorned with hex signs?" with only 27% answering correctly
  • The second hardest question was Hersheypark's "How many Yuengling Lager barrels are on the Yuengling 1829 Patio?" with only 37% answering correctly

Did you miss taking part in the scavenger hunts during Coaster Con at Home week? You can still have fun by doing a hunt on your own schedule. Just pick a park from the list and watch the video below, and you are off and hunting:

When you are ready, be sure to check your answers. If you are going to do more than one scavenger hunt, you may want to wait before looking at the answers (or just quickly skip past the other answer pages).




NoLimits 2 Re-creation Contest Video Playlist (10 videos)


Winner
Eric Befumo for his re-creation of Great Bear




Trivia Contest Results

Highest Overall Score – Jerry Willard (Will’s Whizzer)

Daily Winners:

  • Coaster Con 43 – aaaaa (yes, that was his/her screenname)
  • All About ACE – Angela Luhman
  • Member Submitted Questions – rainyfrog
  • ACE Roller Coaster Landmarks – Scott Conner
  • Past Coaster Cons – Aaron Luhman


ACTIVITIES HELD DURING THE WEEK
(all times Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Saturday, June 20
Welcome message from ACE President Robert Ulrich
1 p.m.  Annual Business Meeting
2:30 p.m.  Election Platforms


This year's annual business meeting was held on Saturday, June 20, 2020, and was followed immediately by the election platforms. Both the meeting and the platforms are available on ACE's YouTube channel. The annual business meeting report booklet, as well as the draft minutes for the 2019 annual business meeting, are both available for download. (Note: You must be signed in to access the business meeting files.) The candidates' platforms and proposed constitution and bylaw changes are also available online for review.



Sunday, June 21
1 p.m.  Opening Ceremony — Hosted by ACE podcast hosts, Clint Novak and Kris Rowberry

  • Informal meetup with welcome message
  • Preview of the upcoming week's schedule



Monday, June 22, featuring Hersheypark
7 p.m.  Hersheypark History Presentation


The video is also available via Facebook Live.



Tuesday, June 23, featuring Dutch Wonderland
7 p.m.  Dutch Wonderland Feature

  • Park speaker — Jim Bowe, Director of Maintenance for Dutch Wonderland
  • VRT (Virtual Ride Time)
  • History feature — B. Derek Shaw



Wednesday, June 24, featuring Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.
12 noon  Get to Know PTCI - Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.


The video is also available via Facebook Live.


7 p.m.  Landmark Coaster Live Trivia

8:30 p.m.  Coaster Con at Home: An Update from Our Friends at Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. (PTCI)


The video is also available via Facebook Live.



Thursday, June 25, featuring Dorney Park
7 p.m.  Zoom Meetup including Group Photo and Memorial Slideshow



Friday, June 26, featuring Knoebels
7 p.m.  Knoebels History Presentation with ACE Member Bill Galvin


The video is also available via Facebook Live.


9 p.m.  Crew commentary of "The Legacy of Arrow Development"

Behind the Screams: The Legacy of Arrow Development | Crew Commentary Edition" — ACE's critically-acclaimed 2016 documentary on former amusement ride manufacturer, Arrow Development.


The video is also available via Facebook Live.



Saturday, June 27, featuring Knoebels
1 p.m.  Closing Ceremony

  • Knoebels park features
  • Share Your Moments drawing
  • Photo and Video Contest winners announced
  • No Limits Re-creation Contest results announced
  • Informal Zoom ITOT


Find all Facebook Live events at:
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCoasterEnthusiasts/live/



THANKS!
This week would not have been possible without the countless volunteers and contributors that made up the Coaster Con at Home team — Jes Niemiec, Jeff Niemiec, David Rager, Tom Zeliff, Jordan May, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Kim Steffen, Kris Rowberry, Clint Novak, Allen Kao, Madonna Horcher, Harry Michelson, B. Derek Shaw, Bill Galvin, Scott Short, Jerry Willard, Melanie Turner, Bill Linkenheimer, Maegan McCown, Aaron Lesko, Derek Perry, April Lucas, Dan Jones, Tim Baldwin, Elizabeth Ringas, the Dutch Wonderland, Knoebels and Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. teams and many, many others — who contributed ideas and time to produce an amazing virtual event to give us all an opportunity to connect.

Additional thanks to all who submitted photo, video, and No Limits entries for the contests, artwork for display in the Art Gallery and shared photos and videos from past Coaster Cons.

Finally, a special thank you goes to Nicole Morales for designing our Coaster Con at Home logo.



More ways to have fun on your own schedule:

  • Crossword - Check your ACE knowledge with a crossword puzzle giving you clues to various facts about your club!
  • Word Search - Good luck finding Coaster Con at Home themed words and phrases!
  • Name that Park - How well do you know the names of amusement parks around the United States? See if you can use these clues to name them all!
  • Enthusiast Logic Grid - Can you figure out which enthusiast likes which coaster? Use the clues to deduce everyone's favorite.
  • ACE Sudoku - Try this twist on a classic Sudoku puzzle. Instead of numbers, spell out GO WITH ACE in every row, column and block.
  • Download and print your own Coaster Con at Home Name Badge

LOOK AT THE ANSWER KEY to check your solutions. BE SURE you want to see all of the answers to the puzzles before taking a peak as they are all included in one file. You wouldn't want to spoil your fun!

Coaster Con 43

The first Coaster Con was held June 9-11, 1978, at Busch Gardens: The Old Country in Williamsburg, Virginia, with just over 50 enthusiasts in attendance. Convention events included two days of lectures, film and slide shows, exhibits, models and, of course, visits to Busch Gardens, all for an $8 registration fee. It was during this convention that enthusiasts got to experience the first-ever exclusive ride time (ERT) on the Loch Ness Monster. On the final day of the convention, a new organization was born out of an impromptu meeting of about fifteen individuals who attended the first business meeting. New officers were elected and the name American Coaster Enthusiasts was chosen from a list of suggestions that included American Coaster Riders, United States Coaster Enthusiasts, Roller Coaster Club of America, International Coaster Club, American Coaster Hobbyists and National Coaster Enthusiasts. Since that time ACE has held Coaster Con at various parks across the country.


For more information, select from the buttons below to view details of past conventions.

1978 - 1991

1992 - 2005

2006 - 2019




To view the Coaster Con annual business meeting reports:

Click Here


This week would not have been possible without the countless volunteers and contributors that made up the Coaster Con at Home team — Jes Niemiec, Jeff Niemiec, David Rager, Tom Zeliff, Jordan May, Nicholas Laschkewitsch, Kim Steffen, Kris Rowberry, Clint Novak, Allen Kao, Madonna Horcher, Harry Michelson, B. Derek Shaw, Bill Galvin, Scott Short, Jerry Willard, Melanie Turner, Bill Linkenheimer, Maegan McCown, Aaron Lesko, Derek Perry, April Lucas, Dan Jones, Tim Baldwin, Elizabeth Ringas, the Dutch Wonderland, Knoebels and Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. teams and many, many others — who contributed ideas and time to produce an amazing virtual event to give us all an opportunity to connect.

Additional thanks to all who submitted photo, video, and No Limits entries for the contests, artwork for display in the Art Gallery and shared photos and videos from past Coaster Cons.

Finally, a special thank you goes to Nicole Morales for designing our Coaster Con at Home logo.



Coaster Con I Group Photo


Coaster Con IV Group Photo


Coaster Con V Group Photo


Coaster Con VI Group Photo


Coaster Con XIII Group Photo


Coaster Con XVII Group Photo


Iron Rattler - Coaster Con XL


Coaster Con 41 Group Photo


Raven Presentation - Coaster Con XXXIX


Coaster Con XXXVIII Group Photo


Undertow - Coaster Con XXXVII


Coaster Con XXXIX Group Photo


Kingda Ka - Coaster Con XXXVIII


Coaster Con XL Group Photo


Wild One - Coaster Con 41


Coaster Con XXXIII Group Photo


Goliath Walk - Coaster Con 42


Coaster Con XXXVI Group Photo


Switchback - Coaster Con XL


Coaster Con XXXVII Group Photo