ACE Ohio Holiday Party

December 5, 2015 – Kings Island

Please join the ACE Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio regions for a great way to start your holiday season. Our event begins with tour of Kings Island during its winter hibernation. After our outdoor adventure we will regroup in the park’s International Restaurant for a wonderful afternoon including presentations by parks and members from near and far, a wonderful lunch featuring Montgomery Inn BBQ Pulled Pork, and more!

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00 am: Meet at Kings Island
  • 9:00 am-10:30 am: Winter Tour of Kings Island
  • 11:00 pm-3:30 pm: Holiday Party in the International Restaurant


Register by mail by downloading the event flier and mailing (postmarked) by November 17, 2015.

Online registration is available here (additional fees may apply) until November 19, 2015 at 11:45pm.

Cedar Point Unveils Plans for 2016-Valravn

Cedar Point has unveiled their plans for 2016. Valravn is a dive coaster from B&M and will help the break an additional 10 world records. This looks to be a great addition to Cedar Point’s already impressive coaster collection.



Check out the full details at the Cedar Point website.


Kentucky Kingdom Announces Storm Chaser Rollercoaster

Kentucky Kingdom has announced plans for their new coaster to debut next year. This will be an RMC utilizing the space, as well as structure, formerly occupied by Twister Twins.

We’re excited to announce the addition of our fifth and newest coaster, Storm Chaser. This will be the second new coaster to be constructed at the park in a period of only two years.

So that we can bring you a truly unique coaster, we have commissioned Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) to design and build it. Based in Idaho, RMC is on the cutting edge of coaster design and engineering and very well respected in the industry.

Full announcement

Final Days for Thunder Road, Shockwave and Gwazi

Thirty-nine year old wooden racing coaster Thunder Road at Carowinds will be giving its last rides on July 26.

Meanwhile Kings Dominion’s twenty-nine year old Togo stand-up Shockwave will be giving its last rides on August 6.

And on the west coast, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be closing their wooden coaster, ROAR on August 16 after 16 years.

No news was given as to replacements for each.

After the loss of Gwazi, Colossus, Cyclone, Mantis and others last year, it is bittersweet. But we can be thankful for the fun they provided millions over the years; not to mention many are getting a modern makeover and will be with us, in a fashion, for years to come.

Go say your farewells to a few long time favorites to many.

Carol Ann’s Carousel Installation

Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio have begun installation of Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park, on Cincinnati’s riverfront. The 1 million dollar, 44 figure, carousel will open on May 16.

Thunderbird First Ride Auction

Holiday World is auctioning off first rides on Thunderbird to benefit Give Kids The World Village.

What could you win?

  • Seats for you and a friend on Thunderbird’s First Flight (you choose the seats when you place your bid).

  • Your ride will kick off our Thunderbird Media Preview on Thursday, April 23. Who knows, you may get to ride (and scream) on live TV.

  • We’ll provide you with your on-ride photos of that first ride.

  • Oh, we’ll probably take a group photo for our Facebook page, too. You’d like that, wouldn’t you?

  • You get to ride all day and into the evening. And not just Thunderbird, The Voyage and Crow’s Nest, too. And even some time on The Raven and The Legend.

  • We’ll also give you and your friend a free one-day ticket to return for another visit during the season.

  • You’ll have the satisfaction of helping Give Kids the World.

Get the full scoop.

Coasterstock! at Kings Island May 16-17

Did you know Kings Island is hosting a coaster event this on May 16-17?

Attention roller coaster enthusiasts! It’s coming May 16-17 to Kings Island: Coasterstock! This awesome two-day event will feature hours of morning and night exclusive ride time on Banshee, The Beast, Diamondback and other popular attractions, behind the scenes tours, guest speakers, photo contests, and more! It’s the event of the season for roller coaster enthusiasts!

Get more information and sign-up.

Fury 325 Media Day is Today

In honor of today’s media day for Fury 325, let’s take a ride!

Stricker’s Grove to celebrate 90th anniversary

Park will be open to the public Aug. 10.

Donna Hacker
Stricker s Grove will celebrate its 90th anniversary with Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 10. DONNA HACKER/CONTRIBUTED

By Ginny McCabe

Contributing Writer

Stricker’s Grove is turning 90. To celebrate the milestone occasion, the amusement park will host a Family Day on Sunday, Aug. 10.

The park will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. A special fireworks display will close out the evening at 9:30 p.m.

Serving close to 500,000 people, annually, about 92 group events were held at the park last year, Ziegler said.

Typically, the park is only open to the public about eight times per year.

Debbie Ziegler (Stricker), co-owner, Stricker’s Grove said, “This means a lot to the family. All of the original owners are now passed away. We started in Mount Healthy in 1924 with a fishing lake. People would come out to picnic and go horseback riding.”

In 1972, the park moved from 1354 Compton Road (now Compton Grove Apartments) to its current location at 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, she said.

“We are an old-fashioned, family park,” Ziegler said. “We are one of the few private amusement parks in the United States.”

Stricker’s Grove was originally founded by her grandfather Henry Stricker, who was employed at Procter and Gamble. The park continued under his leadership until the time of his passing in 1960. After his death, Stricker’s three sons, Ralph, Harold and Elmer continued to operate the park in Mount Healthy, until Ralph became the sole owner and relocated the park to its current location in 1972. Today, the park remains family-owned and operated. The first mechanical rides were added in 1954.

“It’s in my blood to put a smile on the faces of the little kids when they ride the rides,” said Ziegler, who is also Ralph’s daughter. “People are looking to stretch their dollar and this is a great way to enjoy a fun day of family entertainment.”

As a family-owned and operated private amusement park, Stricker’s Grove regularly rents to groups organizations and churches for family picnics, wedding receptions and meetings.

“In 1992, we had a picnic cancel and we decided to have our first open-to-the-public day, because of the cancellation,” Ziegler said.

Family Day ride hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Rides close one hour for dinner.) The 25-acre outdoor park has about 15 midway rides — a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, tilt-a-wheel and scrambler, along with two, wooden roller coasters.

Stricker’s Grove also features an 18-hole miniature golf course, a game arcade, a skee-ball arcade, a concession stand, five horseshoe pits, a baseball diamond, booth spaces, several picnic areas and an air-conditioned hall.

A few of the other festivities throughout the day will include face painting and entertainment from the Elder High School Steel Drum Band.

How to go

What: Stricker’s Grove will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a Family Day.

When: 2-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton-Cleves Road, near Ross in Crosby Twp.

Cost: $12 admission. Children ages 2 and younger get in for free. Price of admission includes all rides, rollercoasters and free parking. Cash only at the entrance gate. ATM available on site. $1 hot dogs, $1 cotton candy, $1 snow cones, $1 round of 18-hole mini golf. Free unlimited soft drinks.

More info: Go online to or call (513) 521-9747

ACE Elections are Underway

The voting period for the 2014 ACE Election opened on June 15. Ballots have been emailed to all members who have valid email addresses.  Members without a valid email address in ACE’s system will receive the election ballot sent to them in the mail directly from Vote-Now, which is handling ACE’s election voting. Candidate information as well as information regarding the proposed bylaw changes can be found in the Election ’14 flier found here-  The voting period ends July 15 at 11:59 PM EDT. Completed ballots are due online or must be postmarked by that time.