ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) It’s a sea of red white and blue at Knoebels this Independence day.
But the park feels extra festive today for good reason.
“We are celebrating our 90th anniversary!” Said a proud Dick Knoebel
On the Fourth of July in 1926, the park opened its doors with just one swimming pool…
A few food stands and a steam powered carousel.
No one could have known then how it would grow – to become this.
“We are the largest free admission theme park in the United States. We have 63 rides. When I was a little tyke, we had 4.”
Tens of thousands of families come each weekend to enjoy rides both old .and new.
“Flying turns is one of the many rides that’s been added since Knoebels inception 90 years ago – but people who’ve been coming here for generations say every time they come back – it feels like they’re home.
Denise Gragilla is one of many who grew up at Knoebels. She worked the concession stands as a teen.
“What’s never changed is the warm feeling when you come to Knoebels its like the park you can’t capture anywhere I think its the best park in the whole United States.”
Her family has been coming here for five generations… And knoebels is honoring them today – as a “legacy family.”
Others can join in the fun too — Knoebels is offering special treats- like 90-cent hot dogs and sodas… All day.
Because the Knoebels family says the celebration is really about – their staff… And the people who come back Year after year.