ELYSBURG, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – In Northumberland County, it’s the start of what so many people look forward to each year, opening weekend at Knoebels amusement resort.
Staff members are happy to welcome everyone back, and begin the season on time this year unlike last year.
Lots of people were excited to be back at Knoebels and be outside after this difficult year. Knoebels opened on time this year, a relief to staff after a delayed start last year due to the pandemic.
“Typically in a season we have about 130 days of operation. We lost more than 40 of those days of operation which meant a few things. One thing being there are guests that only have a certain time to visit during a year and they might have missed out altogether,” public relations director Stacy Yutko said.
She says many missed out on their yearly traditions because of the delay. Knoebels staff is excited to welcome everyone back and do it safely.
“Safety is always our top priority. But we had to learn a whole new set of health and safety measures. This year going into it we have a lot of those same measures that we were able to reinstitute and we were ready to go,” Yutko said.
Those measures include hand sanitization stations throughout the park, mandatory wearing of masks, and plexiglass at eating areas. The park runs at 75 percent capacity this season. It’s not easy to keep track of how many people are in the park as it’s a free admissions park, but staff are able to do so based on the number of cars in the parking lot. That’s why parkgoers, like Brandon Stricker of Lancaster County, are not super concerned.
“Sometimes when we’re jampacked together but for the most part not really, you know being out in the open air I think we’re okay,” Stricker said.
He says getting outside and in the park is a sanity check.
“For me I work from home all day, all week, so for me it’s kinda really nice to escape the home,” Stricker said.
“It’s just like, the park’s a really good thing to have to do,” Keira Kennedy of Wilkes-Barre said.
“Yeah you have fun, fun to be out,” Joaquin Parado of Wilkes-Barre said.
Knoebels is currently open only on weekends. Daily operations are scheduled to begin May 31.