“The votes have been cast and the results are in! For the 15th consecutive year Cedar Point amusement park/resort has taken home the coveted “Best Amusement Park in the World” award at the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. Cedar Point’s legendary Millennium Force was once again voted the “Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World,” giving the popular vacation destination the awards in the top two categories for the second year in a row. Cedar Point dominated the best steel roller coaster category as four of the world’s top 21 steel roller coasters reside at park, continuing Cedar Point’s legacy as being known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”
Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen has won the “Best Restaurant in the World” award, 3 years in a row. But they don’t have anything over Cedar Point,in Sandusky, Ohio, my husband’s hometown. Did you read that above? The “Best Amusement Park in the World” award has been won by them for 15 consecutive years.
Memories centered around Cedar Point have been part of our family. My father recalled the time, when he was 4, that his two aunts picked him out of the 11 kids in the family, to take to Cedar Point. He enjoyed the time there with his doting aunts, but when going on the steamship over to Cedar Point, he cried all the way.
My earliest memories of Cedar Point was a special day each year, hosted by the Whirlpool Corporation, (where my dad was employed) in which the entire family could go for the day and ride the rides for free. There would be a designated picnic area for Whirlpool employees, and mom would pack a picnic lunch for us. But in the food area, my biggest desire was to get some Berardi french fries. Berardi’s is a local restaurant that still is in the town, of Sandusky. At that time all of the vendors were local businesses. French fries in the same style are served at Cedar Point, but are owned by the corporation. Large, soft in the inside, but golden on the outside, and salted to perfection french fries. They also offered the choice of putting vinegar on your fries. The first time I had tried that. Yum!
Many friends worked at Cedar Point. I think that in Sandusky, it was a rite of passage to work at Cedar Point. This was also true for the boy who would become my husband. I had met him when I was a senior in high school, just a few weeks earlier. I knew where he was working at Cedar Point. It was one of those gun stands that you shoot a paper target, and if you were lucky, you got a prize.
My girlfriend, April and I decided that we had nothing better to do in the whole world than to go to Cedar Point. That was 1968 and it was free to get into the park, you paid only if you rode rides. At that time they had shows right on the midway. Dean Martin’s Gold Digger girls were there for a time.
But, for two teenage girls, we had to get to the business at hand. Casually (at least we thought we were casual) walking back and forth in the vicinity of the shooting stand, getting a little closer each time, until that boy noticed me.
Well, it worked! He broke a date he had for that night, and his friend and him spent the time with us. That’s all I need to write, even in this day and time, you girls know what I am talking about. Making it possible for them to catch us. LOL
We got married in October, 1969. It is the best decision I ever made! I have had a life of love, and a great wealth in experiences, and memories.
If anyone who reads this plans to go to Cedar Point next Summer when they have their newest roller coaster, The Gatekeeper, operating, let me know. Maybe I could meet you there. Nooo… I didn’t say I was going to ride the roller coasters, but there are plenty of other things for Globe Trottin Granny to do. Shows, riverboat cruise ride, eating french fries, watching people, and who knows I might try something daring. After all, I rode the Blue Steak in 1968 with my hands up in the air! Whoo hoo!
In case you haven’t got to ride it, here is a virtual ride of the Millenium Force.
Globe Trottin Granny
When I was growing up in the area, it was something that we just took for granted, and we didn’t really know how special Cedar Point was. But now that I have lived in different states in the US, and in Europe, I am constantly amazed at how many people know of Cedar Point, and think I am one of the luckiest persons in the world to have grown up near there.
Have you visited Cedar Point? If not, what amusement parks have you been to?
Source of picture and video: http://cedarpoint.com