I was in the park on Sunday, July 31st, when John Hildebrandt and Matt Ouimet came onto Millennium Force for a ride during early entry.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio – It is two for the record books.
Beach balls were bouncing and sunscreen was being smoothed onto arms, legs and noses as Cedar Point set two new world records earlier today (Sunday, July 31) during Guinness World Record Day held at the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort.
During the first record-setting event, 401 guests were able to bounce beach balls for 10 seconds to establish a world record for most people bouncing beach balls at the same time. This was a brand new category for Guinness World Records.
Discount Drug Mart, Inc. supplied the beach balls for the event.
Shortly afterward, 681 guests applied sunscreen to set a new world record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time. Sunscreen had to be applied continuously for two minutes to qualify for the event. This effort eclipsed the previous best of 675 set last month in Belgium.
Panama Jack donated the packets of sunscreen for the participants.
The events were monitored and certified by Philip Robertson, adjudicator for Guinness World Records, based in New York City.
“It was a very exciting morning,” Robertson said. “The turnout was excellent and the participants were very enthusiastic. The events were the embodiment of Guinness World Records: Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
In addition to setting two world records, the events also helped raise money for a good cause. Participants could purchase discounted tickets to the park. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Cedar Point Press Release
SANDUSKY, Ohio –- The search begins.
Cedar Point’s Opening Day may still be a few weeks away, but the historic amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, is currently looking for a Very Important Family (V.I.F.) to help it celebrate the opening of the 2011 season on Saturday, May 14.
Now through April 15, Cedar Point’s biggest and most loyal fans can log on to www.facebook.com/cedarpoint to enter the Very Important Family Contest. Interested guests will have to tell park officials by video why they should be chosen as Cedar Point’s Very Important Family.
The winning family will be invited to help with the ribbon-cutting ceremony that will officially open Cedar Point for the summer on Saturday, May 14. Also participating in the Opening Day Ceremony will be Dick Kinzel, President and CEO of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Cedar Point’s General Manager John Hildebrandt and everyone’s favorite beagle — Snoopy.
Besides the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the winning family will also receive six complimentary tickets to the park on Opening Day, a commemorative photograph of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, preferred seating on the ride of their choice, a Cedar Point gift bag and a complimentary lunch at a Cedar Point restaurant.
To enter, contestants need to create a video explaining why they should be chosen as Cedar Point’s Very Important Family. Participants are encouraged to supply a link to their video. (Videos must be less than 90 seconds in length.) Official rules and regulations can be found on the V.I.F. Facebook tab.
Deadline for entering the contest is Friday, April 15.
Cedar Point officials will select the top videos and post them on the park’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/CedarPointVideos where people will be able to vote for their favorite video. The winner will be determined by the number of “likes” it receives on YouTube and a panel of Cedar Point judges.
Voting will take place from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 2.
Cedar Point will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and will be open daily through Labor Day, Sept. 5, plus Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 9-11 through Oct. 28-30, 2011.
For more information about the V.I.F. contest, please visit Cedar Point’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cedarpoint).
From the Sandusky Register…
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a hit at Cedar Point Thursday as fans lined up for autographs and pictures.
Earnhardt attended the park as part of Cedar Point’s third annual Wheels of Thunder campaign, which highlights racing-theme events.
He was also part of the American Red Cross Firelands Chapter’s Ultimate Ride Auction, where winning bidders met Earnhardt Jr., landed a ride in the Goodyear blimp and also got to hop on Top Thrill Dragster without waiting in line.
From Bleacher Report…
In connection to the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at Michigan International Speedway, Cedar Point Amusement Park is putting on a group of events, titled “Wheels of Thunder.”
Located in Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point will have events spanning from Tuesday, August 10 to Thursday, August 12.
During the three-day run, if you bring an AMPEnergy can, you will receive seven dollars off of a regular, one-day adult ticket.
Once in the park, Michigan International Speedway will have a display near Dodgem. The display will include driver memorabilia, a cut-away show car, two racing simulators and a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. show car. The experience is open 10 a.m – 6 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday) and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the deal will be sweetened as ARCA’s most recent winners Joey Coulter and Robb Brent, plus Berlin runner-up Patrick Sheltra, will be signing autographs from 12-1 p.m. They will also have Brent’s ARCA on display for viewing.
Then on Thursday to close the three-day event, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be there.
First, he’ll stop by the Point Pavilion shortly after 5 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat meal, which you can purchase tickets to ($47.70, including admission to park) through Cedar Point’s website. During the meal, you can win autographed prizes, race-used Goodyear tires, stand-up displays, and more.
Following the meal, Earnhardt Jr. will make an appearance at the WildCat Mindway just before 5:30 p.m. Also, if you submit a question by the registration table next to the stage, you could win autographed prizes, tickets to the CARFAX 400 race on Sunday, pit passes, and more.
The last part of the three-day festival includes the Goodyear Blimp. The Goodyear Blimp will be there and if you’re spotted around the park showing your love for Goodyear, you could win one of five spots to ride the blimp, plus meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. afterwards.
For more information, check out Cedar Point’s official website: