Stricker’s Grove 07/24/2014

After picking up the rest of the crew at CVG airport, we were headed off to dinner at least that’s what they told us. I started talking to my friend Paul that I met back at West Coast Bash in 2013 about how I have never been to Stricker’s Grove and that I intended to come back down in a few weeks when the park was open to the public. We were talking for a bit when Paul told me to take out my cell phone and check the map app and look at the GPS, so I did. We were heading around Cinncinati in the general direction of Stricker’s Grove, now I didn’t get too excited yet as we were still on the highway at this point. Maybe we were taking the long way around to avoid traffic. Well once we got off at the exit and there was nothing else around besides farmland it became pretty clear we were headed to Stricker’s Grove. Once we pulled into the parking lot everyone on the bus started clapping as this was still a complete surprise to some people. Robb told us that Stanley our bus driver had accidentally taken us to a place with more roller coasters instead of dinner and assured us he would get this all figured out. Turns out Stricker’s Grove is a private amusement park that requires a group of more than 300 to rent out for the day, since our group was only 50 everyone was wondering how we got the invite. Well luckily a local church group had rented out the park that day and Robb and Elissa made a sizeable donation to the church so that we could tag along for an hour. This was a quick stop but I was able to get two credits that are otherwise had to get because of the park’s private operation. So anyway let’s check out Stricker’s Grove before heading onto dinner shall we?

This is what we first saw from the bus window which made everyone start clapping.

This is what we first saw from the bus window which made everyone start clapping.

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Stanley our bus driver must have been a little confused, I thought we were going to dinner. πŸ˜›

And we're here Stricker's Grove!

And we’re here Stricker’s Grove!

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We arrived about 40 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to take pictures of the two coasters. The red one is the bigger one called Tornado and the blue one is the smaller one called the Teddy Bear.

A look at the sign out front.

A look at the sign out front.

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Stricker’s Grove putt putt.

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Along the course great views of the Teddy Bear!

Park's private folks the bear outside should've told ya. :P

Park’s private folks the bear outside should’ve told ya. πŸ˜›

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The park was getting ready to open as workers were testing the rides.

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A list of the height requirements for every ride in the park.

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Gotta make sure those kid cars are safe.

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Knockoff dumbo and a train?!? What could be better?

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The gates opened and we knew where we were off to first, the Teddy Bear!

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Buzz bars!

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TPR members having a great time on the Teddy Bear.

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The coaster was pretty good for a kid woodie, not too much airtime but a fun ride overall.

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Hands up!

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Another look at the front of the train, pretty detailed. Complete with Robb’s camera attached to the train for YouTube POVs. πŸ˜›

Next up? Let's conquer the storm on the Tornado!

Next up? Let’s conquer the storm on the Tornado!

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First drop here we go, hands up!

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Don’t lose that hat!

Tornado is a hard coaster to photograph from inside the park, the best views are from the train. Unfortunately they were loading people in as the train passed so I was unable to get any action shots.

Tornado is a hard coaster to photograph from inside the park, the best views are from the train. Notice the corn fields in the background.

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Wee airtime! This coaster had a few good pops of air, and overall another great ride.

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Fun awesome coaster that I had to get two rides on it. What’s up next?

Why the flyers of course!

Why the flyers of course!

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Loads of paint.

After the flyers we decided to check out the train.

After the flyers we decided to check out the train.

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Don’t jump off the train! Also the train station seemed to be located next to the employee parking lot. So on one side of the lot train station the other side corn field. Yeah we’re definitely in the country.

Here it comes!

Here it comes!

All aboard!

All aboard!

We were one of the first few people, on the train, but it filled up with a few more TPR members before departing.

We were one of the first few people, on the train, but it filled up with a few more TPR members before departing.

Great views from the train include rows and rows of corn. :P

Great views from the train include rows and rows of corn. πŸ˜›

And farm equipment.

And farm equipment.

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Hmm must be old parts from a ride inside there.

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Interesting very interesting.

This was a great surprise of the train ride, a random hippo placed along the tracks. Awesome!

This was a great surprise of the train ride, a random hippo placed along the tracks. Awesome!

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We basically circle the park and the parking lot on the train.

On one side though however great views of the river.

On one side though however great views of the river.

There was even a few geese that stopped by to see what was up.

There was even a few geese that stopped by to see what was up.

Rounding the turn.

Rounding the turn.

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Fresh produce, another sign of farm country.

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August 10th was the day I was going to come back down, they are only open to the public a few days a year so getting a ride on these two coasters can be rather tricky. So thank goodness for TPR!

However fireworks would've been cool to see. Next time for sure!

However fireworks would’ve been cool to see. Next time for sure!

Let's take the tunnel.

Let’s take the tunnel.

On the other side a few more views of the Tornado coaster.

On the other side a few more views of the Tornado coaster.

The back half of the layout.

The back half of the layout.

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Must be where they house their train at night.

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After the train the park was starting to fill up quite a bit. Our hour was almost up and it was just about time to head to dinner.

Look at all the people!

Look at all the people!

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One rule of TPR trips is never be late. So a bunch of us had gathered in the front a few minutes early so that we were ready for when the bus departs. The problem is the church was grilling up some food and it all smelled so good considering we were all hungry.

Look at that yummy food!

Look at that yummy food!

Stricker’s Grove was an awesome surprise of the trip! One made even better on not needing to drive back down here in August for those two credits that I didn’t have before today. It was a fun stop for an hour on our trip and definitely a great way to spend an afternoon in the summer on those public operating days. I’ll definitely come back to visit in the future, maybe even try and catch some fireworks. Now let’s head to dinner shall we? I hear we’re getting Carrabba’s, yum! And after that it’s an early morning for Banshee Bash at Kings Island!

 

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