This past weekend we FINALLY made it out to Knott's Berry Farm to check out this years Ghost Town Alive. Oddly enough for Fathers Day the park was pleasantly empty which meant a fun day for us and the awesome characters of Ghost Town.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Berry Farm
Be careful or you might find yourself in jail
Somebody stole the Catawampus
Or did it escape?
It was an absolutely gorgeous day at the park
We spent some time trying to solve some crimes and get edumacated ...
Maybe we'll find the Catawampus on Boot Hill
Excuse me sir, do you know where we can find Catawampus
After wishing up a happy Fathers Day the Calico Gazette broke the news that Mayfield has been captured. Fake News?
At the end of the day all is peaceful in Calico
There are also some projects going on around the park
Boardwalk BBQ is coming along quite nicely
Over on the other side, lots of room for something ...
Hopefully we'll hear what's going here very soon
Last but not least, some Scary Farm prep has begun
That's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed. This week we'll be heading up for our (mostly) "Great White North" trip with visits to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, Canada's Wonderland on Monday, Seabreeze on Tuesday and Darien Lake on Tuesday Night/Wednesday. Be sure you're following along all weekend.
Over Memorial Weekend California's Great America kicked off their all new Craft Beer festival "Red, White and Brews". This seems like it's a pilot for the rest of the chain and if it is, you are all going to have some amazing times drinking amazing beers at Cedar Fair parks in the very near future.
For a first year event it went off amazing.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to California's Great America on a beautiful late-spring day.
These chairs are empty now, they won't be for long. =)
A little introduction to Red, White and Brews from the park. Just to let you know what to expect.
As with other events in the chain, the tasting card is your absolute best bet.
All of the food and beer is in the area around Patriot, which makes it really nice to just sit and enjoy for awhile.
The booths match perfectly and are very inviting
Lots of music and fun as well including Dueling Pianos
One of these things is not like the other. =)
The San Jose Brew Bike is also there and is a lot of fun. Although Kristi may have just liked taking pics of the driver. =)
Some of the food.
For a first year event Red, White and Brews was amazing. We can only see it going up from here and wouldn't be surprised at all to see it expanded to more dates next year.
Just a couple of quick notes from the rest of the park.
Berserker was down.
Hope this isn't a sign of bad things ahead. Far too few of these left.
We finally rode Patriot and it was awesome!!
Last but not least, not a huge fan of "Coaster" shirts, but love this one. Also comes in black. May have to grab one on our next visit.
Saturday we were invited out to check out the opening day of Knott's Soak City and after years of trying to get to this waterpark we finally were able to visit. And what an amazing time to visit as the park has opened 7 all new slides this season.
We'll also head over to the other side of Beach Blvd to see what's going on at the farm.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Soak City. Look at the new hotness.
Surf's up dudes!!
A little rocking band at 9:00am
Since we'd never been to Soak City we wanted to make sure we took a look at the entire park during our visit.
All new Longboards Grill
Really nicely done
We had lunch later in the day and the Grilled Chicken Sandwich was very yummy
Opening the new expansion to Soak City!!
In addition to the new attractions they've done an amazing job adding new landscaping to the park
The ever popular launch slides
Stay Tuned, there MAY be some pictures of me on these slides to share soon. Well maybe beware. =)
The new raft slides and the launch slides are a LOT of fun. Not too intense for either one.
Another look at The Wedge
They've also got a couple of really awesome looking kids play area's
Don't try this without a waterproof camera ... =)
Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Soak City. It got really crowded later in the day as it was in the 90's in Buena Park. They have a LOT of nice area's to set up your blankets and towels for a nice day in the park, but we suggest getting there early.
We took a quick detour to Knott's
We were able to confirm that the Calico Soda is now available all year at both Judge Roy Beans and the Calico Saloon. It's amazing.
Boomerang is completely gone
The new BBQ restaurant is coming along nicely
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we'll be back in a few weeks for the kick-off of Ghost Town Alive. We can't wait!!
Last weekend was the kick-off of the 2017 Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm. The expanded event this year has a lot of new boysenberry treats to try out as well as a lot of returning favorites.
This event keeps getting better and better every year.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the 2017 Boysenberry Festival
Most of the great food is located in Ghost Town, which means lots more people enjoying the awesomeness that is Ghost Town than usual.
Catawampus won a blue ribbon!!
Let's look at some of the food.
One of the new treats this year is Boysenberry Pizza. We have to be honest, we weren't sure what to expect from this, but it was SO good. Lots of things on this that you wouldn't think would work but they all totally do. Not sure if we could eat an entire pizza, but a slice is great.
Boysenberry Fry Bread. Another unexpected treat. Not a huge fan of Nutella but this really was great. Be sure to grab a lot of napkins though.
Boysenberry Corn Dog. Think more of a pancake than corn dog. Just a subtle taste of boysenberry but very tasty.
Boysenberry Ravioli. One of those things that once again you wouldn't think works, but it really does. Again, not sure if we could eat a full plate of it, but a few is great.
While eating these we came up with a couple of ideas for next year:
Speaking of the Short Ribs. One of our favorites from last year is back and was great again.
Another of our favorites the Boysenberry Panna Cotta. So tasty.
And of course, what would the Boysenberry Festival be without the Fun Bun?
Snoopy's Boysenberry Jam-Boree!!
Spring has sprung!!
We also got to try out the new VR Showdown in Ghost Town and we all had a blast.
Great waiting area
At only $6 per game it's well worth it.
How about a look at Sol Spin which looks to be almost done.
Well played Knott's ... well played.
Knott's also installed some metal detectors last week. They look as good as they can, it's a part of our every day life now so we might as well get used to it.
Lastly, a look at the new slides at Soak City.
We'll be heading back to Knott's this weekend to try some more Boysenberry goodness so expect a report on more of the great food next week.
It's always great when a classic coaster gets a new lease on life, and this year is no exception as Vortex at California's Great America has received a new lease on life this year with all new floorless trains, a great new paint job and a general freshening up of the front of the park.
The next few years are going to be very exciting for California's Great America and we can't wait to see what the future holds.
Written by Stephen Harrington
We'll start off with a great POV of Patriot
Good Morning from Santa Clara, home of your Santa Clara, we mean San Francisco 49ers. =)
But this is the real reason we're here
Something is going on here today
The stage is set
The new paint job looks amazing
City of Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor talking about the re-zoning approval and future expansions of the park
Patriot is officially open!!
Patriot Fun Facts
The entrance, going to guess more people will ride Patriot this year. =)
The station also got some freshening up
Lots of great Patriot merchandise for all of your Patriot needs.
And of course, no media event would be complete without a lot of awesome food
United States service members, the first to enjoy Patriot
Thanks again California's Great America for a fantastic day and a fantastic event. Come out and ride!!