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Idlewild & SoakZone To Receive Official State Historical Marker

The Pennsylvanark Historical and Museum Commission To Hold Dedication Ceremony at Idlewild Park

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WHO/WHAT - Idlewild & SoakZone and The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

WHEN - Saturday, October 6 ‐ 11:00 a.m.

WHERE - Idlewild & SoakZone Amusement Park – Route 30 East – 2.5 Miles west of Ligonier, PA Enter through Park’s Main Entrance with this Media Alert invitation and follow signs to Parking Area D near the Exit Gate.

DETAILS - You’re invited to attend the dedication of an official State Historical Marker Commemorating ‐ Idlewild & SoakZone. The PHMC ( is excited to recognize Idlewild’s long history, its association with the famous Mellon family, and its ability to adapt to changing times and being recognized for the third consecutive year as the Best Children’s Park in the World. The PHMC applauds the award‐winning Park’s efforts to preserve several vintage rides while introducing modern ones. In celebration of:

• The Oldest Amusement Park in Pennylvania

• The Best Children’s Park ~ Amusement Today

• Top 5 Parks for Families ~ N.A.P.H.A.

PHMC SPECIAL NOTE: The Historical Marker Program will be accepting marker nominations through December 1, 2012 for consideration in 2013. For more information on the marker program including a listing of upcoming dedication ceremonies and a searchable database of all markers, lease visit (

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Media Contacts:
Jeff Croushore, Idlewild & SoakZone
724.238.3666 ext.2302

Stephen Wayhart, BrandMill

ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE - Founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone ( is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third‐oldest in America. Idlewild is recognized as the world’s best amusement park for children per Amusement Today magazine ( Featuring seven theme areas, Idlewild is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, which owns and operates over 40 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood and Sandcastle. Palace entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in he nation. For more information, call 724.238.3666 or visit and