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Kennywood and Idlewild to close season Sept. 7

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — A roller coaster of a season at Kennywood will come to a close next month with a collection of special events and two additional operating days added in.

Kennywood and its sister park, Idlewild and SoakZone in Ligonier, will finish their seasons with their final day of operations on Sept. 7, Labor Day. Sandcastle Waterpark also will open its gates for the final time in 2020 on Labor Day.

To show appreciation for the patience and support of patrons, Kennywood officials said all 2020 season passes will be extended to include the 2021 season, with the exception of the summer saver season pass. Idlewild summer saver season passes will be extended through June 30, and all other Idlewild passholders will receive the entire 2021 season.

Guests who previously purchased a 2021 season pass extension for either will receive an in-park credit equal to the price paid for the extension product.

“We’re so thankful to our team members for the fantastic job they’ve done in implementing high standards of cleanliness and safety, and to our guests for following these new measures,” said Mark Pauls, Kennywood’s general manager. “We’ll wrap up this season on a positive note on Labor Day, and start getting ready for 2021.”

New offerings that were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic remain in the works to look forward to in 2021. That includes the Steelers Experience attractions at Kennywood, Bombs Away water slide at Sandcastle and an expanded event schedule at Idlewild and SoakZone. All three parks will receive various aesthetic improvements over the offseason.

To help make up for the earlier-than-usual end to the season, Kennywood officials said they will add two additional operating days, opening Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. The final days of this summer will feature numerous special events:

¯ Aug. 29: Coasting for Kids: Registrants raise money for Give Kids the World Village, which houses families battling life-threatening visits when visiting Orlando-area theme parks. All registrants who raise at least $100 for the nonprofit can enter early to ride classic coasters Jack Rabbit and Racer. The day will feature the country music festival and live entertainment.

Aug. 30: First Responder Day with free admission for first responders (police, fire, military, veterans and EMS providers), plus the ability to purchase up to four additional tickets for $20 a person. First responders must show valid identification.

Sept. 4: Health care Workers Day with free admission for health care workers (nurses, doctors and CNAs), plus the ability to purchase up to four additional tickets for $20 a person. Health care workers must show valid identification.

Sept. 5: Italian Day: The popular ethnic heritage day returns for its 86th season with live entertainment and special food vendors.

Sept. 6: Oldies Day featuring live entertainment performing the hits of yesteryear, with $9.99 admission available for all guests 55 and older.

Idlewild will be open Aug. 22 and 23, 29 and 30 and Sept. 5-7 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The SoakZone water park opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.

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