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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


On Thursday, June 12th Knott’s Berry Farm proudly held the highly anticipated re-opening dedication ceremonies for Camp Snoopy and the Calico Mine Ride. Dozens of invited media and hundreds of excited Season Passholders were present. The refreshed land of High Sierra fun was rededicated in a special ceremony where Jason Soyster, communications manager, Raffi Kaprelyan, general manager, Steve Berry, Buena Park mayor, Darrel Anderson, grandson of Walter and Cordelia Knott, and Craig Schulz, president of Creative Associates and son of Charles M. Schulz were guest speakers at and shared their excitement and nostalgia associated with the beloved land. The Peanuts Gang also performed a special show just for the opening ceremony which ended with a big confetti bang! Immediately following the ceremony media and Season Passholders, alike, were eager to experience a fresh Camp Snoopy with three new family fun rides.

Following the Camp Snoopy grand re-opening ceremony, invited media and Season Passholders attended the Calico Mine Ride re-opening dedication ceremony. Here, Knott’s Berry Farm was presented with a special proclamation by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva’s district director. Garner Holt, president and founder of Garner Holt Productions, and Bill Butler, creative director for Garner Holt Productions, spoke about their animatronic work in the Mine Ride as well as the significance of the refurbished ride and theme park history. Darrel Anderson spoke during the ceremony as well and shared wonderful childhood memories created at the Farm. During the ceremony Clem Culpepper emerged from the massive mine aboard a newly refurbished hand painted engine! The miner, with his trusty pickaxe in hand, recounted the story of how the mine came to be and then with one swift push of the dynamite plunger, reopened the mine with a bang and fireball that was seen and heard for miles! All passengers aboard the incredible attraction were in awe of the restored ride.