History of Food and Fun in Tipton, Pennsylvania
NOTE: From the early 1900s until 2000, DelGrossos Amusement
Park was known by the name of the family farm on which it was founded. On
November 1, 2000, after more than 50 years of ownership and management by
the DelGrosso Family, Blands Park became DelGrossos
Generations of families from across Pennsylvania have special memories of
DelGrossos Amusement Park. Since its beginnings around the turn of the
century, the Park has been a source of family entertainment.
Rinard brothers first entertained the public on the Bland Family farm in 1907
when they brought their carnival to Tipton. Twelve years later, Fred Bland
opened the park, which consisted of a small dance floor and a picnic grove.
Roaring 20s were prosperous in Tipton. Many of the crowds who came to
the Altoona-Tipton Speedway, located just up the road, also visited the Park.
In 1928 the Bland Family sold the park to George Rinard, who brought in more
rides. He also added a bowling alley and a roller skating rink.
Then, the nation and the Park suffered
a difficult period during the Great Depression.
Altoona railroader Fred
DelGrosso believed that he and his wife Mafalda could give new life to the
Park. He bought the amusement park in 1946 and almost immediately began improvements.
the next decade, the Park was reborn! Under Fred DelGrossos guidance,
the amusement park grew to include adult and kiddie rides,
new concession stands, and new restrooms. The park was growing and so was
the DelGrosso Family. Fred and Murfs seven sons and daughters along
with their husbands and wives joined in cooking the food, running the rides,
and hosting reunions, company picnics, and family outings.
pride and joy of DelGrossos Amusement Park is the Antique Carouselle.
It was manufactured in the 1920s by the artisans at the Herschell Spillman
Carouselle Company of North Tonowanda, NY. The 36 hand carved carouselle horses
are considered true antiques. The parks machine is one of only 30 carouselles
left in Pennsylvania and one of less than 70 remaining in the United States.
DelGrosso Family embarked on a multimillion-dollar improvement plan in the
1980s. New rides were added and an elaborate concession stand and gift
shop were built. The safety of guests was further enhanced in 1989 when the
DelGrosso Family built a crosswalk over U.S. Route 220.
The 90s saw great
expansion at DelGrossos Amusement Park. The family fun experience was
enhanced by the addition of Championship Miniature Golf
and the Altoona-Tipton Speedway. The golf course,
exclusively designed for Tipton, features an 18-hole course, a 22-foot mountain
featuring a five-tier waterfall, a swinging bridge, a cave, and numerous water
hazards. The Altoona-Tipton Speedway embraces the spirit of the past with
the technology of today. The Speedway offers 20 go-karts that whiz along a
twisting, turning track. Its guaranteed fun for the entire family.
the first time, in 1997, water attractions made their debut in Tipton. The
Tipton Waterworks features two slides, directional
sprays, fountains and water-spouting mushrooms. A HUGE bucket fills
with water and tips every 10 minutes, dumping hundreds of gallons of water
onto the waiting crowds! The Tipton Waterworks is the first phase of a multi-faceted
water park. Two years later, the five exciting slides of the Tipton
Rapids were opened. Gravity Groove, Midnight Express, Great White and
the twin twisters have become the Summer destination of thousands of fun and
Three new rides arrived in the spring of
2004. The Crazy Mouse and the FreeFall
quickly became a new memory makers for park visitors. Smaller park patrons
now have a new roller coaster in the Wacky Worm.
Whether you enjoy country music or rock
& roll oldies, DelGrossos Amusement Park offers it all! On a large
permanent stage (built in the 80s), the free
concerts have become a prominent part of summer.
Park in known as the home of Americas Best Amusement Park Food. Each
summer season, park guests feast on appetizing sandwiches, Murfs
potato salad, fresh-made pizza and other delicious foods made fresh each
DelGrosso Family has long been recognized for their generosity. Annually,
dozens of nonprofit groups have benefited from fund-raising events held at
Who doesnt like fireworks? Since
the first time Fred DelGrosso invited the famous Rozzi
fireworks family of Loveland, Ohio to Tipton, July 4th has always been spectacular.
Today the third generation DelGrosso and Rozzi Families continue that tradition.
Summer Thunder is viewed by tens of thousands of
people every year. The shells for Summer Thunder
are custom designed to match the music soundtrack which is broadcast live
on Froggy 98 Radio.
is always an exciting month in Tipton. An Italian Food Festival highlights
the familys ethnic roots and also serves as a fund raising venue for
many area organizations and for more than a dozen years, the season ends with
the very popular Harvestfest.
once-small picnic grove in Tipton has grown into a full scale family amusement
center that still features family entertainment at reasonable prices, free
admission, free parking, and free live entertainment.