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 Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark named winner of latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest



Tannersville, Pa. (June 22, 2018) – Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, the Poconos’ premier adventure destination, has been named Best Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today. From the hundreds of indoor waterparks nationwide, Aquatopia secured the winning spot in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest for the second time since opening its doors in 2015.

The contest, which was launched on May 14 by USA TODAY, gave voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice. This is the third time Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark was nominated and the second time it has been voted #1.

“The results are in and we could not be more excited that Aquatopia has been ranked #1 as the best indoor waterpark in the USA,” said Ame Cameron, VP of Sales & Marketing at Camelback Resort. “We are grateful to everyone who voted and invite new guests to experience the thrills and amenities that set Aquatopia apart from the other indoor waterparks in the county.”

Committed to providing adventures for guests of all ages, the 125,000-square-foot indoor waterpark is housed under a Texlon transparent roof that immerses guests in natural sunlight year-round while providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Aquatopia features seven pools, 13 water slides and a multitude of thrilling water attractions, including: Storm Chaser, North America’s longest uphill water coaster; The Great Ka-Na-Gawa Wavepool; an indoor/outdoor hot tub; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first themed “next generation” multi-level aqua play structure equipped with 84 interactive water effects. provides readers with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. At its core is a team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. These local experts live in the city they write about so the content is constantly updated. USA TODAY invites individuals and families from across the country to participate in these respective month-long “10Best Readers’ Choice” awards by voting for their travel favorites, including “Best Indoor Water Park.”

Earlier this year, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark received the “Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award” from Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants. This prestigious honor is awarded to aquatic facilities that epitomize safety excellence and exceed industry standards in risk management.

Aquatopia was also ranked among the top indoor waterparks in the world by U.S. News & World Report in an article that was published in March 2018.

Opened in April 2015, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is the most innovative waterpark ever constructed in the U.S. in a single phase. The award-winning leadership and cutting-edge innovations of Aquatic Development Group created the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast with several never-before-seen attractions, such as the Venus SlydeTrap, a 608-foot-long, fully-enclosed family rafting experience with a record-breaking sphere and open ‘manta’ wall ride. Aquatopia was part of a $163 million project that also included the construction and development of the eight-story, 453-suite Camelback Lodge.

The Great Kanagawa Wavepool features a snowcap-topped mountain, complete with a real Sno-Cat that uses thousands of LED light and sound effects to create the illusion of an avalanche plummeting into the pool. Bombora FlowRider® lets guests ride the waves alone or with a partner. The Lost River is a vast departure from a typical lazy river, enthralling guests with an adventure river ride through the jungle into a mysterious temple to find clues before emerging into daylight and a 60-foot waterfall. Perched on its launching pad high above Flyboys, the adults-only swim up bar, is Kartrite’s DHC-2 Beaver Float Plane, affectionately named, “Spirit of Tannersville.”

Aquatopia perfectly complements the existing family-friendly adventures at Camelback Resort, including 36 ski trails; the biggest snowtubing park in the U.S.A. with 42 lanes and a nightly Galactic LED light show experience; Pennsylvania’s only Mountain Coaster; North America’s longest twin, 4,000 ft. zip-flyers; and Camelbeach, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor waterpark.

Located just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia, Camelback has wide appeal to a broad audience, including families and seasonal outdoor enthusiasts. Camelback Resort serves more than 1.7 million guests annually.

In early 2019, Camelback fans will have a new vacation destination to explore: The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry II, co-owners of Camelback Resort. Built in the midst of 1,600 acres of wilderness in the Catskill Mountains, The Kartrite will feature New York State’s largest indoor waterpark—designed by Aquatic Development Group—and a luxury hotel with 324 exquisitely designed guest suites. For more information, visit

For more information about Camelback Resort or to make a reservation, call 855.515.1283 or visit

About Camelback Resort

Camelback Resort continues to reinvent itself since opening in 1963 with 14 trails and three lifts serving 41,656 skiers. Today, Camelback serves more than 1.7 million outdoor enthusiasts and visitors annually with 37 trails, 16 lifts, 100 percent snowmaking, the largest snowtubing park in the U.S. with an out-of-this-world “Galactic” light experience, Camelback Mountain Adventures (featuring the only mountain coaster in Pennsylvania and North America’s longest twin 4,000-foot Zip-Flyers), Camelbeach Waterpark (the largest waterpark in Pennsylvania) and Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. For more information,

About The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark

Set to open in early 2019, The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark is the latest creation of Ken Ellis and Arthur Berry III, co-owners of the Pocono’s premier adventure destination, Camelback Resort. The Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark will feature two acres of exhilarating four-season indoor waterpark space and a luxury hotel with 324 guest suites. Building upon the family-focused thrills and amenities that have made Camelback Resort & Aquatopia a premier destination in the Poconos, the new hotel and indoor waterpark will be perfectly situated to serve adventure-seekers from the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Inspired by the beauty of its Catskill locale with a nod to the region’s historic past, the cheeky, contemporary design of the hotel and indoor waterpark will set the bar for both innovative architecture and family-friendly adventure at every turn. For more information, visit



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MEDIA ALERT – For Immediate Release: 5-29-18
More Than 500 Antique Cars to Invade Greensburg, PA, This Weekend
WHAT:  Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Annual Grand National
Meet & Car Show
Come stroll among the more than 500 antique automobiles that will be on
display during this grand event. Only the best-of-the-best can compete in
this meet – every car you see has been shown at multiple AACA meets and
won multiple awards including their Senior Award. You will see a 1908
Sears J Runabout, 1976 Citicar Electric coupe, 1910 Harley-Davidson C
motorcycle, 1948 Whizzer Pacemaker motorbike and 1928 Auburn Boattail
Speedster. Don’t miss the 1930 Marquette X351 Phaeton, 1936 Hudson
Terraplane Panel Delivery truck, 1929 Riley Ardent Alligator race car,
1965 Lotus Super 7 Roadster, 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1967 Opel Kadett
coupe, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster, 1973 Mohs Safarikar convertible and
1976 Checker Taxi. You will also find 11 Packards, 15 Studebakers, 20
Cadillacs and 28 Corvettes competing, among others. This show has a huge
variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles, so there’s something for
everyone’s taste.
WHO:  The AACA is the world’s largest and oldest antique car club with
over 60,000 members and almost 400 local Regions and Chapters across the
U.S. and 51 other countries. Each year, 15-20 National Meets and Tours are
hosted by the nonprofit. This National event is hosted by the local
Western Pennsylvania Region AACA.
WHY:  AACA prides itself on being the premier club and resource for the
collectible vehicle community. Car shows, like this one, are the best way
to share this wonderful hobby with everyone. Our members and their love of
these cars are the foundation of this hobby, and we hope to inspire a
younger generation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE SHOW:  Antique car enthusiasts, plus their friends
and families. This show is FREE to the public (must be an AACA member to
show a car) and kid-friendly – there’s even a youth judging program at
WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 2018; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE:  University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive,
Greensburg, PA 15601
Meet Chairman, John Ross Kuhns, 412-558-0994, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AACA National Exec. Dir. (on location during event), Steve Moskowitz,
717-350-5484 cell
AACA National Headquarters, Stacy Zimmerman, 717-534-1910,
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For more information on AACA, judging guidelines, National Awards or
National Meets and Tours, visit Club membership is only $40
a year and includes our award-winning magazine, Antique Automobile.
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The AACA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has served as the country's
premier resource for the collectible vehicle community since its formation
in 1935. Through its national office, publications, online forums, Library
and membership, the Club has assisted countless individuals, historians
and collectors, along with other libraries and museums, in the quest to
preserve and enjoy the antique automobile experience.


The Eighth Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl  
Sunday, June 3, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., 1:00 start time for VIP tickets
XFINITY Live: 1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148, rain or shine.
OVERVIEW: The event will feature restaurants presenting their versions of Philadelphia’s best burger, taco takedown and cutthroat cocktail competition from more than 50 contenders.  Prizes will be awarded for the People’s Choice winner in each category, so every attendee’s vote counts. A panel of food media judges will also determine winners. Entercom Philadelphia is the official media partner and Former Eagles fullback and current SportsRadio 94WIP host Jon Ritchie will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Entercom Philadelphia’s 92.5 WXTU has arranged for the event to be an Official Tour Stop and private concert by country music singer, songwriter, and reality television personality Chase Rice.  Opening act will be South Jersey native and 925XTU Unplugged Winner Shawn Christie, who recently played at the 34th XTU Anniversary Show featuring Dierks Bentley.
The event began as a neighborhood fundraiser for founders Rob and Maggie Wasserman’s children’s school, The William M. Meredith Elementary School, in South Philadelphia. Eight years ago, their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends to create a small event at Fleisher Art Memorial that would eventually fund a new computer lab for Meredith. Burger Brawl soon outgrew Fleisher and in 2014 moved to the XFINITY Live! Complex. More than 3,000 people attend and more than 50 restaurants participate annually. To date, Burger Brawl has raised more than $200,000 and funded numerous projects supporting literacy for the School District of Philadelphia, determined by their partners from the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.  Projects have included dedicated computer laboratories, equipment like white boards, Dr. Hite’s Right Books program, Google Chrome Books, and other necessities for teaching literacy through technology
Al Pastor, Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Barbuzzo, Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers, Botto's Italian Line, Brittingham's Pub, Broad Street Bullies at Xfinity Live, Buena Onda, Butcher Bar, Davio's, El Vez, Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Gin and Pop, Guy Fieri's Philly Kitchen + Bar, Happy Rooster, Hawker, Heffe, La Peg Brasserie, Loco Pez, Lucky's Last Chance, The Lucky Well, Mad Rex Restaurant and Virtual Realty Lounge, Maison 208, Milk Boy - Chestnut Street, Milk Boy - South Street, Misconduct Tavern, Moonshine, Northeast Sandwich Co., OTG EXP, PJ Clarke's, R2L, Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco, Revolution Taco, Rex 1516, Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft, Rogue's Gallery, Rouge, Sabrina's Café, Saint Benjamin's Brewing Company, Somo Manayunk, Steam Pub, Stove & Tap, Taproom on 19th, Taqueria Feliz, The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, The Happy Rooster, Tredici Enoteca, Twenty Manning Grill, Twisted Tail, Union Tap, Vesper Sporting Club, Village Whiskey, Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro, Wahlburger's, West Avenue Grill and more.
Tickets are available at General admission tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door, and include one vote for the best burger and a complimentary beverage. VIP tickets are $100 and provide early access for one hour to explore and sample the contenders at this year’s event, as well as access to a VIP lounge, opportunities to meet celebrity judges and one vote for your choice of best burger. Children ten years old and younger will be admitted free. Parking for the Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live! is free.
Arc Solutions, Canada Dry, Centric Bank, Citi Bank, Entercom Philadelphia (SportsRadio 94WIP, 925XTU, 965TDY, KYW Newsradio, 98.1 WOGL, 1210-WPHT), The Farmer’s Hen, Five Below, Firstrust Bank, Flyers Charities, The Governor’s Woods Foundation, Jefferson Bank, Klehr Harrison, Le Bus Bakery, Nordon Commercial Kitchens, One SEO, Origlio Beverages, Platinum Tailgating, PDQ, Proximo Spirits, Rastelli Foods Group, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Sysco Philadelphia and Visit Philadelphia.
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“The only formula is putting out good music,” says Chase Rice. “It’s as simple as that. I’m not letting anyone or anything get in the way of that anymore. ”
Rice has released three albums—including, most recently, 2014’s Ignite the Night, which hit No. 1 on the country charts and reached the top five of the Top 200—but with Lambs & Lions, he is making a fresh start. With a new label and a renewed sense of creative purpose, he is making music that draws from multiple sources and influences, but is unified by his vision, integrity, and honesty.
“This is an album that stands for what I stand for,” says Rice. “I don’t think of myself as a country artist specifically—I’m here to be an artist, period. I’m very proud of the country genre, and I think we have some big country radio songs on here, but outside of that, there’s a story I wanted to tell, regardless of genre. I had to completely put out of my mind what anyone else would think. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I took it as far as I possibly could.
The ten songs on Lambs & Lions derive from Rice’s life and experience, triumphs and disappointments, and ultimately his determination to stand up for his convictions. Produced by Chris DeStefano, Mac MacAnally and, most surprisingly, Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids), Lambs & Lions offers up sounds from the unsettling strings and horns on the title track to the spare piano and swelling choir of “Amen.” And if it took him walking out on his record company and finding a new home to get there, it also reflects the unconventional path that led him to make music in the first place.
That tobacco town where I grew up
The tailgate down on a jacked-up truck
A ring we earned 'cause we owned that state
A tombstone with my daddy's name…
And I need someone to remind me who I am
Oh, Carolina can
                                    —“Carolina Can”
Born in Florida and raised on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina, Rice was a promising linebacker at the University of North Carolina. “Football wired me for the rest of my life,” he says, “including in some wrong ways. So, I’ve had to learn to be more sensitive and when to be more aggressive. It’s a focus you carry on to everything you do in life.”
Encouraged by his father, he began playing guitar and writing songs in college. After his father died and an injury ended his football career, music became his solace during a period of depression. (The slogan he took to writing inside the brim of his baseball caps, "HDEU," served as a reminder to keep his head down, working, but his eyes up, looking forward to the future—and now inspires his clothing company, Head Down Eyes Up.)

After college, Rice was selected as a NASCAR pit crew member, winning two championships with the Lowes teams, and then took time away to escape and became a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua. But his heart never left music, and he knew he had to take his shot at Nashville. Soon after arriving, he was part of the team that wrote Florida Georgia Line’s diamond-certified smash “Cruise.” After a couple of independent album releases of his own, Rice signed a major label deal.
It was the peak moment for country songs about girls, trucks, and parties, and the Ignite the Night album spun off several hit singles, including the platinum “Ready Set Roll” and gold “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Rice still feels connected to this work. “I can still completely relate to those songs,” he says. “I’m still proud of that record. It got people to come to the shows, put me on a farm I otherwise would never have, and made me into the artist I am today.”
He points to the song “Carolina Can” as a breakthrough for him personally with his writing. “It’s rare to have a song that’s so truthful,” he says. “The title is one state, one place—it tells my story—but anybody can relate to feeling and sentiment. It’s just a huge honor to have a song like that in our arsenal when we take the stage.” It would be a turning point not just in his songwriting, but in his goals and ambitions.
It’s the soundtrack to our lives
It’s the only reason why
A kid from Carolina would drive to Nashville to chase a dream without a dime…
For a second we’re bullet proof
We get lost in a song or two
The world don’t move, and all I need is you and three chords and the truth
—“Three Chords & The Truth”
After one frustrating conversation with an executive, Rice went home, called his team, and informed them that he wanted out of his deal. “The more shows I kept playing, the more I learned that what I really needed was to get a record out!,” he says. “So I put my foot down and when I found that label didn’t have the same plan as I did, I just said, ‘let’s go our separate ways’—and I have zero problem with that. I was confident about that decision, and I believed in the album I was making. Looking back at that period I realize now that it was really about me needing to bet on myself before expecting others to do that as well.”
One song he believed in was “Three Chords & the Truth,” a tribute to the power of discovering the songs—“Amazing Grace,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Mama Tried,”—that changed his life. “I had actually wanted that to be the next single after ‘Gonna Wanna Tonight,’” he says. “It’s personal as it details going back to high school and what it meant to me to hear those songs for the first time.”
He kept writing for an album that he hoped would be out more than a year ago. “It was a long, long process,” he says. “But some of my favorite songs wouldn’t have been on here if I hadn’t kept going. It didn’t change completely, but it gave me time to analyze and make the songs better.”
Born and bred to be dangerous
We Might Roar
On a Saturday night get that look in our eyes and we're striking like lightning
Some may say we're too loud, some may say we're too proud
Well there's lambs and there's lions
Enter Broken Bow Records, home of Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch, which decided to give Rice and Lambs & Lions a chance. “I had all these songs, and I knew I wanted to tell a story, but I wasn’t sure what that was,” says Rice. “I wanted each song to have its own identity, and it would fill the album with what it needed.”
But he felt sure that a song called “Lions” would be the title track. “I wanted to write something you would listen to in the locker room before you go out and crush it on the football field,” he says. “It means even more to me now because I had to weather a lot of storms, fight for my career—and see how much it motivates me.”
Elsewhere, Lambs & Lions draws on pop (the irresistible hooks of “Eyes on You”), rock, even old-school country sounds, ending with Rice’s version of iconic singer and rodeo champion Chris LeDoux's "This Cowboy's Hat," performed with LeDoux's son Ned. “The lines between genres are getting thinner and thinner—that’s the world we live in,” he says. “So I decided even more not to pander to what anybody wants me to do. The only way to make it successful is to make it true to me.”
Chase Rice points to a number of other artists as inspirations—Chesney, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Bruce Springsteen, Darius Rucker (“My God, he changed completely!”). But he says that he holds no single musician as a role model. “Every artist needs to figure out their own way,” he says. “There are so many right ways to do it. The best way is just to be yourself and be good to people. I think you do that and you’ll be alright.”
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