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Delgrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton, PA

The DelGrosso family got into the amusement park business in a weird way.  The daughter of an Italian immigrant with a knack for cooking Mafalda Pulcino worked at an Italian restaurant in Altoona that was ran by her mother.  One Ferdinand DelGrosso walked into the diner and soon the two became inseparable and were married.

Delgrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton, PA

In 1943 with her mamma's pasta sauce recipe the couple opened DelGrosso's Cafe in Altoona and soon with a demand from customers to take the pasta sauce home the couple sold the diner and purchased Bland's Park not only to run the park but to use the site to commercially produce DelGrosso's Pasta Sauce. 

Delgrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton, PA

Bland's Park grew and DelGrosso's Pasta Sauce grew and in the 1970's the family built a full scale industrial plant across the street from the park to keep producing and selling the family recipe far and wide.

Delgrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton, PA

So when you are riding the Wacky Worm or the Crazy Mouse you might get a whiff of pasta sauce from the plant across the street.

Delgrosso's Amusement Park, Tipton, PA

Despite being a really cute coaster geared for children there is nothing wrong with a bunch of guys taking one for a ride in order to add another coaster to their count.



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