Did you witness the totally twisted time at Busch Gardens? The six finalists for the Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Build-off competed in the Cheetah Hunt Plaza on Saturday, June 4. These talented finalists were challenged to build a model of Busch Garden’s newest roller-coaster, Cheetah Hunt, out of nothing but Snyder’s Pretzels and a little bit of hot glue.
The First Place Winner, Steven Boyd, and his family pose with their Cheetah Hunt pretzel-coaster.
The First Place winner was Steven Boyd from Plantation, Florida. Steven was assisted by his son, Jesse. The father and son team followed their sketches to create the best pretzel-coaster possible. As the winner, they will receive the VIP treatment at Busch Gardens’ sister park SeaWorld Orlando.
A local resident, Ryan Brautigam, took second place and Freddie Knorr from Pickerton, Ohio won the People’s Choice award.
Ryan Brautigam from Lutz, Florida concentrates on building his Cheetah Hunt pretzel-coaster.
The first and second place winners were selected by judges Jeff Hornick, Busch Gardens Director of Design and Engineering; Chris Kraftchick, American Coaster Enthusiast Regional Representative; and Bob Gould, Snyder’s of Hanover Marketing Manager. Busch Gardens’ guests voted for the People’s Choice award.
Jesse Boyd points out details to judges Jeff Hornick (center) while ACE Regional Representative Chris Kraftchick (far left) takes notes.
Thank you to all of the contestants who participated, the judges, and all of our park guests who voted for the People’s Choice awards.
Photos by Katie McMichen.
Story by Mariah Fairweather.