Nestled in the cornfields outside of Ross, on 25 acres of land, sits Stricker's Grove, which holds the distinction of being America's only private amusement park. The family-owned enterprise rents itself out to church groups and other organizations from this month through October. "All of our picnics have right of first renewal," says Debbie Stricker Ziegler, who handles the park's scheduling. "Last year we had 87 picnics and 84 came back." That, of course, left only three open slots, and to fill those she went to her lengthy waiting list.

Stricker's is open to the general public just three times during its season: The Fourth of July, community day (during the second weekend in August), and customer appreciation day in October. The latter was added this year.

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