Grandparents, first responders, military get in free to Cedar Point on Sunday

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Cedar Point will reopen this weekend for one day only - from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - before launching its annual fall

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Cedar Point is offering free admission to first responders, members of the military and grandparents on Sunday, the park's last day of regular-season operation.

The park concluded daily operations for the 2017 season on Labor Day. It will reopen this weekend for one day only - from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - before launching its annual fall festival HalloWeekends on Friday, September 15.

Getting in free this Sunday:

* First responders (police, fire, paramedics) and active and retired members of the military, with valid ID. Additional tickets, up to six, can be purchased for $19.99 each.

* Grandparents, when accompanied by a season passholder or guest with paid admission, in honor of National Grandparents Day.

In addition, residents of Erie County can buy tickets for $19.99, online only, using code ERIECOUNTY, on what Cedar Point is calling its "Day of Deals."

Meanwhile, Cedar Point parent company Cedar Fair announced Thursday that attendance through Labor Day across its 13 parks was unchanged from last year, at 20.3 million guests. Preliminary net revenues, at $1 billion, are down less than 1 percent.

While new attractions have been well-received - including Cedar Point's expanded waterpark, Cedar Point Shores - bad weather has kept crowds down, said Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet in a statement. "We have experienced more than a few instances of unfavorable weather on some of our traditionally peak attendance days - including the recent Labor Day weekend - and it has proven difficult to fully recover these attendance shortfalls up to this point in time," according to a park statement.

Several peak events are still to come in 2017: the company's popular Halloween-themed offerings, including Cedar Point's HalloWeekends, and holiday-themed WinterFest at several parks, including Kings Island near Cincinnati.

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