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“Laugh Like A Hyena” Contest

We’ve partnered with Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari on their “Laugh Like A Hyena” contest! You know that one of their new attractions is called Hyena Falls right? It’s a fun and crazy in-the-dark water slide complex.

hyena falls      Hyena falls logo

I can’t wait. It makes me want to howl. Makes me want to giggle. Hoot and laugh hysterically. Does it make you want to do the same? Show it … enter the contest!

You could win two days of family fun at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari for a family of four, plus … two cozy nights in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin here at Lake Rudolph. (We’re even throwing in a S’mores Kit for a gooey late-night treat!)

Here’s how you enter:

1. Make a video (30 seconds or less) or draw a picture or take a photo or write a poem showing us how you plan to Laugh Like A Hyena on Hyena Falls.

2. Email your entry to us at no later than 8pm CT on Monday, May 6, 2013. (If you choose to make a video, post it on YouTube and email us the link.) Attachments must be jpegs and no larger than 1MB.

3. Later that week, we will post our three favorite entries on the HoliBlog, and everyone is invited to vote for their favorite. The voting will last until 2:00 pm CDT on Monday, May 13, 2013.

4. The Grand Prize Winner (the entry with the most votes) will receive four two-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus two nights (subject to availability during the 2013 season) in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. The second-place winner will receive four one-day tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and the third place winner receives two park tickets.

5. Must be 21 or older to enter. No more than one entry per email address, please.

6. Videos 31 seconds and longer will be disqualified. Attachments exceeding 1MB and/or not jpegs will not be considered.

7. Just like the Holiday World & Lake Rudolph … keep it clean and friendly! And please have fun with this!

8. By entering, you are giving Holiday World and Lake Rudolph permission to post your entry on our blogs and other social media along with your first name and last initial, plus city and state.

9. Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and their immediate family members are not eligible. Neither are employees of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and their immediate family members.

10. Winners of Holiday World contests over the past six months are not eligible.

11. Judges’ decisions are final.

12. Good luck!

Rudy’s Recipe: Mint S’mores

Here’s a new take on s’mores for you. I love Andes mints so I HAVE to try this one.

Mint S’mores

You Need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Andes Mints

Make ‘Em:

Make these just like you make a regular s’more.

Place the Andes mint on one half of a graham cracker. Toast your marshmallow. Put that good ole toasted marshmallow on the Andes mint, place another half of a graham cracker on top to complete it. Devour.

– Recipe courtesy of David Krull on

They’re Here!

Our new Lake Rudolph brochures are in! I’ll pause a moment so you can ooh and aah over their beauty …



Okay, moving on. 🙂

Want a copy? We’d be glad to mail you one. It contains our rates, operating schedule, lots of full color photos, and more information to help plan your visit. Just fill out this handy form on our website and we’ll drop one in the mail. Easy as pie. Maybe pecan pie … yum.

Funeral Arrangements for Philip Koch

Funeral arrangements have been set for our friend and CEO, Philip. Philip Koch

Visitation will be held at Saint Nicholas Church in Santa Claus, Indiana, on Thursday, April 11, from 2:00 – 8:00 pm CDT, and also from 9:00 am until service time on Friday. Philip’s funeral is set for Friday, April 12, at 10:00 am CDT at the church.

The Koch family appreciates all the thoughts and prayers from the public during this difficult time.

Our Lake Rudolph family also appreciates your kind words of support as we remember Philip and celebrate his life and great accomplishments.

We’ll Miss You, Our Friend

It’s with very heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our Philip-Kochfriend and CEO, Philip Koch. Philip passed away this morning at Deaconess Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born and raised in Santa Claus, Indiana, Philip attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana, graduating in 1983. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1988 with a BS in Business Administration and Management.

Philip was passionate about continuing his father’s legacy, the late Bill Koch, to build and promote the tourism industry in Santa Claus, Indiana.  The town’s slogan, America’s Christmas Hometown, was one of Philip’s many ideas. Under Philip’s direction, Lake Rudolph grew from a 100 site campground, to a 500 site destination resort including over 270 Cabins and Rental RVs.  He helped design the layouts for Lake Rudolph’s King Size Rental RVs and Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. It’s with his vision that we have grown into the campground we are today, new water slides and all!

Funeral arrangements are pending. Philip is survived by his wife, Carol, and two children, Alexa and Logan, and a stepson, Tony. He is also survived by his mother, Pat, and siblings Kristi, Dan, and Natalie. His family requests privacy as they mourn and our hearts are with them during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, as per Philip’s wishes, the family asks for donations to be made to the Santa Claus Museum. The family will create an antique historical train room in his honor. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Philip created such wonderful attractions and activities for families to visit and enjoy.  His main concern was making sure our guests had great experiences in a fun, clean, family environment.  While Philip’s family and our Lake Rudolph family mourn his passing, we want to assure our guests that we will be open for business as Lake Rudolph begins its 56th season on May 1. Philip wouldn’t want it any other way. He was so proud of the business he’d grown for families to enjoy. And now our main concern is continuing on the path he started.

There are so many things we’ll miss about Philip. We’ll miss his booming, infectious laugh and his boisterous spirit. His vision and drive to create and grow our business. We’ll miss his friendship and generosity, his humor and teasing personality. Simply put, we will miss our friend.

Philip Koch
Son, father, husband, brother and friend
1965 – 2013

Rudy’s Recipes: Campfire Strawberries

So I love marshmallows. I love strawberries. Therefore, I think I’d like them both combined and roasted over a campfire. And then dipped in chocolate. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Campfire Strawberries

Campfire Strawberries

You Need:

  • Strawberries
  • Marshmallow creme
  • Melted, dipping chocolate

Make ‘Em:

Clean and remove stems of strawberries. Thoroughly dry.

Dip in marshmallow creme and roast over your campfire. Not too long! Dip in melted chocolate and enjoy!