Guessing Game Workers Reunite At Cedar Point

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) - There's no science to guessing ages, weights and birthdays of visitors at Cedar Point amusement park, but there are a few secrets.

Seventeen former "weight guessers" from the 1980s had a reunion at the park Monday and even spent some time seeing if they still had it.

The game isn't complicated -- give the attendants $5 and they guess your weight, and you step on the scale. If the guess is within 3 pounds, you lose.

For ages, the attendant must be within two years, and for birthdays, two months or you get a prize.

Liz Rottner, 38, said she's been practicing. There's no special trick to being a good guesser, she said.

With age, "it's the smile and the lines around the eyes."

Birthdays are the hardest, she said. "Except once in a while, someone will walk up with a birthstone ring, and that kind of gives it away."

Rottner, a weight guesser from 1984 to 1987, said it was the best job she ever had.

"The shame of the thing is that I peaked at 22," she said. "No other job has come close. I'm an accountant now."

She won't give the game a try herself.

"I don't want anybody to try to guess my weight," she said.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

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