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Like part of the Pittsburgh Sports & Entertainment fabric, it wasn’t an ultimate PNC Park, Mellon Arena or Consol Energy Center experience unless you sat in a section close enough to hear the barking of Pittsburgh’s Cotton Candy or Lemonade Man. 

When the Pittsburgh Penguins issue a press release in your honor you know you had a special place in the hearts of Pittsburghers.

“Cotton Candy Man” Passes Away

Tuesday, 05.10.2011 / 2:43 PM / News Pittsburgh Penguins

Ken Geidel, who served and entertained Penguins fans and Pittsburgh sports fans for years with his unique style as a concession vendor, has passed away.

Geidel was known as the “Pittsburgh Cotton Candy Man” and “Pittsburgh Lemonade Man” and had a following on Facebook and the Internet.

“Ken was an exemplary employee who was with us for a long time,” said Michael McDonald, district manager for Aramark. “He certainly was one of the ‘characters’ that added to the sporting event experience and had quite a following among the Pittsburgh fan base. He will be missed.”

“Ken provided great service to our fans and was part of the fabric of a Penguins game at Mellon Arena or CONSOL Energy Center,” said David Morehouse, CEO and president of the Penguins. “The history of Pittsburgh sports is unique because it includes not just great players and coaches, but also memorable vendors and ushers. Ken was part of that history. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.”


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