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For 30 year old Matt Meckley, his passion for roller coaster rides is a perfect fit for his other passion.

"I enjoy visiting amusement parks, riding roller coasters," said Meckley as he pulled a sketchpad and pencils from his portfolio. "But, most of all I enjoy drawing."

The York County resident is a regular at Hersheypark, with a season pass and a growing portfolio of drawings.

"I've been interested in art before I was interested in amusement parks. I just kind of blend the two hobbies together," said Meckley.

On this day, the scream-making "Fahrenheit" ride was his model.

"This is more of a sketch, a black and white sketch," said Meckley as cars from the twisting ride flew past his table. "So I feel like I didn't have to go to extreme detail with it, versus some of the other drawings you would have seen."

Matt prefers drawing from photos he takes, but, he says there are advantages to being there in person.

"I think you can see the details of the ride a little better in person as opposed to looking at it on a computer screen or a photograph."

"I enjoy sitting here, just looking at the people have fun," he added. It just adds to the excitement."

His collection includes a detailed master Hersheypark pencil sketch which he periodically updates to include new rides and expansion projects. Colored pencil is his favorite medium, which can be found in most of his Hersheypark drawings and other related themes. In addition, the part-time graphic artist is commissioned to do special event logos and children's books illustrations.

So the next time you are on your favorite amusement ride, look around. There's a good chance Matt Meckley will be riding it or drawing it.

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