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May 12, 2004

4th Annual Blue Streak Challenge To Be Held July 19

Salem, OH -- The fourth annual Blue Streak Challenge will be held at Conneaut Lake Park, in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 19, 2004. In its four short years it has become a much anticipated national event for the coaster and park enthusiast community.

The Blue Streak Challenge started by a couple of roller coaster and park enthusiasts in 2001, to help preserve the historic 67 year old roller coaster at this 112 year old amusement park. They also co-founded the Conneaut Lake Park Preservation Society to aid the Park in keeping its historical aspect while realizing its potential growth for the future.

Last year's event raised nearly $8,000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the Blue Streak. Thirteen hardy souls climbed aboard the original Vettel train promptly at 10:00 a.m. to begin their 12-hour odyssey. By 10:00 p.m. they had set a new record for a 12-hour period, completing 300 circuits.

For the second year, the Blue Streak Challenge is proudly co-sponsored by Conneaut Lake Institute, Inc., a registered non-profit organization started in 1999 to promote cultural and educational events in and around the Conneaut Lake area. CLI's Board of Directors and members have a mutual respect for the heritage of the Conneaut Lake area and Conneaut Lake Park, and wish to promote its value.

Anyone can register for this event, come out and cheer the riders on or walk on the wild side and take a ride with us for a $4.00 tax-deductible donation. If you want to be assured a seat, register early before they're all taken.

For more information and to register for the Blue Streak Challenge, please visit Conneaut Lake Park Preservation Society's web site at