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September 23, 2005

Valleyfair Announces New World-Class Thrill Ride for 2006

Shakopee, MN -- Call it a high-powered swing set, something you won't find in your own backyard. New at Valleyfair in 2006 is Xtreme Swing, an air-launched thrill ride.

This $6 million attraction towers over 60 feet tall and accommodates 40 passengers, who are seated back-to-back in two rows of 10 riders each on two giant swinging arms. Ride motion is that of a pendulum, suspended from an axle, swinging in an arc, back and forth − just like a child's playground swing; except this ride takes you higher − up to 125 feet in the air and faster – up to 60 miles per hour.

"We're excited to bring this thrilling, new attraction to Valleyfair," states Larry MacKenzie, Valleyfair's vice president and general manager. "It will bring back the kid in all of us."

Xtreme Swing is designed by S & S Worldwide Inc., based in Logan, Utah. S & S also designed Valleyfair's popular ride − Power Tower.

Construction has already begun on Xtreme Swing, which will debut at Valleyfair in May 2006, which is also the park's 30th Anniversary year. Guests must be 48 inches or taller to ride.

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