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May 6, 2006

Kentucky Rumbler Wooden Coaster Now Open

Bowling Green, KY -- Kentucky's most twisted wooden roller coaster is now in operation at Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon in Bowling Green.

Kentucky Rumbler the park's first wooden coaster reaches a top speed of 70 feet per second or 50 mph.

According to Beech Bend it is the only wooden roller coaster in the world to feature three exciting station fly-bys, built right into the station walls.

"You'll get plenty of up-close views of the high-speed train as it whizzes around the track," says park owner, Dallas Jones. "The coaster's first drop was inspired by the classic, but now extinct, Rye Aeroplane, considered to be one of the best wooden coasters ever built."

Built by Great Coasters International, Kentucky Rumbler is 2,827 feet long with a maximum elevation difference of 96 feet. The coaster features a record 30 crossovers where the track crosses over or under another portion of track. Riders will also experience weightlessness twelve times during the ride.

"The "sculpted" ride structure will be one-of-a-kind and will be immediately recognizable in any photograph," added Jones.

Kentucky Rumbler's 24-passenger Millennium Flyer train is modeled after the classic roller coaster of the 20's and 30's. The train is custom designed and built by Great Coasters International.

To make room of the new attraction Beech Bend relocated the Looping Star Coaster. The park also purchased a new train for the Looping Star coaster and put up new signage.

"This will be the single, largest ride expansion ever in the park's history," said Jones.

With the addition of the new spinning wild mouse roller coaster last year and the Kentucky Rumbler this year, Beech Bend now has four roller coasters to entertain park goers.

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