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Fair to debut new coaster in the fall, seeks public’s help in naming the stomach-turner

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on April 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm with No Comments »
April 18, 2013 3:08 pm

A new looping inversion coaster is set to debut at the Washington State Fair in September and the public is commissioned to come up with its moniker.

Fair organizers have launched a naming contest for the new attraction that runs through midnight May 8, according to a fair news release. Anyone 13 and older is invited to compete, and the winner will receive two season gate passes to the Washington State Fair, plus two vouchers valid for 20 rides of their choice, a prize package valued at $269.

The winner will be notified by June 17, according to the release.

The coaster takes riders more than 60 feet in the air before plunging downhill around wild loops, twists and turns. It offers smooth coaster action, the release states. Its +5.8 gravity force is comparable to a Formula One racing car.

The contest is open to residents in Washington state, Oregon, California, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The Fair requests that entries exhibit appropriate language and content. Improper grammar or other matter will be deemed ineligible, according to the release.

For a complete list of rules, visit thefair.com/spring-fair/contests. The Washington State Fair is Sept. 6-22 in Puyallup.

SOME INFORMATION ON THE NEW RIDE (Source: The Fair’s news release):

Introduction in Puyallup: September 2013

Dimensions: 180.4 feet by 66 feet

Height: 62.3 feet

Track length: 1,772 feet

Maximum speed: 50 mph

Maximum G-Force: +5.8 G

Trains: Three

Cars: Three per train

Total seats: 36 riders

Track capacity: Two trains run simultaneously on the track

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