Washington State Fair has a name for its newest ride and the two contest winners responsible for it are from East Pierce County.
The new roller coaster, set to debut in September, will carry the name “Rainier Rush” after fair staff sifted through more than 1,600 entries, according to a fair news release.
Karen Chapman of Puyallup and Melissa Hollenbeck-Barovic of Edgewood both coined the label and won two season passes to the Washington State Fair, as well as 240 ride tickets.
Two runners-up were also selected, the release says, as they used the same name concept but spelled Rainier another way. Trevor Lind of Maple Valley and Jesse Fabeck of Spanaway will also receive two season passes to the fair.
The new ride is the first-ever inversion coaster at the long-running state fair, which runs this year Sept. 6-22. It will take riders over 60 feet in the air, maneuvering around multiple twists, bends and loops. It has more than a plus-5 gravity force, comparable to a Formula One racing car during heavy braking, according to the release.
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