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Contest gives patrons the chance to name Keansburg roller coaster
Feb. 23, 2014 Asbury Park Press

Attention, everybody who loves roller coasters!


Keansburg Amusement Park will be introducing a new attraction this spring — a brand-new roller coaster to replace the Wildcat, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.


A brand-new coaster needs a brand-new name, and the park is turning to its patrons for their creativity. Now is your chance to be part of amusement park history! Go to www.keansburgamusementpark.com, and enter your idea for the perfect name, along with your contact information. If your idea is chosen, you will be invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will be seated for the first run of the new roller coaster.


The Gehlhaus family, owners of the amusement park, purchased the new roller coaster from a company in Italy. The roller coaster’s given name is Pinfari ZL42, but that sounds more like an android from a Fellini-like “Star Wars” than a name for a Jersey Shore thrill ride.


So, should it be named Jaden or Sophie? Neither? Hmmm.


Here is some food for thought: The new roller coaster has loops, sharp turns and high-speed banks. It is the heir to the Wildcat. It represents revitalization after a hurricane.


Storm-Cat? Survivor? How about “Coasty?”


We’re sure you can take it from there.


Entries will be accepted through March 1.


And while you’re thinking of the perfect name, start preparing for the perfect summer. Now through March 21, Keansburg Amusement Park is offering a “Two-for-One Spring Sale.’’ Buy one book of tickets and get one free. The online rate for ticket books is $89.95 for a book of 200 tickets or $49.95 for a book of 100. The ticket books do not expire. The sale also applies to three-hour passes to Runaway Rapids: buy one for $26.95 and get another pass free.



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