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Roller Coaster Group to Hold National Convention at Silver Dollar City in Branson

Branson, Mo. - Hundreds of roller coaster enthusiasts will descend upon two Missouri theme parks the week of June 21-26 to celebrate Coaster Con XXXII. A weeklong celebration of roller coaster riding and fun, the 32nd annual convention of American Coaster Enthusiasts will start the week at Silver Dollar City in Branson, spending Sunday through Tuesday, June 21-23 there. Highlights of the convention will include over 15 hours of riding roller coasters while they are closed to the public as well as the annual banquet, which will feature a keynote address from Jane Cooper, the President of Attractions for Herschend Family Entertainment, owners of Silver Dollar City.

Apart from enjoying all the shows, attractions and hospitality that this unique gem of a park has to offer, the adrenaline junkies in attendance are eager to get high doses of floating “airtime” sensations, thrilling inversions and exciting bursts of speed during abundant sessions of Exclusive Ride Time on Silver Dollar City coasters like PowderKeg and its 0-53 mph compressed air blast, as well as other favorites such as the thrilling Thunderation and the loopy, flippy WildFire. During Exclusive Ride Time, the park is closed to the general public allowing Con attendees to ride to their heart’s delight. Many are here for other reasons, too: attendees will enjoy camaraderie with like-minded people and regale with stories of coasters ridden in all corners of the world; ACE members have traveled to places like Central America and the Far East to enjoy that next great thrill. Anywhere there’s a coaster you’ll find an ACEer.

But the fun of Coaster Con does not stop with riding coasters. The madcap Midway Olympics, an annual tradition, will pit teams of five against each other with the goal of being the best at wacky carnival games such as skee ball or ring toss. As many members enjoy photographing and videoing coasters, they will be able to show off their handiwork in photo and video contests. Attendees will also be able to attend presentations on a variety of subjects. There will be picnics, contests, surprises and even a General Store featuring club-related materials from t-shirts to license plate frames as well as other vendor booths selling antiques and memorabilia.

More information on the event can be found at www.americancoasterenthusiasts.org.

Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation, and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 7,000 members in 50 states and 12 countries, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. Members of ACE receive bimonthly newsletters, quarterly magazines, as well as the opportunity to attend events at parks each year.

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