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Roller Coaster Group to Hold National Preservation Conference at Silverwood

Coaster to Receive Landmark Status

Athol, ID – Roller coaster enthusiasts from across the United States will flock to Silverwood Theme Park for a coaster preservation celebration August 26-27, 2011. The two-day event is the annual preservation conference of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), which will be held Friday and Saturday at Silverwood. Highlights of the conference will include multiple hours of riding the park's wood and steel roller coasters.

The wood coaster aficionados in attendance are eager to get their fill of exhilarating "airtime" sensations and breathtaking bursts of speed during the Exclusive Ride Time (ERT) sessions on Silverwood's acclaimed Tremors and Timber Terror, while steel coaster connoisseurs crave the spine-tingling inversions of the modern Aftershock and the trendsetting Corkscrew. Attendees will enjoy camaraderie with like-minded people and share stories of coasters ridden in all corners of the world as many ACE members have traveled to Europe, Central America and Asia to enjoy that next great thrill. Anywhere there is a coaster, you will find an ACEer.

A highlight of the event will take place the morning of Saturday, August 27, when the members of ACE will present a monument plaque to Silverwood Theme Park designating the park's multi-inversion coaster, Corkscrew as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark. Corkscrew was the first modern coaster to turn riders up-side-down when it originally opened in 1975 at Knott's Berry Farm in southern California. Silverwood owner Gary Norton purchased and relocated the ride in 1990 to the park where it continues to thrill guests today. The ACE Landmark Coaster designation is a rare and coveted award. Only a small number of coasters have earned this status denoting their position in the amusement industry as historically significant.

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

Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,500 members across the U.S., Europe and Japan, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. Members of ACE receive bi-monthly newsletters, quarterly magazines, as well as the opportunity to attend national and local coaster events at parks each year. In addition, numerous shows made for cable networks such as The Discovery Channel have prominently featured ACE. Ultimately, ACE's mission is to promote, preserve and enjoy roller coasters everywhere, regardless of type or size.
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