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American Coaster Enthusiasts recognizes Classic Coaster at the
Washington State Fair as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark

American Coaster Enthusiasts go west to honor a legendary wooden coaster.

PUYALLUP, WA – September 7 will be a joyous day for the Washington State Fair and coaster enthusiasts alike as American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) will designate the fair's outstanding Classic Coaster as an ACE Coaster Landmark. This prestigious award is reserved for rides of historic significance. The landmark award ceremony will take place in front of Classic Coaster at 8:00 a.m. in conjunction with the ACE Northwest region's "ACE Landmark Day at the Washington State Fair" event.

Classic Coaster, America's last remaining wooden fairground roller coaster, has a deep, rich history. Famed roller coaster designer John A. Miller (1872-1941) designed and built this exquisite coaster for the 1935 Puyallup Fair. Miller originally designed the coaster as a side-friction ride to accommodate trains from Scenic Railway that once operated at Oaks Park in Oregon. In 1950, Walker LeRoy updated the track design to accommodate new trains purchased from the defunct Giant Dipper at Happyland Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. Today, these are the only Frederick Church designed coaster trains still in operation. A fire in 1970 destroyed a major section of the coaster as well as several other classic rides. Fortunately, the coaster was quickly rebuilt for that year's fair. Although well maintained over its long history, John Hinde completely rebuilt and restored the historic 55-foot-high, 2,650-foot-long thrill ride from 2009 through 2013 for future generations to enjoy. Before being renamed Classic Coaster in 2013, it was previously known by several other names, including Roller Coaster, The Coaster and Giant Coaster.

ACE applauds the Washington State Fair and Funtastic Rides for continuing to maintain and operate Classic Coaster.

More information about the Washington State Fair is available at www.thefair.com. Please go to www.AmericanCoasterEnthusiasts.org for more information about ACE Landmark Day at the Washington State Fair.

About ACE: Founded in 1978, ACE is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,000 members across North America, Europe, Asia and South America, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. Members of ACE receive exclusive park benefits, bimonthly newsletters, quarterly magazines and the opportunity to attend national and local coaster events at parks. ACE holds more than 65 events across the United States and Canada attracting 5,000 attendees each year. In addition, Headline News and numerous shows made for cable networks such as the Travel Channel have prominently featured ACE.
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