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American Coaster Enthusiasts' National Spring Event Set for Beech Bend Park and Kings Island

American Coaster Enthusiasts traverse the Midwest to ride new, landmark and record-breaking roller coasters.

BOWLING GREEN, KY and MASON, OH – Five-hundred roller coaster enthusiasts from across the country will converge in the Midwest at Beech Bend Park (May 16-17) and Kings Island (May 17-18) to celebrate a family-owned, traditional amusement park and an internationally known theme park. This three-day celebration is the Spring Conference of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) held Friday through Sunday at two parks full of thrills and fun. A prime feature of the conference will be several hours of riding the two parks' four wooden and 13 steel roller coasters, plus an additional amusement park sneak peek with more coasters.

Steel coaster aficionados in attendance are eager to experience exhilarating surges of speed, wild drops and hair-raising inversions during the exclusive ride time (ERT) sessions on the new, record-breaking Banshee and "airtime"-filled Diamondback at Kings Island. Wood coaster fans are looking forward to the wild maneuvers and speedy twists and turns during ERT sessions on the beloved and expertly crafted Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend Park and the ACE Landmark coasters The Racer and The Beast (celebrating its 35th anniversary) at Kings Island. Attendees will enjoy camaraderie with likeminded people and share stories of coasters ridden in all corners of the world, as many ACE members have traveled to Europe, Central America, Australia and Asia. Anywhere there is a coaster, you will find an ACEer. Attendees will also enjoy picnics, VIP park/ride tours, special games and Q&A sessions with park managers.

Highlights of the event will be a three-hour all-park ERT session Friday night at Beech Bend and six and a half hours of ERT at Kings Island, including a combined total of four and a half hours on the park's new, record-breaking Banshee inverted coaster. ACE will also have a bonus sneak-peek "pit stop" event Saturday afternoon at the soon-to-reopen Kentucky Kingdom, where attendees will have coaster ERT, lunch and a VIP park tour.

More information on the event is available at www.AmericanCoasterEnthusiasts.org.

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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