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2019 ACE Preservation Conference

Friday, May 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Baldwin
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It’s not too soon to begin making plans for next year. The 2019 ACE Preservation Conference will take place May 10 – 12, 2019. A distinction in this particular event is a mix of coasters that have been preserved as well as a park that has been saved. ACE’s hosts will be Kentucky Kingdom (Louisville, Kentucky) and Camden Park (Huntington, West Virginia).

Kentucky Kingdom opened in 1987. It was a short-lived attempt at an amusement park, but a man named Ed Hart purchased the property and made it quite a success. In 1990, a purchase of a Vekoma and the creation of Thunder Run, a Dinn-Summers woodie, quickly put the park on the coaster map. In time, more rides, a waterpark and a continued string of coasters made the park extremely popular. So popular, Six Flags Theme Parks acquired the rights to Kentucky Kingdom and brought it into the theme park chain in 1998. Unfortunately, Six Flags let it go in 2009 and the park sat dormant for five seasons. Enter Ed Hart once again.

Today, Kentucky Kingdom is thriving and boasts five roller coasters. Thunder Run still thrills with its wooden layout, and Storm Chaser and Lightning Run have their own wonderful steel qualities to make them notable rides.

Camden Park opened in 1903. This quaint, historic park is known for two special wooden coasters. Big Dipper opened in 1958 and is one of the few remaining examples of the work done by National Amusement Device. Its neighbor, Lil’ Dipper, shares that distinction and has been operating since 1961. These two woodies are classic in every sense of the word.

Make plans to support the continued operation of these two parks by attending the 2019 ACE Preservation Conference.


/ Photo: Howard Gillooly. View full-sized image.


/ Photo: Howard Gillooly. View full-sized image.