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Green Bay seeking 1st rider for Elvis’ coaster

Greg Metko (left) and Jeremy Paholke, both employees of Neenah-based Miron Construction Co. Inc., install tracks on a replica of the Zippin Pippin roller coaster in Green Bay recently. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay city officials are holding a contest to decide who’ll ride Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster first when it opens on May 7 at Bay Beach Amusement Park.

Officials want residents to write about why the amusement park is meaningful to them in the coming days before the opening of the Zippin Pippin. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports entries are due April 25 and a winner will be picked April 26 during Mayor Jim Schmitt’s annual State of the City address.

The city is spending about $3.5 million to re-create the wooden roller coaster that operated for decades in Memphis, Tenn., and was well-known as Elvis Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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