Zippin Pippin Lit Up for Elvis
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Bay Beach Amusement Park turned on the lights and kept the Zippin Pippin open late Wednesday night in honor of "The King." The roller coaster was running until 11:00pm to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's last ride on his favorite roller coaster. The wooden structure was moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Green Bay in 2010. Crews rebuilt the ride at Bay Beach, and it has proven to be a big attraction.
"Everybody knows Elvis. Just his whole image alone brought people to places and if we can have that help us bring more people to see this great ride and great park, what better way to do it than to honor 'The King,'" said James Andersen, Parks and Recreation Superintendent.
Those who attended the Hunka Hunka Burning Lights event also dined on Elvis' favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches and watched an outdoor showing of his film Blue Hawaii.