It's Official: Zippin Pippin Saved

The mayor of Green Bay signed an agreement Thursday to buy Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster. Jim Schmitt held a ceremony in which the city officially acquired the rights to the Zippin Pippin. It thrilled Elvis and countless others for years in Memphis, but the wooden roller coaster stopped running when the Memphis amusement park closed down in 2005.

Now, Green Bay will pay $35,000 to acquire the name, the design, and the history of the Zippin Pippin. And they’ll spend $3 million to re-create the classic ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Construction will begin this summer – and it’s scheduled to open in May of next year. Schmitt says Elvis would be proud of the city's purchase. He's looking for private funding for the ride, including, "kids with lemonade stands." Schmitt indicates they're also working on a menu adjustment to add Elvis' favorite food, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, to their concessions.

Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Mar 19, 2010 
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Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2010report abuse
I'll remember this the next time I go see a Packers game. Think my beer drinking buddies will care?
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2010report abuse
Who cares. If this is important to you, then you need to get a life or at least l---!
lamp light (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2010report abuse
I think that is wonderful Elvis would be proud he loved his fans and this is a wonderful way to say Elvis we loved you to and still do.

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