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Does anyone really need an excuse to ride a roller coaster? Well, it WAS national coaster day,,,

DAVID F. ASHTON - People were head over heels on National Roller Coaster Day at Oaks Amusement Park, as they took a spin on their new Adrenaline Peak roller coaster. Scores of families came out on Thursday, August 16, "National Roller Coaster Day", to celebrate the occasion with a ride or two on the new "Adrenaline Peak" attraction at historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park by the Willamette River in Sellwood.

"I've been on a lot of 'em, and I tell you, this is a great ride!" exclaimed Ed McCabe, who said he's here from New York, visiting family.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Some riders on this train looked thrilled, others terrified, as they entered the more-than-vertical first drop on the Adrenaline Peak on National Roller Coaster Day at Oaks Park in Sellwood. Some riders in his train were too ecstatic, or just too scared, to comment to THE BEE about their own minute-long ride.

"Adrenaline Peak" was one of the smaller 'coasters listed on the www.nationalrollercoasterday.com website – although Oaks Park was mentioned twice there – but the ride certainly has been popular.

"We've had roller coaster enthusiasts from around the nation, and around the world, come to check out "Adrenaline Peak" – with its loops, inversion, and steeper-than-straight-down first drop," grinned Oaks Marketing and Events Director Emily MacKay.

"It's been a great season so far, due in no small part to "Adrenaline Peak", MacKay told THE BEE – as another group of riders stepped into the ride. "Since it opened in March, it has given more than 50,000 rides! We call that wildly successful!"

Some patrons have taken full advantage of the Oaks Park "premiere ride bracelet", which offers unlimited rides; "The record, to date, is one person taking 30 rides in a day," MacKay said.

Although the end of summer vacation marks the beginning of autumn schedule changes at Oaks Park, there's still plenty of fun to be had at the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in America. Find out more at their website – www.oakspark.com

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