25 Years of Happiness
– By Merriee Averill –
Summer air is rising up, so get on your swimsuits and head down to the most delightful place in the northwestern United States, Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park. It is the largest amusement park in this part of the U.S., and is now celebrating its 25th year since the day it opened. When this amusement park was under construction, there was doubt to whether or not people would visit the creation. Clearly, this wasn’t the case at all. According to recent records, more than 8.5 million guests have gone through the gates since Silverwood first opened in 1988. Originally Gary Norton, the inventor of this magnificent park, had planed for “vintage planes, trains, and automobiles” which has now been improved to an extreme theme and water park with 65 or more rides plus the many attractions.
In honor of Silverwood’s 25th anniversary, The Spokesman-Review is inviting students throughout the Northwest to get involved in two intriguing contests. The first contest is open to grades K-12. It includes drawing your vision of what the Silverwood theme park will look like for their 50th anniversary. The next contest is open to grades 1-8. In this competition, you must write a 100-500 word essay on “Why My Class Needs a Picnic at Silverwood Theme Park”. But, only one essay will be chosen. The winning class will receive a super spring picnic at the Northwest’s largest theme park. Finalists in both contests will be displayed in the park this summer and in The Spokesman-Review. Join the fun and participate in one of these two exciting competitions.
A few students were interviewed on the subject. “Do you go to Silverwood often?” Taylor Woods responds by saying, “No, I don’t go to Silverwood that often. I usually go only when the family goes.” When asked, “When is your favorite time to go to Silverwood?” Tami Bridges, a Junior, states her opinion as, “Summer! No rain.” Clearly, she knows what she wants. Judah Meek, a senior at Newport High School, was asked, “What is your favorite ride at Silverwood?” Her response was, “The umbrella ride because it makes you feel like you’re flying.” So get ready for a magical ride on May 5, 2012, when Silverwood opens yet again for a wonderful season of happiness and help celebrate the amazing 25 years of the magnificent theme park.
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