Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

May 19, 2013

It's a scream

Camden Park gears up for summer season with a new ride — the Rattler

HUNTINGTON — It’s not too early to hit the rides at Camden Park.

The park has been open on weekends since the first weekend of the month from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and also will be open those hours on May 27, 29 and 30. On May 31, the park will open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. before breaking into a regular summer schedule.

Already this month, the park offered children a special weekend activity with two days focusing on local history and culture, part of its May School Days propgramming.

West Virginia Natural Science will be the topic Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when students will have the chance to be up close to the unique flora and fauna of the area, including lizards, insects, foliage and mammals and learn about their way of life and their impact on the ecosystem.

Physics and Amusement Park Rides will be explored May 22 and 23 when students learn how basic rules of physics apply at the park and help create the experience on the ride they love.

Camden Park has 29 rides.

Children’s rides include the historic carousel, handcars, Kiddie Whip, Kiddie boats, Kiddie rockets, the Umbrella ride and pony carts.

Older children will enjoy the Paratrooper, the Haunted House, the train, the Kite Flyer, the Flying Scooter, Tilt a Whirl and others.

The Big Dipper, the log flume and the Dodge ’em cars, traditionally the most popular rides, might face a challenge this year.

Perhaps the highlight of the season will be the opening of a new ride: the Rattler. A pendulum ride, those with the nerve to try it hang from an overhead axis and fly head over heels in swinging and spinning motions. The Rattler can handle 16 riders.

Last year’s new addition was the Rockin’ Tug, a sternwheeler that rocks back and forth and spins in a circle. The ride was designed by Zamperla Rides of Vicenza, Italy, especially for Camden Park.

Camden Park, the only amusement park in West Virginia, began like many large town’s amusement parks; it was a carousel at the end of a trolley line and was turned into an amusement park to boost weekend traffic. Camden Park became a full-fledged amusement park in 1950.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.


Text Only
Local News
  • Golden Corral sends children to camp

    Ashland’s Golden Corral teamed with other restaurants across nation this year to raise $1.5 million to send a total of 3,000 children to Camp Corral.

    July 24, 2014

  • Burglars steal golf gear

    A couple of golf enthusiasts might not make their tee times Saturday because burglars stole golf equipment from their garages.

    July 24, 2014

  • Music instructor claims age discrimination

    The Russell Independent School District is denying allegations of a former band director who claims in a lawsuit the district discriminated against him because of his age.

    July 24, 2014

  • Financial blunder leads to heated board discussion

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.
    Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles and City Attorney Richard “Sonny” Martin confirmed a new ordinance will be drafted so the department heads of finance and legal counsel will be checked by the board, in addition to Bitter’s current oversight.

    July 24, 2014

  • Stricter enforcement, diagonal spots endorsed to help downtown

    A group of business owners operating along Winchester Avenue — Ashland’s main thoroughfare — asked the Ashland Board of Commissioners to replace current parallel parking spots with diagonal ones, and also for more strick enforcement of a two-hour parking law.

    July 24, 2014

  • National act takes stage at Boyd County Fair

    The Building of Dreams erupted into screams Thursday night at the 2014 Boyd County Fair, as country music fans saw Bucky Covington take the stage.
    According to Ellen Keaton, fair board president, Covington was a favorite on season five of Fox’s talent competition series American Idol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke-free advocates bound for Ashland

    Advocates for smoke-free public spaces are touring the state, starting in Ashland, to drum up support for anti-tobacco legislation they hope to pass next year.
    Smoke-Free Kentucky is a coalition of organizations and people who support a ban on smoking in all public and work places in Kentucky.

    July 24, 2014

  • Ohio State Band Direc_Mayn.jpg Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grimes has pep rally before energetic Democrats

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was preaching to the Democratic choir Thursday night at the Wendell Ford Dinner attended by about 700 here.

    July 24, 2014

  • Commissioners challenge city manager’s authority

    In a surprising turn of events, City Manager Ben Bitter’s supervision authority was challenged by the Board of Commissioners after Commissioner Cheryl Spriggs filed a motion to have legal and finance department heads also report to the board in light of a financial blunder by Bitter.

    July 24, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP basketball
SEC Zone