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Pennsylvania man wins coaster-naming contest

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March 27, 2008

Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d'Alene received 6,136 entries for its coaster-naming contest, but the winning suggestion came from someone residing more than 2,000 miles away.

Richard Palamara, 18, a college student and coaster fanatic living in Coraopolis, Pa., was the first person to submit the selected name: Aftershock.

Palamara, who found out about the contest via an online coaster message board, has ridden a giant inverted boomerang similar to Silverwood's.

Silverwood has offered Palamara round-trip airfare and a two-night hotel stay so he can attend the coaster's grand-opening party and ride it during its maiden voyage. Nine other finalists, plus others who entered the Aftershock name after Palamara, will also each be invited to the party and have the option to ride it first.

Silverwood is the Northwest's Largest Theme Park, featuring over 65 rides and attractions. Scheduled to open in July, the Aftershock coaster will give the park a total of four roller coasters, including two classic wooden coasters and the historic Corkscrew.

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