MIDDLEBURY — Regional elementary and middle school students will be asked to put on their thinking caps and name Quassy Amusement and Waterpark’s newest attraction at 2132 Middlebury Rd.

The lakeside property will introduce the largest single investment in the park’s 114-year history next spring: a gigantic raft ride that incorporates state-of-the-art water coaster technology.

“We had more than 90 entries when we asked schools to help name our new roller coaster in 2011, and we believe students will come up with some great names for our new water coaster, too,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said of the challenge. “We look forward to seeing the entries for this project as well.”

Students will have the opportunity to view a rendering of the huge ride as they ponder possible names for the attraction.

Two-person rafts will plunge from a dispatch tower and be pushed uphill by water jets at three separate locations along the course.

In addition, a number of banked turns will add to the thrilling experience.

The new raft ride will be built this off-season in Quassy’s Splash Away Bay Waterpark.

According to contest rules, one name may be submitted per classroom and may not infringe on copyrighted or trademarked products.

Submissions must made by teachers and include the school name, contact information, grade and number of students in the class before Friday, December 10, by emailing to info@quassy.com with Name the Water Coaster in the subject line.

Park management will review all entries and determine if a winning name is selected. Results will be final.

If a winning entry is chosen, the class will be invited to the park for a day of rides and the students will receive a T-shirt related to the contest.

“Surprisingly, Wooden Warrior – the name given to our marquee roller coaster – was submitted by two schools,” Mr. Anderson said of the previous contest. “The students were thrilled when we showed up in their classrooms and presented them with shirts stating, ‘I named the Wooden Warrior.’

“We also placed a laser-engraved plaque at the entrance to the ride with all of the students’ names on it. We will consider doing the same thing with this project.”

The new ride will bring to 16 the number of waterslides in Splash Away Bay.

The waterpark also has an interactive family water play area and a splash pad for younger children.

More information about the park is available at www.quassy.com.

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