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August 16 is National Roller Coaster Day & Deadline for Giant Dipper Contest

Flags over the Giant Dipper

SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 15, 2019) – The Giant Dipper 95th Anniversary Contest closes at midnight on August 16, National Roller Coaster Day. The public has been sharing their photos, art and other crafty projects honoring the 95-year-old roller coaster since the contest opened on May 17. Entries can be viewed at  Prizes include an Apple MacBook Pro, Boardwalk tickets, and a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Museum of Art & History Santa Cruz is hosting a Giant Craft Night for the Giant Dipper on August 16 from 6pm – 8pm. Join them for a fun craft evening and you’ll have time to enter the Boardwalk’s Giant Dipper contest before it closes at midnight. “We’ve received a lot of wonderful entries for the Giant Dipper contest so far, including poems, digital art, paintings, and even some cakes. We’re very impressed by the level of creativity!” said Boardwalk archivist Jessie Durant.   

In celebration of National Roller Coaster Day,  on August 16 the Boardwalk is giving the first 100 riders on the Giant Dipper a free Boardwalk Souvenir Cup and 32oz soft drink with unlimited .99 cent refills. The Giant Dipper opens at 11am, normal ticket and height restrictions apply. Limit one cup per rider while supplies last. ­

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, the Giant Dipper has logged 66 million riders since it first opened in the same location on May 17, 1924.  "The Giant Dipper is our most popular ride, and a favorite of coaster enthusiasts and history buffs," said  Durant. "Built for $50,000 in just 47 days, the Giant Dipper has been an iconic Santa Cruz landmark for the past 95 years."
The famous Giant Dipper is the oldest coaster in California, and the 4th oldest roller coaster in the country. It can be seen in many movies including Jordan Peele’s recent blockbuster Us, the 2018 Transformer spinoff Bumblebee, the '80s vampire classic The Lost Boys, Clint Eastwood's Sudden Impact, Michelle Pfeiffer’s Dangerous Minds, as well as dozens of other feature films.  

For more information on the Giant Dipper’s 95th Anniversary Contest visit   
To reserve your spot for MAH’s Giant Craft Night visit


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