Four operators interested in Kentucky Kingdom property

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:30 AM | Contributed by Chitown

At least four amusement-park companies have made inquiries to the Kentucky State Fair Board about taking over operation of Kentucky Kingdom, which the Six Flags company has said it will no longer operate. The lease has not yet been terminated, and there are questions about whether or not the board owns any of the rides.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 5:37 PM

I am amused by all the people commenting that they should/will have this park reopened in a few months with a new company running it.

It will be tied up for years in court about the ownership of the rides

By the time they figure it out the weather and inactivity will have destroyed any value these rides have.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 5:48 PM

I think the State Fair Board is going about this all wrong. They'll never get anywhere trying to lay claim to those rides. If they want the park to reopen with another operator, they should make a reasonable offer to Six Flags to purchase the rides on the property.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 5:56 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

Funny, the State Fair Board didn't make a fuss when the Boomerang was relocated....

Thursday, February 11, 2010 5:57 PM
Jeff's avatar

If they owned the rides, perhaps they too should participatein the Lassiter settlement.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:26 PM
LostKause's avatar

Ooohhh, SNAP, Jeff!

Did they help to purchase any of the new attractions that KK installed over the years? The article is down for maintenance right now (just like a lot of SF rides are, on a busy day lol), but I read somewhere else that the fair board didn't pay property taxes on the rides; they left it up to SF.

This is getting interesting...and sad.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:41 PM

I wonder which operators are interested..

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Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:54 PM
rollergator's avatar

I can't help but think that Southern Star is throwing their hat into the ring (well, in this case, it may be a ball cap - with the John Deere logo).

Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:55 PM

I am glad Jeff said that. Yes, why were they not named in that suit? Its because Six Flags 'bought the business', which included the rides. They lease the land.

Friday, February 12, 2010 4:43 PM
john peck's avatar

Im happy there is hope that the park may reopen, I just wish there was the same interest in Geauga Lake a couple years ago (maybe there was and it wasn't made public... who knows...)

Friday, February 12, 2010 4:48 PM

The park will not re-open, end of story. Six flags paid property tax all these years on the rides inside the park. How the State Fair would claim that they own the rides is something I certainly would love to to see them argue inside a courtroom

Friday, February 12, 2010 5:19 PM

Well, it's conceivable the park could reopen -- as long as if it were with new rides not owned by SF.

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Friday, February 12, 2010 5:28 PM

^ Or if a new operater purchased the rides from SF before they relocate them. I think SF might rather have cash than pay to relocate a bunch of mediocre rides.

Friday, February 12, 2010 7:15 PM

I'm also interested in seeing what the Fair Board considers an"amusement park company". There aren't that many of them out there, and I really don't see any of them looking at this operation under the terms the Fair Board wants to impose, unless they've been talking to the Murphy Brothers.

Friday, February 12, 2010 7:50 PM

Alexatucla said:
The park will not re-open, end of story.

Don't you think you are putting the cart before the horse? Even if SF moves a bunch of rides, the fairboard could easily wait until 2011 to have a new operator lease the land, and possibly purchase a bunch of rides to fill those spots.

If alot of interest is out there to keep this park and seems like that is the case, this place will see the light of day again.

Last edited by Chitown, Friday, February 12, 2010 7:51 PM

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