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K’NEX, KNOTT’S THEME PARK, US AIRWAYS & TOYS “R” US ROAR INTO ACTION WITH THE SCREAMIN’ SERPENT ROLLER COASTER’S “LOUDEST SCREAM” CONTEST
Miscellaneous: Jay Cochran - 2002.09.18
Loudest Scream Contest Held in Celebration of K’NEX’s 10th Anniversary and the
Phenomenal Retail Success of the Company’s Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster


Buena Park, CA - September 17, 2002 – K’NEX Industries, Inc., one of the world’s leading construction toy manufacturers, announced today that it is working with Knott’s Theme Park, US Airways, and Toys “R” Us to host the K’NEX Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster “LOUDEST Scream” Contest at Knott’s Theme Park in Buena Park, CA on Saturday, September 21, 2002 from Noon to 8:00 PM. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for a family of four to New York City via US Airways to attend the “K’NEX 10th Anniversary Bash” event at the Toys “R” Us Times Square store on October 12, 2002.



The event honors the continued 2002 runaway retail success of the #1 construction toy in the building sets category for 2001, K’NEX’s Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster and Knott's Theme Park’s unveiling of the XCELERATORSM – its all-new 1950’s themed roller coaster that popped the clutch on June 22, 2002.



On Saturday, September 21, 2002, K’NEX, Knott’s Theme Park, US Airways, and Toys “R” Us are inviting all kids -- ages 5 to 16 years old -- to compete in the K’NEX Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster’s “LOUDEST Scream” Contest.



Contestants will sit in a life-size roller coaster car on the Knott’s Theme Park Boardwalk directly in front of the XCELERATOR Roller Coaster, which will inspire contestants to let out their loudest roller-coaster-riding SCREAM! A sound decibel meter will determine the “Loudest Scream” in each of four different age groups – 5 to 7 years old, 8 to 10 years old, 11 to 13 years old, and 14 to 16 years old. Final decibel readings of the top contestants’ screams will be submitted to Guinness World Records in an attempt to establish a loudest scream world record.



As a complement to the “LOUDEST Scream” Contest, K’NEX will mount a Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster Exhibition, which will include a built model of the award winning Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster and an inspirational coaster build created out of two Screamin’ Serpent Building sets. These models will be on view at Knott’s Theme Park from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM on the day of the “LOUDEST Scream” Contest. The contest and exhibition will be documented by the television series, "fun!", for international broadcast later this year.



One grand prize winner will receive a trip for a family of four via US Airways to New York City to attend the “K’NEX 10th Anniversary Bash” event, which celebrates K’NEX’s 10th Anniversary, at Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2002. In addition to their trip to New York City via US Airways, the winner will also receive a K’NEX Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster Building Set, and a K’NEX Screamin’ Serpent “LOUDEST Scream” Contest commemorative badge and certificate. The “LOUDEST Screamer” from each Individual age category will win a K’NEX Screamin’ Serpent Roller Coaster construction set.



About K’NEX

Founded in 1992, K’NEX Industries was formally established to make and sell what has become one of the world’s leading integrated construction systems for children. Winner of over 150 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX seeks to build young minds with its exciting product line and critically acclaimed K’NEX Education program. For more information, consumers can visit www.knex.com or call 1-800-KID-KNEX.



About the XCELERATOR and Knott’s Theme Park

XCELERATOR fires up its engines in the Knott's Boardwalk area, with chrome-plated flip-top, flame-emblazoned '57 Chevys and speed, lots of it. This thirteen million-dollar high-octane coaster hydraulically launches riders off the line at an electrifying top speed of 80 mph in 2.3 seconds through an exhilarating 205-foot ascent and immediate descent at a 90-degree angle!

Knott's Theme Park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Fair owns and operates five other amusement parks and five water parks, and operates a seventh amusement park under a management contract. Knott's is open everyday except Christmas. Visit us online at www.knotts.com for more park information.



About US Airways

US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers and US Airways Shuttle provide service to 203 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S., Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and St. Croix. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida. In Canada, US Airways serves Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. US Airways European destinations are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Paris and Rome.



About Toys “R” Us

Toys “R” Us, one of the world’s leading retailers of toys, children’s apparel and baby products, currently sells merchandise through 1,575 stores worldwide: 688 toy stores in the United States; 521 international toy stores, including franchise stores; 148 Kids “R” Us children’s clothing stores, 174 Babies “R” Us stores and 44 Imaginarium stores, and through its Internet sites at www.toysrus.com, www.babiesrus.com and www.imaginarium.com.


About 3 Alliance Enterprises and fun!

3 Alliance Enterprises, Inc. is progressively becoming known for its innovation and creativity – particularly with its television series, “fun!”. Established in 2000, the mission of 3 Alliance is simple - to provide unique and outstanding products of quality - irrespective of the business genres 3 Alliance is involved in. Even though 3 Alliance became widely known with its first hit television program, "fun!", 3 Alliance has no intentions of resting on its laurels. Progress, innovation and long-lasting success is what makes 3 Alliance unique.

“fun!” is hosted by two lively and upbeat roller coaster enthusiasts - Taj & De-Mo. Viewers of “fun!” journey around the globe in search of some of the world’s greatest theme parks, roller coasters and other family oriented recreational opportunities while being informed and entertained by Taj & De-Mo. “fun!” is expected to premiere worldwide beginning February 2003.

For more information on 3 Alliance Enterprises, Inc. and its series “fun!” please visit: www.3Alliance.com and www.morefunonline.tv or call 323-756-0940.





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