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Illinois woman is Zippin Pippin's one millionth rider

Zippin Pippin logo.
Zippin Pippin logo.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Elvis Presley’s favorite roller coaster has attracted its one millionth rider in Green Bay, three years earlier than the city expected.

Ashley Jolley of Oswego Illinois was about to board a replica of the Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Park Sunday when she got surprised by Green Bay’s mayor.

Jim Schmitt threw confetti and gave Jolley a gift basket. She then joined the mayor as the millionth-rider on the Zippin Pippin.

It was Elvis’s favorite ride when it operated for decades at a park in Memphis. Elvis died in 1977 and the park later shut down.

A few years ago, Green Bay got the idea of reviving the Zippin Pippin as a tourist attraction. The city spent $3.8 million on the replica – and they were expecting 200,000 people a year to ride it when it debuted in 2011.

At the current pace, total ridership could be double the projected figure by 2016. 

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