The "Name the Coaster" contest to name the Washington State Fair's new looping inversion coaster came to a close on Wednesday, June 19 when judges — after weighing the pros and cons of more than 1,650 suggested names — chose Rainier Rush.
The grand prize winners that coined the name Rainier Rush are Karen Chapman of Puyallup and Melissa Hollenbeck-Barovic of Edgewood.
Each winner will receive two season gate passes to the 2013 Washington State Fair, plus two vouchers for 240 tickets for rides of their choice, a $269 value.
Rainier Rush, which will have its grand opening at the Washington State Fair, Sept. 6-22, is the only model of its kind in the United States. The ride will take people 60 feet in the air before shooting downhil around wild loops, along wavy tracks and bendy curves.
The height of the ride is 62.3 feet and the length of the track is 1,772 feet. Rainier Rush will have a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour and will have a capacity for up to 36 passengers.