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36th anniversary of Elvis Presley's final ride on Zippin Pippin honored

Zippin Pippin roller coaster seen on Monday July 22, 2013. (Photo by: Terry Lee).
Zippin Pippin roller coaster seen on Monday July 22, 2013. (Photo by: Terry Lee).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Thursday is the 36th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s final ride on his favorite roller coaster – the Zippin Pippin, which is now in Green Bay.

The rock and roll legend died just over a week later.

The ride is now at Bay Beach Park in Green Bay, where officials plan to celebrate the anniversary in a number of ways.

Riders will get glowing necklaces to help brighten the wooden roller coaster. Presley’s favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches will be served, along with “hound dogs.”

A costume contest and tribute performance will also be featured.

The Zippin Pippin ran for decades in Memphis where it became Elvis’ favorite ride. Green Bay spent almost $4 million to recreate the roller coaster, using the original seats.

It has attracted thousands more riders than expected since it opened at Bay Beach in 2011. 

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