World of Preparation

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    Dozens of workers, both permanent and seasonal, put hundreds of hours into preparing Holiday World & SplashinÕ Safari in Santa Claus for todayÕs opening day. The Òcoaster cats,Ó a group of men who inspect the roller coasters every morning before the park opens, walked the length of The Legend roller coaster April 8. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Seasonal workers received a tour during orientation April 19. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Construction at Wildebeestro, a new food outlet in SplashinÕ Safari, continued into this month. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Bob Burrows of Grandview walked among teacups to install on April 21 on KittyÕs Tea Party ride. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Michael Stephens of Grandview, left, and Ben McNair of Huntingburg removed test dummies and prepared The Raven roller coaster April 23 for state inspectors to come the next day. The test dummies are used to test the roller coasters and weigh about 175 pounds when filled with water. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    A test dummy with a hand-drawn face sits in a car after riding The Raven roller coaster April 23. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Jeremy Gray, left, Dave Stogner, both of Owensboro, and Blake Harpenau of Santa Claus, all of the parkÕs Òcoaster cats,Ó inspected bolts along The Legend roller coaster April 8. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Ben McNair of Huntingburg, a member of the Òcoaster cats,Ó inspected bolts along the track of The Legend roller coaster April 8. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Maintenance workers Tom Hart, left, and Anthony VanCamp, both of Gentryville, looked up as the Mayflower was installed April 21. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Maintenance worker Tom Hart of Gentryville spoke on the phone while standing on the Mayflower during the rideÕs installation April 21. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Tammy Dilger of Ferdinand poured peanut butter fudge into a pan in Mrs. ClausÕ Kitchen on April 24. She said peanut butter was the best-selling flavor last year. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    A maintenance worker passed under The Voyage roller coaster April 21. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald