It was early spring of 2011 and the results had been tallied. Wooden Warrior was the name of the new marquee attraction at Quassy Amusement Park, thanks to the more than 90 submissions from regional schools in our 'Name The Roller Coaster' contest.
After park managers looked over the dozens of names students had thrown out there for consideraton, it was decided that Wooden Warrior was the ideal fit due to the park's Native American heritage. After all, Quassy sits on the shores of Lake Quassapaug, which means big pond or rock pond, according to Native American translations. And we are proud of that history associated with our property. Some of our readers may remember that the park was called Lake Quassapaug Amusement Park for many years. We still hear a guest or two call us that on occasion.
We were surprised in that two classes actually submitted Wooden Warrior as the name of choice for the coaster, which was set to open in late April of that year. And the students' contribution did not go without notice. We ordered special T-shirts stating 'I Named The Wooden Warrior' and every youngster in the two classes received one during an awards ceremony at each of the two schools. The kids were also given a pass to come ride the new attraction.
In addition, the schools contacted the parents to get release forms so their names could be used on a laser-engraved plaque at the coaster. The plaque is displayed in the queue line near the stairway to the loading platform.
Those students are teenagers now and some of them probably frequent the park to point out the accolade. Hopefully they remember it as something special. We do.