Apollo’s Chariot – made out of a delicious treat!


Press Release from Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 16, 2009) – A 22-year-old man from Lanham, Md. engineered a roller coaster out of crunchy snacks to win the Pretzel Coaster Build-off Contest today at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.

Gregory Stanton used about five bags of pretzels to build the winning coaster in three hours. The judges – experts in the pretzel and roller coaster fields – praised the winner for his attention to detail, accuracy and overall presentation.

Stanton was one of six semi-finalists who earned a spot in the contest by building his own pretzel-coaster at home and submitting it to the Snyder’s of Hanover Web site. The finalists competed today at Busch Gardens using only pretzels, a glue gun and their creativity. Each had the same challenge – to build Apollo’s Chariot, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this season.

Stanton was awarded a four-pack of Platinum Passes valid for admission and in-park discounts for two years at Worlds of Discovery throughout the United States. Also, he receives a year’s supply of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels. The estimated retail value of the grand prize is more than $1,350.

“I thought I had a good chance, but there were a lot of good entries,” said Stanton. “We tried to copy it exact and that’s what we went for.”

Busch Gardens is a Worlds of Discovery®. Other Worlds of Discovery include Water Country USA in Williamsburg; Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fl.; the SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fl.; Sesame Place near Philadelphia; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Adventure Island in Tampa; and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, in Orlando.

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