Kentucky Kingdom had humble beginnings as the midway of the State Fair. As more rides were added (including a new area literally across the street), it began in 1987 to run throughout the entire season, not just the two weeks of the Fair. Premier Parks purchased the park in 1997, and a year later it became the ninth park to use the Six Flags name.
In early 2010, the bankrupt Six Flags announced that Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom would not open that summer due to the inability to reach a lease agreement with the State Fair. After months of negotiations, an agreement was reached that allowed the Fair to keep all of the rides except one coaster in return for the forgiveness of several million dollars that Six Flags owed on the property. A few months later, the Fair Board announced their intent to re-open the park under the leadership of former operator Ed Hart. That deal fell through, and in 2011, the family that operates Holiday World announced their intentions to acquire the park, but that deal also broke off in 2012. Ed Hart signed an agreement with the State Fair Board in 2013, and Kentucky Kingdom reopened in May 2014.
Five coasters left this park:
Road Runner Express
Twisted Twins (formerly Twisted Sisters)
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