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Ghost Town to Open July 4th

Ghost Town in the Sky in Haywood County will be open July 4th.

State inspectors were on hand Wednesday at the Maggie Valley amusement park that's been closed for years. Rain slowed down their inspection of the chairlift but they gave their approval late Wednesday afternoon.

Three kiddie rides and a required emergency evacuation road underneath the chairlift already have the thumbs up. That road cost owner Alaska Presley $60,000 to $70,000. She says she's already spent more than $3 million bringing Ghost Town back to life, and she doesn't plan on giving up despite requirements from the state labor department.

She says, “The little nit-picking like this.  It can be temporary because I can overcome it....and I will.” Presley says the gift shop and zip line on the lower level will be open, and visitors can now take the chairlift or busses to the mountaintop to enjoy the Western town with gunfighters and can-can dancers, as well as three kiddie rides and concessions.

Ghost Town will open at 10 a.m. of July 4th.  

By Rex Hodge


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