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Show Us Your Coaster Contest

Championship Coaster Contest 

Thursday, May 7 & Thursday, May 14, 2020 

Boomerang at Elitch Gardens

Show off your skills and imagination! Create a unique gravity ride for a chance to be the Champion.  





Registration Deadline April 27, 2020


Day of the Contest

  • Please have your ticket ready to enter! 
  • Your group and your coaster will enter on the right side of the Ticket Sales/Will Call through park exit.
  • All bags will be searched. No outside food or drink. 


  • General Schedule

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Judging
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Judging
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Scoring
3:00 PM - Awards ceremony

Click here for judging schedule 


  • Entries will be judged only once by ACE. The judges score sheet is available for you.


  • Materials that seem logical include wood, wire, string, twine, doweling, toothpicks, cardboard, construction paper, glue, tape or other low-cost items. Commercially available roller coaster kits are discouraged, although ideas obtained while building them might profitably be incorporated in the final design.
  • 3D Printed Roller Coasters will be judged in a separate category.
  • We are encouraging schools to build and enter roller coaster models built by teams of students in either of the two grade categories: Grades 5-8          or       Grades 9-12
  • Schools will only be allowed 2 entries. If your school has more than 2 coasters we recommend having a contest at your school and bringing the 2 best coasters to represent your school.  

In the “Spirit of the Competition,” the key ingredients are creativity and application of science principles. Doing a great job is encouraged over spending lots of money to complete the project.


First, Second and Third Place Prizes will be awarded.

  • 1st place: Trophy, Rapid Ride for each team member, and a Free ticket to come back to the park!
  • 2nd place: Trophy and a Free ticket to come back to the park!
  • 3rd place: Trophy and a Free ticket to come back to the park!

Winning Coaster from each category will be posted here for the 2020 Championship Coaster Contest!

This contest will be judged by local members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world's largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts.  If you share our passion for roller coasters, we encourage you to join ACE - come ride with us!


Please contact Holly Vigil with any additional questions at 303-572-4517 or [email protected]