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Interest expressed in reopening amusement park

January 17, 2012

The owners of an Indiana amusement park are expressing interest in operating Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, which closed more than two years ago.

A statement issued Monday night by the Koch family, which owns Holiday World in Santa Claus in southern Indiana, said they have "expressed interest" in the future of the park, according to The Courier-Journal in Louisville. The statement said the family is considering the idea and finding answers to questions, but no decisions have been made.

The statement was issued after the website InsiderLouisville.com asked the family about their interest in the park.

Harold Workman, Kentucky State Fair Board president, has said that reopening the amusement park is the fair board's top priority. The fair board manages the property.

Six Flags, which previously operated Kentucky Kingdom, tried to renegotiate its lease with the fair board before deciding to close in 2010, but said the fair board wouldn't do so. Six Flags said "the rent was way too high, making it extremely difficult for the park to achieve profitability year in and year out."

Holiday World and Kentucky Kingdom are about 80 miles apart.

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