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Dave Lavender/The Herald-Dispatch

Scott Payne, an Alabama native, operates the wooden handles that start and stop the Big Dipper, the 45-foot high wooden roller coaster at Camden Park. On Friday, July 18, the roller coaster celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special party featuring two concerts by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, The Coasters, followed by fireworks.

Gallery: A ride on the Big Dipper at Camden Park

Jul. 12, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

The Big Dipper, a 45-foot high wooden roller coaster at Camden Park, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008.