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Coaster fans seek funds for Conneaut Lake Park's Blue Streak

Point. Click. Cast your vote to help keep the Blue Streak roller coaster up and running.

A group dedicated to refurbishing the historic coaster at Conneaut Lake Park in Crawford County is asking for the public's help in securing them a $50,000 grant to keep their project on track.

The Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park has been raising money to restore the Blue Streak, which is the sixth oldest wooden roller coaster in the country. It's been inactive since Conneaut Lake Park reopened in 2009.

The group has qualified for a possible grant from the 2010 Pepsi Refresh Project, which is awarding $1.3 million each month for initiatives in such categories, as health, arts and culture, neighborhoods and education. They will award $50,000 to the 10 projects that receive the most online votes. Voting closes at the end of July.

Trustees spokeswoman Lisa Rawson says they have not raised enough money to guarantee the reopening of the Blue Streak in August. Fundraising efforts are continuing in addition to the group seeking the Pepsi grant.

Supporters 13 and older can vote once a day. Log onto www.refresheverything.com/conneautlakeparkbluestreak and create an account by clicking on the "Vote for this idea" tab.

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