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Ghost Town in the Sky, landmark NC amusement park, reopens

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. — A landmark North Carolina amusement park is officially back in business.

WLOS-TV reported that more people than expected turned out for the opening of Ghost Town in the Sky in Haywood County.

The park reopened over the Fourth of July weekend after being delayed last month due to state code requirements.

Hundreds attended the opening, taking a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain overlooking Maggie Valley.

“When my children were small we brought them and now we’re bringing the grandkids,” said Judy Shirley, visiting with her family from Wake County.

Owner Alaska Presley said she expected 500 visitors on the Fourth of July opening. But more than that showed up, leading to some long lines.

“I’m just worried because I’ve got so much business,” she said. “I’m afraid I can’t handle them all like I want to handle them all and make them happy.”

Presley bought Ghost Town two years ago and faced challenges in reopening including passing state inspections.

A planned June 20th opening was delayed due to water issues. Now that she is open for business, Presley said she wants to please.

The Wild West-themed amusement park in Maggie Valley features rides and entertainment and is located on top of a mountain.

Ghost Town will be open this season Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.

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