Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 4, 2005

45 rides on 'Wild Thing' not enough to win car

By Heidi Stutelberg
Correspondent

What would you do for a brand new car?

Would you ride on a roller coaster 45 times, going 74 miles an hour each time?

That’s exactly what Carrie Paetow, 24, of Roseville, formerly of Waverly, did – although she missed winning the car because she was disqualified for an unsettled stomach after several rides on the first day.

Paetow was one of 36 daring souls who tried the “Survive It and Drive It” second annual contest sponsored by radio station KDWB 101.3.

Paetow is the daughter of Jerry and Liz Paetow of Waverly. She is employed at FOX 9 News, where she is a communications assistant.

The contest began June 14 at 6:30 a.m.  Paetow was willing to endure the “Wild Thing” rollercoaster at the Valleyfair  Amusement Park in Shakopee.

Whoever could outride the “Wild Thing” would win a 2005 Toyota Scion XA.

Paetow hung in there until 11 a.m. on the first day of the contest, riding on the “Wild Thing” 45 times.  She beat out 13 other contestants.

“It was a lot of fun,” Paetow said, even though she was eliminated after throwing up.

Unfortunately, throwing up is a common reason for elimination. Other reasons include parents missing their kids or just not feeling well.

Riders were allowed to get off the roller coaster for 10 minutes every hour. They were offered snacks, but Paetow turned down the Hostess Swiss Cake Rolls.

The contestants were also allowed to bring a pillow and blanket for sleeping, as well as a toothbrush and one luxury item.

Paetow chose a CD player for her luxury item, as many did. Others chose a book or baby wipes.


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