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Final Cedar Point riverboat rides up for auction


SANDUSKY — The final rides on a long-running Cedar Point attraction are being sold to the highest bidders.

The northern Ohio amusement park will run its Paddlewheel Excursion boats for the last times on Labor Day. The riverboats that have given more than 47 million rides since the early 1960s will be replaced for next season by a $1 million animatronic dinosaur attraction called “Dinosaurs Alive!”

An auction under way until Friday morning will determine the riders for Paddlewheel Excursion's last two runs on Monday. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross officials say the riverboat on the very last ride will be piloted by Dick Kinzel, CEO of Cedar Point's parent company, Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

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