WTCI Hosts Kids' Day At Lake Winnie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Members of WTCI’s Kids Club will enjoy a free day at Lake Winnie on Sunday, Aug. 24.  To sign up or renew a child’s membership, call Cynthia Wilson at 702-7819. 

Winnepesaukah means “bountiful water” but when Carl and Minette Dixon opened Lake Winnie in 1925 they didn’t know how those waters would entertain families over most of the next century.  Their most popular ride, the Boat Chute, is now the oldest mill chute water ride in the United States.   

"You don't need a degree in engineering to design roller coasters, you need a degree in psychology," says John Allen.  Mr. Allen designed the 2,272 foot long Lake Winnepesaukah’s Cannon Ball roller coaster, that reaches speeds of 50 miles per hour. Visit to explore the mechanics and science of the force that will hold people in the roller coaster seats.

WTCI reaches families through more than a television screen, offering programming and quality content on the air, on demand online, in the classroom and on the Internet with free resources used by over 850,000 teachers every year.  Members of the Kids Club receive station T-shirts, free passes to area attractions, special behind-the-scenes opportunities and PBS treats and games.

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