Source: BeechBend.com

After two months of contemplation, we have finally chosen the name "VORTEX" for our new ride.  We got a little help from our friends at ACE (American Coaster Enthusiasts).  We asked for ideas and they came up with some great ones and some pretty funny ones as well.  We thought we'd share a few of our favorite unchosen ones:  "Spin Dry", "The Claw", "The Spin Cycle", "Beech Blender" and "'The Duke of Hurl!".  Mr. Bill Denekamp submitted the name close to the one we chose, "Spinning Vortex of Terror".  We shortened it up just a bit and settled on "VORTEX" which means a whirling mass of air.  You will definitely feel some airtime on VORTEX.  The revolving swing will take riders 60 feet into the air reaching a maximum swing angle of 240 degrees!  Riders will sit facing each other to maximize the interactive experience, and at the max height of the swing, the riders will be suspended upside down!  The ride is scheduled for an opening date of May 18, 2013.  The ride will be unlike anything else in the park and in the region.   This new attraction will surely become the premier thrill ride at Beech Bend Park!  Look for updates in the near future.