Prophetstown, Illinois Resident Bags $2,500 in Mr. Six Look-Alike Contest at Six Flags Great America

Jul 09, 2004, 01:00 ET from Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Jordan Pope, 13, of Prophetstown,
 Ill., won $2,500 cash and other prizes at the Mr. Six Look-Alike Contest today
 at Six Flags Great America. Over 200 individuals donned tuxedos and red bow
 ties and danced to emulate the new Ambassador of Fun at Six Flags theme parks.
 Some even shaved their heads to enhance their chances of winning.
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     "Jordan truly embodies the Spirit of Six Flags!" said Jim Crowley,
 marketing director, Six Flags Great America. "He had Mr. Six's unique dance
 moves down to a science ... the crowd went wild when he took the stage!"
     Pope was selected from a group of Mr. Six wannabes who traveled to Six
 Flags Great America from as far away as Atlanta and Barstow, Calif., for the
 chance to see Six Flags' irresistible, quirky dancing old man. All of the
 finalists donned costumes and danced to Mr. Six's popular theme song "We Like
 to Party" by the Vengaboys.
     The Six Flags ad campaign debuted nationwide in mid-March and has
 catapulted the theme park's new icon to celebrity status. "We were bowled over
 by the response Mr. Six has received from the public and the news media," Hank
 Salemi, senior vice president, marketing, Six Flags, Inc., explained. "The
 buzz has far exceeded our original hopes for the campaign. We had no idea that
 America would embrace Mr. Six with this level of enthusiasm. The overwhelming
 response to his first appearance at our park in Gurnee, Illinois is a great
 example of this phenomenon."
     Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company.
 Through its subsidiaries, it owns and operates a total of 31 parks in North
 America and Europe.  Six Flags parks serve 34 of the 50 largest metropolitan
 areas in the United States.  Six Flags is a publicly held corporation with
 corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City.  The company's stock
 trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS.  America Online keyword: Six Flags.

SOURCE Six Flags Great America