Cincinnati screamer wins competition promoting 'Banshee' roller coaster coming to Kings Island


MASON, Ohio — Kings Island has announced the winner of a competition named for its newest thrill ride.

Jerod Weber of Cincinnati won the “Scream like a Banshee” contest’s grand prize Saturday after recording a scream registering 131.5 decibels. The amusement park held the contest every Friday night during its Halloween Haunt event.

The competition paid homage to “Banshee,” which will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster when it opens in April 2014. The $24 million project will take riders through 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions at speeds of up to 68 miles per hour.

Weber won a trip for two to Los Angeles, tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and $1,000 in cash. He bested more than 1,000 park visitors who competed over six weeks.