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Six Flags New England prepares for opening day

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Workers at Six Flags New England in Agawam were still working in the snow Tuesday getting ready for opening day in April.

The park typically closes in November and opens again in April. According to Rides Maintenance Manager Steve Ferrisi, work doesn't stop at Six Flags just because the gates were closed for the season.

Ferrisi said it takes three weeks for a crew of close to 100 people to winterize the entire park. Pools were drained. Train cars from all roller coasters were removed and other rides are buttoned up for winter.

Ferrisi said the trains were completely disassembled, inspected and rebuilt during winter months. Many of the parts have to come from companies overseas. He said water pumps and electrical motors were also removed, inspected and rebuilt.

Work also continued on the newest addition to the park, the New England Skyscreamer, a 400-ft tall swing. Parts arrived over the winter and crews continued to assemble pieces in the falling snow.

Other attractions were being updated. Communications Manager Jennifer McGrath announced new trains for Goliath, which offer a new seating arrangement and smoother operation. She also announced a job fair being held Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday Mar. 1. They will be looking to hire 3,000 seasonal workers.

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