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Ark Encounter ribbon cutting held this morning

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This morning in Grant County, officials cut the ribbon the Ark Encounter, the long-awaited and controversial theme park based on Noah’s Ark. Say what you will about the 510-foot long, 51-foot tall structure, which opens to the public on Thursday, but the pictures coming out of Northern Kentucky are impressive and interesting to say the least:

Founder Ken Ham said he expects around two million visitors in the Ark Encounter’s first year. The park officially opens on Thursday — 7/7/16 — to go along with Genesis 7:7, which is the passage where Noah and his family entered the Ark for the first time. Admission is $40 for adults, $31 for seniors, and $28 for children 5-12. (Kids under 5 are free)

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34 Comments for Ark Encounter ribbon cutting held this morning



  1. Harsh-Reality
    12:29 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Can’t wait to go see the Ark, but what does this have to do with sports?



  2. chimichanga
    12:43 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    As a big fan of fairy tales and lining the pockets of con artists, I’m thrilled to see the Ark Encounter here in Kentucky.



    • onsides
      1:26 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Your obviously a big fan of creating multiple accounts and liking your own comments too. Have fun!



    • Sentient Third Eye
      1:34 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      The sum total of all human knowledge is, if we’re extremely lucky as a species, going to eventually become maybe a quintillionth of all things there are to know. Don’t dismiss anything just because it doesn’t fit your own narrow-minded worldview.



    • Billy Hill
      1:43 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      In reality, STE, religion has slowed the advancement of humankind more than anything.



    • BelievinInBigBlue
      2:10 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Billy Hill, that is such garbage.



    • theWilkman
      2:27 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Hey Billy, tell that to the Renaissance



    • CATandMONKEY
      2:44 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Billy has a point and Gallileo might disagree that religion carried us into and through the Renaissance.



    • RealCatsFan
      2:45 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Billy, it is not religion itself that can slow progress, but the contorted use of religion to further a personal agenda that has caused more misery and suffering to humankind than any plague. If people followed the simple Golden Rule that is espoused throughout the New Testament, the world would be a much better place. However, some try to apply what is essentially political satire in a fundamentalist quest to promote whatever their view might be, no matter if it causes undue suffering of others.

      I can’t speak for other religions because I am not versed in them, but I suspect that similar things have happened/are happening with them.



    • Billy Hill
      4:19 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      ^^ This I totally agree with. I do not hate religion or the practice of it. Its just too bad it hasn’t been used correctly, for centuries, and still continues today.



    • MassConfusion
      7:27 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      @theWilkman the Moors said you’re welcome



    • kvltclassic
      8:14 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Counterpoint theWilkman, the dark ages



  3. Kernel Sanders
    1:11 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Do they show how they kept the dinosaurs on the ark from eating the mammals and humans? Maybe they just obedience trained them before bringing them on board.



    • Rixter
      10:10 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Do they show how Noah got penguins to come up from Antarctica and the kangaroos from Australia that obviously swam the ocean to get to the ark?
      Do they explain how a couple of 600 yr old men built such a magnificent vessel with rudimentary tools?



  4. JoeMoney333
    1:15 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink


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  6. onsides
    1:24 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    I expect this place to become popular with stoned teenagers in northern Ky.



  7. TheNewOriginal
    1:51 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Just an FYI: UKBBU’s video is at least entertaining. JoeMoney’s link wasted 7:40 of my life that I will never get back.



  8. CatsAlum07
    2:00 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    The better question is, that no one is really asking is if you want to go, will you go twice? If for many, the answer is no, then this thing is in question. What kills parks, including Kentucky Kingdom before its reopen is a lack of local and general residual business – unless you are a big brand with national presence that can demand people flying from everywhere and anywhere to see you. Something like this just doesn’t seem like residual business is a sure thing. Museums rotate exhibits to stay relevant, just as theme parks change attractions to be fresh and with the times of what is popular. It’s big, yes and that is what they have going for it, that people will “want” to go twice to see it all. But, that too isn’t a sure thing – at least Disney has showcase attractions that any fan of the brand want to see every time they go, such as the castle, Space Mountain and such. Not every park can have the brand name of Disney behind it that people will travel far and wide for. What can you do to this to keep the interest of locals and those close enough in KY, OH, and WV to get them to come back?



  9. jomani
    2:25 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Is it animal cruelty that God forced baby animals to breed with their brothers and sisters? Not cool dude



    • UKinKC
      2:36 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      the same god that apparently slaughtered every living thing in the world not on this “boat” because humans were wicked (which good thing that worked and no one is wicked anymore). and this “boat” that was somehow able to sustain every species of animal, cages, food and water for them (that did not include said animals living on the ark), and allow them to survive for an undetermined amount of time has never been heard of outside of the old testament. got to love some quality fiction.



    • MassConfusion
      7:23 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      UKinKC almost every ancient civilization had a great flood story.



    • Rixter
      10:12 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      No crueler that forcing Adam and Eve’s sons to procreate with mommy.



  10. UK1983
    2:31 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    If the creation “museum” is still open ( and i think it is – two for one tickets were available the last time i checked) then this thing has a chance. If people will line up and pay to see Adam and Eve playing with dinosaurs , then there should be no problem getting busloads of people from every community in ‘Merica to flock to see this.



  11. Chip Chipperson
    3:07 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    In not religious but I was raised catholic and at Trinity I was taught the Old testament was a good fairytale with good moral messages to take from it. This is very pre Vatican 2, what sects promote this type of misguided extremism?



  12. Bluegrass7914
    3:44 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    That my friends is the 1st Ark to be built in 3000 years. It is a sight to behold. It’s in Kentucky of all places. People will come from everywhere to check it out. Depending on whether you believe or not it can be emotional seeing that Ark.



    • MassConfusion
      7:17 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      liar…we built arks out of popsicle sticks every summer as a child



  13. Gazza
    6:01 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    Just an amazing accomplishment, whatever your beliefs are.



    • MassConfusion
      7:18 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      what’s amazing about profiting off the word of GOD?



    • Rixter
      10:14 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

      Nothing amazing about it. Guys like Joel Osteen have been cleaning up for years.



    • Gazza
      7:07 pm July 7, 2016 Permalink

      Both of you are idiots. Sense you have a direct line to God, please tell us all about the wonderful things you have done in life. Then we can all sit back and criticize that.



  14. R2
    7:45 pm July 5, 2016 Permalink

    does it float?



    • catdaddyd
      12:01 am July 6, 2016 Permalink

      Only God knows.