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Funtown Mountain opens to economic fanfare in Cave City

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“It's really exciting,” owner Will Russell said at the opening on June 19, 2015. “I've never been so happy in my whole life.” “It's really exciting,” owner Will Russell said at the opening on June 19, 2015. “I've never been so happy in my whole life.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A revitalized Guntown Mountain has finally reopened as Funtown Mountain and the Louisville businessman behind it believes it will help the Cave City economy.

The well-known roadside attraction along I-65 reopened Friday with the aim of bringing in tourists seven days a week -- pumping money into local businesses.

“It's really exciting,” owner Will Russell said. “I've never been so happy in my whole life.”

Russell also owns the Why Louisville stores located on Bardstown Road and Market Street, but he's been working for months to reopen the roadside attraction. He's even been living in Cave City, getting the park ready to open.

“Buying it was very stressful -- and very risky -- and I've got everything on the line here, but I feel good about it and think it's going to be good for Kentucky, good for Cave City, and that's really what we're about,” Russell said.

Part of the well-known attraction is now open to the public, including a souvenir shack, a haunted hotel and black light putt-putt golf. There's even a man who breathes fire, so you never know what you'll find.

Eventually, guests will be back at the top of the attraction, which will be known as Guntown USA -- keeping part of the old name.

Visitors say they're ready. “Because there's all kinds of fun stuff to do and watch,” 11-year-old Blake Gibson said.

“[I'm] just real excited to see fun things for my son to participate in in the community,” Horse Cave resident Sarah Hileman said.

While the name is all about Fun, the hope is that it will once again boost business and tourism in the area by adding job opportunities and paying customers.

“This entire region will benefit from the economic impact from our tourists, it will give them another venue -- hopefully stay another extra day in our community,” Cave City mayor Dwayne Hatcher said.

It will still be another month before guests are allowed at the top of the mountain and work is still underway getting the popular chair lift ready to use.

Attractions include a haunted hotel, black light putt-putt golf and a chairlift that will take you to the top of the mountain. It will cost $5 for the haunted hotel, $5 for putt-putt golf, and $5 for the chairlift. All other attractions are free.

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