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CONNEAUT LAKE, Penn. - Volunteers had been working all this week to restore areas of Conneaut Lake park as part of a TV show for the Travel Channel.

And Thursday's fire won't have much of an impact on efforts to unveil a new attraction this Saturday.

The Chairman of the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park says, "We're very excited the Travel Channel has chosen Lucid media to do a pilot which will potentially air on the Travel Channel the work they've done up here has been very interesting."

Over 50 volunteers have spent the week here painting and restoring a lot of the parks signs, attractions and buildings.

They're even working on creating and opening a new attraction that will be unveiled this Saturday night but right now that's all top secret.

The Travel Channel put out notice for volunteers and many people jumped at the chance to help.

Dale Docter of Venango, PA says, "I hope to see this place last another hundred years it's such a great old park there's so many good features about it."

They even brought out engineering students from Penn State.

"We're all pursuing engineering degrees whether mechanical or electrical and we're all applying it to theme parks and trying to get into the industry. What we're doing here is helping to rebuild their coasters and helping out painting we're getting a feel of the industry from the ground up," says PSU Student Manny Esteves.

The park is hoping for more volunteers to help on Friday.

One of the smaller rides that will be shown is the old kiddie fire truck ride that's been fully restored from Idora park.

Park officials say they believe they won't have to sell off the park due to over $800,000 in back taxes. They say they are working with county commissioners and the taxing office to keep it.  And many people hope they can.

Docter says "The good old trolley parks are dying or gone. To keep a good one here that's important."

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