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Eat a roach and be the first in line
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Why wait in line when you can just eat a cockroach? That's the question Six Flags Great America is asking its thrill seekers during its Halloween-themed FrightFest. The amusement park is daring customers to eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach in exchange for unlimited line-jumping privileges.

The promotion, which has Lake County Health Department officials shaking their heads, starts Oct. 7.

Anyone who chows down the entire 2- to 3-inch horned cockroach gets a pass for four people to cut to the front of ride lines through Oct. 29.

Park officials insist it's safe to eat the crunchy critters, but health officials are cautioning participants.

Consuming live roaches might increase risks of gastrointestinal illness and allergies, according to Bill Mays, Lake County Health Department's community health director.

Cockroach eaters will have to sign waivers and still pay admission fees, said Six Flags spokesman James Taylor.

The bug buffet continues with a cooked roach eating contest Oct. 13 - Friday, Oct. 13.

Taylor says he's hoping someone can beat the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records feat in which a British man downed 36 cockroaches.

"I've heard people say, 'Wow,' 'Ew,' a lot of one-worders," Taylor said. "A lot have said that they wouldn't eat a cockroach, but they sure would like to see someone else do it."
 

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Update:

PETA upset at Six Flags roach contest
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Six Flags Great America to scrap its Halloween-themed cockroach-eating promotion.

A spokeswoman for the animal rights organization says the contest at the amusement park's FrightFest is "gratuitously cruel."

The park in Gurnee, Ill., is joining other Six Flags parks in offering unlimited line-jumping privileges to anyone who eats a live Madagascar hissing cockroach. The bugs are up to three inches long.

The contest begins next month.

Amusement park officials are defending their menu choice. Great America spokesman Jim Taylor says the bugs are nutritious, high in protein and fat free.
 

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This Six Flags is about 40 minutes from me and I go to Frightfest every year. I'm not a fan of killing things except for some bugs. I don't think I could eat a large bug, but it is tempting since lines can get to about a 2 hour wait during Frightfest and plus here in Northern IL it can get pretty chilly in October.
 

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I'm trying not to go in rant mode......... fighting the urge........... quickly trying to change subject............... it's not working..........

I am a true animal lover. I've worked with animals ( mainly big and scary ones) for almost 20 years. I have worked with pretty much every kind of animal you can think of. With that said,


I HATE PETA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
 

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PETA is a terrroist organization that has NOTHING to do with animal care or protection. They are a multibillion dollar scam. Operating Budget is in the millions and NOT A SINGLE DOLLAR goes to animal care of any kind. Did I mention, I HATE PETA. If you are an animal lover as well, do what you can to shut down this money laundering, philanthropist taking advantage of, worthless terrorist organization...



Okay, rant is over. Sorry.
 
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