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Kentucky Ark Encounter Draws 400K Since Opening

Ark Encounter concept art
Ark Encounter concept art

Kentucky's $100 million Ark Encounter biblical theme park has drawn more than 400,000 visitors since its opening. The 510-foot-long Noah's Ark replica opened July 7. 

A state consultant predicted that the park would attract 500,000 visitors in its first year. Answers in Genesis, the Apologetics ministry behind the project, estimated 1.2 million visitors. AiG spokesman Mark Looy says that attendance hit 6,900 Saturday, and that visitors have come from states like California and Texas, and even from other countries.

The influx of visitors has doubled attendance at the group's Creation Museum, located 44 miles away in Petersburg.

Both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum remain controversial because they argue that science supports the Bible's creation story, that the earth is 6,000 years old and other claims.

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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