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Cedar Fair Comments on Recent News Release by Q Funding

SANDUSKY, Ohio, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today issued the following statement regarding a news release issued by Q Funding III, L.P., Q4 Funding, L.P. and Geoffrey Raynor (“Q Funding”) earlier today:

Based on the actions of Mr. Falfas on June 12, 2010, the Company and its Board of Directors stand behind their conclusion and initial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission that Jack Falfas resigned from his position with Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.  

Mr. Falfas has disputed the Company’s position and chose to exercise his right to a confidential arbitration hearing pursuant to his contract with Cedar Fair.  An arbitration panel recently ruled 2-to-1 in favor of Mr. Falfas.  In no way did this initial decision conclude that the Company or its Board misled unitholders.  The Company is convinced that the arbitrators exceeded their authority by creating a remedy not legally available to Mr. Falfas under his contract with Cedar Fair. The Company is seeking the Court’s review of the arbitration award, as it is entitled to do.  While the Company disagrees with the conclusions reached by this arbitration panel, it will meet its legal obligations, if any, to Mr. Falfas, as they ultimately may be determined.  The Company will also continue to honor the confidentiality of Mr. Falfas’ contract and the arbitration hearings and will have no further comment regarding this personnel matter.

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.  Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.  Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the Best Amusement Park in the World in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper. 
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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