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Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his daughter, Marisa Paynter, 11, both of Poughkeepsie, ride behind Mary Fitzgerald, of Hastings-on-Hudson, on the Log Flume at Rye Playland. (May 11, 2013)

Rye Playland amusement park opens for the season

Children and adults alike flooded the gates at Rye Playland on Saturday to be the among the first to use the amusement park after repairs from damages caused by superstorm Sandy the prior year. Despite a forecast that included rain, families arrived early to watch the Port Chester High School marching band and a procession of employees and officials make their way to the gates, where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his family cut the ribbon to open the park for the season. (May 11, 2013)

People ride the Log Flume at Rye Playland's
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People ride the Log Flume at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Buchanan Mayor Sean Murray and his son, Sean
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Buchanan Mayor Sean Murray and his son, Sean Jr., 6, wait with the rest of the family for Rye Playland's opening. (May 11, 2013)

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Westchester County Police Officer Marcelo Jimenez works to
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Westchester County Police Officer Marcelo Jimenez works to ensure public safety as people enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Alex Saroken, 2, of Manhattan, follows his father,
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Alex Saroken, 2, of Manhattan, follows his father, Brian, to the next ride during Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his
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Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his daughter, Marisa Paynter, 11, both of Poughkeepsie, ride behind Mary Fitzgerald, of Hastings-on-Hudson, on the Log Flume at Rye Playland. (May 11, 2013)

People are exhilarated as they ride the Music
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People are exhilarated as they ride the Music Express, in reverse, during Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Freelance juggler Jay Green, 75, of Brooklyn, entertains
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Freelance juggler Jay Green, 75, of Brooklyn, entertains at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

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Robbie Ponce, 10, center, enjoys the Double Shot
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Robbie Ponce, 10, center, enjoys the Double Shot as his brother, Tristan Ponce, 16, and friend Miguel Gonzalez, 15, all of the Bronx, react differently at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Andrea Contreras, 6, of New Rochelle, looks up
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Andrea Contreras, 6, of New Rochelle, looks up at the Gondola Wheel at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People flood the gates to enjoy rides, games
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People flood the gates to enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his family
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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his family cut the ribbon to open Rye Playland for the season during opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

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Carl Fisher, 11, of White Plains, front, Alex
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Carl Fisher, 11, of White Plains, front, Alex Leahy, 12, of Elmsford, center, and Triston Sandy, 12, of Mount Vernon, all friends from playing soccer together, ride the Log Flume at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Freelance juggler Jay Green, of Brooklyn, 75, balances
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Freelance juggler Jay Green, of Brooklyn, 75, balances an umbrella on his head while entertaining at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Children ride the Crazy Mouse at Rye Playland's
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Children ride the Crazy Mouse at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Tyler Kellogg, 5, right, sits in a swing
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Tyler Kellogg, 5, right, sits in a swing in front of his cousin, Jayden Kellogg, 5, both of Yonkers, on a ride at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Friends from school, clockwise from right, Sarah Ryan,
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Friends from school, clockwise from right, Sarah Ryan, 13, Caroline Baldwin, 12, Paige Carlisle, 13, and Moena Hatanaka, 13, all of Rye, watch Zoltan closely at Rye Playland's opening day. (May 11, 2013)

Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his
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Michael Paynter holds his arms up as his daughter, Marisa Paynter, 11, both of Poughkeepsie, ride behind Mary Fitzgerald, of Hastings-on-Hudson, on the Log Flume at Rye Playland. (May 11, 2013)

People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye
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People enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

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Aaron Saroken, 4, of Manhattan, rides a carousel
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Aaron Saroken, 4, of Manhattan, rides a carousel during Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

Walter Piskorowski and his granddaughter, Corrine Hoag, 9,
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Walter Piskorowski and his granddaughter, Corrine Hoag, 9, both of Poughkeepsie, ride the Music Express at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People wait in line for the Dragon Coaster
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People wait in line for the Dragon Coaster at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

People wait in front of the gates to
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People wait in front of the gates to enjoy rides, games and food at Rye Playland's opening day festivities. (May 11, 2013)

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