WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — A line of cars crept along the highway toward life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark in a muddy Kentucky pasture.

There was no worldwide flood Tuesday, but rain clouds hovered and drizzled over the ark.

Believers and media from around the world descended on the rural Kentucky town of Williamstown for the ribbon cutting and sneak preview of Ark Encounter in Grant County. The 500-foot-long, $100 million ark opens to the public on Thursday.

A man in Biblical-era robes warmed the crowd up with a flute solo before the creationists christened the ship.

The staff at the Ark Encounter estimated 7,000 in the crowd for the invite-only event for donors.

It remains to be seen whether it will draw the 2 million people annually the Ark Encounter owners expect.

Clint Bishard of Tulsa, Okla., stood outside the ark Tuesday to see where the money he donated went. He wasn’t disappointed… see more

source: usatoday