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Lake Winnepesaukah now has something in common with the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon and Versailles: no selfie sticks allowed.

Cameras are welcome when families come to enjoy the Jumbo Elephants, the Frog Hopper or the Wacky Worm at the Rossville amusement park.

But before the park opened this season, Lake Winnepesaukah officials placed the selfie stick on its list of banned items, alongside alcohol and profanity-laced clothing.

Talley Green, the park's public relations director, said the 3-foot-long sticks are safety hazards.

Selfie sticks have been everywhere for the last year or so. The stick, an extender that grips a cellphone and allows users to take a wider-than-normal picture of themselves and their friends, has been one of the hottest items in the country.

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Michelle Sosebee, left, and Alexius Pace, 8, ride the Cannon Ball at Lake Winnepesaukah on Saturday. Lake Winne has been operating for nearly a century offering a variety of rides to residents in the tri-state area.

Time called it one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014, though the first selfie sticks were made in 2011. Bloomberg, meanwhile, said the sticks were "the gift of the year" after about 100,000 people bought them in December.

The sticks even earned a visit to the White House in February when President Barack Obama used one in a Buzzfeed video.

But the sticks have received plenty of backlash since then.

Officials banned them from Lollapalooza, Coachella, the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon, Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay.

A spokesperson for Disney World, which also banned them, told the BBC selfie sticks are "a growing safety concern." The chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art told The New York Times they are guilty of "invading someone else's personal space."

Green said this week the park has not had any problems with people bringing selfie sticks inside. She said there is no need because park employees will take group pictures for free.

"We're a family amusement park," she said. "You can hit another guest, hit another employee [with a selfie stick]. We just want to make sure everybody has a safe and happy time."

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