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Festival to Celebrate Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park that Closed 100 Years Ago

At the turn of the 20th century, the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park near Sleepy Hollow Road was a prominent attraction in the Midwest.

There was an 85-acre lake with a boathouse and beaches, a clubhouse, theater, amusement rides, and a Motordome for motorcycle racing.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the site just as they later voyaged to Coney Island and Kings Island in Cincinnati (and Mason). 

But following a deadly Motordome disaster, a flood, and a tornado in 1917, the Lagoon shuttered.

Now, one hundred years later, the Ludlow Historical Society is hosting a celebration of the city's famed Lagoon and its 22 years of operation (1895-2017).

Lagoon Fest is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 800 block of Elm Street near where the park was. Activities include morning and afternoon walking tours of the Lagoon site, talks by local experts on its history and its impact on the city, a documentary titled A Ride Through Ludlow Lagoon, historic displays, and lots of music, food, beer, and spirits throughout the day.

Walking tours ($5) will begin from the Senior Center at 9:00 and at 4:30. Lectures ($10) will be held in the Senior Center at 10:00 and 2:00. The 1:00 documentary in the Senior Center and displays in the K of C are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center on the day of the event or by e-mailing ludlowhistoricsociety@gmail.org or by calling Brenda Boone at 859.992.0223.

-Staff report

Image via Kenton County Public Library