Conneaut Lake, PA. Traveling exhibit features memorabilia from Idora Park The museum committee is restoring Idora Park’s Hook and Ladder ride. Conneaut Lake Park, Pa. – Efforts are under way to preserve the memory of Idora Park, the former Youngstown amusement park, through traveling displays and, eventually, a permanent museum at Conneaut Lake Park. Those in search of Idora Park nostalgia can see a display at DeBence Antique Music World, 1261 Liberty St., Franklin, Pa., through Oct. 31. The display includes a ticket booth, midway light, a truck from the Hook and Ladder ride and the Idora Park carousel band organ as well as pictures and postcards. Cassette tapes or CDs of the band organ music may be purchased there. The display was organized by the Idora Park Museum Committee, a nonprofit organization founded this past summer by Idora enthusiasts Kelly Petrachkoff of Salem and Kris Wilson of North Lima. The committee’s goal is to preserve and promote the memory of Idora Park, which closed in 1984. Ride: The committee’s first major project, begun in August, was the restoration of the Hook and Ladder ride from Idora Park’s Kiddieland, which was discovered a year ago in an Erie warehouse and purchased by Conneaut Lake Park. Three of the ride’s 10 trucks have been restored and the committee seeks donations to continue the effort. Proceeds from the carousel CD and tape sales are going toward the Hook and Ladder project and the committee hopes to offer Christmas versions of the CDs and tapes in late November. Proceeds from the operation of the Hook and Ladder at Conneaut Lake Park will go to future committee projects. Youngstown Vindicator, October 3, 2000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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