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May 26, 2006

Conneaut Lake Park ready ..

5/26/06 — CONNEAUT LAKE — “We are looking for one phenomenal season at Conneaut Lake Park. I feel like people are going to be very surprised what they see out here,” said George Deshner, as the general manager and his staff prepared for the opening of the park for another season.

Founded in 1892 as Exposition Park, the name was changed in the 1920s to Conneaut Lake Park in recognition of the park being adjacent to Conneaut Lake, the state’s largest natural lake.

The park is known for not only its amusement rides, but for its good food and great games.

This year promises to be no different.

Elizabeth’s Dining Room at Hotel Conneaut is open today from 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner with a new menu and new chef, Ben Chwalek. The restaurant, named after the park’s legendary ghost, offers lakefront dining in a Victorian atmosphere. In addition to the new menu, Elizabeth’s will now offer entertainment.

Other festivities tonight include the opening of DoWopp Weekend, celebrating its 10th anniversary at the park. Festivities from 5 to 9 include a cruise-in overlooking the lake and music by Donnie Do Wopp, with prizes and trivia. At 9, dancing at the Beach Club will be to the music of the Mighty King Pins.

Special activities Saturday will include the official christening of the Kaylee Belle, a new paddleboat cruise boat; a day-long schedule in conjunction with DoWopp Weekend; and dining at Elizabeth’s.

The restaurant will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday with new menus for breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast hours are 8 to 10 a.m. each day with a brunch buffet Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch on Saturday will be a buffet from 11 to 2. Dinner hours are 4 to 10 all three days.

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