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Ohio amusement park ready to start 125th anniversary season

One of the oldest amusement parks in the U.S. is o

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May 27, 2011

One of the oldest amusement parks in the U.S. is opening its 125th season in Ohio following floods that inadvertently turned it into a water park during the winter and spring.

Coney Island sits alongside the Ohio River east of downtown Cincinnati. The river flooded in March and April, forcing the park to move ride motors and other equipment out of the water's way and cancelling several performances of a Cirque du Soleil (soh-LAY') acrobatics show under a big-top tent set up in the Coney Island parking lot.

The park will celebrate its big anniversary throughout the new season that starts Saturday. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports it was originally called "Ohio Grove, the Coney Island of the West" when the first guests arrived in 1886.


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