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Frogman Festival – Loveland, Ohio

The Frogman Festival is a celebration of cryptids and lore with an emphasis given to the area cryptid known as the Loveland Frog or Loveland Lizard. Taking place at a convention center, a large showroom holds 60+ vendors of all different media while other rooms are used for concessions and presentations. There’s even a costume parade.

2024 DATE: TBD
Location: Oasis Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Rd
Loveland, OH 45140
Website: https://frogman-festival.ticketleap.com/

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This post documents my experience on March 2, 2024.

The Loveland Frog: The Origin

In the world of cryptids, the Loveland Frog or Loveland Lizard is a 4 foot tall humanoid frog that was first seen in 1955. There are varying accounts of that first encounter, placing it on the side of the road, on a bridge, and under a bridge. Another account has it holding a magic wand.

In 1972, another encounter was reported as Loveland police officer Ray Shockley caught a creature in his headlights as it scurried across the road, climbed a guardrail and take off toward the nearby the river. This creature he described as 3-4 feet long, with leathery skin and in a crouched position like a frog.

It sounded almost too familiar.

But then, two weeks later, Officer Mark Matthews spotted a crouched – and dead – animal on the side of the road that matched the description. It wasn’t a frog though – it was an iguana that had lost its tail.

Matthews put the iguana in his car and took it to show Shockley, who confirmed that this must have been the creature he saw two weeks prior as he likely didn’t recognize what it was because of the missing tail (Wikipedia).

Matthews would later tell this story to an urban legends author, who seemed to keep out the part about the iguana and allow the possibility of Frogmen to thrive.

Festival Overview

The Frogman Festival is not only a celebration of the local Loveland Frog, but it’s a celebration of all cryptids and lore.

Due to the time of year, the festival took place indoors at the Oasis Conference Center…

…which offered a large showroom for over 60 cryptid and supernatural vendors…

…a “Flycatcher Lounge” for burgers, sandwiches and drink…

…and a presentation room called the Croak Lair…

…where presenters talked about the paranormal, UFO’s, Frog Humanoids, local legends and more.

Vendors

The festival had a very impressive selection of vendors…

…where you could purchase stuffed cryptids, felt cryptids…

…squishy cryptids and stacking cryptids.

There was an assortment of cryptid stickers and pins…

…cryptid bags to hold them in…

…decor for the walls…

…cryptid charm bracelets for the wrist…

…Frogman parody comics for the eyes…

…and even cryptid fragranced candles for the home (the Frogman’s candle smells like alfalfa and almond).

Visitors could also visit the Strange Talk radio booth and record a strange tale…

…sign yourself up for some Columbus Ghost Tours

…or get tips on some of the best Weird Ohio locations with the help of author James A. Willis
…who I swear used his magic hands to blur this photo.

Cryptids and Costumes

Since the festival encouraged costumed dress…

…you didn’t only see Frogmen at the festival.

You got to see the Mothman…

…Krampus…

…and so much more.

And, if you got there by 12, you could see them all in the Costume Parade…


…led by the Pied Piper of Loveland through the festival grounds as all visitors watched them march by with smiles on their faces.

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