Volunteers prepare for carousel’s 100th Birthday

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Roseville area residents who volunteer at Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park recently helped get the carousel ready for its 100th Birthday season. The carousel opens May 1 and operates Tuesday through Sunday each week. From left, Francy Reitz, Jim Kaintz, Bob Marabella, and Cheryl Becker helped clean and polish the 68 horses that were hand-carved and hand-painted in 1914. The carousel was at the Minnesota State Fair from 1914 through 1989, when it was scheduled to be broken up and sold at auction. Members of the community rescued it, and volunteers now operate it, selling and taking tickets, selling merchandise, and monitoring riders’ safety. A large 100th Birthday Party is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, and smaller activities will occur each week. For hours and other information, see www.ourfaircarousel.org.

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