Carousel birthday celebration

region - posted Jul, 17 2013

REGION - Carousel lovers will have the chance to ride Hartford’s Bushnell Park Carousel for at no charge during a fun-filled 99th birthday celebration on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free birthday cake and punch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. on that day. The event will be held rain or shine. In addition to free carousel rides, there will be a bounce house, craft tent, face painting, balloon twisters, costumed characters and miniature train rides around Bushnell Park. You are invited to bring your family and friends and help sing, ‘Happy Birthday’ at noon and enjoy treats and entertainment all day long. The 99-year-old Bushnell Park Carousel is one of less than 200 antique wooden carousels still operating in the U.S., down from thousands at the turn-of-the-century. The Bushnell Park Carousel was created in 1914 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, owners of the Artistic Carousel Company of Brooklyn, New York. It is one of only three Stein & Goldstein carousels left in operation in the U.S. that still provides rides for the public.

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