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Carousel News...

May 25, 2013

First Rider of the Year 2013 - Ava
First Rider Ava

Ava's sister Lilly
Ava's sister Lilly

& brother Jack
Ava's brother Jack


November 2012 - The Animals Are Looking Good!

Local artist keeping the Carousel fresh!

August 26, 2012 - 2012 "Cruise to the Carousel" has another records breaking show!

2012 Cruise to the Carousel Car ShowThe 2012 Cruise to the Carousel had another record breaking show in 2013, with 188 registered cars. The Rollin’ Relics car club gave a donation of $7,000 to the Des Moines Carousel Foundation in November. The car club has held the car show in Union Park for 12 years. The show continues to get better and more popular each year. Thank you to the many club members who organize, arrange for donations, coordinate cars, food and the schedule.

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Click here to view the Rollin' Relics Car Show page!


July 25, 2012 - National Carousel Day

National Carousel Day 2012 - Group Shot
Thanks to all who came out on the VERY warm evening to celebrate!
Thanks to Fareway Stores on Euclid for the lemonade to keep us cool!

May 12-13, 2012 - Opening Weekend 2012 – Celebrating Mother’s Day for the first time at the Carousel

Click here to view the video from WHO-TV.

January 7, 2012 - First Time Ever - The Carousel Opened for Rides Today with over 1000 rides given!

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2010 “Cruise to the Carousel” has record breaking show! - August 29, 2010

Cruise to the Carousel
Congratulations and THANK YOU to the Rollin’ Relics Car Club Members for the outstanding show!
The park was full of cars and viewers, the Carousel was full of riders, the sun was shining!
Thanks for the biggest show ever and thanks for your support of the Carousel.
The Club is the largest annual supporter of the Heritage Carousel!

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Spring 2010 Creating a Carousel Grant

The Carousel receives a grant for “Carousel Creation.”  The grant is a collaboration of efforts with local artist, Sandy Gustafson and the New Directions Shelter program / Hawthorn Hill and the Carousel.  The grant provided funding to develop the concept of “community art” through the creation of a permanent piece of art which will be on display at the Carousel this summer.  Children, parents and staff at the shelter all contributed to the piece of art.

KCCI Interview - Artist Works on Union Park Carousel (November 16, 2009)

An interview with the artist doing the restorative painting at the Carousel will be shown this Sunday, November 15, 2009 between 7:30 - 8 a.m Mollie Cooney, KCCI Ch8, interviewed Sandra Gustafson, local artist as she worked at the Carousel last week. Sandy has completed work on six animals on the Carousel this fall and we hope to bring her back each year to keep the Carousel beautiful. Using her talent along with long-distance input from Carousel Works, who built the Carousel, Sandy is working to restore the original look of the animals and put a protective clear coat on them.

The Des Moines Carousel Foundation was able to hire Sandy to do this work through funding provided by the Principal Foundation.

Click here to view the KCCI video!

Clowns at the Carousel Event (July 27, 2009)

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Special Thanks To:
Eric J. Hermann Design & Photography - many, many photos and website design
JTM MultiMedia, Inc. - website hosting, maintenance & happy-to-help attitude

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