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Childhood memories today, tomorrow and yesterday, the Merry-Go- Round is a family favorites!  Always a popular attraction at County Fairs, carnivals and many malls today is a day to celebrate this FUN pastime.  July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day today.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is a ride where you can sit atop your favorite animal or ride in a beautiful seat.  Horses, monkeys, zebras, giraffes or other animals that are graced in full color and bedazzled for you to enjoy!  Many animals rise up and down to the tune of the carousel tunes that play, you can hear that tune and remember your first ride, your child’s first ride and smile.


A little Merry – Go – Round History

  • Did you know the earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • That in Hessville, Ohio this was the site of the first United States created merry-go-round.  It was created by Franz Wiesenhoffer during the 1840′
  • July 25, 1871 – Was the first carousel patent.

To celebrate today, find a merry-go-round and have fun…..they are not just for the kids and there is a kid in all of us!!

If you are in the Traverse City area, the Grand Traverse Mall has a full Carousel inside for you to enjoy complete with music, animals bedazzled to their fullest!  Grab a token and take a memory ride in honor of this favorite pastime!


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