Community, Cottage Grove

Carousel dream comes to fruition

Photo Provided/Greg Lee

Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel volunteers have been involved in the total restoration of the 1929 Hershall 36-foot, 34-animal menagerie carousel since 2017. Since then, 7,000 volunteer hours have been dedicated to the carousel, with many of the volunteers pictured in this Aug. 1 photo. In the front row, row sitting down, from left are, Alice Nowicki and Nadine Kelly. In the second row, squatting, are Karen Munsell, Donna Edsel, Ellen Hogue and Larry Simelius. Standing, from left, are Duane Taddel, Ray Murray, Carmen Dowell, Don Williams, Jerry Avery, Ken Schweiger, Marie Longfellow, Doyle Hicks, Loyle Hicks and Russ McGuire. It is indefinite when the carousel will be certified by a ride inspector and passed by OSHA, said Carousel President Don Williams. The carousel is being stored long-term, but temporarily at the King Estates warehouse in the Cottage Grove Industrial Park. The restoration of the carousel is almost complete, and Williams said he expects the carousel to be open to the public soon.



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