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Carousel in winter

Going Around in Circles

Theme parks. Carnivals. Disneyland. The options are endless when it comes to riding famous carousels. And one doesn’t necessarily have to be a youngster to enjoy them either. Young-at-heart is a perfectly valid age as well. When’s the last time you rode a fantasy horse or animal around in circles just because?

Did you know that carousels have been around for longer than most of us even realize? One of the first conceptual design for a carousel was in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole. Then, In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio.

The National Carousel Association, operating since 1973, aims to keep carousels running and preserve their history in the United States. Since then, the NCA tracks the history of carousels all around the United States in its census. According to the NCA census, there are hundreds of registered carousels in the United States alone.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of your local carousel, find out by contacting your local directors and asking them about it. Take your kids to the local fair, or if you don’t have kids, ride one yourself. Go out there and have fun!

Photo by Serge Kutuzov on Unsplash

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