About the Project
The carousel last operated in 1952 at the Kansas State fair in Hutchinson, Kansas, then was abandoned and stored in its two trailers…hibernating. In December 2016, the trailers were unloaded here in Sandpoint, Idaho for the first time in 64 years, and assembled for the Unveiling Event in December 2017. We have confirmed that all of the pieces are here, the carousel is intact and original, and the restoration on this incredible Golden Age machine has commenced.
A not-for-profit 501c3 has been established to take custody of the carousel and shepherd its restoration and new life. After restoration — well underway here in Sandpoint, largely with our talented volunteers — the carousel’s new home will be in Sandpoint, operating in a public venue for all to enjoy.
The Carousel of Smiles — a springboard of ideas, a catalyst for wide-ranging interconnectivity amongst our business community, schools, and artisans. Citizenry and government; all creating synergy for something everyone can get behind and be part of — a showcase to promote and exemplify our wonderful town.
Volunteers and donors to the cause are invited! Hop on, and join the ride…