Clay and Reno Hutchison’s journey to restore a Golden Age carousel, sparked by Reno’s childhood love and a seemingly fateful discovery in Hutchinson, Kansas, culminated in the official unveiling of the 1920s carousel at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. The Carousel of Smiles, now a non-profit, aspires to make the carousel a beloved community symbol in Sandpoint. With around 1,000 attendees at the unveiling, the couple emphasized the importance of community enthusiasm and involvement, encouraging volunteers to join various restoration efforts. The event showcased historical exhibits and architectural mock-ups, fostering nostalgia and support for the project, with hopes of making the carousel a cherished addition to Sandpoint’s identity.
Local alternative weekly paper, The Reader featured The Carousel of Smiles on the cover of their December 14th issue of the publication.
The Carousel of Smiles project is reaching a milestone as it unveils the assembled but unrestored 1920s carousel at the Bonner County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Dec. 16, and invites the community to witness this historic moment, enjoy festivities, and learn more about the project. The carousel, displayed for the first time since 1952, promises an exciting and nostalgic experience for attendees.
News & Updates
- Merry-Go-Roundup – Another First-Timer’s View of the Convention December 1, 2023
- Sandpoint Magazine marks progress of carousel restoration November 19, 2023
- The Daily Bee: Annual festival celebrates winter, community February 17, 2023
- Sandpoint Reader: Carousel of Smiles restoration passes halfway point December 18, 2022
- The Daily Bee: Carousel’s ‘ponies’ closing in on home of their own December 15, 2022
Carousel Restoration Project