The Daily Bee: Carousel of Smiles hops to help Sir Hops-a-Lot

In a heartwarming collaboration, the Sandpoint Carousel of Smiles in Idaho came to the rescue when an Easter rabbit carousel figure named Sir Hops-a-Lot needed urgent restoration. Originally painted by Sue Baldwin of Republic, Washington, Sir Hops-a-Lot required attention when Baldwin faced a health emergency. The Sandpoint carousel’s Reno Hutchinson and her paint team enthusiastically took on the task. The team aimed to stay true to Baldwin and carver Mike Thornton’s vision. When the Kennewick carousel team, including Thornton, came to pick up Sir Hops-a-Lot, they were overwhelmed with emotion, and the Sandpoint team felt honored to contribute to the carousel community. Sir Hops-a-Lot will be available for rides at the Kennewick carousel until April 24.

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