Though the Horses and art panels are the prominent focus of a carousel, the mechanism and related mechanicals are equally important. The Carousel of Smiles is a fully intact and original carousel, and it is rare to have the all of the horses and the complete mechanism restorable back to its former glory. After initial analysis, it is expected that only the power plant and electrical wiring need to be replaced new, with all other components able to be restored.
The art is important, but the mechanics bring it all to life, and our mechanically inclined volunteers will have lots to do and an important role to play. The Gear & Grease Gang will be taking charge of the mechanical and electrical aspects of the restoration, and then will evolve into the maintenance and operations after the restoration is complete. So if you are mechanically minded, please join us!