Be sure to take a ride on our full size carousel that will delight old and young alike - located in the food court.
The Chinook Carousel is a restored 1930's 'Little Beauty Merry Go Round' manufactured by the Allan Herschell company of New York. This Merry Go Round has been part of the Conklin Shows' route, playing fairs and festivals for over 65 years.
- 32 feet in diameter
- 20 carved, wooden jumping horses
- 800 lights
Many of the fixtures that appear today on the Merry Go Round are from the original manufacturer. The new Chinook Carousel theme was conceived and implemented by master craftsman Konstantin von Waldburg, who specialized in carousel and carousel related wooden objects. He apprenticed in restoration of statues, church interiors gold leafing, fresco painting, cabinet making and wood sculpting. The Chinook carousel is a fine example of his craftsmanship.
Konstantin worked with the Conklin Group, in Brantford Ontario, that specializes in restoring rides and related amusement equipment. From Conklin Shows, assisting in the project was Bernie Kerby (woodworking); Jack Adams (fabrication); Dave Mckelvey (mechanical); Bill Kane (purchasing) Cecil Brown (Electrical); and Maxine Sandell (painter).
Conklin Shows, founded in 1922 by J.W. Conklin, is the leading supplier of midways to fairs and exhibitions in North America, including the world famous Calgary Stampede. The longevity and success of the company is due to innovative and progressive changes, changes which have caused the public's perception of a carnival to change, as other carnivals followed Conklin's lead.
The Chinook carousel and kiddie rides concept in shopping centers is one example of this innovative thought.
Since opening in April 2000, the Chinook Carousel has enjoyed a ridership of well over 120,000 guests.
Prices: Children $4.00/ ride, $8 with photo - Adults accompanying their children are free.
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