BURTON — The Charles W. Parker Carousel, located in Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, turned 100 this year.
The village celebrated June 2 with happy band organ music and games, balloons and a birthday cake to kick off the centennial birthday celebration.
The carousel was built in Leavenworth, Kansas and was part of a traveling show that set up at fairs and carnivals across the US and Canada. Cliff Black has been working for Crossroads Village namely the carousel since the early ‘90’s.
“I enjoy seeing the smiles of peoples faces,” he said. “I have helped 90-year-old ladies and seeing childhood memories coming back is what makes it fun.”
Black is president of the group Friends of the Carousel which helps raise money to keep the carousel operational.
“Over the last of three years we have put $40,000 into repainting all the horses in preparation for the birthday,” he said.
Forty horses make up the 100-year-old carousel design.
“The carousel turning100 is something I am never going to see again.” said Black.
The Charles W. Parker Ferris Wheel, also known as Superior Wheel, sits is located next the carousel.
It turned 102-years-old this year.
Åccording to a press release by Crossroads Village, this is the “only place in the world where you can enjoy two side-by-side Parker rides in full operation.”
“Each park has it’s own uniqueness and this is our uniqueness,” said Manager of Huckleberry Railroad and Crossroads Village Garry Pringle.
To learn more about Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad, or to make reservations, log on to geneseecountyparks.org. Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad are located at 6140 Bray Road, Flint.