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Colorful carousel arrives in Lake George

Workmen install a chariot coach on a carousel being erected this week near the southeast corner of Beach Road and Canada St. in downtown Lake George Village. The carousel, along with  its accompanying bumper-car attraction and bumper boat ride, is expected to be well-received by families seeking new activities in the resort village.

Workmen install a chariot coach on a carousel being erected this week near the southeast corner of Beach Road and Canada St. in downtown Lake George Village. The carousel, along with its accompanying bumper-car attraction and bumper boat ride, is expected to be well-received by families seeking new activities in the resort village. Photo by Thom Randall.

— In several weeks, Lake George is likely to have a more festival-like atmosphere, due to an installation underway this week at a landmark downtown enterprise.

A colorful carousel, complete with two chariots, 30 horses, two twirling tubs and 1,200 lights, was being installed April 16 near the corner of Beach Rd. and Canada St., off the patio of a series of eateries owned by Tom Zeppieri and Theodore Cervini.

The imported Italian carousel is to be flanked by a bumper car attraction on one side and bumper boats on the other, replacing the former Putts N Prizes miniature golf course, which in recent years fell into disrepair.

The carousel is the first one installed in the village since famed theme-park developer Charlie Wood brought one to Gaslight Village many decades ago, said Luisa Craige-Sherman, director of the Lake George Business Partnership.

“This carousel is unique in the village, and it will have a broader appeal than miniature-golf, Craige-Sherman said. “Plus it adds an amazing visual element.”

She said the carousel would undoubtedly become a local landmark — in a prime downtown location.

“As a gateway block into the village center, it’s important to have something that’s so eye-catching and appealing,” she said. “And at night with all its carousel lights, it will be spectacular.”

Zeppieri said his intent was to transform the corner into a an array of attractions with broad appeal.

“We’ll be offering fun family activities,” he said of the carousel and bumper rides.

The Venetian carousel, built by Bertazzon of Italy, was formerly in use inside the Macon Mall in Macon, Ga. During a period of the mall’s decline during the national recession, the carousel was put into storage.

Aware that many successful resort towns host carousels, Zeppieri and Cervini bought the the attraction recently from the mall’s owners and brought it to Lake George.

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