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Carousel-A-Thon to be 24 hours of fun for community

Carl Borst rides the otter on the Adirondack Carousel next to Pam Chapell on the porcupine. Borst carved the  beaver, raccoon, bald eagle and a lot of the bear. Chapell, with her sister and mother (master carver Eileen Fanning), known as the Fanning Garage Grinders, carved the porcupine and the large mouth bass.

Carl Borst rides the otter on the Adirondack Carousel next to Pam Chapell on the porcupine. Borst carved the beaver, raccoon, bald eagle and a lot of the bear. Chapell, with her sister and mother (master carver Eileen Fanning), known as the Fanning Garage Grinders, carved the porcupine and the large mouth bass. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Carousel will be partying all night and all through the day Aug. 23 - 24. There will be a theme party for every hour with radio host Paul Varga of WSLP 93.3 radio.

The first annual Carousel-A-Thon fundraiser will be a joint effort between WSLP 93.3 radio station and the Adirondack Carousel. Beginning at noon on Aug. 23, Varga will broadcast live while riding the carousel for 24 hours straight.

The event will include 24 hours of live auctions, a barbecue, midnight movies that will include “Grease,” jump houses and kid’s activities in the park, clowns, a “Ride-A-Thon” challenge and much more.

Paula Hameline, executive director for the carousel, said the Ride-A-Thon involves inviting people from the community to get sponsors to donate money for each loop they ride on the carousel.

“We want to invite local business owners, politicians and people from the community to come out and support the carousel,” Hameline said. “Everyone who participates in the Ride-A-Thon will be interviewed by Paul as they take their ride.”

Hameline said the carousel does 10 revolutions per ride. Donors, she said, will sponsor a revolution. Participants of the Ride-A-Thon will ride for free. Ride-A-Thon riders can pick up a sponsor sheet, get friends, family and colleagues to sponsor them as they ride the carousel as many times as they can, while being interviewed by Varga.

“The carousel isn’t designed to go non-stop all night, so Paul will ride every time someone wants to go on with him, even if there is just one person, he assures me he doesn’t get motion sickness so we think he’ll be able to go all the way through the night,” Hameline said. “We have activities planned all through the night to help him as he tries to stay awake and we hope he has fellow riders all night.”

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