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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.

— Varga said his favorite animal on the carousel is the Otter named “Olive” although he said he’s looking forward to riding all the animals at least once throughout the 24 hour period. Varga will set up his radio show on the back of the “See-Ya-Round” boat and be equipped with a wireless microphone to move around the carousel.

All funds raised will go to fund the fall and winter carousel events and programming schedule. Those events include Dr. Seuss Read-across America, Gingerbread house making day, Scarousel Halloween Party, Animal Education lecture series and many more.

Hameline said there are many ways people can get involved during the festivities and for everyone that does there are opportunities for air-time interviews to talk about business services.

People can donate an auction item for the live “on-air” auction. The carousel currently has auction items including: a$50 gift certificate from Sharper Image Hair Salon, a two-night stay at White Pine Camp, a two-night stay at Fogarty’s B&B, a $25 gift certificate from Lake Flour Bakery, one full set of the ADK Kid’s Book Adventure Series and two day passes to Whiteface Mountain from ORDA.

People can also buy a book of tickets to share with friends or to thank customers. The cost is $50 for a book of 25 tickets.

People can also be a vendor in the park or inside the carousel. Vendors can rent a booth for $25 per booth.

The 24-hour ride will be packed full of activities beginning at noon with Varga beginning his ride and live broadcast. Other activities like the carousel jump houses, bubble station, vendors, barbecue and live auctions will also begin at noon.

Happy Hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. which will include a buy one, get one free boarding pass to the carousel for anyone wearing business attire.

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