We drove up to the carousel in Albany yesterday and it was just magical. The carousel is a community project--every animal is hand-carved and painted by members of the community. The actual carousel mechanism is a 1909 Dentzel Carousel Corporation mechanism (per the website) that was donated to the carousel. There are some original horses from the Dentzel Carousel on display.
The plan is to have 52 animals on the carousel itself and 11 more 'extras' to rotate in and out. Right now there are about 35 on the carousel.
Not surprisingly, one of my favorites is Taffy, the alpaca.
Taffy was a 'non moving' animal and of course we wanted to move.
And this is on top of an elephant:
It's a mouse with a songbook.
We also saw a few of the animals being crafted:
If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would be this one: