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Work Begins on Historic Parts of Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick

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The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is about to start looking like a real carousel. The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is about to start looking like a real carousel.

KENNEWICK, WA - The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is about to start looking like a real carousel.

The building at the Southridge Sports Complex in Kennewick is coming along nicely.

But a crew from Carousel Works, the company the City of Kennewick bought the carousel from, has arrived to pitch in.

For the next ten days, the workers from Ohio will help local volunteers put together the inner workings of the ride, including the all important horses and mounting boards.

"Well for the board members, this is the game," said Eric Van Winkle, Carousel of Dreams Foundation Board Chairman. "The building is exciting, but it really is about the 100 year old carousel that goes inside of it, so this is our right of passage. For this group of people, the next ten days is what it's all about."

When the assembly is finished it will be the first time the carousel has been put together in 40 years.

The building itself still needs electrical and plumbing work.

Van Winkle says the whole project should be done by mid-summer.

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