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Carousel of Dreams Taking Shape; Crews Assembling Horses

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KENNEWICK, WA - We're starting to get a better idea of what the Gesa Carousel of Dreams will look like when it opens this summer.

Crews spent Saturday morning moving horses into the carousel, in Kennewick's Southridge area. 

The 103-year-old horses were hand-carved by a man named Charles Carmel, from New York. When completed, the carousel will include 44 horses, three chariots, a cougar and a husky. 

"For seventy years, they sat on the beach at St. Joseph, Michigan--[near] the bottom of Lake Michigan--and then they got into a little disrepair," said Eric Van Winkle, the board chairman for the Carousel of Dreams. "They were purchased, put in primer and sat in a warehouse in Roswell, New Mexico for 32 years, when this group went down and purchased them for $1 million bucks."

Van Winkle says crews and volunteers will continue to put together the inner-workings of the carousel over the next four days. This will be the first time the carousel has been put together in 40 years.