15th Carousel of Fla­vor moves to carousel site

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

Af­ter 15 years giv­ing a taste of area res­tau­rants on High Street, the Carousel of Fla­vor is mov­ing to a new home — its own..

POTTSTOWN >> Af­ter 15 years giv­ing vis­i­tors a taste of area restau­rant fare in the mid­dle of High Street, the Carousel of Fla­vor fes­ti­val is mov­ing to a new home — its own.

This year for the first time, the Carousel of Fla­vor Culi­nary Fes­ti­val, set for Sun­day, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m., will take place at the Carousel build­ing it­self, 30 W. King St., across from Memo­rial Park.

The Derek Scott Say­lor Memo­rial Carousel will be run­ning, with mu­sic play­ing and lights flash­ing, with rides cost­ing just $1.

Along with the great food, there will be face paint­ing, mu­sic and a wine and beer gar­den. Food sam­ples, so­das, wa­ter, wine and beer will be avail­able for $2 to $6.

It will be held rain or shine.

And the lo­ca­tion is not all that’s new for this year’s fes­ti­val.

For the first-time ever, a corn­hole tour­na­ment will be held with a grand prize of $400, $150 for sec­ond prize and $50 for third prize.

For those of you who don’t know, corn­hole is a lawn game in which play­ers take turns throw­ing bags of corn (or bean bags) at a raised plat­form with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the plat­form scores 1 point. Play con­tin­ues un­til a team or player reaches (or ex­ceeds) the score of 21.

In this case, the game time limit will be 30 min­utes and the high score wins.

The dead­line for regis­tra­tion, which is $25 per team, has been ex­tended to 5 p.m. Satur­day. Reg­is­ter at https:// www.carouse­lat­pottstown.org — the carousel’s web­site and pick one of the age

brack­ets: Ju­nior (10 to 17), Adult (18 to 59) or “Sea­soned” (60 or older).

Both the fes­ti­val and the tour­na­ment are spon­sored by State Farm In­sur­ance Agent Chris Rowe.

The other con­test will be for which restau­rant or caterer has the best food. Pro­fes­sional judges will award the restau­rant ven­dors for their ef­forts in sev­eral “Best Of” cat­e­gories.

For 15 years, the Carousel of Fla­vor has not only in­tro­duced thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the many area res­tau­rants and their fare, it has also served as a fundraiser for the Carousel at

Pottstown, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The qual­ity-of-life com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion project took nearly 20 years to com­plete and the carousel, PTC No. 9 was built in 1905. It is the sec­ond old­est op­er­at­ing Philadel­phia To­bog­gan Com­pany wooden carousel in the United States.

Its first home was at Eu­clid Beach Park in Cleve­land, Ohio and it was the first carousel used at the park, de­but­ing in 1905. By 1909 it had been re­placed by PTC No. 19. The carousel moved then to Lau­rel Springs Amuse­ment Park in Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut in 1909 and re­mained there un­til 1925 in its orig­i­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion.

In 1935 the carousel found a new home at Twin Grove Park in Pine Grove, Pa. Some­time in the early 80’s it was dis­man­tled. With its orig­i­nal an­i­mals and dec­o­ra­tions sold at auc­tion, the “rem­nants lay in stor­age in Dal­las­town, Pa.”

Over many years of la­bor the carousel was re­built and re­stored all by vol­un­teer ef­forts. New an­i­mals were com­mis­sioned from

Ed Roth, a mas­ter sculp­tor who also carved an­i­mals for carousels at Dis­ney Parks. Lo­cal artists painstak­ingly painted and fin­ished the an­i­mals and lo­cal con­trib­u­tors spon­sored each an­i­mal and dec­o­ra­tive panel.

The mech­a­nism was up­dated and re­stored by lo­cal ma­chin­ists and mechanics.

The build­ing hous­ing the carousel, the former Pottstown Me­tal Weld, was

ob­tained by the Bor­ough of Pottstown and re­fur­bished thanks to gen­er­ous do­na­tions, spon­sor­ships and hard won grants.

In the last two years, the carousel has pro­vided more than 200,000 rides, board mem­ber Jim Arms re­cently told Pottstown Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Ad­ja­cent to the Carousel is the Manatawny Green minia­ture golf course, which opens at 11 a.m.

15th An­nual Carousel of Fla­vor poster

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA — FILE PHOTO

Res­i­dents or­der up food at Bause Catered Events at the 14th an­nual Pottstown Carousel of Fla­vor last year that at­tracted a large crowd un­der clear blue skies and sum­mer­like tem­per­a­tures.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA — FILE PHOTO

Avalon Wal­ter, 5, from West Lawn en­joyed her ride on the Carousel at Pottstown when it first opened in De­cem­ber, 2016.

TOM KELLY III — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Area res­i­dents sat un­der a group of trees in Smith Fam­ily Plaza last year to en­joy food dur­ing the 14th an­nual Pottstown Carousel of Fla­vor. This year, the event will be at the Carousel it­self.

MON­ICA SAGER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Carousel at Pottstown was open for rides dur­ing this year’s Go Fourth cel­e­bra­tion on July 4.

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