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Historic Rochester carousel back in action with free rides

September 5, 2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An historic carousel is back in operation in a lakeside Rochester park, with free weekend rides being offered through Columbus Day.

The 113-year-old Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park on Lake Ontario recently re-opened after being closed for the past year to repair mechanical problems.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the carousel will offer free rides on weekends through Oct. 6-8.

Tickets for the 1905 carousel typically have been sold for $1 each.

The county-owned ride was closed in the summer of 2017 after problems were found in the crown bearing at the top of the carousel. A company in Ohio was hired to conduct the repairs.

The carousel, one of the few of its model still in use, features more than 50 hand-carved horses, tigers, lions and other rideable animals.

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