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To celebrate the Carousel’s birthday, all rides will be free on Saturday, July 17! Enjoy some birthday giveaways throughout the day to celebrate the occasion.

The Carousel will be open for free rides on Saturday, July 17 beginning at 11 a.m. Come early and pick up your favorite produce or baked goods from the Kingsport Farmers Market, which opens at 7 a.m. The free cooking demo series, Saturdays with the Chef, will begin at 9 a.m. with free samples and recipes.

Event Schedule

  • Kingsport Farmers Market: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Birthday Giveaways: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Free Carousel Rides: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Kingsport Carousel is a volunteer-led project completed in 2015. Over 300 volunteers worked over 5 years to hand-carve and hand-paint platform and sweep animals for the working 1956 vintage Herschell carousel.  Since opening in July 2015 the Carousel has hosted over 225,000 riders. The Carousel is open to the public year-round and all rides are $1. Private parties and birthday parties start at $100 and can be booked by calling 423-392-8414.

The Carousel is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit, or call 423-392-8414.