An inspirational story of one man’s dream to bring a traditional carousel to the Model City has now been published and is available for order.
“The Kingsport Carousel – A Flight of Imagination Given Wings by a Community” is a 164-page hardcover book that tells the seven-year journey of how the Kingsport Carousel became a reality, from its initial idea to its grand opening.
The six-chapter book tells the story of how the late Gale Joh pitched the idea of bringing a carousel to Kingsport, the years long process volunteers took to assemble and create the ride to the final attraction we enjoy today.
In addition to the story, the book includes hundreds of photographs from every step of the project, along with a timeline of milestones, information about the riding animals, chariots and sweep animals, biographies on the carvers, a glossary of carousel terms and details on how a carousel works.
You can order a copy of the book online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/466012023507 or at the Kingsport Carousel (350 Clinchfield Street) or during this weekend’s Christmas Connection event at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center (Nov. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The cost is $75 per copy and all proceeds go to the Kingsport Carousel Endowment Fund.