The Kingsport Carousel is Complete! It’s time to ride!

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport announce the ribbon cutting for the Kingsport Carousel on Monday July 6, 2015 at 3 pm.‚  The Kingsport Carousel is located inside Pals Roundhouse at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport TN.‚  Sponsors who have purchased First Rider ticket packages will be able to ride July 5-9, 2015.‚  Kingsport Carousel will be open to the general public on July10, 2015 at 10 AM for a Fun Fest tour & $1 rides begin at 11 AM.

After months of mechanicals, years of painting and carving, and construction of Pals Roundhouse ‚¬ we are READY TO RIDE‚¬¦ Thank you so much for being part of this epic project — providing a legacy of joy filled with stories for our whole community for years to come.

What was once the dream of one man is about to become reality!‚  It is with great privilege and honor that we present the Kingsport Carousel!‚  This iconic landmark begins its legacy for all of Kingsport and the Tri-Cities in July 2015!

The Kingsport Carousel Project is a 6 year old effort involving over 300 volunteers from Kingsport and many surrounding communities. Volunteers have worked tirelessly with the goal of creating and operating a menagerie-style carousel. The Carousel features hand-carved wooden animals and chariots and original paintings on a refurbished/rebuilt 1956 Herschell frame. A unique Kingsport destination that will make for a memorable experience!

The Kingsport Carousel Project is a joint effort by The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport, the Friends of the Cultural Arts group, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation‚ governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by the generosity of people who love the arts. ‚ Sponsorships and donations have come from a broad population of the community–local businesses, individuals and organizations.‚  Each animal on the Carousel took between 800-1000 hours to carve and many more to paint, plus the Carousel is covered in original artwork from top to bottom.‚  There are many gorgeous details on the Carousel including Rounding board murals depicting the history of the area, paintings of local butterflies and native wildflowers and birds from the Kingsport Birding Trail. There are even animals hiding up in the sweeps.

What is a ‚¬First Rider Sponsorship?

A very special sponsorship opportunity – this is your last chance! Purchase a ‚¬First Rider Ticket sponsorship package and be able to tell your grandkids you were a first rider of the Kingsport Carousel. OR, purchase tickets for your grandkids so they can tell their grandkids that they rode Kingsport Carousel first!!! A fun and special time that will only happen once! Your ticket will be signed and dated and can be kept as a souvenir. To Purchase First Rider Tickets call 423-392-8414 or log onto EngageKingsport.com. These sponsorships go toward the final installation and ongoing maintenance of the Carousel.

FIRST RIDER: Dates/Times

Sunday, July 5

1 PM ‚¬ 7 PM

Exclusively First Riders! ** (tickets still available)

Monday, July 6

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Exclusively First Riders! ** (tickets still available)

Monday, July 6

At 3 PM

**RIBBON CUTTING!**

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Tuesday, July 7

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Exclusively First Riders! ** (tickets still available)

Wednesday, July 8

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Exclusively First Riders! ** (tickets still available)

Thursday, July 9

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Exclusively First Riders! ** (tickets still available)

Our ‚¬First Riders get to experience the Carousel first!

If you cannot use your First Rider passes during this time, you may always use them as a ‚¬fast pass at any other time.

And if you dont have First Riders** and would like them, call our office and we can help! (423) 392-8414

Summer 2015 Schedule:

FUN FEST!!

Carousel Rides are $1 per person.

**Enjoy a Free TOUR at 10am**

(Tour Dates are designated with double stars below)

Then stay after the tour is over and ride the Carousel for $1 per ride, starting at 11AM!

All Rides $1

Friday, July 10 ** | 11 AM ‚¬ 4 PM

Closing early for

Mardi Gras Parade Downtown

Saturday, July 11

1 PM ‚¬ 7 PM

Sunday, July 12

CLOSED

Monday, July 13**

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Tuesday, July 14

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Wednesday, July15**

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Thursday, July 16

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Friday, July 17**

11 AM ‚¬ 7 PM

Saturday, July 18

1 PM ‚¬ 7 PM

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Tell your friends, tell your family!

Its not too late to be a part of a new wonderful tradition in Kingsport!

423-392-8414

Training provided:

1) Carousel Operator Assistant

Monitor loading and unloading. Keep the public safe. Count the smiles!

2) Carousel Tour Guide/Docent

Share the stories of the carousel. We want folks to know how to make a horse, history of the Round‚­ing Boards, stories of birds, butterflies and wild‚­flowers. Lots to talk about. Also, be prepared to recommend restaurants, shopping and other fun things to do in Kingsport.

3) Gift Shop Assistant

Keep our beautiful gift shop tidy, help customers find t-shirt sizes.

4) Gift Shop Cashier

Use our new Square system to make sales to the public. All funds raised through the gift shop go to support the carousel.