The Empire State Carousel And Country Fair

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Freddie de Frogge is the big man on campus in his cardigan and argyles.
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The Empire State Carousel was carved by volunteer artisans over a 20 year period.

The Empire State Carousel is a beautiful example of a traditional country fair ride. Called “the museum you can ride.” it has 25 hand-carved animals representing the agricultural and natural resources found in New York State, and chariot rides of a scallop shell (the State shellfish), an Erie Canal Boat, and an original Lover’s Tub. Other carved elements, such as folklore panels, depict Uncle Sam and Deerslayer, and portrait panels of such notable figures as Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt, Grandma Moses and Jackie Robinson enhance the rounding boards.

There are eight foot curved murals whose paintings depict moments in New York history from the arrival of the Half Moon to the construction of Levittown. The hand carved frames around the mirrors depict 11 different regions of New York, and there are carved place names from all over the State. Even the sweeps of the carousel feature over 300 feet of hand stencils of the bluebird, rose, apple, sugar maple leaf and state map!

First conceived in 1982, it opened at The Farmers’ Museum on Memorial Day 2006 and represents voluntary artistic contributions by over 1,000 New Yorkers. Housed in a twelve-sided building, the Empire State Carousel is open during museum hours.

The Country Fair at The Farmers’ Museum is a seasonal interactive exhibit where you can step back into 1910 and try your hand at friendly competition with top skittles, boat races or Nine Men’s Morris under the big top. Outdoor amusements include lawn bowling, quoits, and stilt walking. Or you can saunter to the agricultural tent and give milking our training cow a try! See amazing inventions, or sit for a portrait in period clothing!