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 Review of Antique Carousel @ Canobie Lake Park
1 Rating Posted by: Cyclonic on 12/2/2004 5:39:00 PM
Very nice and well kept carousel. It sit predominately at the front of the park, and its well tuned band organ lures you into the park and to the ride. The horses were in very good shape, kept well and touched up where needed, and they rode well, with no jaring that I could feel. The machine itself is very simply decorated with simple floral wood carvings and simple paintings on the rounding boards. It is also lit as a true carousel with all white lights, most of which worked. The only thing lacking in this ride is a ring catch.

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mrceagle on 12/3/2004 11:50:21 PM said:
It woudl be fun if it had oen but it never did. at least as far as I can find out. in fact the last ow of none jumping horses are rumered to have been added at a later date. they were instaled when the new owners bougth the park though.
BobFunland on 12/3/2004 11:52:08 PM said:
Guys, forgive my ignorance, but what is a ring catch?
mrceagle on 12/4/2004 12:24:05 AM said:
Its a small dispensire that holds brass rings. they were located just off the carousel. the point was to leanout and snatch a ring. you caoulds then redeam the ring for another ride(free) or keep it as a suviner.
Cyclonic on 12/4/2004 12:48:16 PM said:
A ring catch is an arm that is filled with steel rings, and one brass ring. After the ride is up to speed, the arm is extended out and the riders on the outside row try to grab at the rings. Typically, the person that catches the brass ring wins a free ride. They are mostly gone now, with most of the remaining catches here in the Northeast. There are four in Pennsylvania.

Here is a shot of Conneaut Lakes simple catch:


Knoebels has a more complex one that is pushed out. An attendant sits at it to keep it filled and to see who caught the brass ring:



At the end of the ride the rings must be returned, and are not kept. Most parks have never had such a policy, it gets pretty expensive after a while.

BobFunland on 12/4/2004 1:31:42 PM said:
Thanks mrc and Cyclonic, I wasnt too sure exactly what it is, and yalls explanations were perfect. It looks like a nice little addition to a carousel.
mrceagle on 12/4/2004 4:35:01 PM said:
Not a problem. I seem to be able to count on Cyclonic to watch my back.
adriahna on 12/5/2004 8:16:53 PM said:
Bob, if you ever get the chance to ride a carousel with a catch, do so - even if youre not a "carousel person" like Cyclonic and myself, its really a lot of fun.
larrygator on 12/5/2004 10:54:25 PM said:
Adriahna is right. Im not a carousel person but the ring catch at Knoebels certainly makes it worth riding.
mrceagle on 12/5/2004 11:32:29 PM said:
Carousels for me are a ride for me to ride with my intire family. Also a good ride fo after I eat.
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