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Great Northern Carousel to reopen on May 25

HELENA – After 17 great years, Helena’s own Great Northern Carousel was needing some renovations.

Repairs began just under six months ago, on January 1 of this year.

The carousel is being renovated because the owners, Allen and Nancy Mickelson, decided it was time for a great change.

The carousel originally opened in 2002.

Admissions will still be just $2.00 and now parents will ride for free with a child supervised under the ages of four-years-old.

MTN spoke with Trish Thompson, business operations manager, who stated, “I’ve lived in Helena all of my life and I was surprised how much I didn’t know about the carousel, but my favorite part I found out was that all of the animals here were done by the same gentlemen who did the carvings for Disney World and then they are all hand painted—there’s a local artist who did all the glass along the top here so a lot of intricate details go into it.”

Thompson continued, “I think we are trying to keep it all a surprise, so when people walk in, they are excited as I am! Every time I come in here, it looks totally different, so, we are very excited.”

The Great Northern Carousel will officially unveil its changes and reopen doors on Saturday, May 25.

Christine Sullivan

Christine Sullivan

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