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Carousel of Dreams unveils hand-carved reindeer

Carousel of Dreams unveils hand-carved reindeer

The rideable menagerie at Gesa Carousel of Dreams has a new addition.

Spirit the hand-carved reindeer was unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Carver Mike Thornton said Spirit took 160 hours to carve, and wears real reindeer antlers.

The hand-carved reindeer is a part-time addition to the carousel for the Christmas season.

The carousel was built in St. Joseph, Mich., and re-opened in 2014 after years of fund-raising, restoration and construction.

Thonton said he's proud of how quickly the new landmark has been accepted by our community,

"It puts a smile on my face every time I come in this building. To see this beautiful carousel behind us, the beautiful Charles Carmel carved carousel. The figures are 110 years old, but they've been restored and they look beautiful, just like new."

Thornton also carved the carousel's WSU Cougar and a ring-salmon figure, and said the historic ride is nearing 500k riders since moving to its new location.

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