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Carousel Corner

By Jim Ayres

If you like a game of chance, try planning an outdoor event in Butte. If the story starts, “It was dark and stormy, a chill hung heavy in the air, the rain came sideways,” you might think spooky Halloween. Nope, that’s how our first ever Golf Tournament went. A few brave souls toughed it out but most weren’t as dedicated. Never the less, we were happy with the way things went and we plan to try it again next year, hopefully with better weather. Our thanks go to the many hole sponsors, and especially to our cohosts, the Butte Irish Hockey team. We would also like to thank First Montana Bank and the Butte Auto Group for being the major event sponsors.

Now for an indoor event, this Sunday, October 29, we will be celebrating Halloween with free popcorn and carousel rides for everyone from noon until 6 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.

This month we say goodbye to Barbara Johnson. Barbara was a long-time volunteer at the Carousel. Barbara and her husband Bob, along with Nondys Mason, were instrumental in the creation of Alphabet. Alphabet was the first horse carved, a prototype, that determined the look and size of the horses on the carousel. Alphabet is on display at the Butte Plaza Mall. The trio also worked on Star Gazer, the lead horse on the carousel. Barbara was involved from the very beginning of the project and volunteered many hours in the gift shop. Thank you, Barb, for all that you have done.

This is the time of year when we get busy planning our annual gala. It will be held on January 20, 2024. We are always looking for fun ideas to keep this event fresh. If you would like to help or donate, please call Marilyn Patrick at 406-490-3829.

To plan an event or get in touch with the Carousel call 406-494-7775. Our mailing address is Box 4133 Butte, Mt 59702 and our physical address is 3105 Utah St. in Stodden Park.

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