In celebration of reaching 250,000 riders, the Carousel of Dreams is giving away a gift basket from Country Mercantile including an iPad to the person that is the 250,000th rider. they don't know exactly when the 250,000th rider will happen but they estimate it to happen sometime next Friday on February 26th.

By all accounts the carousel seems to have been a success. The original $325,000 loan is down to $26,000 which has been paid for by attendance and special events. After the loan is payed off, reports say the money will go into a fund to help preserve the carousel and create an endowment.