BUFFALO, WYO — The Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for the Cowboy Carousel Center was a great success, according to Arts Along the Bighorns President, Kitty Merrill. Merrill said the organization “raised 102% of the goal we set. In the end people were just coming forward and helping us finish strong. We are so thankful to everyone in this community and this region who helped us so generously. We couldn’t have done it without so much local and regional support. Thank you everyone.”
The support Merrill refers to came from just about everywhere in the United States and Wyoming. But mostly, the strongest support and the pledges that put them over the top, Merrill said, were local supporters who kept raising their donations to meet the goal and new people never before involved. Merrill said this is great for the whole project.
But Arts Along the Bighorns is not going to sit on their hands — not even for a week. When the Wall Street Journal came they were just starting the Kickstarter campaign and barely missed a beat to stop and show Miguel Bustillo of WSJ around, and nothing has changed. Merrill said the group has been trying to find a time when they could have an open house and neighborhood party.
She said that board is very excited and proud of the newly minted community center and wants to show it off to their neighbors. In turn, they are excited to get to know their new neighbors. Merrill said they want to be great neighbors and they know that some people have spread rumors in the community which just have no foundation in reality. She says this is their chance to let their neighbors know what plans they really have for the community center. ”These are exciting times, ” Merrill said, “and we just want to share how excited we are and that we do care about our neighbors and their concerns”.