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 [...]
The Carousel Committee is asking businesses to help by putting out a collection jar for people making purchases to simply drop their coins into the jars! So business owners are asked to put the jars near their cash registers and encourage folks to just drop in their spare change. If enough businesses participate the results could be outstanding! Participating businesses will be provided with a jar bearing a sign for donations towards the Carousel project and a place to write their businesses name. The business that collects the most coins will be recognized and rewarded for their efforts with a prize. All other businesses will be acknowledged in the Buffalo Bulletin and The Mini (and online through the BighornMountainExpress.com).
Come Along for the Ride ! A free day of rides on the Cowboy Carousel in Buffalo, Wyoming was a huge success according to Carousel Committee Chair, Kitty Merrill. Merrill could not be happier with the turnout and enthusiasm she witnessed on Saturday (June 30th) as the line was long and eager before they even opened at 11am. People came from far and wide and many had their own stories to tell about themselves and this carousel. Two people even came, Merrill said, who had ridden the carousel when it was still in Ocean City, NJ. Some folks had even worked on it when it was first brought to Buffalo, Wyoming by Ann and Emerson Scott. Mostly there were stories about riding the Carousel when they were a child or their own children were young. It was not unusual to find people in line that represented three generations of Cowboy Carousel riders.
The Buffalo Carousel Committee has big plans — REALLY BIG — for the historic Cowboy Indian Carousel. They have purchased the old Buetler’s building on Lobban and plan to move the Carousel there and build a center for the arts, community events and education around it. They have just recently signed a contract to purchase the building from Margi Schroth of the HF Bar who very generously immediately donated back part of the purchase price. Now the Carousel Committee wants to bring the whole of the Big Horn community and especially Buffalo that has been home to the Cowboy Carousel since Emerson and Anne Scott had the vision to buy it and bring it here in 1985.