Carousel Day returns to CFJ Park

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CFJ Park in Johnson City will be teeming with activity Saturday as the village celebrates its historic merry-go-round.

Carousel Day returns.

The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and of course features rides on the historic carousel, plus the splash park will be open for kids and adults to cool down.

Plus, there will be food vendors, craft vendors and display tables by local organizations.

JC Police will have a canine demonstration while JC Fire will bring one of its trucks.

The festival is organized by JC Rotary.

Its president Rocky Martinez says it’s a great way to honor the heritage of the village’s historic carousel, gifted to the community by George F Johnson in 1923.

“A lot has happened in Johnson City as a result of this carousel. This was a very central part of Johnson City from the parks to everything else associated.  I think it’s an opportunity to remember that, celebrate it and just enjoy each other’s company,” said Martinez.

In addition to the carousel, kids can take a ride on a trackless train, although unlike the free carousel, there is a nominal fee.

Plus there will be Will Stafford the juggler, David Black the magician, Grandpa Joe the Organ Man and legendary deejay Louie G.

There will even be Civil War reenactors and a blacksmithing demonstration.

The event is supported by JC Partners and the Village of Johnson City.

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