HELENA – After 17 great years, Helena’s own Great Northern Carousel was needing some renovations.
Repairs began just under six months ago, on January 1 of this year.
The carousel is being renovated because the owners, Allen and Nancy Mickelson, decided it was time for a great change.
The carousel originally opened in 2002.
Admissions will still be just $2.00 and now parents will ride for free with a child supervised under the ages of four-years-old.
MTN spoke with Trish Thompson, business operations manager, who stated, “I’ve lived in Helena all of my life and I was surprised how much I didn’t know about the carousel, but my favorite part I found out was that all of the animals here were done by the same gentlemen who did the carvings for Disney World and then they are all hand painted—there’s a local artist who did all the glass along the top here so a lot of intricate details go into it.”
Thompson continued, “I think we are trying to keep it all a surprise, so when people walk in, they are excited as I am! Every time I come in here, it looks totally different, so, we are very excited.”
The Great Northern Carousel will officially unveil its changes and reopen doors on Saturday, May 25.