Burlington Carousel Festival: 30 Years of Arts and Food
One of the most exciting events of the Alamance County calendar year is almost upon us! For September 16th and 17th, Burlington City Park will be filled with music, laughter, and amazing smells. It’s time for the 2017 Burlington Carousel Festival!
Each year, thousands of people travel from miles around to take part in the fun and there is certainly something for everyone! Three stages showcase samples of the best of our local entertainment. The baseball field is transformed into a giant arts and crafts show. Many food trucks can be found, around the beer garden. The City’s parks amusement rides are all free for those days and inflatables can be found, not far away.
The live entertainment is always worth seeing. The variety of shows makes it easy to find something that you’ll enjoy. The Main Stage is dedicated to live bands and the styles range from boardwalk to bluegrass. The Thataways Stage and the Under the Trees Stage are the perfect places for family entertainment. There you can find high school music groups, children’s entertainment, and local dance groups.
Between the shows, taking a walk down to the baseball field is always worth it. Arts and Crafters set up dozens of tables to show off their wares. This year, fifty-nine different vendors will be bringing their creations. Brightly colored fabrics, handmade jewelry, and toys can always be expected. This is also where you can find the children’s art tent. The art tent has many activities for children of all ages and it is free!
You can’t spend the entire day without getting hungry and the food trucks never fail to impress. However, the tasty treats do not just stop at the trucks. The beer garden is a wonderful place for adults to stop for a craft brew or glass of wine. Local bakeries bring their best sweets and charities sell baked goods for their causes.
The Burlington Carousel Festival has a fascinating history and this year is extra special since it is the 30th Anniversary! The star of the show is, of course, the Dentzel Menagerie Carousel. The carousel is from the early 1900’s, it’s decorations stamped with “1913.” The City of Burlington purchased it from Forest Park Amusement Park in 1948 and had it brought down from Ohio. The carousel features 46 animals, all of which were hand carved. In 1981, the city began a full restoration project on the carousel. Each piece was carefully taken apart and lovingly serviced. The original paintings were described by individuals from Ohio and recreated. The project took four years and vast amounts of dedication.
If you want to take part in the fun, Saturday’s hours are 10am-6pm and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. More information, including an event calendar, can be found at http://www.btowneventsnc.com/.