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Kannapolis carousel is double the fun

KANNAPOLIS – A double-decker carousel at Village Park in Kannapolis is now open for the young and young at heart to enjoy.

It’s the only double-decker carousel in North Carolina. The 1989 Bertazzon Carousel was manufactured in Italy and has 1,800 lights, Brazilian oak decking, and  hand-painted Venetian murals. Carousel horses rotate to carnival music.

Carousels originated at fairs in Europe in the 17th century, mimicking the tradition of knights on horses as they jousted in tournaments of skill and athleticism.

The ride accommodates about 60 people and is handicap accessible. It is housed in a structure that protects it from the weather.

Nearby in the park is a newly installed water feature. Using rocks, grasses and other natural elements, the waterfall offers a place to relax for park visitors.

The carousel will operate on the same hours as the Splash Pad and Rotary Train Express: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Each ride is $1.50.

Village Park is at 700 W. C St.

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