RYE, N.Y. -- Sixty-six hand-carved horses and bejeweled chariots were the backdrop Thursday as Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino unveiled a plaque marking the 100th anniversary of Playland’s historic carousel.
Anniversary celebrations will culminate beginning at noon Sunday at the amusement park in Rye.
The day will feature a display of automobiles from the 1920s and 1930s. Actors in period costumes will hand out goodies. A birthday cake is also planned.
The Grand Carousel has been named one of the top 10 carousel in “America in Painted Ponies,” a book on classic carousel art by Williams Manns.
“This magnificent ride dates back to 1915, which is 13 years before the opening of Playland,” Astorino said Thursday. “The ride has a great history that will forever be documented on this new plaque. I encourage everyone to take a spin on the carousel and experience the joy it has brought to so many generations over the past century.”
Celebration sponsors include Neri’s Bakery, Antique Automobile Club of America -- Westchester NY Region, Playland’s “Scared by the Sound” haunted attraction, and Friends of Westchester County Parks.
Admission prices are $30 for unlimited rides; $20 for juniors. Westchester residents with proof of residency are eligible for a $5 discount. Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester residents, and $10 for non-residents. Parking is $10 on this special event day.
Playland Park is on Playland Parkway in Rye. For more information, go to ryeplayland.org, or call (914)-813-7010.