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Rye's Playland Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Grand Carousel

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, unveils a plaque Thursday celebrating the 100th anniversary of Playland's Grand Carousel. Joining him is Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of parks, and Kathleen O'Connor, parks commissioner.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, unveils a plaque Thursday celebrating the 100th anniversary of Playland's Grand Carousel. Joining him is Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of parks, and Kathleen O'Connor, parks commissioner. Photo Credit: Westchester County Communications Department

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.

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