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Inspiration: Salem's Riverfront Carousel project was inspired by a trip Hazel Patton took in 1996 to visit family in Missoula, Montana. While there she went to see the first old-world style carousel built in the U.S. since the Great Depression. When Hazel rode the carousel, she knew it was more than the music and motion of the ornately carved and hand-painted horses that created magic in Missoula. The real beauty was how the carousel united the community by combining history with the creative talents of Missoula's citizens. She knew that the citizens of Salem could bring similar magic to the banks of the Willamette River. Vision: The vision of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to touch the hearts, spark the imaginations and ignite the creative spirits of a broad spectrum of volunteers by creating a work of art that will stand as a historical landmark and an enduring symbol of community pride and cooperation. Mission: The mission of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to enhance the quality of life in the Willamette Valley by invigorating community cohesiveness, fostering cultural and educational opportunities, creating a living history, and increasing tourism.
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The Carousel is corralling our efforts to join the fight to end hunger this holiday season

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The Carousel is corralling our efforts to join the fight to end hunger this holiday season expanding and kicking off its annual Marion-Polk County Food Share drive with it’s Scarousel Bash on Halloween!

Collection barrels will remain in place throughout November and December 2009, with the drive officially ending on New Year’s Day 2010.

Visitors who participate by bringing in non-perishable and canned food items can receive a prize drawing ticket entry for every item presented, each and every time they donate and/or visit. The customer will submit their name and number on each ticket to be entered to win. There is no limit on donations or drawing entries. THE PRIZES will be Seasonal ‘50 free Ride Punch Card’ passes that will be given away as an incentive.

Drawings will be held throughout the donation drive time period on:
Oct. 31st – during the Scarousel Bash (5-7pm)
Nov. 11th – in honor of Veteran’s Day (12pm)
Nov 27th – during the Carousel Express when Santa arrives by train - the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself will choose the winner during this event.
Dec. 12th – in honor of the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade (12pm)Dec 25th – Christmas Day Jan 1st – New Year’s Day (when traditional FREE rides are given away all day between 12-4pm) as our gift to the community!

People can increase their chances of winning the 50-ride punch cards by donating more than one food item and/or bringing items in throughout the giving season, which we highly encourage every one to do!

Contact Salem’s Riverfront Carousel 503.540.0374 - www.salemcarousel.org OR Marion-Polk County Food Share 503.581.3855 www.marionpolkcountyfoodshare.org for more information.