Cafesjian's Carousel is a beloved Saint Paul institution that has entertained kids of all ages for over 100 years — first at the State Fair, and now at Como Park.
The name of our carousel comes from our primary benefactor, Gerard L. Cafesjian (pronounced ka-FESH-jin).
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In this short video, you'll hear how this beautiful merry-go-round was almost lost, then saved. Produced by Nick Nelson and Saint Paul Communications Services.
- Operated by volunteers
- 68 horses, 2 chariots
- Built 1914 by Philadelphia Toboggan Company
- At Minnesota State Fair for 75 years
- Rescued from auction in 1988
- Named for benefactor Gerard L. Cafesjian
- Operating Wurlitzer 153 band organ
What to Look For When You Go
- 4 rows of horses, called jumpers because they go up and down as the carousel turns
- 68 horses and 2 chariots, all hand-carved
- Fancy trappings such as saddle blankets, flowers and western motifs
- 18 scenic paintings around the upper rim, created by volunteer artists to represent the style and subject matter of the original paintings, which were destroyed by fire in 1939
- A fully restored Wurlitzer 153 band organ (it replaces the original band organ which was also destroyed by fire in 1939)