Cafesjian's Carousel
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Cafesjian's Carousel

Welcome

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).

Watch Our Video

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.

    Quick Facts

    • 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)

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