The Story City Antique Carousel will be celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday, July 25th, and is looking forward to a sparkling facelift. As announced in March, a paint restoration project was being planned to restore the animals to their 1982 newly-restored appearance. An announcement about the initial efforts of the project will be made during the Stan Dahl concert in the North Park brick bandshell Thursday night, July 25th.

"The project is making progress and we will be able to announce during the birthday celebration more specific ways people can become involved," said Becky Senti, restoration volunteer. While some animals will only require minor touchups, other animals may need larger areas addressed. It will be an ongoing project to be undertaken as funding is received.

Information about the paint restoration program, as well as memorabilia, scrapbooks, and photo displays will be on display at the Carousel from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. "What better way to celebrate National Carousel Day than by sharing the story of how the community purchased, restored and has operated the carousel since 1938," said GCC executive director Aaron Lott.

On Thursday, July 25th, the Carousel will be open from noon-8 p.m. with free inflatables for kids from 4 to 7 p.m. Stan Dahl and his steel drums will be playing in the North Park brick band shell from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Birthday cake will be served during the concert. Concert goers are asked to bring a lawn chair. A silent auction of decorated Viking helmets will be held. Sweet Treats ice cream and cotton candy will also be available for sale. For more information contact the GCC office at 515-733-4214.