The carousel at Conneaut Lake Park is among multiple rides, including all kiddie rides, apparently now up for sale by the amusement park's new owner.
The carousel, with an asking price of $400,000, is among five rides and 14 kiddie rides listed for sale on UsedRides.com, a website based in Greer, South Carolina.
UsedRides.com states the company also has "a 5 acre sales yard and office with the express purpose of assisting individuals with the sale of their used amusement equipment."
UsedRides only makes location and contact available to those who create an account with the website and log into their account.
Todd Joseph, the new owner of Conneaut Lake Park, is listed as the contact person for the sale of the carousel as well as the five other rides. In March, Joseph, of Keldon Holdings LLC, purchased the park for $1.2 million in cash from Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court proceeding.
On the website, each ride is listed individually and each is located in "Western pa" with Joseph's name and the same phone number and email as the contact for each of the rides. Each ride ad was posted on Saturday, according to the website.
Multiple Tribune calls as well as email to Joseph about the potential sale of rides weren't returned Sunday.
Conneaut Lake Park's carousel dates from 1905 and has three rows of figures includes 23 jumping horses, 13 standing horses, 12 menagerie animals — one goat, one hippocampus or seahorse, three bears, two cats, one giraffe, three rabbits and one llama, plus two chariots, according to the National Carousel Association.
The carousel was refurbished in 1989 with 19 of the antique carousel horses auctioned to raise money for its restoration. The original horses that were auctioned were replaced with hand-carved wooden figures from Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio. In 2002, five of the original horses were restored in Mansfield and returned to the carousel.
In addition to the carousel, a swings ride was listed for sale at $25,000; giant slide at $32,000; Octopus ride at $29,000; Dizzy Dragons at $40,000; and a total of 14 kiddie rides.
The website lists the kiddie rides as "Excellent looking and running train plus many other kiddie rides liquidating 14 kids rides all ran this year all in...PRICE $1,000." It was unclear from the website if it was $1,000 for the entire package of 14 kiddie rides or whether each was $1,000.
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