Mary Margaret Kuhn, Supervisor, Carousel and Country Fair Empire State
After going around in circles for five seasons with the animals of the Empire State Carousel, I have gotten to know the animals intimately. All the animals have names, and stories as to why they are part of the museum you can ride.
If you look at Sam, you might wonder why he holds a flag from the American Revolution in his jaws. The current town was founded in the year 1792 by Mr. Samuel Bear – get it?
Sam’s saddle blanket has a map of the
Finger Lakes, with a medallion
marking his home town.
If you see the items Sam carries behind his saddle, a canteen, bedroll & saddlebag – they are reminiscent of those carried by Civil War soldiers.
the first formal observance of Decoration Day on May 5, 1866, honoring both Union and Confederate soldiers who had given their lives
defending their homes.