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Saturday, May 19, 2012

All the Pretty Horses

Were not on a carousel last weekend – but in a park.

carousel ponies2These colorful steeds were galloping at Robert Reed Park in Chincoteague, VA last Saturday for the Mother Earth Day Festival. They were salvaged from a dismantled ride that had been used at the Chincoteague Island Fire Company’s annual carnival. Prominent local artists were invited to paint the horses which were on display before being auctioned to raise monies for the fire company’s building fund.

carousel poniesThe festival is an eco-friendly spring event held annually on Mother’s Day weekend. It featured tips for “green” living, displays of recycled art, nature and environmental exhibits, music and food. New to this year’s event was a recycling enter where  electronics and computers could be taken for safe disposal.

13 comments:

Daisy said...

I love the painted horses, Beatrice. What a neat idea!

Mamabug said...

Darn, wish I were a kid again!

Montanagirl said...

I love the pretty horses!

Chip Allen said...

Darn, I wish we lived closer to Chincoteague!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Carousel's are one of the things that have died. How I would love to be able to get something like that for my little grandson that is due July 4th.
I miss those day. What a nice way to keep the horses cared for. I hope who ever buys them treats them well.
Your comment on my post was so sweet. Thank you!

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I like the yellow horse, the others sort of looked evil :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Sherry said...

Rochester had a similar even quite a few years back. It was called Horses on Parade and different companies/groups spent weeks and months painting their horses and then they were put on display at their place of business. It was impressive to see. These in your post remind me of riding the carousel as a child!

Out on the prairie said...

Unusual colors, they have done this around here with pigs and cows.

Grenville T. Boyd said...

What do you feed a carrousel horse????? Cotton candy or Carmel apples???????
I'll take either one thanks!!!!!!
Grenville

Lois Evensen said...

Terrific! I love it that they were salvaged from something that could have become junk. :) Really terrific!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Everyone, this was a good recycling project and raised money for a good cause too. Sadly, there are few carousels around here; only a couple at local firemen's summer carnivals, but not too many of those survive either. Grenville and grandson Bobby have ridden one at Roger Williams Park in RI.

Sandra said...

i love these, all of them. what a wow moment, wish I had seen them. I love a carousel and always have

Elaine said...

I would so love to have a carousel pony! This looks like a wonderful fundraiser.

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