A Carousel for Missoula reopened on Thur., Aug. 8, following a fifteen-day closure due to a broken cylinder bearing.
Andy Troutwine, a local machinist and owner of Andy’s Shop, was able to fabricate a replacement for the bearing.
A solution that could easily have taken months was completed in just 15 days.
The broken cylinder bearing came just five weeks after Dragon Hollow Playarea reopened following an extensive closure.
Carousel staff and volunteers raised nearly $350,000 for the work on Dragon Hollow, and several donations have come in to help replace the revenue the Carousel lost during the closure.
The community is invited to meet the men who fixed the Carousel, and to celebrate its reopening at a community-wide gathering on Tues., Aug. 27, from 6 to 8pm, at the Carousel.
The Carousel will provide lemonade, cookies and free rides. Donations to offset the lost revenue will be accepted, but there is no charge to attend the event.