Cowboy Carousel Has New Life, Location and Backing

Photo courtesy cowboycarousel.org
Photo courtesy cowboycarousel.org

Arts Along The Bighorns is a non-profit organization that is working to keep the cowboy carousel in Buffalo.

At Tuesday's Buffalo City Council meeting and again at Wednesday's Johnson County Commission meeting, Kitty Merrill and Arnette Tiller gave a presentation updating the entities on where the organization is in fundraising efforts, finding a new location to house the carousel and asked for backing from the entities for grant writing and sponsorship and for their support for the project in general.

Merrill said they are in the process of buying the old Beutler building on North Lobban Street to convert it into an arts facility, offices and a new home for the carousel. They expect to close on the property November 30.

Fundraising efforts are underway, according to Tiller, who said they will be applying for grants and looking for additional funding elsewhere. The carousel now has a website and through looking into its past in Ocean City, New Jersey, have stirred interest from many in and around that community, including the mayor of the city, who suggested the two communities become sister cities with the carousel as a common bond.

Tiller explained to the city council what they were seeking from them.

The grant is for $20,000 which will require a 25% local match, which the organization will cover. They were seeking no financial backing from either the city or county, only support.

On Wednesday the county commission also gave a letter of support in backing the project.

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