It started as a scary situation.  There was the possibility A Carousel for Missoula might close for the summer when issues were found with a bearing last month.

But just 15 days later the Carousel was back in action, in large part because of Andy Troutwine, a local machinist.

The Carousel will host a community gathering on August 27th, from 6 to 8 PM, to celebrate the reopening of the Carousel and those that made it possible.

Stop by for cookies, lemonade, free rides and meet the men who fixed the Carousel.  The event is free but donations will be accepted to offset the lost revenue during the closure (about $1,000 a day for the 15 days.)

The attached press release has information about the problem, its solution and the event.