National Merry Go Round & Carousel Day

If we were fortunate as children, we rode a merry go ‘round when a carnival or fair came to town. Delightful memories often get relived as adults.




Surprisingly, the carousel started as a sort of war training. Early merry-go-rounds date back to the 12th century, when knights used them to test agility and jousting skills as they galloped around the carousel. Children became enamored with the skill games and developed make-believe carousels with wooden horses.

Circles were pulled by humans or horses before steam engines and electricity. Music was also an entertaining addition. While all galloping horses initially, today’s children can ride in various seats, cars, and a full array of critters.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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