Children 12 and younger who visit the free “Carousel Animals at Fresno State” exhibition through Aug. 31 will receive a voucher for a complimentary ride on the carousel at Rotary Storyland and Playland at Roeding Park in Fresno.

The vouchers allow children to ride at the family amusement park near downtown Fresno anytime until Nov. 13 to experience for themselves the inspiration for the hand-carved animals that coveyed millions of people around and around in late 19th– and early-20th-century America.

The exhibition at California State University, Fresno’s Henry Madden Library features 44 ornately decorated wooden sculptures from the extensive collection of Larry Freels of Fresno.

The carousel animals are not confined to the Peters Ellipse Galleries on the library’s second and third floors, but also are spread across the north end of the first floor, where they’re on view to anyone strolling in the adjacent Peace Garden.

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