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Thousands turn out for the re-opening of the Looff Carrousel

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

One of the most visited places in Spokane has re-opened after being closed for just over a year. 

The 1909 Looff Carrousel is the crown jewel of Spokane, with its preserved hand-carved wooden carrousels.

Carol Bullock brought her grandchildren down to Riverfront Park for the grand opening celebration on Saturday.

“I've been coming down here for a long time super excited to have it open, super excited to bring the grandkids," Bullock said.

The historic carrousel sits in a new state-of-the-art building that's climate controlled. On hand for the ribbon cutting was Mayor David Condon along with other members of city government. The 54 horses, two tigers, a giraffe and two dragons were restored to look just like they did back in 1909. The restoration process took over 1,700 hours to make them come back to life.

For Carol and her grandchildren, Saturday was a very special day that they will never forget.

"It's been years. he was a little baby the last time he went on. We are really excited."

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