Shelby City Park Carrousel Friends, Inc.

and The City of Shelby, Parks and Recreation Dept.

welcome to one of six Restored Antique Carrousels in North Carolina

Image: One of two flag horses on Shelby's carrousel.

Winter Schedule Carrousel Only (December, January, February): Friday & Saturday, 1 PM - 5 PM. Sunday 1:30 - 5 PM

Spring and Fall Carrousel and Rotary Train Schedule (March, April, May): Thursday, Friday & Saturday 1:00 -6 PM, Sunday 1:30 - 6 PM

Summer Carrousel and Rotary TrainSchedule (June, July, August): Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM-1 PM & 5-8 PM. Saturday 1:00 -6 PM, Sunday 1:30 - 6 PM

For Shelby Parks and Recreation general information on programs and facilities, please visit the Parks and Recreation web site for the City of Shelby at

Download Carrousel and Train Brochure (1/2 MB)

Amusement Schedule

  Hours of operation and rules and regulations are available.

  Gift Shop in the Pavilion is open most weekends. Would you like to volunteer?

Shelby Carrousel Ornaments.
Click here to order . Or call 704-484-6476.
"Restoring the Dream" video documentary.




With great sadness we say goodbye to Carrousel artist Brenda Lowery who died suddenly and unexepectedly on Sept. 5, 2006. Brenda was a joy to be around, cared deeply about others and left an incredible legacy, along with the other painters who brought this carrousel back to life through their creative efforts. Brenda will especially be remembered for some of the most intricate designs on sadles and tack areas. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Ride the Rotary Train too. Shelby Rotary's Miniature Train - Click here for information, and pictures on the Rotary Special City Park train. Mickey Shull Izzi Rotary Train Depot opened on April 25, 2002.

   Twenty-nine original horses were restored and painted. Three new horses and two new chariots  made and painted, fourteen Carrousel Band Organ provides stirring music! Re-assembly of the "mechanism" in the new building was completed in October 1998.

    The Shelby City Park Carrousel hosted the National Carousel Association's Technical Conference on May 2-4, 2003.

New! National Carousel Association photoshow project on the Shelby City Park Carrousel. Click to see.

    The menagerie figures: A Looff Lion and Elephant, and two Spillman dogs are special pieces that have a history on the Shelby Carrousel. They are not part of the restored carrousel since they are not original to it and they are in seriously deteriorated condition. The Lion and Elephant are in diplay in cases thanks in part to a grant from the NC Arts Council, and Shelby City Park Carrousel Friends, Inc., and contributions of design and labor from Broad River Glass and Steve Davis.

   Ground was broken on the Anne Dover Bailey Carrousel Pavilion on May 11, 1998. The Pavilion and Carrousel were dedicated on October 17, 1998.
How to get to the Carrousel in Shelby.

Library of Congress Local Legacies Project.

Thank you "Partners in the Pavilion" campaign donors!
   The Carrousel now has a safe, secure home. All contributions are appreciated. Corporations, families, and individuals who sponsor major components will be recognized permanently for each component.

Shelby City Park's Carrousel image by Randy McNeilly
Anne Dover Bailey Carrousel Pavilion — photo by Randy McNeilly
Map and General Information Sponsorship Information 
Facility Rental;
Carrousel Hours; Rules/Regulations; 
Day Care/Schools Policy
Pictures and story of the Restoration
Sponsorship Information 
Links to Carrousels and Band Organs
Mission Statement of SCPCF 
Membership and Bibliography 
Volunteers and In-kind gifts 
Current Sponsors
Rounding Board Paintings
New Carrousel Building
The Anne Dover Bailey Pavilion

Visit the NCA's brand new home on the net!
 National Carousel Association

The Shelby City Park was dedicated in 1948.
For more information:
or by mail:

Shelby City Park Carrousel Friends, Inc.
P.O. Box 704
Shelby, NC 28151-0704
Telephone at the Carrousel Pavilion: 704/484-6476

City of Shelby Parks and Recreation Department
Drawer 207, Shelby, NC 28151-0207
Telephone: 704-484-6811

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