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'It becomes a part of our tourism, it becomes a part of history.'

After 20 years of planning, a Cottage Grove non-profit is close to finishing their registration of a 1920's carousel. (SBG)

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - After 20 years of planning, a Cottage Grove non-profit is close to finishing their registration of a 1920's carousel.

A group in the mid-1990's tried to get the carousel up and running, but it has since switched over to the non-profit 'Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel.'

Starting last summer, volunteers have been restoring historic carousel parts with anticipation of getting it running.

Volunteers are working hard to put the pieces together so that families and people all around can enjoy the 1920's style carousel in Cottage Grove.

Each volunteer shares their own story for getting involved. For Duane Taddei, it's making his mark for future generations to come.

"My children are at the age where they can ride this thing," said Taddei. "Then I can point out the things I helped do to make this thing happen, then when they have kids, they can say grandfather helped do this."

Taddei, along with other volunteers, takes ten hours of his own time each week and puts it toward completing the carousel. The hope that in the end, it can look like Albany's carousel.

Karen Munsell remembers taking her kids to a carousel near the water in Ventura, California. Now, she sees one being created in a historic town like Cottage Grove.

"It becomes a part of our tourism, it becomes a part of history," said Munsell. "It becomes everything, and that's how it should be."

Russ McGuire is one of the main project organizers, and he wants a carousel in town to give his grandchildren the same childhood he had. McGuire says they are using these parts donated by the community, including the music machine, which you'll be able to hear as early as spring.

Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel are still looking for volunteers and donation dollars, so if you would like to help out, you can visit www.cgcarousel.com.

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