I rode the merry-go-round at Old Thresher's, and I made Cliff ride too. He wouldn't get on a horse, though. He sat on a bench seat behind me. These horses don't go up and down like those on merry-go-rounds of my childhood; they simply rock back and forth like a rocking chair.
Just think, my grandmother was only a girl when this thing was manufactured.
This is what makes the merry-go-round go around. Steam power!
And this supplies the music!
I happened to find a Youtube video showing the whole thing in action. (Sorry you have to watch a few seconds of a commercial before it gets under way.)