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Carousel park primed for annual fundraising auction

OLCOTT -- Private sailboat cruises on Lake Ontario, original artwork and handmade oak furniture are just some of the items to be featured Saturday at an auction to benefit Olcott Beach Carousel Park.

The 10th annual auction will be held at the Olcott Fire Hall, 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road, and as in past years, the fire company and auctioneer Scott Perry and Co. are co-sponsors. Tickets are $10 at the door -- $5 for children -- and include admission, registration and lunch.

A preview of the live auction items kicks things off from noon to 2 p.m., with lunch and live music provided by Sophisticated Swing. A chance auction also will be held from noon to 4 p.m., with the opportunity to win a $100 door prize. The chance auction drawing will follow the live auction.

The live auction begins at 2 p.m. and features "many wonderful, wonderful items," said Rosemary Sansone, park president. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are all volunteers at the park, so people can visit the park and see where their money has gone. We try and make improvements each year and maintain the park.

"This year, we are fundraising to pave the park and build an audience shelter for the Tom Kelley Rustic Theater, to protect people from the sun and rain," Sansone added.

The carousel park will open for the season May 29.

Every ride will "absolutely" remain 25 cents, said Sansone, "so that it is affordable to any family. Fundraisers like this are one of the ways we keep it affordable."

The park provides children the opportunity to experience carefully restored rides from the 1940s and '50s for just a quarter.

The lakeside park also boasts a 1928 Herschell-Spillman carousel, which allows adults and children alike the chance to go back in time and take a spin to carousel music in an authentic roundhouse.

This year's live auction offers finds for every taste, including a fully assembled, gas grill, half-day charter fishing trip for four and child's touring pedal car. As in past years, bidders may also bid on a one-week stay at a Virginia lake house for up to 20 people.

This year, bidders also will see gingerbread fretwork from the Port Dalhousie carousel on the auctioneer's block, as well as an 8-foot lighthouse for the yard and many, many more items.

To view a list of all items, visit www.scottperryco.com. For more information, call 778-7066 or 778-8284.

The next fundraiser for the Olcott Beach Carousel Park is slated for June 27, when world-renowned Ragtime jazz pianist Robert Milne performs at the Palace Theatre in Lockport.

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