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The 2007 NCA Convention - Seattle Washington


The 2007 NCA Convention was held September 12-16 in the Seattle, Washington area.

NORTHWEST CAROUSEL ADVENTURE

Coordinated by: Tom Allen ( email) 511 Lakeside Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144

The 35th annual convention of the National Carousel Association was headquartered at the Holiday Inn Select at 1 Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057 (Seattle suburb). The convention also included an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown/Convention Center, Portland, Oregon on Thursday September 13th.

Bickleton Barbecue
We received some western hospitality
in Bickleton!

This was the second NCA convention in the Northwest but the itinerary was quite different from the 1995 convention. The convention included visits to 7 carousels, a very large museum collection and the Mt. St. Helens visitor center. Carousels visited included:

  • 1917 PTC #43 wagon mounted portable carousel at the Western Washington Fairgrounds
  • 2006 Community Carousel carved by the Washington Antique Carousel Society for the
  • Pt. Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA
  • 1921 Parker 72 horse 4-row Park Machine at Jansen Beach Mall, Portland, OR
  • 1911 Herschell-Spillman menagerie carousel at Oaks Park Amusement Park, Portland, OR
  • Part of the collection from the Museum of International Carousel Art, Hood River, OR
  • 1900 Herschell-Spillman track machine at Cleveland Park in Bickleton, WA
  • 1906 Parker portable machine at Enchanted Village, Federal Way, WA
  • 1918 PTC #45 in it’s new home at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA

The visit to the Mt St Helens - Johnston Ridge Observatory center provided an amazing encounter with nature. http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/04mshnvm/attractions/johnston-ridge.shtml

Also visited were 2 incredible zoos that included an African savannah, a tropical rainforest, polar bears, beluga whales and walruses.

  • Friday night’s dinner will be a BBQ at the Cleveland Park Rodeo grounds prepared by the ladies of Bickleton, Washington.
  • We will enjoy a concert on the famous Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Oaks Park Skating Rink
  • A trip to the Perron Family “barn” to see the amazing collection that will soon be back in the International Museum of Carousel Art at it’s new location in Dee, Oregon.
International Museum of Carousel Art
Carousel Paparazzi in action at
a storage facility for the
International Museum of Carousel Art

Wednesday night's dinner included guest speakers and a panel discussion. The Roundabout Faire was set up Wednesday night prior and after dinner and Saturday night prior to our banquet.

Convention Schedule

The schedule for the activities at the 2007 convention was:
  • Wednesday, September 12
    • Pre-Trips
    • City tour or Boeing Plant Tour
    • Dinner and program (Seattle Area)
  • Thursday, September 13
    • Puyallup Fair (Washington)
    • Point Defiance Zoo (Washington)
    • Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
    • Jantzen Beach (Oregon)
    • Dinner on your own
  • Friday, September 14
    • Oaks Park (Oregon)
    • International Museum of Carousel Art Collection (Oregon)
    • Bickleton (Washington)
    • Dinner (Washington)
  • Saturday, September 15
    • Enchanted Village (Washington)
    • Woodland Park Zoo (Washington)
    • Dinner & Auction (Seattle Area)
  • Sunday, September 16
    • Meeting (Seattle Area)
    • Post Convention Tours (on own)
      • Private Collection Tours
      • Seattle / Bainbridge Island / Redmond

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