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The 2011 NCA Convention


Hoofbeats in the Rockies

The NCA conference for 2011 was held in September in Denver, Colorado. In addition to lots of great meals, we visited seven carousels in Colorado and had a great time visiting with old and new friends. Here are some of the highlights!
Registration - September 21 - The Timbers Hotel, Denver, Colorado


Our welcoming sign was displayed proudly
in the lobby of The Timbers hotel.

Jo Downey and Norma Pankratz, Convention Co-Hosts,
and Diane Nance in the registration area


Karen Van Sant, Billie and Al Noren, and
Melba Clapp attending the registration table.

NCA Vice President and Convention Co-Host
Jo Downey at the Opening Ceremony

Convention Day 1 - September 22 - The First Stop Was At Pueblo, Colorado


This beautiful Stein and Goldstein horse rides
on the outer row of the Pueblo Carousel.

Our Bus Drivers!
We'd trust them with our lives!

Bette Largent presents an NCA Preservation Award along with an
NCA Historic Carousel Award to
George Williams

We were treated to live music during Lunch in Pueblo

NCA Board Member Charles Crawford and Catherine Crawford
are ready for a ride.

You never know what you'll find behind
the saddles of these horses!

Convention Day 1 - September 22 - The Second Stop Was At the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
in Colorado Springs, Colorado


This breathtaking view of Colorado Springs is
visible from the carousel area.

Allan Herschell Builders
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

NCA Executive Secretary and Convention
Co-Host Norma Pankratz with Diane Nance at the zoo.

One of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo carousel horses

Bill and Rita Sharkey

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff members having a
discussion with NCA President Bette Largent and
NCA Grant Chairman Linda Allen

This band organ was playing tunes from the 50s

Convention Day 2 - September 23 - The First Stop Was At the Denver Zoo


The Denver Zoo Conservation Carousel

Don Largent Waving to his Fans

Bette Largent presents an NCA Preservation Award
to Bobby Stroede, KM Concessions at the Denver Zoo

The carousel building with a lot of
NCA members looking on

A handsome camel

A peacock chariot

Convention Day 2 - September 23 - The Second Stop Was At Elitch Gardens


Elitch Gardens
Don't leave Denver without it!

The upper rounding boards on the
Elitch Gardens PTC Carousel

Bette Largent presents an NCA Preservation Award
to Elitch Gardens General Manager Rod Rankin

One of two roman style chariots on
the Elitch Gardens carousel

Watching the Carousel Spin
Kurry Lewis, Don Largent, Noel Hinde,
Art Morris, Nancy Morris, and our "C" bus driver before
he broke his iPhone

Convention Day 2 - September 23 - The Third Stop Was At Kit Carson County Fairgrounds,
Burlington, Colorado


Jean Bennett on a magnificent goat

Jo Downey displays the NCA Preservation award received from
Bette Largent, along with the staff and volunteers at
the Kit Carson County Carousel

This miniature of the Burlington Carousel
is on display at the museum next to the carousel building

Jane Toal

Harriet MacDowell and the "C" Bus Driver

A row of deer

Margaret Franklin and NCA DIrector Rich Kenyon
enjoy a ride on a zebra.

Vickie Stauffer and John Caruso
From the "Money Side"

Our dinner was a "Cajun Boil",
and was served to each table with a grain shovel!

Will Morton received an NCA Brass Ring Award
for his dedication to the Colorado Carousels over the years.
He has done restoration on the Burlington, Pueblo, and
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo carousels, as well as
several other carousels in other states!

Convention Day 3 - September 24 - The First Stop Was At the Carousel of Happiness
Nederland, Colorado


The Carousel of Happiness
Nederland, Colorado

Diane Nance visiting with the Gentle Giant
on the Carousel of Happiness

Scott Harrison, Creator of the Carousel of Happiness,
accepted this NCA Preservation Award on behalf of
the Community of Nederland

A very tropical looking fish

This rabbit is late
for a very important date!

This Alpaca with Ballet Shoes is affectionately
known as the "Ballet Llama"

Convention Day 3 - September 24 - The Second Stop Was At Lakeside Park,
Denver, Colorado


Rhoda Krasner, Lakeside Park owner with her daughter Brenda
holding an NCA Preservation Award presented
by Bette Largent

Layers of paint show on this outside row jumper

Another interesting cantle carving on this
C.W. Parker horse

A pink rabbit and a small zebra on the
Lakeside Park Carousel

Ongoing Activities at The Timbers Hotel
Denver, Colorado


This miniature by Jerry Reinhardt
was on display at the Round About Fair
One of these was given out as a raffle prize on each bus

Entertainment at the hotel was provided by Bill Barwick
and bass player / coyote impersonator Steve "Mac" McCartney.
Bills sings Western, NOT Country!

Charles Crawford and Norma Pankratz
Drawing the Winning Ticket

Cliff Black was ecstatic to purchase
tickets for the can raffle

Jerry and Marilyn Reinhardt received
a double brass-ring award for auctioneer services,
and for their ongoing work at the NCA Archives

Gary Nance received a brass ring award
from Bette Largent for services as NCA webmaster and
for helping out other carousels with their websites

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