Published: Friday, January 14, 2005
A Good Turn at the Farm Show
HARRISBURG — Patrick Imes of Douglassville loaded up his horses and headed to the 89 th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. But his colorful animals weren’t entered in any equestrian events or rodeo competitions. They are part of Imes’ carousel, and their job is to delight the young and young at heart.

Imes is owner of Oscar’s Amusements, and he brought his carousel to the event for the first time to help raise money for the Pennsylvania Showmen’s Association and the Youth Farm Show scholarship funds. He and his friends spent four hours assembling the merry-goround prior to the farm show.

Throughout the week, Imes has stood in the center of his carousel, operating the ride and earning smiles. "I’m not a rich man so I don’t have a lot of money to donate," Imes said. "But if I can help out with stuff like this, it’s nice."

Imes and his fellow showmen may help more than a little. He predicts more than 8,000 people will ride the carousel by Saturday, when the farm show concludes. At $2 per ride, that would bring in $16,000 for scholarships. For this year, the ride has been moved inside from a parking lot to the main hall. It certainly draws attention there.

Caleb J. and Zachary T. Foote, 4-year-old twin brothers from Hamburg, waited for about 20 minutes to go round and round, and up and down on the ride’s horses. Their mother, Kim, said the boys enjoy the farm show.

"We were her last year for the first time," she said, pushing a double-sized stroller. "They loved it. They like the animals."

Organizers said they have been surprised by the lines, but have been excited to raise money for the groups.

Plus, they like being in the heated building, rather than out in the often-bitter-cold January winter.

"They put it outside and we didn’t make any money," said Sue Pfeffer, president of the showmen’s association. "It’s nice we got it inside."
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