The city of Binghamton is proud to announce that the horses are getting ready. Memorial Weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer and it's the official beginning of carousel season in the area.

The Binghamton carousels were a gift to the area residents by shoe manufacturer George F. Johnson. He grew up poor and his agreement was there would never be a charge for a ride on a Binghamton area carousel.

Great news, it's still true today. There is no charge or for an admission price of “one piece of litter.” Thus disapproving the theory that nothing in life is free.

There are 150 wood-carved carousels left in the US and Canada and what is remarkable is that six of them are here in our area.  This is truly the carousel capital of the United States.

All six are now on the New York State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places. The horses will be ready to ride beginning this Saturday, May 27th.

To see the times and to learn more about our historical carousels, go here and giddy-up.

[via GoBroomeCounty