Built back in 1914, the Dentzel Carousel turns the BIG 100 this year! The carousel consists of 66 hand-carved horses and two chariots, which receive a year-round polish and maintenance to keep the unique ride true to its roots—wood and plaster. There’s no doubt that the Dentzel Carousel has aged like fine wine!
The Dentzel Carousel is one of only five classic carousels located in the state of Texas. Nationally, the carousel is one of merely 209. Everything really is bigger in Texas since this particular herd of horses on our carousel is uniquely known for its Texan size. The crowds it brings in are big, too: an estimated 80,000 riders per year enjoy taking a spin during the Fair.
This memorable antique joined the State Fair of Texas Midway in 1951 and has been a family favorite ever since. As you’re walking down the Midway this Fair season, take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a century’s worth of Fair history and memories with us by coming out to experience why the Dentzel Carousel is one of the State Fair of Texas’ most popular rides!