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The carousel at Baltimore's Inner Harbor was taken down earlier this year due to financial difficulties.
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The carousel at Baltimore's Inner Harbor was taken down earlier this year due to financial difficulties.

Two Maryland companies have submitted proposals to bring a carousel back to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Baltimore has been without a carousel since earlier this year when the city pulled the plug on its antique carousel operator. It's reported the operator, which ran the carousel for three decades, ran into financial difficulties.

City officials encouraged proposals to bring another attraction to fill the space, and that led to Charm City Carousel Entertainment. The Stevensville based amusement vendor is proposing a classic carousel ride with 30 animal figures and two chariots.

There is a competing proposal by TC Amusements, a Severn company that maintains a carousel at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. That group is pitching a slightly smaller carousel featuring figures that represent the local area including a blue crab and a Baltimore oriole.

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