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Young people play some simple songs guided by members of the Caroga Lake Music Festival on Saturday at the former Sherman’s Amusement Park. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

CAROGA — The former Sherman’s Amusement Park got in the spotlight twice in one day.

An exhibit housing the amusement park’s arcade artifacts was on display Saturday at a fair run by the Caroga Historical Museum on London Bridge Road that brought back memories to visitors.

“I can remember my parents bringing us up here [to Sherman’s],” said Bill Quinn of Fonda. “I was mesmerized.”

His wife, Lorna, recalls riding on the carousel. “This is the first time I’ve been at this museum,” she said.

“It brings back a lot of memories,” said Wendy Bunker of East Caroga Lake and Lee Center. “I remember being terrified of ‘Grandma’.”

Doug Smith of the Caroga Historical Museum points out a Wurlitzer Style 125 Military Band Organ, a replica of an organ once played at Sherman’s Amusement Park arcade. It was displayed at a fair Saturday at the museum. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Grandma was a fortune teller machine that a lot of kids were afraid of, said museum member Doug Smith.

Among the other artifacts are a high striker, a bumper car and a Wurlitzer Style 125 Military Band Organ built between 1906 and 1920–a replica of what Sherman’s had.

“It’s interesting and cool,” said Olen Costello said of the Sherman’s display. Olen and his brother, Elliot, both of Caroga, were visiting with their grandmother, Carole Deyoe of Caroga. “History is important,” she said.

“It might have been harder work but simpler times.”

Doug Purcell, museum president, said the historical society has eight buildings on display–a cobbler shop, general store, ice house, Sherman arcade machines, a homestead, a barn for art exhibitions, and an outhouse.

Kyle Price, artistic director of the Caroga Lake Music Festival, provides commentary for children on the string instruments…

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