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<b>Horse-drawn carriage rides return to Downtown</b>

Friday,  August 1, 2008

BY MORGAN DAY

 

Horse-drawn carriages once again are awaiting passengers for travel through the streets of Downtown. "We're rolling the dice, hoping that customers show up and are willing to take rides," said Terry Adkins, who with his wife operates <A href="http://willowwindcarriageservice.50megs.com/">Willow Wind Carriage and Limo Service</a>.

 

The public rides began two weeks ago and are offered from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Each ride begins in front of the Max & Erma's on Nationwide Boulevard and lasts about 25 minutes. The cost is $50 for two adults and $5 for each additional adult. Kids 15 or younger ride free with an adult.

 

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There's an outfit in Fort Wayne that has managed to survive more than 20 years doing this. I just saw one of their carriages go by my place this evening.

 

For a while there were a couple of other outfits, but I think the market wasn't big enough to support that many. One was a black man with a sharecropper's wagon and a single black horse. He had a spiffy-looking rig, well-crafted and immaculate, and the horse was healthy looking with a shiny, well-groomed coat. The driver wore a tophat and tails. Altogether I thought he was the classiest-looking of the three. I only saw him a few times, and guessed he might have been from out of town, testing to see if he could make a go of it here.

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^Cincinnati has had these for some time too.  I was actually told that there were two more year-round carriages added to the mix, bringing the total to 3 or 4.  It's always bonkers around the holidays.

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