The Wantagh girl began crusading for the carousel's comeback in 2006.
Generations of youngsters rode the carousel from 1940 to 1995 at the now-shuttered Nunley's Amusement Park in Baldwin. It sat in a county warehouse until Rachel decided to undertake an effort to restore it.
She founded a charity called Pennies for Ponies and raised $91,000 toward the restoration cost.
The carousel is slated to open to the public May 2.
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