A piece of Faribault’s history, the restored Tilt-a-Whirl cars are back downtown!
Three years ago, a Tilt-a-Whirl was restored by Rick and Kelly Dale and their crew on the History Channel Show “Rick’s Restorations,” and there was a great turnout for the unveiling and its placement downtown. Last summer, a second, locally restored, Tilt-a-Whirl was placed at the corner of Central Avenue and Fifth Street Northwest, right in front of the State Bank of Faribault, which again spurred local pride. But if you’ve driven down Central Avenue in recent months, you may have noticed they were both absent. The City of Faribault removed them over the winter to help preserve them, but with the snow officially gone for the year and spring weather here, the Tilt-a-Whirls have been pulled out of storage and are back on Central Avenue!
The Tilt-a-Whirl was invented in 1926 in Faribault and was manufactured in the community. Since they were beautifully restored and placed downtown, they have become a favorite spot for locals, visitors and even bridal parties to stop and take a picture to celebrate part of our local history and a favorite carnival ride. Bring your camera and prepare to relive memories from your youth when you get a chance to sit inside the restored Tilt-a-Whirls at their locations on Central Avenue in downtown Faribault!