The Merry-Go-Round Gives Back to Local Families



photo 1     This week proves to be a special one for those working at one of Evansville’s oldest home owned, home grown family dining establishments – The Merry-Go-Round. From Monday, December 16th until Wednesday, December 18th the Merry-Go-Round will be hosting its 7th annual “Visit with Santa” from 4pm until 8pm. Kids from ages one to ninety-two will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Santa Claus! Families will also have an opportunity to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card as well as Merry-Go-Round gift certificates and other fun prizes for coming out.

Eric and his staff have reached out to many of the schools city wide from the north to south sides and have plans to reach out to the west side in the coming year. During their trips they gave each student from grades k – 3, approximately 6,000 in number, an invitation to join in the three day festivities at their diner. The students were invited to fill out wish lists for Santa and were encouraged to bring their invitations to receive a free cheeseburger, French fries and soft drink while they waited to sit on Santa’s lap.

Eric and his wife, Natalie, own the Merry-Go-Round and employ their entire family at the restaurant. They started the “Visit with Santa” program as a way for them and their staff to give back to the community that has supported their restaurant for nearly 70 years. “It’s awesome,” said Eric, “To see the look on the kids faces and to know that they are feeling truly special is just such a joy.” Past attendance of the event is evidence that the community is very honored and privileged to have such an outstanding corporative citizen in our midst.

Friday evening of the 20th will feature a live performance by artist Abby Kunkle from 5:30 until 7:30 as well as half priced spaghetti dinners throughout the evening. This coming Saturday the 21st the Merry-Go-Round will also be hosting its “Winter Cruise-in” event. From 4pm until the lights go out guests are invited to visit the diner and show off their vintage cars in the parking lot.

The Merry-Go-Round is located at 2101 N Fares Ave. on Old Business 41. Inquiries may also be directed to their staff by calling (812) 423-6388.



  1. This is an awesome thing the owners do for parents who need a stepping stone or helping hand! Keep up the good work in the community! The food is deliciousness!

  2. Wow! Never knew this about Merry Go Round! Good people. Good for the community! I will be eating there more often!!

  3. My kids had a fabulous time! Merry Go Round is such a great place to eat, at work we order lunch for take-out a couple times a week. The staff is just good ol’ down-to-earth friendly and make you feel like you’re dining with family. The food is awesome, too.

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