Neverland Carnival Arrives

You'd have to be a big fan to drive to Antioch just for this

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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A piece of Neverland ranch is available for anyone willing to buy a couple carnival tickets.

Butler Amusements bought the ride from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in the fall of 2008.

What was a "swing" to the King of Pop is now part of a carnival strip open in Antioch.

The Lolli Swing features 16 seats that twirl round and round and round.

If you happen to be near Somersville Towne Center in Antioch this weekend, just look for the ride topped with yellow lollipops.  The carnival is set up next to Macy's.
Butler isn't the only owner of Jackson Neverland items.

An East Bay rancher says he also stumbled upon the Neverland garage sale at Jackson's famous Neverland Ranch.

Inside a Castro Valley ranch are dozens of items.

Co-owner Chuck Moore said he didn't buy the stuff because he was a Jackson fan.  He just needed things for his equestrian center and yearly pumpkin patch.

Here's a partial list of the loot:

  •     A dozen life-like mannequins
  •     Several bags of youth riding gear
  •     A red four-wheeler ATV
  •     Neverland golf carts with the MJ name plate inside and a Batman logo
  •     Turtle ride

In all, Moore spent $40,000 and bought more than he ever imagined he could get for that amount of money.

He knew he had something rare, but the find increased in value when Jackson died of heart failure.

Butler wants to keep its find.  Moore is open to sell.

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