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The end of midsummer -Friday Report
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deadcarp    Posted 07-09-2004 at 07:54:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many small towns have celebrations, and that always included a carnival. Not too well-known but already last year, about half the traveling carnivals folded up. The ones remaining are diversifying in every direction - from becoming petting zoos to downsizing their fleets. But the cost of tires, gas, hwy restrictions, venue availability, insurance and everything is whittling away at their future.

To deal with the increased expense, ticket prices are going beyond what the public is willing to pay so i expect the carnivals will soon go the way of the traveling circus and if you're not willing to drive across a state, you just won't see a ferris wheel. It's been a good run - i'm grateful for it cuz my folks met at the beach during midsummer in the 30s. So i guess this could be called a "fair" warning: Enjoy what's left of them and try to give the kids the opportunities that are there. :)

DigitalMat    Posted 07-09-2004 at 13:44:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
After my grandmother was killed in a fire in the late 60's, my grandfather had no idea what to do. He had lost everything. He ended up traveling with the Thomas Joyland Shows for a while driving a truck. It gave him time to get his life together and decide what he wanted to do. He moved to Florida, eventually met and married Grandma Alyce, and had a great life after that. We got in the carnival for free. Not a bad deal for everybody around!

mike    Posted 03-23-2009 at 18:15:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I remember the thomas joyland shows coming throughour town of granville wv.It was the highlight of the summer for all us kids.there were much smaller carnivals that came through town but this was the big one.the one everyone waited for.It always raine the whole week the carnival was in town.the farmers aalways said they brought it with them.thank for bringing up a good memory

Larry (MO)    Posted 07-09-2004 at 08:02:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just had a rodeo for the 4th of July in our area. It was a blast. No ferris wheel but it was just plain fun. Kids loved the animals.

What made it most enjoyable was the monkeys and dogs. Right before the bull riding started a huge pickup came out into the ring with about 15 goats. Honked his horn and three spider monkeys (wearing cowboy hats, chaps, and sequined shirts) saddled on Australian Sheep Dogs came tearing into the ring. These monkeys rode the dogs hard and rounded all the goats into the back of the pickup. It was quite a site to see - talk about funny. Even funnier was when all the goats were in the truck, many of them climbed on top of the cab. Once the truck drove out of the ring they hopped off and took off to do what goats do (eat anything in site). The monkeys had to round them up again this time it was in the middle of the fair grounds. Monkeys had a double-header that night.

Great fireworks too.

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