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About Carnivals

A travelling carnival (US English), usually simply called a carnival, or travelling funfair (UK English), is an amusement show that may be made up of amusement rides, food vendors, merchandise vendors, games of chance and skill, thrill acts, and animal acts. A travelling carnival is not set up at a permanent location, like an amusement park or funfair, but is moved from place to place. Its roots are similar to the 19th century circus with both being fitted-up in open fields near or in town and moving to a new location after a period of time. In fact, many carnivals have circuses while others have a clown aesthetic in their decor.  Unlike traditional carnival celebrations, the North American travelling carnival is not tied to a religious observance.

Larger fairs such as the permanent fairs of cities and seaside resorts might be called a fairground, although technically this refers to the land where a fair is traditionally held.

History

In 1893, the Chicago’s World’s Columbian Exposition (also called the Chicago World’s Fair) was the catalyst for the development of the travelling carnival.  The Chicago World’s Fair had an area that included rides, games of chance, freak shows, and burlesque. After the Chicago World’s Fair, travelling carnival companies began touring the United States.  Due to the type of acts featured along with sometimes using dishonest business practices, the travelling carnivals were often looked down upon.

Modern travelling carnivals usually make contracts with local governments in order to play both state and county fairs, as well as smaller venues (such as store parking lots, church bazaars, volunteer fire department fundraisers, and civic celebrations).

Savage’s amusement ride, Sea-On-Land, where the riders would pitch up and down as if they were on the sea. His “galloping horse” innovation is seen on carousels today.

A ferris wheel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Many thrill rides, such as the paratrooper and the Matterhorn, include spinning people at high speed coupled with other accelerations.

Originally, a fair would also have had a significant number of market stalls; today this is rare and most side stalls only offer food or games. The first fairground rides began to appear in the 18th century. These were small, made of wood and propelled by gangs of boys. In the 19th century, before the development of mechanical attractions, sideshows were the mainstay of most funfairs. Typical shows included menageries of wild animals, freak shows, wax works, boxing/wrestling challenges, and theatrical shows. In 1868, Frederick Savage, an agricultural engineer from King’s Lynn, devised a method of driving rides by steam. His invention, a steam engine mounted in the center of the ride, transformed the fairground industry in England and around the world. The preeminent carousel maker in the 19th century, his fairground machinery was exported globally.

United States

Through most of the 19th century, rural North America enjoyed the entertainment of travelling shows. These shows could include a circus, vaudeville show, burlesque show, or a magic lantern show. It is believed that the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was the catalyst that brought about the modern travelling carnival. At the Chicago World’s Fair was an avenue at the edge of the grounds called the Midway Plaisance. This avenue of the fair had games of chance, freak shows, wild west shows (including Buffalo Bill whose show was set up near the fairground) and burlesque shows. It also featured the original Ferris Wheel, constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. Following the Chicago World’s Fair, the term “midway” was adopted from the Midway Plaisance to denote the area at county and state fairs where sideshow entertainment was located.

Otto Schmitt, a showman at the world’s fair, formed Chicago Midway Plaisance Amusement Company. The company featured thirteen acts, including some from the World’s Fair, and began a tour of the northeast US. His company closed due to poor business practices before completing its first tour. Some members of his company formed successful travelling carnivals after Otto Schmitt’s company closed.  The appeal of this new type of entertainment was embraced. In 1902, there were seventeen travelling carnivals in the US. The number grew to 46 in 1905; by 1937 there was an estimated 300 carnivals touring the country.

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