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Ever wonder what it's like? Life of a "carny" is more than just fun and games


July 18, 2018

Jake Satterwhite and Carter Krei, both mechanics with Dreamland Carnival, pose next to the Rock 'em Sock 'em game on the midway. Per the pair a ride is "something you play that you can't control," while a game is "something you play and have some control over the outcome." Carnival employees are paid differently depending if they operate a ride or a game. The Rock 'em Sock 'em is a game because players have hand controls that determine how the robots perform.

By Steve Edwards

BCJ News

Reporters note: During the recent Blaine County Fair I was working at the Lions' Club pronto pup food booth. The booth was just across from where the Dreamland Carnival was set up. During a break in the pronto pup trade I was watching the carnival workers prepare to open, shining their rides, organizing their game booths, preparing fair food and getting ready to welcome customers.

One of my co-volunteers wondered aloud, "What do you suppose it's like to be a carny?" For the uninitiated, 'carny' is a slang word used to describe someone who works with a carnival. I'...

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