Growing up it was hard for me to understand the difference in a Carnival, the Fair and the Circus. All were fun.
There were some of the same activities, rides and side shows. I liked the guys who tied balloons and I had a ball in the Haunted house and the house of mirrors. I was fooled many times by the miniature grown-up as small as your hand who could talk to you. Now I know it was mirrors and I am disappointed.
Oh, the games you could not win! and the one man Band!
Oh boy, did I like the strong man. Most boys did. The one I remember inserted a metal comb, in his hair. hooking a rope in it he slowly backed up pulling a big truck. There were pictures where he had pulled trains, I believed it all.
I wasn’t supposed to be there because it was a sin, but Buddy and Vondale talked me into going. What was one more sin to a 13 year old. Mine didn’t count yet did they?
Yeah, at the very back was the Hooche Cooche show. 50¢, No one under 18 allowed, “THESE GIRLS WILL SHOW YOU THINGS YOUHAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, STEP RIGHT UP!” Vondale was the tallest so he bought us three tickets, he assured the man we were all 18! The man believed it. Ya think?
We walked into the tent, and I found out we weren’t the only sinners. There taking the tickets was a man I had seen at our church, usually to get food and clothes from the pantry. BUT HE DIDN’T KNOW ME AND I DIDN’T KNOW HIM!
I smile looking back, it was a strip tease, all the way down to bikini’s. But in the 50’s that was a sight to behold for us 13 yr old boys. HA!
That night it was Buddy Curry’s Hollywood Hell Drivers. They put on a great show, but it didn’t top those bikini’s.
It is amazing to go to a fair now and see the same hustles that have been around since the beginning of side-shows.
The rides? I loved the tilt-a-whirl and the Ferris Wheel.
Remember the Circus?
Thanks for coming by the log.
When the circus moved on, we searched the grounds for lost change, we usually found enough for a Pepsi and cheese crackers.
Amazing stunt drivers!