Feature Story                                                                                                        Sunday, June 22, 2014


Life's a Carnival

West Coast Amusements gets the good times rolling at Heritage Park

Staff/Voice photos


A ride is ready for customers Saturday morning at Heritage Park. Below, George the "carnie" spoke highly about his job.


ome things in life are constants. Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Robbie Robertson sang "Life is a Carnival" on The Band's 1971 Cahoots album. That's still true 43 years later especially if you live and work in a travelling carnival.

The Voice stopped by Heritage Park Saturday for a sneak preview of West Coast Amusements carnival just as staff were running through some last minute preparations prior to their noon opening.

We chatted with one carnie in passing, George, who hails from Prague. He runs the ring-the-bell strongman game and told us he loves the job.


"I charge $500 per photo," he deadpanned after a couple of shutter clicks.

"What I like most about this work is the travelling," he said in a thick Czechoslovakian accent. "Tomorrow, I'll be in Westbank, Kelowna. I just love it".


He says putting the rides up and taking them down again is a snap too.

"It's like Lego, it all just goes together like big Lego," he said

This carnival has it all, from bumper cars and a drop zone ride to a haunted house for some creepy fun and even a midway. There's Candy floss and like the sign says; "24 snow cone flavours."

The carnival will be running at Heritage Park on Sunday until around midnight.

For more information about where West Coast Amusement will be and to book them for your event, visit www.westcoastamusements.com


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