Westports Italian Festival: Spotlight on the Carnival Workers
Westport’s Italian Festival closes today at 10 p.m. and then workers tear down the rides and booths and move on.WestportNow.com photo
TodayҒs The Advocate of Stamford/Norwalk takes a behind the scenes look at carnival workers specifically, some of those working the booths and operating the rides at this weekend֒s Italian Festival in Westport.
Excerpt: How many times have you stood in line at a carnival, waiting for your turn on the Tilt-A-Whirl, wondering about the man operating the ride? Long hair, dirty hands, bright smile. Who is this man shepherding thousands onto his ride each year? How did he get here?
“Movies and television often portray the carnival as a haven for misfits—those who’ve had trouble with the law, teenagers fleeing oppressive homes and those who refuse to grow up. But those who work The Show, as it is called, say they are not running from something as much as to something.
“As a group, they’ll tell you, they love all that life has to offer and can’t imagine staying in one place, waiting for the carnival to come to them.Ӕ
The Italian Festival concessionaire is Dreamland Amusements, which moves on next weekend to the Catskills. Its full schedule is available on its Web site.
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