Circus Kids – What would it be like to grow up with the circus?

In my 8th-grade math class was a boy who grew up traveling with the circus. He eventually married one of my friends and introduced her to the circus life before settling down to raise their kids. Before meeting him, I never thought of the posibility that a kid could actually grow up being a part…

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How are carnivals and circuses handling COVID-19?

With much of the US (and the world) shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I couldn’t help but wonder what our traveling entertainers are up to. Have they gone back to winter quarters to work on a few finishing touches? Did they find a way to safely stay in business? Or were they forced…

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Is it safe to travel with a carnival or circus?

This post was written for people who are considering a job with a carnival or a circus, AND for the families who worry about them. On the flip-side of my post “Is it safe to be around carnival workers and circus workers” is the question of if it is safe to be a carnival or…

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Is it safe to be around carnival workers or circus workers?

Some people hate when the circus or carnival comes to town. They believe that the workers are sketchy, possibly even dangerous. This distrust can be so strong that in 2001, when I was a concession stand worker, there were towns where we walked to restaurants and stores in small groups to avoid being harassed by…

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