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 to send workers home?

I reached out to several shows to ask how they are managing. (Comments have been slightly edited for easier reading.)

Crabtree Amusements Carnival:

Crabtree Amusements suffered huge losses as they shut down Rodeo Austin after the carnival set up, but before they were able to open.

Mr Crabtree is committed to taking care of his employees, many of which have been with him for years. All employees have been furloughed, but Mr Crabtree is pursuing every avenue available to put people back to work. The few employees who have no other home are staying on the farm while practicing social distancing.

It is Crabtree Amusements’ hope that people will comply with COVID-19 guidelines so we can get back to life as we know it very soon!

Talley Amusements Carnival:

If you live in the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area, you are in luck! Talley Amusements has a concession stand up to offer the wonderfully delicious fair food we crave! (My mouth is watering as I type, wondering if it is worth the 2-hour trip for some fried oreos!)

Check the Talley Amusements Facebook Page for current locations.

 

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