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 carnivals to ask how they are managing. (Comments have been slightly edited for easier reading.)

Crabtree Amusements:

All employees have been furloughed. The few (very few) who have no other home are staying on the farm while practicing social distancing.

Mr. Crabtree suffered huge losses as they shut down Rodeo Austin after the carnival set up, but before they were able to open. He is committed to taking care of his employees, many of which have been with him for years, and he is pursuing every avenue available to put people back to work.

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!


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