View Full Version : Carnival Workers?

07-09-2006, 10:21 AM
Got your attention? Good...

Seriously though...i'm working on a story that involves a Carnival/Fair...Anyway, I am wonderng what kind of hours they work? Do they work two different shifts? when do they get to eat, take a bathroom break? I want this to be as accurate as possible. Now if each amusement company has thier own set of rules, that's fine..

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

Tish Davidson
07-09-2006, 12:27 PM
I know that the people who work for Butler Amusements in those "skill" games like throwing darts or knocking down milk cans get a percentage of the daily take.

07-11-2006, 12:58 AM
This link may be of interest. Briefly mentions an average 80-hour work week and some of the unknown parts of the job as opposed to just "pushing a button."


Plus, this isn't a carnival obviously, but you can always see how Busch Gardens does it (http://www.becjobs.com/). You can search for park employment and if there are positions available you can read the profile.

07-11-2006, 01:03 AM
Interesting. I had some bad jobs before, but fortunately, never had to be a CARNIE.

07-11-2006, 01:07 AM
The only carnival workers I ever encountered were the ones who came to town with the county fair and impregnated half the twelve year olds.

07-11-2006, 01:47 AM
Katiemac...Thanks for the article...it sheds a great amount of light and helps me very much.

07-11-2006, 03:47 PM
My church runs an annual carnival. I can tell you that the workers are not the clean shaven, hard working, misunderstood bunch that article portrays. That seems an atypical carnival to me.