The Northern Maine Fair – The Life Of A Carny Whose Life Is The Carnival
Carnivals are a big part of the Northern Maine Fair. The people who run those carnivals have been nicknamed "Carnies" and boy, have they some stories to tell.
Did you ever wonder what life as a carny is like? Some might romanticize how awesome it must be to travel, meet new people and basically, have fun all the time.
Well, there is 'a man' behind the curtain on that. Or shall we say that just because we see a pretty gingerbread house, doesn't mean there are no obstacles and dangers that await them on the inside?
I'm here to tell you that life as a carny is not as glorious as it might seem. Take it from them.
Although it produces a paycheck, some of the stuff 'carny's' have seen through the years will probably change your outlook on them. We'll let you decide.
Life As A 'Carny' Consists Of.....
Oh yes! Puke is something often seen by a carny and it comes in all shapes and colors. It's probably not a good idea to stuff your gut with carnival food and then ride on the Round-Up ride, which will 'spin' that food right up out of you. The carny gets to clean it up and they see a lot of it.
Some carnies have to wonder, "Do the parents really love their kids? Or do they want them to die?" Meaning, parents are constantly ignoring the height restrictions for some of the more dangerous rides.
What happens when the ride breaks down? A carny has to climb to the top, without a fall-arrest system, or harness, and rescue the poor people stuck at the top of the Ferris Wheel.
When you work as a carny, you're working with all kinds of different people, from all walks of life, and many have a very questionable past. Drug abuse, felons, and people that have been labeled "gypsies", unfairly, in many cases.
Granted, your rent, gas, electricity and other common amenities are paid for, but it comes with a price. Taking baths out of a plastic bucket, smelling your neighbors' farts or maybe even watching them sweat alcohol while they sleep. Not the greatest conditions for a carny.