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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Carnival Undercover by Bret Witter

Fascinating book - lots of fun to read. Thoroughly enjoyable.

"Who doesn't love a carnival, fair or amusement park? They have everything you could ask for: Fried food, dangerous-looking rides, macho games, freak shows, meat-on-a-stick, champion milking cows, and teenagers dressed up as giant stuffed animals...If that's not America, what is?"

The Marion Co. Fair - Indianapolis
That's the opening quote of Carnival Undercover that tells you all the ins and outs of the carnival business - everything from the economics involved in owning a booth to how to become a carnie to ride safety to the freak shows. It also tells you how to win at certain games, the inside skinny on some of the major theme parks (did you know that Disney World has an underground vacuum powered garbage removal - much like the system at your bank's drive through window - so that you don't have to see any garbage being hauled through the park?) and which food booths to avoid at your local fair (chicken and fish due to easy spoilage and the booths that sell more than 2 or 3 items - the specialists are just better).

I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Carnival Undercover.

Reviewed in 2003.

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