How Much Do Traveling Carnival Workers Make

What is it like to be a carnie?

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What are carnival workers called?

Carny, also spelled carnie, is an informal term used in North America for a traveling carnival employee, and the language they use, particularly when the employee operates a game (“joint”), food stand (“grab”, “popper” or “floss wagon”), or ride (“ride jock”) at a carnival.

Are there still traveling carnivals?

Worldwide there are many different traveling carnival companies. Most carnivals are not made up of just one operator of rides, food or games. Many of these venues are operated by independent owners who contract (or “book”) with the carnival.

Do carnies do drugs?

Though carnies may have a reputation for being dangerous people and wild partyers, the Scalfs say that when most people get off work here, they’re too tired to make a fuss. In addition, many carnival bosses now demand random drug tests to weed out troublemakers.

Where do carnies go in the winter?

Some of the carnies stay with the show when it goes to winter quarters in Tampa for repairs and refurbishing. During the carnival season, April through November, they rarely sleep anywhere other than the sleeping quarters in the tractor-trailers.

What is a carny butcher?

butcher – worker who walks around selling food and drinks. carnie – alternate spelling for carny; carnival worker. clerk – concession stand worker.

What is a ride jock?

Keller said men usually operate the rides (unless they prefer to run one of the games), women operate the games and the younger employees usually work the food stands. Ride jocks and showmen are salaried employees and the carnies are paid a commission.

Where is the biggest carnival in the world?

Every year, over five million people descend on the Brazilian coastal city of Rio de Janeiro for the biggest carnival in the world, to see the colourful costumes, enormous floats and street parties of the Rio Carnival.

What is a carnival geek?

Geek was originally an early 20th-century term for a carnival worker who was so unskilled that the only thing the worker could do at the carnival to entice an audience was to bite off the heads of live animals. Essentially, a geek was a socially undesirable person who lacked any skill or ability.

When did traveling carnival begin?

The traveling carnivals had their roots in the World’s Columbian Exposition (The Chicago World’s Fair) that was put on in 1893. The Chicago World’s Fair as it became to be called was a celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492.