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South Africans break ‘carny’ stereotype

REGINA – They’re young, ambitious, and typically not what we associate with being a so-called “carny.” Of the more than four hundred workers operating the rides, games, and food stands for North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) at the Queen City Ex, 130 of them are from South Africa.

Carnies add foreign flavour

EDMONTON - Adrian Beelders adds a little drama to the Polar Express ride at the Capital Ex with classic DJ smooth-talking, asking riders, "Do you wanna go faster?" before he sends the ride to a higher speed.

Big E midway workers travel thousands of miles yearly for unique 'family' lifestyle

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Here is Aryn Geekie’s life: work part of the year at a nightclub at home in South Africa, spend nine months running rides across North America at fairs like the Big E.

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: South Africans Mexicans

After a canoe trip on a free day along the Chena River in Fairbanks, Alaska, three Chinese students and a Slovak student are part of the international carnival crew at Golden Wheel. "Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart." Confucius

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