The Carnies Are Coming, The Carnies Are Coming!

Should be an interesting weekend. Our town is throwing their yearly festival and carnies have set up shop in the park across the street. The standard, overpriced rides were set up last night. There's a Tilt-a-Whirl (for the Tilt-a-Whirl Gods), Merry-Go-Round, a giant slide, a Ferris wheel that looks like it's about to fall apart, a Tea Cup ride, and something called The Cliff Hanger. There's also the standard booths where you can try to win stuffed animals or other toys.

Of course the downside of all this is that our street is going to be wall-to-wall cars and people for the next 48 hours. No real complaints about it though. It should be interested to take a walk through carnie land to see what's happening. I'm sure Aidan will like to look at all the lights come dark.


Is there another word for carnie? Marathon Girl and I had a discussion about it. Marathon Girl doesn't like the word and says it's demeaning. I said there wasn't another word for people who worked at a carnival. I even pointed out there was a Simpsons episode where Homer and Bart worked as and called themselves carnies -- thereby making the word acceptable.

Anyone know of any other terms?