Last Friday night, Gill, myself, and our friends Mike and Erica ventured out to a 1930’s style Carnivale! We went for the $15 Midway tickets, and I admit to feeling a little sad that we weren’t seeing one of the big top shows, but for $60 a seat it wasn’t going to happen. I needn’t have worried – the Midway tickets were everything I had hoped for and more! Giant snakes! Ancient rides! Curiosities galore! Gothy oompa music! And now, for the photographic evidence:
This trailer was full of fun stuff. Besides the attractions advertised on the side (and they claimed it was the ACTUAL Barnum Fiji Mermaid!) there was also a shriveled glory hand, an extremely grumpy looking shrunken head, and one of the original exploding Kewpie Doll – apparently they were made of sodium nitrate and would occasionally get too hot in the sun and blow off the hands of small children.
This blurry picture is of The Unsettlers, the gothy oompah band extraordinaire! They were a big highlight of the carnivale, with songs such as “Zombie Stole my Girlfriend” to their credit. At one point we were over playing the carny games, and they danced up to us, instruments in hand, and began a private serenade. We started waltzing, of course, and they circled around us, playing and shouting “Lovers! Love! It will end it tears!” in their big, growly voices. It was pure carnivale magic, I tell ya.