Gibsonton, Florida-Seasonal Retreat for the Carnival-Circus World

Harry J Schaleman, Jr., Dewey M Stowers, Jr.


The occurrence of the autumnal equinox not only signals the arrival of the Fall season, but also the annual migration of thousands of showmen to their winter homes. With the cessation of state and county fairs across the country, machinery, animals, and show equipment are loaded onto trucks to begin the homeward trek. During the winter months, these circuit entertainers use the off-season to practice new acts, sew new costumes, repair rides, and enjoy some recreational pursuits (Figure I).

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