Behind The Scenes With A Real-Life Carny
Filer, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Once the sun goes down, there's no shortage of bright lights and plenty of excitement out at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds. And part of that excitement is the people who work at the carnival full time.
We've all heard the joke about running away to join the circus. A man who's been working at the carnival for more than 20 years is a dunk tank clown, and his job is to make fun of all of us.
Bo Stone says, "I just do it a little bit better. We have fun making fun of people, getting baseballs thrown at you and dunked in the water. We provide a little entertainment."
Stone says about 70 people work in this carnival. He says they also hire local people to help set things up and tear them back down. When it comes to his cross-country travels, he's "been everywhere, man."
Stone says, "I have been everywhere except for Connecticut and Vermont, and I live in Miami. So I've been across the United States, both coasts, up and down. There's probably not too many places I haven't been."
Stone says he good naturedly makes fun of people to draw them into the game so they'll throw baseballs at the targets on his dunk tank. And he also has signs posted on his booth that say if you can't take a joke, you need to leave.
Stone says, "It's just like concert roadies, you just keep moving. You have stories you want to tell, you have stories you don't want to tell. There's never a dull moment in the carnival business, never."
Stone says the carnival starts rolling in February, and doesn't let up until November. So come on out and throw a few baseballs at him.
Aug. 30, 2012.