The Conklin Shows web site is dedicated to documenting the intriguing history of the Conklin carnival operations which span almost a century, from 1916 to present day. The site’s goal is to help preserve all components of the North American outdoor amusement industry, in particular the carnivals; information covers manufacturers, suppliers, amusement parks, fairs, independent shows, rides, games, and food operators (contractors). The site hosts The Carnival Museum Fun Factory (opening May 2015) that makes available to the public many carnival games, rides and artefacts which have been carefully restored from various periods throughout the Conklin history.
Canada’s Conklin Shows & Conklin Shows International provided the midways at Miami Florida’s Dade County Fair, Calgary Alberta’s Calgary Stampede, The Canadian National Exhibition and many, many other venues across Canada and the United States. While both were sold in 2004 to a US conglomerate, Conklin Shows continues as a smaller carnival entity but with the same long-standing philosophy, corporate logo and many of the same senior staff. The carnival office and winter quarters still make their home in Brantford, Ontario. Today, the show's two units play some 60 fairs and events across Ontario.
This site — ConklinShows.com — is dedicated to Conklin History and in addition the site’s goal is to help preserve all components of the North American Outdoor Amusement industry, in particular the carnivals. It will include all facets of the outdoor amusement industry, manufacturers, suppliers, amusement parks, fairs, and independent shows, rides, games, and food operators (contractors).
The Conklin Shows history includes our route lists, independents, fairs and events starting from the 1920s. Many of our past employees can be found in the alumni section; it’s the thousands of these Conklin carnies that were responsible for the success of the many units and operations over the years.