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Claude Pieters

Location: West
Worked from 1989 until 2006.
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I started in 89 with TEN TOES INC. then in 96 Barry Sproule started SHOTGUN CONCESSIONS and i had many great times working with barry until he sold out to PAUL LOMBARD in 2003 now who knows whats going to happen with the new show.(I WISH IT COULD GO BACK TO FRANK RUNNING THINGS UP HERE IN CANADA)

dave pikowsky

Location: West
Worked for 12 years.
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just to say it was one of the most fun times i had in canada and usa like to say hi to miss pat roger and yankee it been a long time and everybody in westplam to bad it all change because they lost a lot of good people.

Derek Potapczuk

Location: West
Worked for 8 years.
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loved every minute, wouldn't chage a single thing other than black monday in toronto and that guy who got a pretty good shot at me in yonkers !!!!!!

Howard Pringle a.k.a. LURCH

Location: West, CNE, South
Worked for 25 years.
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Railroaded by the new corp. "b" route operator will never be able to do it.

Steven Provost

Location: Big E (w.spfld)
Worked from 1998 until 1998.
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I loved to see kids with smiles as they saw the autobon car ride.

Anthony Quinn

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: Brampton, ON
Worked from 1982 until 1983 for 1 year.
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First job at indoor Conklin's Party Park, at Hwy 410&7 Centre, in Brampton, ON. This was before digital photography. Would love to see some photos to remind me of that first work experience. I learned to juggle in the ball crawl and even dressed as Conko a few times for kids birthday parties.

Gary Rainville a.k.a. gary

Circuit: Conklin Supershows
Location: cortland and on through the northeast
Worked from 1993 until 1993 for 1 year.
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i met them in cortland ny..traveled with them and it was the best experience i have ever had to this day. the reputation of the show was...and still is...top notch. the rides were always clean, the crew always worked together on everything, and the boss took good care of all of us.

Chris Ray

Location: West
Worked for 2 years.
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Well I joined conklin shows in Calgary when I was 25 worked for Billy Lauther. Well there are goods times and bad times with the show but from what I remember things sure have changed for me and for the show. Had I good time working there and miss all the cool people that traveled with the show. Anyways thought i would write something in here since the show changed my life Peace Love everybody and have a beer for me!!!!

Kip Redfern

Location: West
Worked from 1980 until 1987.
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I had a lot of fun on the show and enjoyed my time out there.I knew a man out there who is gone now but his name should be in your book.His name was Lemmon. Anyone that was out there those years will tell you the same. He could jump in for two hours and get what it took me all day to get and get it all. He was one of the good old boys. He worked for all of the game owners at one time or another and blew every hole he ever got and always parted on a good note. His real name was Kim Meek. Gone but not forgotten

Loreen Regnander

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Thunder Bay, Toronto
Worked from 2004 until 2004 for 1 year.
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I was a 17 year old girl, high school dropout with a broken home and no where to go. I find my place within the the Conklin carnival grounds. I initially joined the balloon toss game with a few of my guy friends who came from similar living situations, to make some extra cash over the weeklong period of the Ex in Winnipeg. It wasn't long before the bright midway lights welcomed me into this community I never knew existed. I made friends like Maggie and Binky and J.J., the sights and sounds were shiny and spectacular, games and fun, people laughing and amongst this, it was like controlled chaos, a self governing society from set up to tear down, a travelling band of gypsies who understood the value of freedom. After dark, there was something about the gatherings behind the closed down rides, someone usually had a guitar, a few beers and everyone shared cigarettes. The darkness of the midway, so quiet now, with only the sounds of laughter and music coming from behind the shadows of the yellow, red and blue tents. Under the stars, while sleeping in the back of trailer trucks on bags of stuffed prize animals, I found my soul, I found friendship and I found strength. A fire will always burn inside me for the days of working on the midway, the sounds of balloons popping, rings and dings from the water games, music blaring from the swings, the smell of pizza and popcorn, the excitement of kids playing games and winning prizes. Even though I only worked for Conklin for 1 season, throughout Canada, I will never forget the impact of the experience and how it helped shape me into the person I am today. While it wasn't always laughing and fun, Conklin shows had created this alternate universe. One that welcomed and appreciated delinquents like me.

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