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Dave Blenkarn a.k.a. blank

Circuit: Conklin Shows International (CSI)
Location: southern comfort unit
Worked from 1978 until 1985 for 7 years.
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not many i can repeat,but thanx for the best times of my life!!everyone.

Benjamin Blundell a.k.a. Ben

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: Canada
Worked from 1940 until 1970 for 30 years.
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My Grandpa had rides and apparently he was with the conklin shows. He was Bernard Shows

Sue Bonner

Location: West
Worked for 8 years.
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My years on the road were some of the best. I met some great people, worked for some great people (you know who you are). Did everything from taking tickets on the Double Loop at the Florida State Fair to flipping mini donuts in Springfield and Columbia. I learned how to make candy floss (thanks Corinna) and candy apples. I still keep in touch with many friends here in Winnipeg and elsewhere (Bobby, Cynthia, Kate, Doug & Corrina, Yankee & Roger, Slice, Shawna, Tammy from GR, Tim & Cory Chief, Sandy, Mel Robson when I get to see her and others I can't think of right now. I would love to hear from anyone and I would especially like to know if anyone has seen or heard from Lillian Newton.

Karen Botham

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: cne toronto, western circuit, lindsay fair, owen sound fair
Worked from 1975 until 1979 for 4 years.
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Had a blast...met lots of great people!!

Richard Bourdeau a.k.a. Ace

Circuit: Conklin Shows International (CSI)
Location: Brantford Ontario, CNE,PNE, Calgary, florida, new nexico, arizon
Worked from 1978 until 1979 for 1 year.
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I was 17 years old when started in Branford as a welder working in the yard and on the jet star 2 under Jim Caskey. I traveled aross Canada then into the US setting up as a top man, welding and driving tractor trailer. After a meeting with Frank conklin in Florida I returned home. Years later I went to see Jim at the Calgary stampead and helped set up as a top man.Greetings to all.

Robert Bowkett

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: CNE, Wasaga Beach
Worked from 1972 until 1977 for 6 years.
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My first job:I had just turned 15 on August 2nd, 1972. It was now the evening of the first day of the Canadian National Exhibition. I had just crawled into bed for the night when the phone rang and my mother answered. She came into my room handing me the phone saying something about a job. I the person on the other end of the line did indeed have a job for me if I could come down to the CNE and start immediately doing some job that required working overnight. Off I went to what was to become one of the most exciting jobs I've ever had.It turned out they needed ticket counters. Each night after the rides closed we were to gather up the ticket boxes from all the rides and count them (weigh them on a counter-balance scale) to determine the number of riders on each ride.The first year I worked there only the kids rides were on a universal ticket system. The main midway rides all sold their own tickets. The following year we went to a universal ticket system for all the rides. The numbers we came up with determined how much to pay the independent ride operators. The third year I was put in charge of the ticket counting. Working alongside Frank Conklin. Each year Frank would be placed in a difference position within the CNE in order learn the workings of business. That was a particularly enjoyable. Frank and I had a lot of fun cruising around on his golf cart, and eating in his private railway car. Oh... and working... :)

Bill Bowley

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: CNE Flyer Roller Coaster
Worked from 1976 until 1991 for 15 years.
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I have photos of family and friends that worked with myself. Let's see there are so many that they're starting to melt together. the one thing that I see in my head, day in and day out is that first train accident, all I have to do is close my eyes and I can see it all happen again. There was Bill Davis and His son Dennis, Carpenters Gill Snow and Tom Sharp and Myself. It was an uneventful day in all. The line up was to the back gate which meant that the wait would be about an hour to ride, everybody was all smiles. We did have some sticky trains. We came to the conclusion that this was caused by graphite build up on the track and continued to apply a solution of Oil Kerosene and graphite to keep the track slick. At about 12:30 it was my turn at the breaks and we were running at a clip of one train every 1 minute intervals. I've already had a couple of sticky trains so, I asked one of the platform worker to apply more of the graphite solution to the track and it seemed to be working. 20 min latter a train came roaring into the station and came to a quick stop. let me take a quick moment to explain the braking system . The brakes are set at closed, and when the train comes in the brakeman would open it and close it rapidly to slow it down to a stop. Anyhow this train comes roaring into the station, there is a woman that is slow getting out of her seat and the platform workers were helping her. Now I'm running these trains at one every minute so there's not much time, there is a brake above the station but the brake must be applied manually, well the other train is getting to the point of no return and make the decision to move the train to the loading area so the woman can have more time to exist the train as I open the brake the woman wants out now and is standing, I quickly stop the train, and she jumps out. by this time the train has reached the upper brake. With the woman out of the car, I think that all's well. The train starts move into the loading area,and gets about half way in. Then to my horror, the train stops. I look down at my controls both brakes are open, I spin around to engage the emergency brake as the train rocketed with a deafening sound over the station. "I got it, I got it, thank God" I repeated to myself and I could hear the train slowing to a stop , slowing to a stop, "come on, stop already", I thought. I can still hear it the steel on steel screeching the tat tat tat tat tat slowing to a bump bump bump to an almost painful stop, than tat followed by tat tat and then tat ta tat ta tat, and said," dam it is still coming". I start yelling for the platform crew to push the train. "Harder", I shout. "Gill, Tom Bring the bars, the pry bars". I looked at Gill and could see the blood run from his whitening face, as he raced for the pry bars. he was up on the platform in seconds working the pry bar on the brakes and everybody was pushing,pulling ,doing what ever it took. Looking out to the last turn of the Flyer seeing the train going through it hearing the low rumble getting louder . at first the screaming and shouting can be heard over the rumble, but rumble gets louder and louder, closer and closer. I finally shout to all forget it stand back and get out of the way, all clear with a final look at the train I turned my head and closed my eyes waiting for impact. It seemed like all went silent, it was so quiet, nothing not even the noise of the CNE midway.........BANG shook me back to reality, my eyes shot open by the impact, to see the rain of wood chips and flaked paint from the ceiling shower down onto the platform.

Berenice Boyce

Location: West
Worked from 2004.
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I started out in 2004. Hated my first month because i worked in a popper.I new that was not the job for me but i did my very best and worked like i loved it.By the end of the Canadian tour that same year I left Candyland and went to work in the Ticket office. There I stayed till 2007 the beginning of the Canadian tour as office manager.I want to say thank you to all that was involved with who I am today. I've learned a great deal from everybody. I loved and Hated every minuteof it. LOVE & HATE RELATIONSHIPWould I do it all over again.HELL YES!!!!

Rob Boyes a.k.a. Flinty

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: Edmonton
Worked from 1991 until 1993 for 2 years.
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I enjoyed working with Conklin shows.. got to travel make some good money and meet some great people along the way.. still keep in touch with a few of them thanks Conklin shows for the memories

Bob Brazeau

Location: Ottawa and the east
Worked from 1985 until 2002.
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I started working in the balloon joint, that was owned by Kenny T. I worked for him for about 3 years, then I went to the Bingo that was then owned by Mrs Bourbonnais and then her son Marc took over. I had lots of good times on the show. I started my first year working the Gloucester Fair and then I eventually worked the Belleville Fair once, then I worked the Renfrew Fair a few years and my last spot was working the Ottawa Ex. I met lots of fun people back then. If single/no kids/would do it again.

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