Fun Facts about Carnivals!

10553865_10152556625456210_8970307290517687142_o (1)Thanks, Mother Nature, for finally cooperating! In anticipation of tomorrow’s carnival, we’d like to share some fun facts about carnivals.

Did you know…

  1. Carnivals generally consist of games, rides, shows, feasting, and overall merriment, which developed from the traditional outdoor festivals of Europe in honor of seasonal changes or religious holidays that date back hundreds of years ago.
  2. The traveling carnival began in America in the late 1800s as a result of improved transportation and technology.
  3. Disneyland once attempted hovercraft style bumper cars as an attraction but closed the attraction due to mechanical failure.
  4. The first World’s Fair was held in 1851 in England at London’s Crystal Palace. The fair exhibited American machinery of the Industrial Revolution.
  5. In Europe, carousels typically turn clockwise, while in America they usually rotate counterclockwise.
  6. Guidelines state that children’s rides should not spin faster than eight times a minute.
  7. The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889, which honored the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
  8. The first time that fairgoers ate hot dogs and ice cream as they walked along the midway was during the Saint Louis World’s Fair in 1904, thus coining these two foods as the world’s first “fast foods”.
  9. What we call “Cotton Candy” was originally called “Fairy Floss”, introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. It has also been called “Spun Sugar”, and in the United Kingdom it is called “Candy Floss”.
  10. Games you play at a fair or carnival also go by the slang name, “joints”.

Have a fantastic time tomorrow, campers! We know you will!