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Penticton Peach Festival

Penticton peach festivalSurrounded by forested ridges, mountain lakes, breathtaking views, and orchards and wineries galore, Penticton, BC, is a stunning location and tourist magnet. Even with so many attractions, there’s an even better reason to visit Penticton this summer… the 5-day entertainment bonanza known as the Penticton Peach Festival.

Peachfest 2017 is the place to be in the Okanagan Valley from August 9th to 13th.

And best of all, admission is FREE!

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penticton spring flingAaahh, Penticton in spring! It’s glorious! Right now the entire Okanagan Valley is waking up from winter and shining with colour. The blossoms are out, the mountains look stunning, and the roads are clear. The driving season is upon us… which means so is BC’s carnival season!

When you think of Penticton and carnivals, you probably think of the world famous Penticton Peach Festival, often just called Peachfest. But that’s in August, which is still months away. You need a dose of fun NOW!

Well, then come to the 2017 Penticton Spring Fling!

Come to Perfect Penticton

With the average May daytime maximum hitting a perfect 20 degrees, come enjoy Shooting Star’s midway rides, games and food from May 26th to 28th. On those days, we’ll have everything set up at the South Okanagan Events Centre, 853 Eckhardt Ave WestRead More »

I h2015 Janice  and Family Testminial Photoave been working for Shooting Star Amusements on and off for a few years. I love working with this company and I have the best job!

At Shooting Star, you get trained for multiple jobs.  Joe and Brenda try to match your skills with the different jobs and tasks needed.  I sell tickets, I help set up the games, I work in the office and I run errands.  I have even been trained to run a couple of the kiddie rides!

I enjoy photography so I am the show’s photographer too! What woman would not like to get paid to shop? I also get paid to do the shopping for the Company, but I love my ticket selling job the best. Through the window you can see out onto the Midway Read More »

When you get a new amusement ride you need a few things in place to add it to your Carnival Company. First you need Events and then you need capital to buy the rides and then trucks that tow them. Those are just a few of the stepping off points….

Then the fun begins…You need to decide what ride is best for your customers. There are some classic rides in the Carnival business that have been around for decades. They are still being manufactured and used in the Carnival and Fair business today because they are great rides! These are the Classic rides, the truly proven rides that appeal to families. Read More »

2012 Surrey Canada DayThe summer months give you and your family a chance to spend time outdoors and soak up some sunshine. There are always plenty of  Summer activities in BC for everyone to enjoy.

Why not treat your family to a day at the carnival?

Enjoy Canada Day in Surrey

Mark your calendar on July 1st to enjoy our Carnival at Surrey’s Canada Day event. We will be at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park, opening at 10 a.m. Be sure to bring the whole family for a fabulous day of fun. There will be a full carnival, with Spectacular Thrill Rides, Family Rides and Kiddie Rides.  Check out the Euro Bungee and why not be a human Water Ball?  Try the Walk on Water attraction too!  To top it off, there will be a huge fireworks display to celebrate Canada’s special day. Read More »

Our Carnival Company has a long History in BC, and things always come full circle it seems. We started in the Carnival business in the mid 1970’s when Playland (PNE) was owned by a Company called Burrard Amusements. We later traveled with West Coast Amusements and started an Amusement Game Company called JBM Enterprises.

Several years later we joined Castle Amusements with our Game Company and later purchased five Amusement Rides. When the Watson’s wanted to retire we had the opportunity to buy their Carnival Company entirely – Now this was scary…and a real leap of faith.

While we were working at the PNE with our Amusement Games we had the great pleasure to meet Howard Hoss of S & H Concessions. I became very fond of Howard, he was a true Showman. We would meet for Tea each night during the PNE, and talk about the Business, share laughs and jokes.

One day while walking down the Midway at the PNE, I told Howard we had the opportunity to buy a Carnival – the whole Carnival! I told him we were pretty scared to take such a huge step, we would have to leave our full time jobs and take the risk. Howard said to me, “Brenda, opportunities like this only come along once in a lifetime, you should take it”. We have never looked back since! Thanks Howard!
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Rob's Character Board shows Betty and Krysta 's Character

Rob’s Character Board shows Betty and Krysta ‘s Character.

The Carnival Industry has many similarities – we travel, we entertain, we work very hard, and we are all in Show Business. I like to think that all of us want the same thing, success, fulfillment, a sense of belonging, the opportunity to deliver and provide joy and make a living for our families.

The people who work with us at our Carnival Company are quite different than you might expect. At Shooting Star Amusements, we hire people with inherent great skills and then further cultivate their hidden talents.

On our Carnival Midway you will find entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, first aid attendants, bankers, gymnasts, magicians, face-painters, artists, sales people, photographers, chefs, professional drivers, University, College and High School students, professional trade people, electricians and retirees who enjoy the interaction with the public.
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SSA-10-Year-Anniversary-Logo-150x150“So…What’s New?”

As a Carnival Company we are always asked “What’s New?” Each year we add something new to our Carnival Midway, but it’s not always something to ride. It does take a long time to build a Carnival from scratch. If you were to Google how much it costs to buy a new ride, I am sure you would be shocked to see just how much they cost.

In our Ten year history we have done some growing up and had our fair share of the ups and downs of any thrilling roller coaster ride! When asked, “What’s New?” We can answer well, a new amusement ride, or a new amusement game or some new and interesting fair food.
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