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Rutland May Days ProposalRutland May Days 2017 is fast approaching! We know the word gets overused, but Kelowna’s best annual carnival festival is going to be AWESOME!

Going into its 58th year, making it Kelowna’s longest running festival, Rutland May Days for 2017 will run from May 19th to 21st.

Of course, while the memories made at Rutland May Days are priceless, it’s certainly true that some families feel like an outing to the carnival can leave a big hole in their wallets. It’s not because the event itself is expensive; it’s more about knowing how to keep track of dollars and make them stretch farther. We have some easy tips to help you take the family to this year’s event, get the most out of it, and not break the bank. Read More »

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 »

Spring 2017 Family Events in British Columbia Spring 2017 in British Columbia cannot come fast enough! Not only because we are absolutely sick of winter but because there are amazing spring events in BC coming up.

Of course, several of those events involve midway fun as the first BC carnivals for the 2017 kick off!

Ah, Spring in BC…

As we write this, winter is still trying to bring us down with yet more snow across our province. But any day now the milder weather will win the battle and we will put on our shorts and head out to enjoy incredible forest and mountain vistas.  Read More »

temple-pic2017Cultural festivals celebrate what Canada is all about – our diversity and heritage! One of BC’s biggest festivals, the Surrey Vaisakhi Festival, is almost here. From Thursday April 13th to Sunday April 23rd, the energy and joy of the 2017 Dasmesh Gurdwara Vaisakhi celebrations will have you smiling from ear to ear!

The crowning jewel of this year’s event will be the Vaisakhi Day Parade on Saturday April 22nd. Surrey will be bathed in colour and alive with music and revelry as it celebrates the best of Sikh culture.

Of course, Shooting Star Amusements will be a huge part of the festivities, adding to the excitement with our exhilarating midway rides and games.  Read More »

trail-silver-days 2017Canadians are known for being kind, inclusive, family-oriented and, most of all, fun. As spring takes hold at last for 2017, there’s an event in British Columbia that encompasses all of these great qualities: Trail Silver City Days!

If you’re needing to get out and about this spring, Trail is the jewel of the Kootenays and in May it will be the Fun Capital of BC. All of us in the Shooting Star family are super excited to kick off the 2017 carnival season by returning to Trail where we had an absolute blast only a year ago.

Trail Silver City Days 2017 will take place from May 10th to 14th and is gearing up to be the best yet. The theme this year is ‘A Homecoming Celebration’ and we’ll certainly feel like we’re coming home – bringing our midway with us! Read More »

Winter in BC is lifting! That means carnival season is about to begin! WOO-HOO!!

The midway with its rides and games is one of the most iconic symbols of spring and summer. Behind the scenes there are amazing men and women who make that possible. And YOU could be one of them! For our 2017 Season, we need even more amazing people. Carnival employment in BC doesn’t come around that often, but now is the time to applyRead More »

15 Years of Partnership to Continue

bulkley valley exhibitionThe best midway in BC is coming back to Smithers! The 2017 Bulkley Valley Exhibition will see Shooting Star Amusements continue bringing its kids fun, thrill rides and midway games to the awesome interior town of Smithers. And beyond!

Because the BVX and Shooting Star have signed a multi-year contract, continuing the midway company’s already 15-year-old sponsorship of this great event.

“The whole team at Shooting Star is absolutely pumped to be coming back to Smithers again and again,” said Shooting Star President Joe Medeiros. “My wife, Brenda, and I have treasured our relationship with the Bulkley Valley’s people, and we’re so excited we can keep treasuring it for a long time to come”.

Set Your GPS for Smithers in August 2017!

In the best days of BC summer, Smithers lights up with families and locals getting together Read More »

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at “the Best Little Country Fair on Earth”

abbotsford agrifairThe 2017 BC summer carnival schedule is already heating up with Shooting Star Amusements announcing it will return to the Abbotsford Agrifair.

“We have a bumper 2017 ahead, destined to be our best year yet,” said Brenda Medeiros, co-owner of Shooting Star since 2002. “2016 was our inaugural appearance at Agrifair and it was such a smash success, they’ve immediately signed us on again for more.”

July next year marks Canada’s 150th centenary year and the celebrations of pride will continue throughout the entire month, including at Agrifair in the heart of BC’s amazing Fraser Valley.

Agrifair 2016 Was a Smash!

“Our goal was to create an event our community would want to come and see, and they came!” said a delighted Ernie Silveri, President of Agrifair.

Shooting Star Amusements knows there’s nothing like Read More »

salmon arm fairIt seems like it was only yesterday that the first touch of Summer was upon us. It probably feels like yesterday because of how cool the early part of BC’s 2016 Summer was. Suddenly the kids are almost back to school (Yay!) and it’s raining at the PNE (what a surprise!).

Well, the warmth of good fun is still going strong in spectacular parts of BC with the upcoming Salmon Arm Fair and Rock Creek Fall Fair. Get on the road for one more weekend away. Or two! The golf is amazing, the mouth watering fresh produce is ripening, the sunshine is still warm, the mountain vistas are amazing, the Fall colours are gorgeous, and… there are fun fairs with midways, games and mini-donuts!

Have one last Summer fling and ring in Fall properly by going to a country fair! One of them was founded almost 120 years ago, so let’s just say it’s had a lot of practice at being awesome!

Salmon Arm Fair – Sew It, Grow It, Show It

Going into its 119th year, the Salmon Arm Fair is as fun and magical Read More »

carnival attractions to try / bc summer carnivalsBelieve it or not, some people haven’t been to a summer carnival here in BC. Or at least they haven’t tried a carnival where Shooting Star sets up its midway.

Every year Shooting Star Amusements travels the province, bringing award winning carnival and midway fun. And, much to our pleasure, we get to meet the “first timers”. We couldn’t be happier to accommodate their first carnival experience.

Talking with them has revealed that the things they loved the most are the same things that everyone loves best.

If you’re heading to some BC summer carnivals where Shooting Star Amusements will be, here are some great carnival attractions to try if it’s your first or 200th time.

Ferris Wheel

Is there anything more enchanting than gliding sedately above a carnival? That goes double when you have gorgeous Read More »

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