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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 »

parents carnival survival, bc summer carnivalFew things are more enjoyable than making memories with your family at a carnival. Of course, with little kids, sometimes few things can also be so stressful or draining. You need your “radar” on all the time and there’s so much going on that can over-stimulate the young ones.The secret is to be prepared and organised. Doing so can save your sanity without sacrificing any of the carnival magic and care-free fun.

If you’re taking your kids to a BC summer carnival, you may find it helpful to use this carnival survival guide for parents so you can enjoy your day of fun and handle anything it might throw your way.  Read More »

Visiting a Midway Carnival Keeps Everyone Young

carnival fun for all, carnival fun all agesA carnival is unique in its ability to elicit fun and enjoyment from people of all ages. Everyone goes to the carnival during childhood and the memories it implants are powerful images and feelings of being young. More importantly, when those memories are triggered, they are just as intense decades later and have the ability to transport people back to their earlier experiences, almost like being there.

It’s the feelings that are the key. Many experiences leave images in the memory, but few bring feelings with such potency and reality as a carnival.

The smell of popcorn and mini-donuts… the feel and taste of cotton candy on and in your mouth… the swirling sounds of midway games, buzzers, bells, barkers, laughter, rides and music… the anticipation before a ride begins and the feel of the restraints… the sudden drop in your stomach as you plunge…

See? You’re there already. You’re back in your childhood.

Carnival fun is truly for all ages. It’s definitely the fountain of your youth. Summer carnivals in BC are where you relive it all over again, for yourself and through the eyes of your own kids.  Read More »

employment midway carnivalA summer job is a rite of passage. It’s a sign of growing up and increasing independence. For many adults, summer jobs invoke fond memories of their younger years when there was less stress and more adventure and spontaneous fun.

Of all summer jobs, it’s hard to imagine one better than working for a midway carnival company with its rides, games and food trucks.

For many, it would be a childhood dream come true. For others, it’s great seasonal work that includes travel.

If you’re looking for a great way to spend your summer, or if you’re a parent wanting your child to grow in independence and responsibility, here are five great reasons to think about employment at a midway carnival company.  Read More »

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