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!

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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

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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

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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 »

summer carnivals bcSummer in BC means carnivals and midways are everywhere for you to enjoy. While you might think Greater Vancouver is the hotbed for summer carnivals in BC, the entire province is electric this time of year. Forget the crazy crowds and painful parking at the PNE. Head to some of these amazing events in Summer 2016.

Cariboo District – Billy Barker Days in Quesnel

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point grey fiestaThe end of June is an exciting time. Schools are almost out and everyone is ready to let their hair down.

Every June, the Point Grey Fiesta kicks off Vancouver’s summer with a bang. With rides, games and tons of attractions, 2016’s festivities arrive at the perfect time and are gearing up to be better than ever.

As a bonus, this year the Fiesta coincides with Fathers Day. So, get Dad and the family to the 2016 Point Grey Fiesta and celebrate in glorious weather with the incredible backdrop of Spanish Banks and the North Shore mountains.

Picture it: Fathers Day fun at a carnival in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

PLUS… there’s a special FREE TREAT for all the fathers!

Get Yourself to Trimble Park

Point Grey Fiesta 2016 runs from June 17-19 at a great family gathering place, Trimble Park, right by UBC’s gorgeous Read More »

Green Bay Lakefront Subdivision on Okanagan Lake West Kelowna British Columbia Canada with yellow flowering shrub in foregroundDrive just 25km east of Vernon and there, nestled in the beautiful North Okanagan Valley of BC, you will find one of the most friendly, family oriented towns in all Canada: Lumby.

This snug community of barely 1,800 people may not be high on your “must visit” list, but it should be! It’s clean, it’s picturesque, it’s unspoiled, and it has… Lumby Days!

This is Lumby’s annual event that shows how a real country fair is done. Family and community are at the heart of it every year, and Lumby Days 2016 is no exception.

Forget the crowds and parking hassles. Head into the Okanagan for the weekend of Friday June 10th to Sunday June 12th, 2016, and enjoy Shooting Star’s midway fun set against a truly amazing backdrop.

Lumby Days 2016

In its 61 years of running, Lumby Days has had some pretty exciting themes – from Family to Frontier Days, from Mexican Fiesta to High-Tech Redneck. 2016’s theme “Celebrating Our History” is about praising everything that has made Read More »

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