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

Step back in time to the Gold Rush days! From July 14-17, Billy Barker Days will light up Quesnel, Read More »

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 »

BC is pretty much the ideal place to be in Canada when summer rolls around. On top of its majestic mountains, stunning coastline, lush forests, and enviably laid-back lifestyle, its charming towns and cities are home to some of the best summer carnivals and festivals across the nation.

If you love festivals, fairs and summer carnivals, BC has it all in 2016. Grab the family and get on the road to these towns this season.


summer carnivals bc, summer festivals bcEnjoy the Island life, if even for a day. Vancouver Island is home to BC’s gorgeous capital city, beautiful Victoria. Whether you’re strolling through the many parklands, visiting the Royal BC Museum, whale watching along the coast, or pampering yourself in a spa, there is something for everyone. Be sure to check the 54th annual Oak Bay Tea Party from June 3-5, as this event is not only fun for the whole family, but also raises money for services organizations across the province. And don’t miss the exciting Air Show with skydiving at Willows Beach on June 5. It’s free!


Lumby is truly an outdoor person’s dream. Situated in a diverse agricultural valley, Lumby is home to pristine fishing, hiking, waterfalls, and one of the most fun and genuine Read More »

rent midway rides, rent midway gamesFew things in this world are such unadulterated fun as midway rides and games. They seem to to transport us back in time to when things were simpler and fun was just awesome with no guilt and no consequences.

As we grow up, while the value of hard work can never be denied, a growing trend for organizations, communities and businesses is to add fun and enjoyment to the monotony of routine. And one of the best ways they can do that is by renting midway rides and games for their events. There are great reasons and benefits for doing this that go much farther than merely drawing in customers.

Building Community Awareness

From school events to corporate launches, one of the most effective ways to Read More »

From spectacular ocean views to breathtaking mountain vistas, British Columbia certainly has no shortage of natural attractions. This year, as always, BC’s stunning Okanagan region comes alive in Spring and Summer with its amazing scenery, fabulous produce and wine, and the most fun events. Penticton especially, in the South Okanagan, has some awesome things on the calendar that will put a smile on every face. And we are proud to be bringing our midway carnival fun to Penticton’s Spring and Summer events for 2016. Fill up the tank, strap in, and get driving into the interior of Beautiful British Columbia.

Penticton Spring Fling

The Spring weather so far for 2016 has been outstanding, making conditions perfect for festival fun.

Spring is when we Canadians put away our heavy coats, get out of the house, do some planting and gardening, and have plenty of fun in the sun with family and friends. In fact, we feel so strongly about this season of rebirth Read More »

As all of our fans know, we here at Shooting Star Amusements always strive to bring you new and exciting things every season. That includes our midway games and the tantalizing fair food we offer (and 2016 sees us debut the Deep Fried Treats Stand!). When you arrive at one of the many places where we’ll be providing amusements throughout 2016, keep your eyes peeled for a new kids’ ride that the parents can ride too!

We are delighted to add the Construction Zone ride to our collection. For your young builders, BC carnival rides just got even more fun.

Fun is the Name of the Game

We want to have the best carnival rides in BC for the whole family to enjoy. We love to hear your wails of delight when the “Zipper” starts to Read More »

bc carnival foodBC fairs and carnivals just got better – and sweeter – for 2016. Shooting Star is proud to unveil its new “Think Sweet – Deep Fried Treats” stand. This NEW concession will make its debut at the amazing Trail Silver City Days  from May 4th to 8th.  These delectable treats will be available at most of our events this season.

This new concession stand will add some scrumptious delights to your traditional BC carnival food.

You’ve long enjoyed all the fantastic foods of the fair, from cotton candy to burgers to those famous mini-donuts. But if you thought the mini-donuts in cinnamon sugar were warm, fresh and sweet, then prepare yourselves for our new trailer specializing in deep fried treats that are sure to become new favorites.

Expect churros, elephant ears, deep fried Oreos… Oh, my!

Nom Nom

Once you see these new carnival food delights here in BC, you won’t be able to stop yourself from, well, thinking sweet! Read More »

Dasmesh Gurdwara VaisakhiWith 17 years in Surrey, BC, the 2016 Dasmesh Gurdwara Vaisakhi celebration and Khalsa Day Parade are not to be missed. Last year, more than 300,000 people attended this event of culture, celebration and beauty. This year could see an even bigger turnout. The Surrey festival is one of the largest outside India anywhere in the world.

Of course, Shooting Star Amusements will be there in Surrey with all the great midway rides, food and carnival games.  Shooting Star has the lowest priced all day ride pass in all of BC in April!  It’s our first event for 2016 and we’re pumped!

What is Vaisakhi?

Every April, millions of Sikhs the world over celebrate Vaisakhi Day as one of the most Read More »

Please join us in welcoming Boyd and Traci Newton to Shooting Star Amusements’ Management Team! We have known the Newton’s and their family for 17 years.

2015 Boyd and Traci Newton and family
We are delighted to have Boyd and Traci on board with our company. Their combined years of experience and close attention to quality and detail make them the perfect fit for Shooting Star Amusements! They both come from a long family history in the Carnival Business!

Boyd started in the Carnival business working at his Uncle’s food concession stands at the Oregon State Fair, at the age of 7. He has worked in the Carnival Industry in various capacities from food to games to rides and onto the Management of a traveling Carnival company. Boyd holds a BC Safety Authority Electrical Certificate of Qualification, Field Safety Representative Full Entertainment, and a Class 1 Drivers License. He has NDT Qualifications as a Level 2 Weld Inspector, and NAARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials) Ride Inspector Level 1. In addition, he also holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree and he is a talented builder of trailers and ticket booths!

Traci comes from a very long line of Carnival owners and operators. Her Great Uncle, Andy Anderson owned Rainer Shows out of Washington State. Her Grandparents and her parents were also involved in the business in various capacities. Traci’s Sister and Brother-in-Law, own Midway West Amusements, a carnival company located in Sun City, Arizona.

Traci’s brother Mitch Hoss and his Wife Crystal own Rainier Amusements out of Portland, Oregon.
Traci holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and became a licensed Insurance Agent for Allied Specialty Insurance. Traci wrote insurance policies for Carnivals, Festivals and Events and for Independent food and ride operators. Traci and Boyd both hold Food Safe certifications for BC and Alberta. Traci Managed the Office and employees of a traveling Carnival for over a decade. Traci was the President of the Northwestern Showmen’s Club in 2007, and they actively participate with the Club today.

Together, Boyd and Traci owned amusement games and operated a Carnival Unit for several years with Midway of Fun, out of California.

From 1999 until 2012, Boyd and Traci Managed and Operated one of the Units for West Coast Amusements.  In 2013, Boyd and Traci moved on to start their own Food Concession business, One Sweet World Company, which operated at large fairs and festivals across Canada and in the U.S. such as the Calgary Stampede and the PNE. Their top quality food concession business has won many awards at various fairs. You will see some of their delicious food products on our Midway this season!

Boyd and Traci will add generations of International experience and quality to our fast growing Midway Company. We are so happy to have Boyd and Traci join us and we know our clients and customers will be thrilled too!

Written by Brenda Medeiros, Shooting Star Amusements

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