Trail Silver City DaysYou heard it here first, folks: Shooting Star Amusements will be blasting into Trail with its dazzling midway in May 2016 for the annual Trail Silver City Days.

We are delighted by this new opportunity and can’t wait to see miles and miles of smiles in Trail as we bring our Carnival to the Kootenay’s in the Spring 2016.

See here what Shooting Star will bring!

Program Your Droids… and iPhones

It’s not a long time ago – it’s coming soon! And it’s not in a galaxy far, far Read More »

Joe in the Shoot Out the Star - Vintage 1985

Bingo Hauser and Joe go way back to when Joe worked at Playland in the early 70’s.  Joe started at the PNE a young kid wanting a part time job.  He worked his way up to be the Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance at Playland.  This is where Joe and Bingo’s story begins.

Bingo offered Joe a job working with West Coast Amusements taking out the Spectacular Sky Wheel Ride for them in 1983.  Joe did that for one season, but in order to stay on the road, Joe wanted more.

(Joe always wants more 😉  Rather than increase Joe’s salary Bingo offered Joe a golden opportunity to own his own equipment. Read More »

Amusement Park Safety TipsCarnivals and amusement parks bring droves of people, young and old, out of their usual routines to look for fun and excitement. That’s certainly our aim wherever we take Shooting Star Amusements’ midway of rides and games. We love to see miles and miles of smiles.

We also want everyone to have a safe time. Without safety, there’s no fun at all.

We take our obligations to you very seriously. At the same time, we can help you to help yourself with some amusement park safety tips that make for an even better experience.

Follow Instructions

Pretty obvious, really, but it’s amazing how many times people ignore instructions. Amusement park safety is Read More »

Yes, the fair is ON! Spread the word far and wide!

Forget the rumours and get the facts. The fairgrounds were 100% untouched by the big Rock Creek fires this summer. Therefore the 2015 Rock Creek Fall Fair is going ahead. This year it is doubly important for the community, and for those who lost their homes, that everybody turn up and show their support!

So, be there! Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th at the Rock Creek Fairgrounds on Kettle River Road E.

Bring Your Smiles

Shooting Star Amusements will be there with its exciting midway. We always love to see miles and miles of smiles. This year, it is more important than ever. After Rock Creek was hit so hard by the devastating fires, the 2015 fall fair is all about for bringing smiles back to people’s faces.  Read More »


School may have begun, but there are still some great carnivals and celebrations to be enjoyed. Fall is when the harvest is at its peak – the days are still sunny and warm without being too hot, the fall colours are incredible, and BC’s fall fairs are packed with great local foods and fun.

BC’s glorious carnival season still offers two opportunities for awesome family fun and to get your adrenaline fix on Shooting Star’s midway rides. Head to the 2015 Salmon Arm Fair and the 2015 Rock Creek Fall Fair.

SALMON-ARM-2010-IMG_4944-1-150x150Midway at the Salmon Arm Fair


Stunning Salmon Arm is only a few hours’ drive from Vancouver, so take a post-summer road trip. The Salmon Arm Fair runs from Friday September 11th through Sunday 13th. Set your GPS for 481 5th Ave SW and you’ll find multiple entrances surrounding the fairgrounds.

Shooting Star’s midway opens at 3:00pm Friday until 11:00pm, and then opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Entertain the kids, and yourself, with a huge variety of rides. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from the Berry Go Round to the Zipper. Take a chance at the midway games and try for a prize by popping balloons or shooting out the star.

Instead of paying for individual rides, get your wristbands in advance and save! You’ll save $10 – that means it’s just $25 for all-day riding – if you buy wristbands in advance from Askews stores in Salmon Arm before September 11th – but only while Akews has them!  All Day wristbands can be purchased on site at the Midway ticket booths for $35 per day.

Shuswap Idol and the Annual Parade

On top of the huge variety of live entertainment and scrumptious fresh-picked local produce, the Salmon Arm Fair Parade kicks off at 10:45am on Saturday September 12th. Check here for the map of where to be for all the fun.

Over all three days of this incredible BC fall fair, Shuswap Idol is open to all ages. Show off your talents or just have a blast cheering people on. Anything can – and will – happen. First place gets bragging rights plus 500 dollars!

During the fair, there will also be a huge range of live entertainment.

Rock Creek Fall Fair 2015

Yes, the fair is on! Be there! Saturday September 19th and Sunday September 20th.

With Rock Creek being hit so hard by devastating fires this year, the 2015 fall fair is so important for bringing smiles back to people’s faces and for supporting the entire community. The fairgrounds on Kettle River Road E were untouched by the fires and are ready for action.

Shooting Star Midway at the Rock Creek Fair

Our midway opens Saturday 11:00am to 9:30pm and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm. Wristbands save you tons of time and money on lineups and rides, so be sure to check out the value here.

500 Dollar Prize Bonanza and Much, Much More

Enter one exhibit and be in the running to win $500!

Get down to this true country fair for all the best arena events, livestock competitions, arts and crafts. While you chow down on BC’s best harvest produce – and mini-donuts, candy floss and corndogs – enjoy incredible performances by singers, bands, dancers, clowns and a BMX team.

So, you can see the fair season is far from over. BC’s best fall fairs are ready to rock. See you there!


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bulkley valley exhibition 2015Bulkley Valley Exhibition 2015

The Bulkley Valley Exhibition 2015 hits the town of Smithers in Northern BC from August 27th to 30th, featuring a huge range of live entertainment and vendors.

This year is the 96th annual staging of this awesome exhibition.

As usual, there will be incredible entertainment, shows, rodeo, parades, sports, contests, food, exhibits, community fun and Shooting Star Amusements’ midway.

Where’s the Action At?

Get yourself to the Bulkley Valley Exhibition Fairgrounds at 2701 Pacific St, Smithers. If you need directions, a map of the Read More »

Vancouver Island Exhibition 2015The 2015 Vancouver Island Festival

Vancouver Island is always a beautiful place, with lush, green forests, sparkling blue waters, and beautiful, well maintained homes and bustling towns.

And summer is the time to show all these off – and more!

This August 21-23 will see the 2015 Vancouver Island Exhibition (VIEx) back in action in Nanaimo for another year!

Where the Action is At

Head to 2300 Bowen Road at Beban Park in Nanaimo (map and directions here).

Admission to the VIEx 2015 varies from free for children under 6 to $22.00 for a full three-day pass Read More »

penticton peach festivalThe 68th annual Penticton Peach Festival is rolling into town!

Shooting Star Amusements is opening early at Rotary Park on August 3rd before the Peach Fest 2015 officially begins.  From August 5th to 9th enjoy all the fun and free entertainment for all ages. T

here will be great musical entertainment, lumberjack shows, parades, races, dancing, the great Peach Festival itself and of course Shooting Star Amusements with its dazzling rides and midway.

Where to Go

First, head to Penticton in BC’s stunning Okanagan region. It’s a gorgeous Read More »

Halifax for the blog

I met Joe and Brenda in Penticton, BC at the Peach Festival in 2006. It was my first visit out West. When I got the job I was unsure if it was for me, but I could travel to places I have never been before and get paid for it! What did I have to lose? My travels with Shooting Star have been worth every single minute!

My first year, I carried on with them to Prince George, Smithers and all the way up to the North West Territories! It was pretty good to have my 25th birthday in Yellowknife, NWT, with Joe and Brenda and Shooting Star Amusements.

I spent some time traveling on my own through Calgary, learning a trade. Then it was off to Europe for more travel adventures. I winded up back at home in Halifax.  Although I was away from the Carnival for a few years, I kept in touch with Brenda and Joe.

Rob NickersonLast year, I had some personal losses at home.  I needed to get away back to the West, and back to the fun of the carnival. I have always been welcomed back to work with Shooting Star with open arms!

I have been away from home for a year now, the longest time away in my life!  I am completing my first full season with Shooting Star Amusements and having a great time.

I couldn’t be happier, I love my job,  I get to “play” for a living.

The Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest FairWhatever your plans were for July 25th and 26th 2015, cancel them! Because the annual Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest is set to roll into Albion Fairgrounds. Of all the country fairs in BC this summer, this is the one you can’t miss. There’s fun for people of all ages, especially with Shooting Star Amusement’s rides and midway.

A Family Oriented Event Promoting the Importance of Agriculture to All

The Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association has been working hard for 114 years to educate and involve the public in how important local agriculture is to Read More »

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