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We are thrilled to announce Shooting Star Amusements has signed on for an additional three years with the Vancouver Island Exhibition to provide the Midway attractions for the VIEX!

What a pleasure it has been bringing our Carnival to Vancouver Island. Thank you so much to the great VIEX Directors for taking the chance and believing in us! What an honour to be invited to return!
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Rob's Character Board shows Betty and Krysta 's Character

Rob’s Character Board shows Betty and Krysta ‘s Character.

The Carnival Industry has many similarities – we travel, we entertain, we work very hard, and we are all in Show Business. I like to think that all of us want the same thing, success, fulfillment, a sense of belonging, the opportunity to deliver and provide joy and make a living for our families.

The people who work with us at our Carnival Company are quite different than you might expect. At Shooting Star Amusements, we hire people with inherent great skills and then further cultivate their hidden talents.

On our Carnival Midway you will find entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers, first aid attendants, bankers, gymnasts, magicians, face-painters, artists, sales people, photographers, chefs, professional drivers, University, College and High School students, professional trade people, electricians and retirees who enjoy the interaction with the public.
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SSA-10-Year-Anniversary-Logo-150x150“So…What’s New?”

As a Carnival Company we are always asked “What’s New?” Each year we add something new to our Carnival Midway, but it’s not always something to ride. It does take a long time to build a Carnival from scratch. If you were to Google how much it costs to buy a new ride, I am sure you would be shocked to see just how much they cost.

In our Ten year history we have done some growing up and had our fair share of the ups and downs of any thrilling roller coaster ride! When asked, “What’s New?” We can answer well, a new amusement ride, or a new amusement game or some new and interesting fair food.
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2010-Quesnel-Parade-4-300x225Rolling into Quesnel with our Carnival Rides and Games has always been such a wonderful reward after a long journey from Langley. When we arrive in Quesnel we are welcomed with open arms by the great hard working Volunteer Festival Directors. It’s like coming home to see the family after a year away!

In small Northern Towns and Cities we really experience fully, the excitement of the families and kids who have waited all year for this moment to arrive! “Yay!! The Carnival Rides Mom! Look here comes the Rides!” Billy Barker Days is about to begin!

Parking Overnight at the Tourist Information Center in front of the Billy Barker Days Office, we rest up for set up because we have lots of things to do! The fun is about to begin.
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2012-OAK-BAY-121Who had the weather on their to-do list? How about this Junuary? I am very superstitious about the weather; I never check it before we travel. There is nothing we can do about it, we can’t change it and I always hold onto hope for sunshine – no matter what the forecast shows. I figure if my hat is wet, it’s raining. Sometimes, you just gotta have a little faith.

We have certainly travelled with our Carnival this month! From Langley to Vancouver Island for the Oak Bay Tea Party and up to Lumby and through to Kamloops before we head back to Vancouver to play the Point Grey Fiesta.
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1May-Ride-for-Life“If Life gives you Lemons – make Lemonade!” Look what happened when life gave Lemon Heaven a lot of lemons?

Have you ever wondered what you are supposed to make if Life gives you Cancer? How about a difference?

We challenge all Carnival Companies and anyone in BC and Canada who make a living in the Amusement Industry with their rides, games or food concessions to help us Fight Cancer. Use your carnival equipment to really make a difference and fight for positive change!
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Tired of the rising cost of fuel? Imagine how many trucks we need to transport our Amusements from the West Coast to your community! Fuel costs today are our biggest enemy, followed right after the HST. Unfortunately we have to include some of this increase in our ride ticket prices.
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