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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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Hyack-Arenex-300x225Shooting Star Amusements has participated in the Hyack Festival for the last ten years and our family and employees were participants for 15 additional years before that while we partnered with Castle Amusements. We had been looking forward to celebrating with the people of New Westminster again in this, the 10th Season of our Carnival Company.

The field in Queen’s Park which was traditionally used for the Hyack Festival Family Days Celebration was revamped last year and artificial turf was installed which made the location no longer viable for use as festival fair grounds for Amusement Rides.
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We opened our Carnival yesterday at the Dasmesh Darbar Gurdwara in Surrey, BC for the start of Season 10 with sunshine and excited, smiling faces!

Ribbon-Cutting-Bumper-Cars-300x225This was no ordinary day on the Shooting Star Midway. It has become a tradition at our Carnival for our staff to be the first riders on our new rides. This tradition was born at the Hyack Festival on our first day, of our first season of Shooting Star Amusements in 2002.

A few years ago, in a very serious conversation with my six year old niece, she informed me, “If you do something more than twice Auntie, its tradition”. From the wisdom of a child a tradition is born!

In the past we have held barbeques and festive ribbon cutting ceremonies all around the arrival and installation of a brand new carnival ride on our midway. We invite our families and friends and always our crew (our Travel Family).
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Blog-Photo-Follow-the-Bumper-CarsThere is really nothing like the start of a new season in the Carnival business. Somehow the start of this season is even sweeter since we have been looking back at our History – oh my! What a spectacular ride!

As we all started our engines, and headed out to our first event in Surrey BC, you could really feel everyone’s excitement rising! The adrenaline is flowing, the season is upon us. This is something to celebrate! It’s that peculiar yet familiar thing that happens to all of us in the Carnival business.

Whether you work with West Coast Amusements or Shooting Star Amusements, or any other Carnival Company – I think it’s what keeps us all coming back to our Carnival careers!
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1985-Our-first-JointAfter 18 years dabbling in the Carnival Business with the PNE and our days with West Coast Amusements, in 2001 my husband Joe and I took a huge leap of faith. We stepped right up and purchased five Amusement Rides to accompany our existing Carnival Games Company (then called JBM Enterprises). It was this decision that changed our lives forever!

Just one year later, we held our first contest to name our company (which was won by my late Brother). With the new name in hand we had a logo designed and Shooting Star Amusements was born.

The five carnival rides we purchased a decade ago were the Ferris Wheel, The Lightening Bolt, the Titanic Slide, the Go Gator Roller Coaster and the Moonwalk.

This was the biggest and scariest investment of our lives. Using our Home as collateral for a loan, we took the chance – we believed.
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Parade-Trucks-300x208The Last Decade – My Favorite Carnival Memory
Through the Looking Glass – going back to the first year Shooting Star Amusements played at the Oak Bay Tea Party in 2007.

It is a rare occasion when all of our Carnival Rides and Games get to an event all at once! Our trucks usually arrive at staggered times.

Our First Year at the Oak Bay Tea Party, our entire Carnival was on the same Ferry going to Victoria. As a result we all traveled towards Willows Park in what looked like our own parade. One truck after the other, we toured through downtown Victoria and on through the quiet neighborhoods towards Willows Park.
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Living-the-Dream-with-Shooting-Star-Amusments-300x186We couldn’t Google “Carnivals in British Columbia” from a Pay Phone. Have you ever looked back at old pictures from ten years ago and said, “I had so much fun back then”? Looking back at the good old days is kind of like a Spa for your Spirit. Remembering all the fun we have had, the laughs and oh, how naive we were. There is no question as you grow up you get wiser!

Fortunately in the Carnival business growing up doesn’t mean growing old! We still continue to have so much fun! We work in an outdoor playground all summer long!
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