Our People

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Not Just Rides!  Our People Love What We Do!


We joined the Celebration at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition.  All of us dressed up in 1919 fashion to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the BVX.  Our Crew won second place in the Commercial category at the parade.

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Get to know the people who are part of our Show…

John-and-Judi-Chapman-300x225The Chapman Family

The Chapman Family have been in the Carnival industry for three generations. John Chapman (more commonly known as “The Candy Man”), has been in the Carnival business his entire life.

John once told me his parents put him in an apple box under the counter of their stand for his naps when he was a toddler.

John entertains all of us with his delightful stories of the “old days” and what it was like for him being a kid growing up in the Carnival business.

John’s parents began their Carnival Career owning a Merry Go Round and a Swing Ride back in the 1960’s.


After some years in the Amusement Ride Business, the Chapman’s ventured into the concession business. The family have operated cotton candy and various other concession stands like the “Mad Artist” during the PNE dating back to 1957.


John worked with his family for many years, until venturing out on his own with his wife Judi.

They tried many different food products over the years but always came back to Cotton Candy.

His business has grown over the past 30 years, to include his own family, daughter Candy and son-in-law Trevor, and his son Dan who operate Cotton Candy Stands in the lower mainland.

John always adds colour to our Carnival — and not just pink and blue! He has a great humour and a long history in the Carnival Business!

The Chapman family have been working with Shooting Star Amusements since 2005. We are grateful to have a team of professional Concession Operators on our Show. Look for the Blue and Pink Flags on their concessions at all of our events.