THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS!AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!
Memorial Service for Showman BOBBY FAIRCHILD ~ Monday, August 25 (correction) 6 ~ 8 PM Lewers Funeral Home 308 E. College Avenue Ruskin, Florida 33570 813 645 3231 For those who wish, flowers will be most welcomed at the funeral home. Gathering of family and friends immediately following at: The residence of Lauren Fairchild 3432 24th Parkway Sarasota, Florida 34235 Bobby's family and friends are invited to share in the Celebration of his life. -------------------------- Mike NaughtonYANKEE DOODLE CIRCUSPO Box 440Slingerlands, New York 12159---518 439 7857 Administration518 928 5998 Mike's mobilewww.circuspace.ning.com/profile/MikeNaughtonMikeNaugtonCircus@verizon.net
I just received word from Gibsonton that a very dear friend of mine has passed away. This morning I received a phone call informing Me that Bobby Fairchild was found in his home,yesterday. No cause of death has been determined as of right now. Bobby was on many shows that my brother and I worked on. He was a helluva nice guy! Show business will really miss this gentleman!
I would like to send my condolences to his family.
The following post is a Handout that Ken "Turtle" Benson used on Roberts Bros. Circus during the 1990's. Turtle had this made up himself. He also always had a sign introducing "Lisa" with a description of her age, weight and so forth. He was very into explaining to the public the care given to elephants on the circus.
ISLAND COUNTY FAIR UPDATE: Veteran of the midway keeps coolBy ROY JACOBSONSouth Whidbey Record Reporter Aug 14 2008 · UPDATED It was a hot day at the Island County Fair in Langley on Thursday, but 76-year-old Connie "Bubbles" Amarosa was playing it cool. As the thermometer edged toward 80 degrees, Amarosa was comfortable in the shade behind the counter of the bottle-toss booth, along with the stuffed animals she was eager to give away. Well, maybe not give away — it costs $5 for three oversized softballs, emphasis on soft. Object: to knock down a stack of four milk-bottle-shaped targets about six feet away. "It's easy," said Amarosa. "We're losing lots of stuff. Just pretend you're a baseball player." As she talked, a young mother tried her luck. Close, but no cigar. No stuffed Bart Simpson dolls, no stuffed tigers, no stuffed monkeys. Ziltch. "Oh well," she said. Amarosa said she's from New York, and this road swing with Paradise Amusements is her first to the West Coast. On this trip, she has set up in California, Oregon and Washington. "I've been in the business 60 years," she said. "My family was in it. I've been all over the rest of the country." A mother of three grown sons and grandmother of six, Amarosa said there has been more to her life than fairgrounds and carnivals. "I'm a retired Army nurse," she said. "I was a second lieutenant in Korea. I even jumped behind enemy lines." She didn't elaborate. She said "Bubbles" is her stage name, acquired back when she used to manage "girl shows" on the midways of America. She didn't elaborate. Favorite concession? "I liked every game I've played. But I really like the baskets and balloons." Plans for retirement? "No." The local clientele? "I think they're nice. They seem to be." Next stop? "Somewhere else in Washington, I'm not sure where." Getting antsy, and eager to drum up business, she hailed those strolling by. "Are you ready? I need a baseball player." The fair continues through Sunday. Roy Jacobson can be reached at 221-5300 or email@example.com. South Whidbey Record Reporter Roy Jacobson can be