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!
OABA CAMEL PINS: Camel Pin campaign has been huge success...thanks to all at the BIG-E especially the hard working Carnival People for their huge contributions...Couldn't do it without you...CAMEL PINS on the road were also a huge success last Saturday at the GLEN ROCK INN - Glen Rock, NJ...I presently have what I have named CAMEL HERDERS all over the USA...Maxine House is one of the NORTHEAST CAMEL HERDERS...Look for CAMEL HERDERS this Saturday in Hagerstown....There aren't any expenses everything that is donated goes into the OABA ANIMAL FUND...PLEASE DONATE...The CAMEL PIN IS THE FIFTH OABA pin in this great series.... October 15, 2008 8:01 AM
Circus Kirk was a church sponsored Circus that was the idea of Charles (Doc) Boas .
These shots were taken in Ford City, PA by Bill. We were playing a Fireman's Carnival in a town close by. The show used all young people that they trained to do acts and many of them went on to professional careers both in the circus and professions.
This particular year I beleive they did have a Baby Elephant. We didn't get to seee the show since we were working also.
David Orr could probably fill us in on a lot of this information since He was on the show.
Dick.. this is the main park in Puebla, Mexico. A scene thats repeated in many towns, Even though they sometimes crack down on street vendors they never bother balloon peddlers because its a tradition that goes back over a hundred years, I sold the first Mylars in Mexico for Dave Walker at the Mexico City Fair. In the old days they used Hydrogen instead of Helium. They made their own by dropping iron filings into sulphuric acid.. a very explosive combo...remember the Hindenberg dirigible??..... have a good day... Bob
I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANY PICTURES TO POST FROM YESTERDAY'S FESTIVAL. BUT IF YOU WILL CHECK ELBERT'S BLOG (THAT'S ELBERT WITH AN E) WHICH I HAVE A LINK FOR ON MY BLOG LIST HE TOOK QUITE A FEW GREAT PICTURES THERE YESTERDAY.
Here's some assorted views from the first year (1988) that We had the concessions with Billy Martin's Cole All Star Circus, 50th anniversary tour. I beleive these were taken when we played PenYan, NY, Mr Cole's hometown.