In 1967 We sold
our grocery store.
Then framed a small show partnered with Dave Wharton.
Some of our performers included:
Italo Fornesari and Family
Bobo Zoppe Clown & Boston Bull Dog Acts.
Jane Randall's Dogs and Dressage Horse.
George Allen was our Super.
Gene Burr, from Von Bros., was our gofer and lot man.
Brother Bill was Manager
Bill Brinsfield, general all-around man
and Me, General Agent.
We didn't open until early August and played Dates on the Eastern Shore of Maryland,
Delaware then up on the Western Shore of Maryland and down in the Shenendoah Valley of Va.
Our biggest problem, we started too late in the season.
And most of all a total lack of knowledge of the business.
We used an old Mills Bros Side Show tent,a 50 with 30' middle for our Big Top.
And We just didn't hit it off with Dave, our partner.
So it only lasted that one short season.
We went home with our tails between our legs!
But a lot wiser and broke!
But that winter we booked our cotton candy at a Ames Dept. Store in Salisbury and that winter bought a Drive-In resturaunt in Salisbury.
You know the old saying "You can't keep good men down!"
Ha Ha Ha!
You'll hear more on this later.