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First Carnival Sideshow Part 1
The series is based
on a Lane Talburt interview with the King of the American
sideshow on July 20 at the conclusion of the Circus Historical
Society in Peru, Indiana. During the late-night interview
at the Circus Historical Society convention, Ward provided
colorful details of his first experiences as a carnival sideshow
operator in 1948.
interview material from the King of the American sideshow
presents the small American carnival, warts an all, in the
eloquently spoken words of the masterful dean of the bally
Ward takes us
back to 1948 and a small, six-ride, six-show carnival in Kansas
in this first of a three-part YouTube series.
The first carnival
sideshow operated by Ward and his late partner, Harry Leonard,
but owned by Ma and Pa Freer of Freer's United Shows.
Ward recently turned
83. But his descriptions of the attractions and personnel on
this little carnival make it seem like his first set-up in
Leavenworth happened only yesterday.
This is vintage Ward
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