As a teenager, summertime meant firemen’s carnivals. Almost every town had a volunteer fire department and one of their main fund raisers was a carnival. Starting after Memorial Day and ending around Labor Day there were few weeks a carnival was unavailable for an evening’s entertainment. There were professional “carnies” with their rides, fun houses, and games of chance as well as local clubs sponsoring food stands, bingo, raffles and other such activities. Most nights there would be live entertainment where you could dance, sing or just enjoy the company of neighbors and friends. Sometimes t...

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