estimated 350 million people visit a carnival each year, making
carnivals one of the most popular forms of family entertainment
in the country.
There are approximately 500 carnivals that travel the United
States each year, ranging in size from one or two rides to over
100 portable rides.
Most carnivals remain family owned businesses with second and
even third generation ownership.
Almost all carnivals are sponsored by non-profit organizations
which receive a significant portion of the proceeds from the
event. Carnivals have helped to fund scholarships, buy needed
fire or emergency rescue equipment, and generally help organizations
fund charity work in almost every community in the country.
The carnival made its debut in North America in 1894 when Frank
C. Bostock brought their model of an English Fair to the United
Carnivals remain one of the safest forms of family entertainment.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more
injuries from basketball pickup games, exercise equipment and
billiard games than from carnivals. In fact, over 80% of all
carnival ride related injuries are caused by "horseplay"
and failure to follow the safety instructions given by the ride
Some carnivals carry a portable school and full time teacher
so the children of workers can receive a top quality education
while their parents travel the country. The various stops along
the carnival's route make for excellent field trips.
Outdoor Amusement Business Association