Title

Show Business: After her husband died in 2013, Jeanette Gilmore took over Smokey's Greater Shows, an institution on the Maine festival circuit. But in 50+ years of fairgrounds, ferris wheels and a fluctuating workforce, liefe on the midway hasn't gotten any easier. Welcome to the carnival.

Source

Down East

Date

9-2017

Volume Number

VOL. 64, NO. 2

Pages

84-

Abstract

Smokey's Greater Shows Owner, Jeanette Gilmore explains the difficulties of running a traveling carnival at Maine festivals and country fairs. She shares stories of years past when she and her deceased husband, Bud, the son of "Smokey" Gilmore, ran the business as a team. Jeanette employs Mexican workers to run the concessions and rides as she can't find enough American workers to take the jobs she offers. [Images]

Subjects

Fryeburg Fair, Farmington Fair, Oxford County Fair, Litchfield Fair, Blue Hill Fair, La Kermesse, Jeanette Gilmore, Bud Gilmore, Smokey, Tlapacoyan, Mexico, Carnies, Robby Driscoll, Levit Licona, Ana Licona, Rene Piche, Traveling Carnivals, Rides, Concessions, Roland Gilmore, Employment, H-2B Visas, Country Fair Amusements,

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