Filed under: Steampunk | Tags: Berkshire, Carnival, Carnivale, Carter Steam Fair, circus, fair, sideshow, steam punk, Steampunk
Here I make a little confession, I have a thing for carnivals.
A big thing.
The Carter Steam Fair is one of the few remaining old-style, steam-powered, traveling carnivals. With every attention to detail, the Fair is pulled by a spectacular fleet of vintage transport trucks, including a really cool 1932 Ford AA with a back-end that has been converted into candy floss stand.Steam organ: photo by Tarnie cc
Established in 1976 by John Carter, who had a passion for collecting and restoring old and interesting items, the Steam Fair is still going strong, traveling through London and into the surrounding areas 7 months out of the year.
All of the rides, some date back to the late 1800’s and early 1920’s, are powered by good old fashioned steam- the generators are awesome. As well as the beautiful rides and “games of chance,” Carter’s traveling arcade has the largest collection of vintage penny slot machines open to the public.
Should you find yourself in Berkshire during the warmer months, be sure to plan a visit to Carters Famous Royal Berkshire Steam Fair. If you can’t make it, you can live vicariously through others and see a huge set of great photos here.
For further enjoyment, if you like the darker side of carnival life and haven’t seen the two-season-long HBO series Carnivale– I highly recommend it.