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International Independent Showmen's Museum Tour

International Independent Showmen's Museum Tour

Tampa Bay
Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
11:00am to 6:30pm
Gibsonton
Florida

By Dave Hutchinson: On Saturday, September 10th 35 club members visited the International Independent Showmen’sMuseum in Gibsonton. The museum’s curator and executive director, “Doc” Rivera, gave us a very informative 90-minute private tour of America’s traveling show. This incredible museum houses hundredsof items from the days of the road shows, carnivals, and street fairs including carousels, cars froma Tilt-A-Whirl, a calliope, old sets from freak shows, historic photos, and more. “Doc” is a wealth of knowledge about carny days. He has been in the business for more than 50 years. On the second floor there is a giant model in miniature of a carnival midway that will thrill you. It includes more than 15,000 miniature characters,rides and all things carnival. This was one of the highlights of the afternoon, in my opinion. In the summer the museum opens on an abbreviated schedule due to the carnival employees being on the road. But, it is always open on Saturdays to the public. And, it is also open to groups by appointment. After our tour we traveled about 15 minutes south to Apollo Beach where we had a late lunch at Circles Restaurant, a waterfront seafood restaurant. Most of our group seemed quite pleased with their meals. The Tampa Bay Section attempts to come up with social events in places that one might not think about seeing. We hope that you will join us for afuture event. Try us! I think that you will like us! Photos by: Dave Hutchinson