Carnival

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In Tandem's "Carnival" delivers a huge and spectacular production

Published April 22, 2017

One of the most wonderful evenings at a theater is when the show starts on a high note and just keeps getting better and better until you get to an ending where your heart is lying on the floor and your eyes are clouded with tears. That's "Carnival."

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Sun Fair to rise on Mitchell Street

Published May 28, 2014

The Sun Fair, the South Side's largest street carnival, will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30. It runs until 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 on Historic Mitchell Street, between 7th and 11th Streets.

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State Fair's "freak" shows evolved from spectacles of human oddity to illusion

Published Aug. 10, 2013

Walk to the fringe of the State Fair's midway, past the Ferris wheel and the water gun games and the lemonade stand, and you'll find a large, colorful tent featuring a dozen painted signs reading "weird women" and "lizard man" and "circus oddities." We paid $5 and pulled back the flap to take a peek at a modern sideshow.

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How the "Million Dollar Midway" saved Summerfest

Published July 7, 2013

Summerfest had a slow start in the early years. Riding to the rescue was Milt Kaufman and his "Million Dollar Midway." The Midway was a cash cow and although it wasn't part of Summerfest, it operated adjacent to and at the same time as the music festival.

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Social Circle: Do you miss the Summerfest midway?

Published June 30, 2013

Today, there is not a midway at Summerfest and people have mixed opinions on whether or not it is missed. Most people, it seems, think the decision to eliminate the rides and games was a good idea, but others saw the value in the carnival component.