Fun Facts

Carnival Fun Facts

  • The USA’s first state fair was held in Syracuse, New York in September of 1841.
  • The Ferris wheel was invented by George W. Ferris for the 1893 World’s Fair, which was held in Chicago to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in America.
  • Cotton Candy was originally called “Fairy Floss”.
  • In Europe, carousels typically turn clockwise while in America, they usually rotate counterclockwise
  • The Octopus was Golden Wheel Amusements first ride.
  • In the 17th century, carousels were powered by actual horses.
  • Carnivals in the United Kingdom are called “travelling fun fairs”.
  • Buffalo Bill Cody was the first president of The Showmen’s League of America and the first woman president was Claire Morton.
  • The word “fair” comes from the Latin word ‘feria’, which means holiday.
  • The European term “Showmen Dynasties” means that a carnival has been owned and operated by members of a family; that is also true for Golden Wheel, which is now currently under the care of it’s third generation.