Spin The Wheel
Everyone knows about Southern Accents love for architectural antiques, but we also have an affinity for vintage carnival pieces. In recent years we have collected several and love incorporating them into some of our stage designs. The vibrant colors of the carnival pieces are eye catching and always add a bit of whimsy to our designs. Our most recent carnival find was a 92 inch tall game wheel. This "Big Six" or "Wheel of Fortune" was just one of many of the games of chance used in traveling carnivals and fairs.
A carnival, at it's inception back in the early 1800's, consisted of a traveling showman who typically entertained his audience with magic tricks and a few small games of chance. The one man show eventually grew into more of a small traveling circus that may have included a vaudeville act, a burlesque show, and a few simple games. The now standard games of chance and large rides made their debut in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair. This fair was 3 years in the making, encompassed 633 acres and cost 28 million dollars. The fair was open for 6 months, included the very first ferris wheel, and received around 27.5 million visitors which was approximately 25% of the U.S. population at that time. Many games of chance, like the wheel of fortune, were introduced to the crowds and now included lots of prizes. These games have been a main stay and are still enjoyed today in traveling fairs, amusement parks, and even casinos.
Our large carnival wheel served as the stage backdrop last year at Southern Makers. Our newest carnival wheel will make it's debut next month at the 2015 Southern Makers. Stop by our showroom and take a look at our vintage carnival finds and make sure you look for them May 2-3 in downtown Montgomery at Southern Makers!
April 3, 2015, Vol. 146
We love this time of year. The weather is warming and many of the trees throughout our city are in full bloom. While we plan on celebrating the Easter holiday this Sunday with family and friends, our showroom will be open Friday from 9 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 4. We invite you to stop by, browse our showroom and warehouses and visit with us for a while. We wish everyone a Happy Easter and hope that you also have the opportunity to spend time this weekend with your loved ones.
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Last year we used our large carnival wheel along with a rocket from a vintage carnival ride in our stage design for NASA On The Square.