Carter's Steam Fair

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    pluk TowersStreet Member

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    Unless the search box is broken there doesn't seem to a Carter's Steam Fair thread, which is an absolute travesty as it is such a wonderful thing. Proper vintage rides, properly cared for, properly run. A real rare bit of quality on the travelling circuit.

    It stays down south mostly, because the costs of transportation are HUGE for the big heavy rides on vintage vehicles, but if you ever get the chance to visit you really should.

    Came to my attention today for an unusual opportunity to be part of the fair! For £600 you can have your name on a massive promotional carousel horse, or splashed across the front of one of the hauling vehicles, or for half that your name on a dodgem or vintage car. Sure beats your name on a brick!!

    https://www.carterssteamfair.co.uk/product-category/support-us/
     
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    Carters is really nice. Ive been a few times and they usualy set up along my route home around Halloween. Always happy to see it.
    I've got a flyer somwhere about them doing lessons in old style ride graphics. Looked really interesting.
     
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    Always wondered why they had a northern prejudice.
    Thought it was because they didnt like the beer/weather/people.
    Bet their trucks do a few gallons to the mile.
     
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    Big Carters fan. Unless we're in the south for something else, last year we saw them at Lichfield and stayed at Drayton. I think the year before we saw them at Wycombe and tagged teamed it with Legoland.

    Hoping the Dive Bomber and Octopus become permanent fixtures again.


    @rob666 their Skid provides some real Southport Black Hole vibes.
     
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    Carters have just said they don't intend pulling out for this season at all. Very sad.

    They've worked out that the fixed costs of getting everything up and running with insurances, fuel, staffing etc it's just not worth their while. To give a little insight into the costs of running the fair they anticipated that if their takings were any more than 10% down (which would seem quite likely with all the extra time they'd have to spend cleaning between rides and empty seats for social distancing, as well as people generally staying away from busy places) they'd be running at a loss.
     
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    A great shame for them but hopefully as they’ve been smart enough to workout this year really isn’t worth it that it’ll save them for the future years.
     
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    Joby has been bringing in the cash with online songwriting courses which seem to have been really popular with practically no overheads. I wish I had the skills to be able to join in. There's also a decent selection of merch on the website, including the opportunity to have your name on vehicles and carousel horses.

    They've also been using the time to refeb a lovely old big wheel which should be out with them next year and I think will compliment their lineup perfectly.
     
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