One of the
biggest attractions at Crab Fest of course, is the carnival rides. Yesterday,
the rides and the crew that operates them arrived on the ferry Kennicott.
Golden Wheel Amusements is the company
that brings the carnival to Kodiak. Own of the owners is Jacquelyn Leavitt. She
talked about the excitement that greets her group when they arrive in town.
-- (Carnival Crew 1 "It is really ... excitement
Leavitt handles the business of
the operation while her husband and his crew handle the logistics of moving and
setting up the rides.
-- (Carnival Crew 2 "They
set it up... with the kids.")
Like her kids, she also grew up with the carnival. Her
mother, Claire Morton, started the operation in 1967. Leavitt and her husband
bought Golden Wheel Amusements in 2000.
So far, she
says, her children still enjoy their unusual lifestyle.
-- (Carnival Crew 3 "as a matter ...
that's wonderful too.")
In addition to her children and
the hired crew, Golden Wheel Amusements hires international student workers
from around the world. It's a tradition that started one year when Alaskan workers
were hard to come by.
All of the crew and the rides arrived
by ferry yesterday. This year's switch from the Tustemena to the Kennicott
meant more room was available for the attractions. Standing on the ferry dock
as the equipment was being unloaded, Leavitt revealed the information that
carnival goers have been eagerly awaiting:
Crew 4 "It's still a ... a
The "Apollo" and Crab Fest
opens at noon today and closes Monday at 5 p.m.