From the introduction:
"All the fun of the fair. What happy
memories the age-old phrase evokes Magic moments from younger days
when the arrival of the annual fair was as eagerly awaited as the
It is a feeling of anticipation
that has been shared by countless generations, right down to the
But have you ever wondered how
fairs began? Or about the lives of the showmen who each year make
possible the all-too brief hours of excitement and pleasure?
In this booklet we trace the
fascinating history of the fair and explain its enduring qualities.
And we reveal, perhaps, that the business of the showman is not all
fun and games."