Carnival Games

Recalls carnival games like chance and a cake walk.

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I will try to describe some of the events such as booths for chance and cake walks. Chance was a major attraction at the carnivals. Children would set up booths and people would try their luck, just as they do today. Some of the prizes given away were odd dishes, small boxes of kleenex and other small objects that people didn't need anymore. They would have lipstick, pins and beads, handkerchiefs, powder and balloons.

Cake walks were another attraction. People brought cakes and they would be given away by playing a game. The people participating would then stand on or behind the numbers. When the music began, the people began walking around the numbers. When the music stopped, all the people stopped walking and the person standing on or behind the number of the cake would win the cake.

Georgia Callen
Amazonia, Missouri


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