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The Man Who Saves Carousel Horses from the Glue Factory

In an age of 100-mph roller coasters and high-tech amusement parks, one master craftsman carries the torch – ’round and ’round – for a dying breed of carousel carvers.

The Resurrection of Ringmaster Chakravarthy

Dodging Tomatoes with the Renaissance Faire’s Juiciest Comic

How a hot-lipped man named Cracker earns an honest living, and raises a son, one carefully crafted wisecrack and flying fruit to the face at a time.

Battle of the Baddest Women on Earth

Jesus, Take the Wheel of My Giant Farm Machine

Through prosperity and drought, boom years and bust, the farmers of Snow Hill, Maryland, place faith in one of the harvest seasons’ unlikeliest kickoff traditions.

The Crushing Weight of a Giant Chipmunk Costume

At age six, I couldn’t imagine anything more magical than working with Mickey and Friends. As an adult, it took three mice, a mermaid, and a purple-robed Merlin to help me...

The Traveling Families of Carnival Town, USA

Twilight of the Pushkar Camel Fair