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PHOTO GALLERY: A traveling carnival sets up in downtown Columbia

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | 10:42 p.m. CDT; updated 11:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
John Cole plugs in the power source for a strip of lights on the "House of Rock" ride for a carnival run by Wade Shows that is set to open Thursday and close Sunday. The carnival is on South Providence Road near Broadway, in the parking lot of the former Osco Drug.

The Wade Shows carnival will operate on South Providence Road, near Broadway in the old Osco Drug parking lot, starting Thursday and ending Sunday.

Bill Chase sets up the "Yo-Yo" ride at the Wade Shows carnival due to open Thursday and close Sunday. Chase has been working on carnivals for 19 years.
John Wusczyk is an electrician for Wade Shows, a traveling carnival that will operate in Columbia this Thursday through Sunday. Wusczyk is setting up power for the electrical maintenance shop, which runs all the power for the carnival. "We're basically like a business on wheels," Wusczyk said. "We can do just about anything."
Jonathon Gaud and Bonnie Oliver discuss the location of their second water hose from inside one of the food vending carts. Wade Shows is hosting a carnival from Thursday through Sunday at Providence and Broadway in the old Osco Drug parking lot. Gaud, Oliver and their co-workers say they're typically on the road for eight months of every year.
John Cole, left, speaks to Jonathon Gaud, his supervisor, about setting up the "Kreepy Kastle" for a carnival in the old Osco Drug parking lot near Providence and Broadway.

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