Who are the people that keep this great company running?
Bruce started in the carnival industry at the age of 2. His family was fully involved; his dad owned and operated rides, while his mom is a manufacturer of vinyl tarps, banners and flags. Bruce worked for many midways before buying his first ride in 1984. After that purchased two more and toured eastern USA until 1992 and bought Plaza Amusements, an Ontario midway based in Southern Ontario. Plaza worked at many fairs and festivals until 2007 when Bruce bought Classic Amusements Co. Ltd. Classic Amusements became one of Ontario’s preferred midways providing its services to over 40 events each season. Classic Amusements was called on for many events including the Prime Ministers House, the Governor Generals House, many movie shoots and TV commercials as well as a vast list of Ontario Agriculture Fairs. In February 2014, Bruce purchased Carter Shows Ltd. and amalgamated both companies and began operating both as Carter Shows Ltd. Also in February 2014, Bruce became the 55th President of the Showmen’s League of America – Canadian Chapter. Bruce has 3 daughters and calls the town of Bothwell, Ontario home in the off season. Bruce is also an avid pilot and is a licensed Amusement Device Mechanic (ADM).
Tony is a well-recognized face when it comes to Carter Shows. He has worked closely alongside former owner Jerry O’Neill for 32 years. Tony has handled the day-to-day operations and staffing for the past 20 years. Tony has been in the amusement business since 1983. He has a daughter who owns and operates a food concession on Carter Shows midway. Tony can always be found taking great photos out on the midway, day and night. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tony moved to Ontario, Canada when he was just 10 years old. He began working for Carter Shows as an independent game operator. It didn’t take long for Tony to move on to bigger things. In the off season, Tony can be found driving the streets of Thamesville, Ontario where he co-owns with Jerry O’neill A bar/restaurant called Johnny Quest. Tony is a longtime member of the Showmen’s League of America – Canadian Chapter. He is a licensed Amusement Device Mechanic (ADM)
Candy Management and Administration
Victoria is of the third generation, along with her four siblings in the carnival industry. Her grandparents, her parents, now her and her dog, Stella. Her career in the industry started at the ripe old age of 3 as a ride inspector. Her dad, Bruce (the owner of Carter Shows Ltd.) and mom, Carol, purchased Plaza Amusements in 1992. Victoria’s hiatus in the industry stemmed from a love of all things beauty. With Hair, make up and nails taking over for 7 years. In 2015, Victoria made the decision to came back, ready to get greasy and full of sugar. She loves to travel, having lived in South Africa and England, and once again calls Ontario home full time, no matter what city she’s in.
Geordie started his career in the carnival industry working in games for Ten Toes concessions on Worlds Finest Shows in 1991. He spent the next 8 years traveling Canada and the United States. His love for the business grew stronger until he had an opportunity to own some concessions of his own and In 2000, Geordie moved back to Ontario and began his career as an owner-operator. Geordie quickly moved up and by 2005, working along side Tom Wilcox at Classic Amusements he owned and operated the entire game line up. More recently, he expanded his business into the food industry and In 2012 he purchased one of the largest food concessions in Ontario. Also in 2012 Geordie had the honor of being the 53rd President of the Showmen’s League of America-Canadian Chapter. Geordie has 2 children: Dustin and Emma, and can be found in the off season living with his family in the village of Dalkeith, Ontario