By Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald
As a journalist, Christopher A. Walsh has an aversion to pat, overly sunny answers to complicated questions.
So when the 31-year-old Calgarian spent months inside the curious subculture of Maritime’s longest-running travelling carnival, he was initially frustrated with how most carnies’ would answer the most fundamental of questions.
That question, of course, was why do it. Why would someone live the nomadic life of a carny, working the rides and games of the Bill Lynch Shows for an increasingly disinterested public? They travel from town to town, work long hours for lousy pay, suffer the unflattering stigmas attached to the trade and never find a comfortable home.