Coastal Carolina Fair workers making a living traveling the country

Published: Nov. 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2014 at 1:46 AM EST
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Only three days left to hop on a ride and enjoy great food at the Coastal Carolina Fair.

To make the park come to life, it takes a small village of workers.

"It's part of our life actually," said game owner Dale Bush.

Bush owns and operates games at the fair with his wife Susan.

"This is our 42nd year at the Coastal Carolina Fair," said Bush.

Bush and his family travel the world from city to city with the carnival.

"We go way back to the Dorchester Road days, when the fairgrounds were on Dorchester Road. We've taken this carnival as far as Ontario, Canada, to Peru, South America and everywhere in between."

People who travel with the carnival live in RVs. They say it's like a traveling village.

Rick Ukmar, a concession stand owner said, "Well I have four kids and employees, I have probably 10 to 15 employees who travel with us."

Ukmar has been traveling with carnivals for about 20 years now. He owns pizza and funnel cake stands.

Life on the road with many stops in between isn't for many people, but behind the scenes, it's where children grow up and parents make a living.

"I wouldn't do anything else, I raised my children here, I put my children through college here," said Bush.

The fair has been around providing fun rides and food since 1924. It's moved around Charleston County for several years before settling in Ladson where it is today.

All profits here at the fair goes to local charities, scholarships and improvements to the fairgrounds. ?