Monday, March 03, 2008

Best Setting for a Novel You'll Find Today

In 'Gibtown,' Life Is A Carnival
GIBSONTON - In the carnival capital of the world, a clown rides to Wal-Mart on a tricycle.

Ferris wheels rise out of backyards.

Cotton candy booths line the streets. Bags of stuffed animals spill into a trailer park.

For generations, carnies have wintered in Gibsonton, called "Gibtown," in south Hillsborough County.

They eat and drink at the Showtown Bar & Grill. For business, they visit the annual trade show of the Showmen's Association.

When they die, they wind up in a local mausoleum called Showmen's Rest.

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