ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The State Fair's here and that means the rides, the games and the carnival workers who sometimes referred to as ”carnies” and are the butt of many jokes.
So how do they feel about that stereotype they carry with them from town to town?
Bobbie Jo Duerre has been a carnival worker for nearly 30 years and she knows it's a job that comes with a negative stereotype. But she says the stereotypes are not necessarily true.
“You've got a bad apple no matter what group you go to,” Duerre said. “I know the old fashioned reputation kind of carries on and things have changed, so that’s not a true reputation anymore.”
Working fairs is a line of work that often times is associated with criminals and drug users. But at the New Mexico State Fair, many of the "carnies" say that just isn't true any more.
“The carnival business has always had some bad reputation, but over the years, we've fixed these problems,” said Bo Stone, a Miami native and carnival worker.
Stone has been running a dunk tank for more than 20 years.
“I wouldn't know how else to put it, but this is one of the hardest jobs there is,” Stone said.
They have to set up the rides. And those who run the games have to work hard to get the public's attention.
“I just think that people should give us a chance,” Duerre said.
Despite all that work, people out on the midway still have mixed feelings.
“They're kind of rude this year,” one fair-goer said. “Usually they're not, but they don't have a whole lot to say. They're not very interactive.”
Starr McCloud, another fair-goer had the opposite opinion.
“They've been very nice, actually,” she said. “They've been very cool. They don't have an attitude.”
For many of these men and women, Albuquerque is just one stop in a long road. Like modern-day nomads, they'll pack up and move on to another fair in another state.
“We’re up, we’re down. It’s a constant grind,” Stone said.
The fair runs through Sunday. Admission is free for everyone Wednesday.
Three Albuquerque veterans remember vividly the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into World War II 72 years ago Saturday.
After getting out of federal prison early this week it looks like former state Sen. Manny Aragón isn't at a halfway house after all. He's back at his own house in the South Valley.
The owner and an employee of a local smoke shop are in federal custody accused of selling spice at the Rio Rancho store.
The New Mexico State Police officer who fired his weapon at van filled with kids during a traffic stop gone bad has been fired.
The civil case filed against former cop Levi Chavez in the gunshot death of his wife is coming to an end without a trial.
Could there be a serial dog snatcher in Roswell?