Trip Start Dec 21, 2012
28Trip End Jan 19, 2013
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Then it was a drive of half an hour or so south to Fort De Soto Park, a lovely park on a long beach with a huge expanse of 'white' sand (they've obviously never been to Queensland). Had some lunch at the park kiosk. I can't quite work out why they don't get it. Everybody was sitting outside the kiosk, really overweight, and shovelling food into themselves as quickly as they can. And the menu at the kiosk was burgers, fries, 5 types of hotdogs, nachos, and fried chicken strips. All soft drinks were only in large sizes. It's a lifestyle choice guys!
Anyway, enough of the rant
A huge operation with about 500 performers and 800 crew that moved from town to town almost every day. 28 train wagons to move everything overnight in three different convoys. The advance crew left town even before the show started to set up the next one, four huge tents were set up for 15000 spectators, and five simultaneous acts, and there were over 1000 animals to perform, work and be fed. The scale was staggering. Each of the two stagecoaches that pulled the band, for example, was pulled by 40 horses. The eating tent served 4000 meals a day, and everybody had their own eat at a table with tablecloths and china crockery. Try catering for that in a different town 250 days in a row.
Then we went off looking for our motel, and a New Years Eve meal at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery where we could get exotic things like vegetables and rice!