For more than a quarter of a century, Pink's Family Carnival has been a familiar sight at the foot of the Forster Tuncurry bridge.
Their month-long plus visit in John Wright Park, Tuncurry is an opportunity for the family to put down roots and stay a little longer in the one place.
"This is our holiday," co-owner and fourth generation carnival operator, Barbara Pink said.
"We travel for eight months of the year, and I just love it here.
"I love the water; I have snorkelled all under the bridge.
"And, we have made so many life-long friends here.
"We look forward to coming back here every year."
Based in Brisbane, the Pink family consider Forster Tuncurry their second home; little wonder when the family has celebrated births and marriages in the Great Lakes.
Throughout the year the family travels up and down the East Coast and over to South Australia, bringing their special form of family entertainment to the public.
While the 'older' generation of Pink family members are this year looking after the Tuncurry site during the January school holidays, younger Pinks are down in fire ravaged Bateman's Bay serving free coffee and food and loaning out their generators to weary fire fighters.
They didn't think it was right to hold the carnival this year, Barbara said.
They also have set up camp in Warrnambool.
We look forward to coming back here every year.Barbara Pink
As the name suggests, Pink's Family Carnival is just that with five generations of the Pink family involved in the day-to-day operation of joy rides, food stalls and games.
The carnival was established more than 100 years ago by Charlie and George Pink's great grandfather Sid.
It started with the Razzle Dazzle ride, which was a hand pushed contraption along with a horse-drawn merry-go-round, Charlie said.
The business was later handed over to the brothers' dad, - another Charlie - and their mum Cathy.
Ninety-six-year-old Cathy still occasionally pops in for a look around the carnival.
"She knows everything about what is happening at the shows and all the show gossip, many times before me," Maria Pink said.
Today, George and his wife Barbara, Charlie and wife, Maria, their children and 24 grandchildren work in Pink's Family Carnival.
While George and Charlie run the show, every member of the family has their specific role to play whether looking after the dodgem cars or ensuring there are plenty of fairy floss and Dagwood dogs.
Although Maria and Barbara married into the Pink family, they too are generational show people.
"But, don't call us carnies; we don't like it," Maria said.
Maria said the American term was not reflective of Australian show people.
"The don't work as hard as us," she joked.
"And, they live in these big houses; we live on-site."
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