Bill Hames Shows, Inc.

Bill Hames Shows, Inc is now Carnival Americana!

Carnival Americana
P.O. Box 1000
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
(817) 832-9832



  1. jeannine Bezotte on May 23, 2021 at 9:50 PM

    My grandmother was Mary Cobb and her husband was snippy cup from the bill Haynes show in the 50s. They own the cookhouse. I’m the granddaughter and I remember Mary Helen Hayes and buster always being around I’m 70 years old now and I was just wondering if anybody remembered them?

  2. jeanine sawvell on May 10, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    1984 summer in Corpus Christi. Looking for Jeff Draper. We were friends with Chops and Too High. It was a beautiful fling.

  3. Amanda Estabrook on June 27, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Does anyone know how to find Him Gulneck and Pat Gulneck Jones looking for my parents Mickey and Crystall Estabrook he worked for Bill hames show like at least 30 years ago.

  4. Teri on February 26, 2020 at 11:26 PM

    I’m looking for Gypsy (Jan) Backus. She had a son Will Hart. I knew her 93-94. Trying to see what happened to her or her son. This is Teri.

  5. Stephan Flinders on October 28, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Does anyone know what happened to Gay Gross or Mitzi they worked the ticket boxers in the 80s this is taint I was the one that broke his back on the flywheel in Beaumont

    • Michele Mitts on June 7, 2021 at 9:24 AM

      Mitzie lives in Missouri.

  6. Kristi Mazey-Holder on October 11, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    My grandma Darlene Needham worked the show,for years.I just wanted to say thanks for all the wonderful mrmories.I loved being in her joint,helping out.I also loved all the people.

    • Troy Hawkins on May 24, 2019 at 3:20 AM

      I worked the sky diver for a few years along with Charlie and old T Adams

      • Robert Oswalt on January 9, 2020 at 3:56 PM

        this is rob oswalt, i worked years ago with BHS ! i remember sitting at the side of the highway waiting for T Adams to show up , when the plates shifted on the new electric tilt . they were hanging all the way down to almost touching the road ! not one light was broken !

        • Robert Davis on March 15, 2020 at 10:17 PM

          I worked for T Adams in early 70s n kid rides

  7. Jack on September 20, 2018 at 7:23 PM

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  8. Judy Engel (Wilson) on August 17, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Back on the road again with Anderson Midways in Michigan. Anyone from the old Bill Hames show can find me there. Carney life sure changed after 50 some years. Still looking for Shorty Dewitt.

    • Richard- Richie Rich Kamakazy ride foreman on July 17, 2019 at 4:22 PM

      I wanted to thank mr. Gehrie Aten for the 10 year experience
      On the rides from 89 to 98 I retired working on electric motors and hydraulics. I also wanted to express my condolences to the Barton’s for there lost love one Christy.

      • Vicki Hughes on June 30, 2020 at 1:27 PM

        Did you ever travel to Ft Worth Texas with Hames carnival in 1990? I’m looking for the man who ran a ride there, the tilt o whirl in early 1990 at the Ft Worth one.

    • Robert Oswalt on January 9, 2020 at 4:03 PM

      i think i remember shorty , i think if i remember correctly he worked cooking, kind of a short dude ! i remember him years ago when we were playing in the super dome in N.O

  9. Judy Engel (Wilson) on April 28, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    I’m looking for Shorty Dewitt. He worked for the Bill Hames show back in the early 60’s. He was a ride jock back then and drove truck If anyone knows what happened to him or where he is please let him know I’m trying to find him. Also trying to find any of the old crew that worked there back then. Miss Texas and all the old friends.

    • kristi holder on August 14, 2019 at 1:31 PM

      Did you know Darlene Needham?

  10. jim bast on December 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Prince of Poland missing show biz people

    • Richard on June 20, 2020 at 12:33 PM

      This retirement sucks, I sure could use some extra money. Richard.

  11. Gabby Phillips on November 19, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    I am looking for CHARMAINE DAVIS (Davis was her maiden name and she may have married someone associated with the show), L.R. JONES, ROY PHILLIS, TINY CHARBOURNE, BUCK ELDRED or PAT NCNAMARA. They all worked for the BILL HAMES SHOWS back in the 1960’s. Does anyone know where they are today? Particularly Charmaine Davis.

    • Jeannie Evans on June 26, 2019 at 10:04 AM

      She lived in San Antonio after her family left the show in 63 she married a DA i later divorced I heard she moved to a small town just north of San Antonio and remarried someone named Smith I would also like to know if she is still living or where she is my mother and hers were best friends

  12. GiGi (aka michelle)..... on August 31, 2017 at 12:16 AM

    Hey i also worked for the BILL HAMES SHOW…in uhhhh 1986? So it was fun….obviously. My cousin Doc, who I joined in Houston at the rodeo..(.ie: ASTRODOME…if you dont remember the astro dome….well nevermind .)…..well you know him or you dont. Looking for the old days… me remember……?

    • Jerry. (Rosco) on May 28, 2020 at 10:56 PM

      Worked with CarCam back then. For cartright/Campana.
      Good times. 84-87

  13. Christy allen on July 22, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    To all the ones that where there In 93…
    This Christy Allen ( Bulls ) old lady. I have been thinking of y’all a lot lately…
    Look me up under Christy Allen on face book…

    • Ted Doughty on September 4, 2017 at 5:01 PM

      Where is, how is Wayne Hazen?

    • Tracie on July 9, 2019 at 5:03 PM

      I dont know you Christy but was hoping to ask some folks how I can get back into traveling with this show as a owner of a food tent or a game tent. Do they still allow this kind of thing or is it all strictly private owned by the company now?

  14. Glenda Berryhill on July 4, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    My uncle, Bill Berryhill, worked for the Bill Hames carnival. We always got to see him when the carnival was nearby; at Halloween & at the Fat Stock Show. It was fun because he would let us ride any ride we wanted for as long as we wanted. As kids, we loved this! He passed away in the late 60’s. Sunshine was one of his pallbearers. Our daddy, Ben Berryhill, had also worked for the carnival as a young boy. Growing up, he never allowed us to play games at any carnival or the State Fair. The only story that I remember daddy telling about was the boys diving off of Dolly Dimple, the fat lady.

    • Debbra Heckwine on April 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM

      Trying to find out if the Bill Hames Show really closed and why? If so where did everyone go?

  15. Judy Engel on May 8, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    I’m looking for Shorty Dewitt. He worked there sometime in the early ’60’s. I worked there for one season in I believe ’61 or’62. I remember how kind he was and I called him Uncle Shorty. If anyone knows what happened to him or where he is please let me know.

  16. Judy Engel on February 1, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    I’m looking for Shorty DeWitt. He worked there sometime in the early 1960’s. I worked there a short time in about ’62 I believe. If anyone knows what happened to him, please let me know.

  17. Kathy Guidry on January 7, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Does anyone know of or have information on Pamela Hames who is Bill Hames daughter? She would be about 66 or 67 years of age now and we were best friends in Junior High School. I would love to contact her. She will have a different last name now, possibly Williams or Warren.

  18. ALEXANDRA GARRETT on December 6, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Does anyone know a young man named Patrick? had a friend named tommy lee i believe? dont think he worked with the show for too long, worked games. may have had an uncle who drove a truck for the show. was about 18 or so in 1986. worked the dane county fair in 1986, madison wisconsin.

  19. Brenda heintzman on November 28, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Today rhe bill hames show lost a great family member
    HENRY VALENTINE. Has passed today at the age of 95. He was my uncle and a true carnie man. With many values.
    He. Will be. Sadly and greatly missed.

    • Guy Hughes (GUMBY) on May 17, 2019 at 8:48 PM

      Does any body know a girl that worked the Museum for Henry and Shirley her name was Joey I think that was her nick name from 1990 to 1992, my nick name was Gumby ( Guy Hughes ) if you know her tell her i’m on Facebook Please, Thank You!!!

  20. John thames on July 6, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Does anypne know were the georges are thay had the cook house

  21. Anita on April 23, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    Would like to know when the Bill Hames Shows changed hands and what happened to everyone that worked for them between 1995 – 1997 . Used to work and travel with the show. Was the cook in Melinda’s brother’s joint and also ran the ” wacky Wire ” game. Was Kevin’s old-lady at the time until I left him and the show in 1997 when in New Mexico. Any of my old friends from the show can find me on Facebook as Anita (Roth ) Palmer

  22. Terry Davis on March 23, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    I am in need of a carnival for this years Festival By The Lake. This is our 8th year. We average around 4 to 6 thousand people last year was around 8 to 10 thousand. It’s a two day event. Starts on July 3 at 5pm till 11pm then on the 4th 10am till 11pm. I have 2 fireworks shows, 8 bands over 2 days, around 30 cook-off teams, food and merchandice vendors. So if anyone has or knows of a carnival I can hire pleast let me know.Contact is Terry Davis 325-439-1847 or tdavis@clyde We are located in Clyde Texas about 15 miles east of Abilene Tx. off interstate Hwy 20

  23. kimmie on November 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Does Doug Burks still hooked up with the carnival? Also can anyone tell me if they set up in January? When and where? Thanks

  24. kim h on October 26, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Is Doug and Kristy Burke still hooked up with the carnival?

  25. kim h on October 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Does Doug Burk still hooked up with the show?

  26. Corliss on July 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Hi I am looking for an old friend who worked for the Bill Hames show, his nickname was Frog, but I think his real name was Rick Joslyn. He worked there in the 80’s and 90’s. I believe then he was in his 30’s or 40’s Just wanting to know how he is. He was always a good friend to me.
    My email is

  27. Billy Kincade on July 6, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I am looking for my father Billy Dee Kincade. He worked for the Bill hames show when i was a child and also when i was 21. If anyone has any info on him i would love to talk to him. Please contact me either on Facebook or my number is 8162485212.

  28. Brian Findell on July 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Hey anybody remember Tery or terri or TC com??? He had multiple Joints .. I was a G.J, for him in like 09? I started in S.D,and was called down to TX..JUST CHECKING OUT SOME OPTIONS HERE…. any info would be AWSOME 🙂 GaaawwwwwD!!!!! I miss this stuff???? kind of

    • corey on August 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      He’s in California with Ray cammack

  29. Jennifer green on May 12, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Kenneth I’m not die I’d you would remember me. I worked for carnival Americana in 2003. Stated in Loveland and ended at the Texas state Fair when I went with another group to Louisiana. I still remember how I hated you waking us up butt ass early.

  30. Devin Gordon on March 27, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    I would like to know how Robert and Melinda are. I enjoyed the time that I worked for t them in the past. Also how is Pete. Boy he was one cussing Mexican. Robert had the sweetest mother.

  31. Julie Murphree on January 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I am trying to find Raymond Campana from Bill Hames Shows. He worked for Bill and Eva Cartwright. This was just about 25 years ago. Any information is much apreciated. Also Looking for Eva Cartwright. I found a little information on her but not where she is.

    Thank you for your help.


    Julie Murphree

    • Diane on May 5, 2014 at 6:46 AM

      You can fine them both on facebook.

  32. Charlie McIlvain on January 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    We are looking for a carnival operator to work with us on our 2014 KerrFest event, scheduled for May 15-18, 2014.

  33. Ruby Davidson on November 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Does anyone know what happened to Lee and Wolita and where they are now I’m trying to find them they subcontracted for the show as L+ W enterprises maybe 20 years ago. Thanks to anyone who can help.

  34. kenneth andersn on July 3, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Alan has changed the name from bill hames to carnival americana
    It has been about 7 years since i worked for the show

    • Michelle on July 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Thank you! I have been trying to figure out what happened to them 🙂

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