Middle-Aged Midway

The New York State Fair is one of the largest in the U.S. and its midway carnival is equally as extravagant. Amongst the crowds and hundreds of employees, these "carnies" are much older than many. Some have worked at the carnival for their entire lives.

Lore Porter and her husband have been working at carnivals for 32 years, travelling the country with the arcade cart they now own. Although she loved the lifestyle at a young age, she says she is growing exhausted by it. With both her and her husband in their 50s, she says there is no other choice but to continue.

Mark Fox got into the carnival world late in life after working low-paying jobs for most of his life. He's been with Wade Shows for 6 years. Mark says he has always made the most money at the Syracuse fair.

John Willis, a Texas native, got into the carnival when he was 15 years old.

Kiven Guy joined the carnival when he was just 16 years old. Now 51, he says he still loves his job.

Becky High joined the carnival 21 years ago. On this particular day she complained of the lazy work ethic of some others.

Lewis Stojan, of Watertown, NY, joined the carnival at 15. After battling stage 4 rectal cancer at Upstate University Cancer Center, he is cancer-free at age 50.