Gold Star Amusements started in 1992 in a small town in the heart of Minnesota. Mike Featherston, owner and CEO never thought the carnival would grow into what it has become today.
Featherston talked about how Gold Star originally started out as the Jack Thompson show in 1977. "Needless to say people looked forward to the carnival coming to town as it did each year." He also mentioned how he would have never thought he would need ninety people on staff to run the show successfully. "I am beyond blessed to have such an amazing family to be with me on the road," Featherston said.
Featherston and his team travel 8 out of 12 months each year. "We stay busy, and that is just how we like it," Featherston said. While speaking highly of his team, he noted how clean the rides stay on a daily basis. Featherston also praised the job Kennett Fire Marshal Scott Tutor has done inspecting the equipment this year to ensure everything is secure and safe for fairgoers.
Gold Star Amusements travels to approximately 40 cities per season. "Our team works hard," Featherston said.
Featherston and his family travel together as a whole. He talked about raising his children on the road as they were growing up. "We love traveling together, it's all we know," Featherston said. He also announced how excited he is to have his grandchildren traveling with the family as well now. "We have 7 grandkids along with us, all under the age of 5," Featherston noted.
Featherston and his family continue to make Gold Star Amusements a successful, and enjoyable time together. "Wherever the Merry-go round goes, we go," Featherston said.
The Featherston family looks forward to Delta Fair week in Kennett. "We like coming to this community, seeing as everyone we come in contact with is very friendly," Featherston said.
The Gold Star Amusement team thanks the Delta Fair Board and the Kennett community for having them back each year.