Mother Was Selling
Concessions At The
Greene County Fair
When He Arrived
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The rides and concessions filling the midway at the 63rd annual Greene County Fair this evening will be a little different from those in years past.
A new carnival company -- Family Attractions Amusement, of Valdosta, Ga. -- has contracted to set up shop for the first time in Greene County.
But this will not be the first time the family that owns this company will have spent a week in August at the Greene County Fair.
In fact, Dominic Macaroni, the company's owner, said the first time he visited Greeneville was the day he entered the world.
Besides confirming his arrival in a Greeneville hospital in late August, Dominic Macaroni preferred not to be interviewed himself. Instead, he referred a reporter to his wife, Ruby.
"He's been in the carnival business since he was born!" Ruby Macaroni said.
SON HERE FOR FIRST TIME
For the families working in traveling carnivals, communities -- and especially small towns -- can doubtless blur together over the years.
For the Macaroni family, however, Greeneville has never been forgotten, even if it has been 55 years since Dominic's parents last set up shop on the midway at the Greene County Fair.
Back then, Ruby said, her in-laws were working for a different amusement company, with Dominic Fred Macaroni as the electrician and his wife, Jean, working the midway concessions.
A mother of two and nine months pregnant with her third child, Jean was working concessions at the fair when she went into labor and rushed to a local hospital.
Dominic Macaroni, named for his father, was born that day and has been back to Greeneville a couple of times since. Those visits were in the early 1990s with yet another amusement company.
His son, Joshua, now a grown man with a family of his own, is visiting this week, as a part of the the business, Family Attractions Amusement.
WHAT TO EXPECT
"I hope they can expect a good time and a fun week and lots of rides and things to do," Ruby said of Greene County's fairgoers.
The company, which the Macaroni family owns and operates, features amusement rides and concessions.
"We've got the best corn dogs in the country," Ruby said, confidence clearly ringing in her voice.
Their corn dogs are homemade creations, she said, adding that the family is in the process of marketing their special corn dog-breading mix.
Beyond this specialty, however, are also the many other food and drink treats fairgoers have long come to expect, including fresh lemonade, Italian and Polish sausages, cotton candy, ice cream and candy apples.
RIDES THIS YEAR
There will be plenty of specialty rides to enjoy as well, she said.
Rising on the midway on Sunday were bright, gleaming attractions with attention-getting names such as "Yo-Yo," "Ring of Fire," "The Spider," "Sea Ray," and even a music ride called "Alpine Bobs."
And, of course, fairgoers can look for the ever-classic Ferris wheel.
"Come on out and have some fun -- make some memories!" Ruby encouraged.