Great American Shows / Carnival History

Greg Maturo's great-great-grandfather, Erasmo Mosca, had amusement rides at Chicago's Navy Pier back in the early 1900's.  He was in the carnival business for nearly 50 years.  A business that has been handed down to each generation.

Lawrence Maturo Sr. had the carnival next with Circus Animals.  He named his carnival after his mother Angelina.  Angelus Amusements took the show on the road.

Greg grew up in the business working for his father, Lawrence Maturo and Greater American Carnival.   Learning every aspect of the business from running a game, working the food trailer, operating a ride, maintenance, setting up and tearing down, and pulling the ride to the next location.  

After his father retired Greg, along with his wife and son, Edwina & Shawn, are now carrying on the tradition of this family business.  Bringing joy and excitement to every town they go too.

Greg's brother Ricky currently owns and operate some of the games on the midway.

While Shawn and his wife Amanda own the Mechanical Bull that is located  on the midway as well.

They stay up to date with the ever changing world.  They are required to run background and sex offender checks on all of the ride operators, however, they complete these checks on all of their employees (game and food personal as well) to help keep the carnival experience a safe environment for the attendees.  Each state they travel to and setup requires that each of the rides by physically inspected by a state inspector.  For this company the rides would have 2 or 3 different state inspection stickers on the rides.  They also carry insurance on the amusement rides and the business as required by the law.  Every event will have a Certificate of Insurance issued for their event from out insurance company.

They endeavor to hire military veterans whenever possible.  They currently have about 25% of their employees are VETS.  Their employees are trained in their respective jobs that they perform, clean, friendly and wear a company shirt.

Their Achivements

Greg and Edwina Maturo are members of the American Legion.

Greg and Edwina are members of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

The Mission of the Kentucky Colonels

"The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is an organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state.  We act as the Governor's ambassadors of Kentucky's heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment.  our primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from our membership to help those organizations who stand ready to help our citizens share in Kentucky's boundless future.  We celebrate this mission and encourage and affirm one another in these efforts."

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