Another fair has come and gone.  Awards have been handed out. Prizes have been won. Copious amounts of cotton candy and funnel cakes have been eaten, and countless children and families have taken a spin on some of the many carnival rides. For the citizens of Carter County, it will be another year before the carnival returns. But for Doug and Christopher Barton, a father and son duo from Waco, Texas, the carnival is a way of life.
The Bartons own and operate Pride of Texas Shows, the amusement company that provides the rides and the traditional carnival games at the Carter County Free Fair. In fact, the Bartons have been coming to Ardmore every year since 2006 when they first purchased the business, and according to Christopher, the company has been a part of the local fair for even longer than that.
While they have been involved with the Pride of Texas Shows for 12 years, the family has an extensive history within the industry. Doug Barton has over 40 years of experience within the outdoor entertainment industry and the family has a history going back for four generations.

“It’s in your blood,”Christopher Barton said. “It’s just something you’re born into.”

In addition to their stop in Ardmore, the show visits 41 other cities across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. From Jan. 14 until Oct 28, the family is on the road. This year, however, has been extra special because Christopher’s first child, a son, was born two months ago. He’s hoping the family tradition will continue into the newest generation.

“The best part of it is getting to see everybody happy and having a good time,” Christopher said. “It’s a lot of hard work but it’s definitely worth it.”