HAVE GAMES, WILL TRAVEL: Midway amusement worker shares perspective on festival life

COLUMBIA CITY — A trip to downtown Columbia City this week meant becoming immersed in Old Settlers Day festivities. The annual celebration brings with it a midway — complete with rides, attractions and games. Manning the rides and games are midway workers that travel with Poor Jack Amusements. For Whitley County residents, Old Settlers Day is a five-day event that will come to a close today. But after the rides and games pull out of town, the festival life continues for those who work for the amusement company.Christy Bilicki is one of many midway game workers. She spends time under a canopy that features a shallow pond, some plastic sharks and child-sized fishing rods. The game is meant for young kids to catch a toy shark in exchange for a small plush prize.“I like interacting with the kids,” Bilicki said. “They are a lot of fun to see as they go around to the different games. They seem to have a lot of fun.”Bilicki is from Michigan and has two children, nine and five years old. Being away from family is sometimes hard for her as a mom, but she finds enjoyment in being in a different environment with each new festival.“It’s a fun way to travel,” Bilicki said. “I used to bring the kids out with me, but now they stay back in Michigan. The traveling part is exciting. You get to see a lot of interesting towns.”To read the rest of this story, see the June 28-29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.