Serving Wisconsin's Fairs and Festivals for over 25 years.
​​In 1988, twin brothers Dan and Dave Barbacovi were thinking of a way to make a few extra dollars on the weekends away from their regular jobs, so when the opportunity arose, they bought a bounce house.  They attended a few local events like Sidewalk Sales, Small Town Picnics and they found that it was a profitable little venture.  

They thought, "If we had more rides....we could make more money"  so, they decided to purchase a small train ride and built their very own "Duck Pond game".  They continued to visit various events, and in 1989 and 1990, they purchased several larger rides from the Skerbek Carnival and Wenzel's Amazement Carnival and decided to hit the road to more and larger events. 

Still keeping their original jobs, Dan, a Paramedic, and Dave, a Sheriff Deputy and Paramedic worked the carnival on the weekends with family members and some friends.  

In 1992, they heard that the Ashland County Fair in Marengo, WI was looking for a carnival for the fair.  Dan and Dave met with the Ashland County Fair Board and made a simple promise to them.  "If you want to hire the most rag-tag little carnival around, we would love to play your fair. "We are not  the fanciest carnival...but we will never leave you."  The Ashland County Fair agreed to hire Spectrum, and they entertained
 Ashland County fairgoers until this year.  

Over the years, they have grown and continue to upgrade and update rides and games.  Until recently, they traveled with over 40 carnival rides, 6-8 food concession wagons and countless midway games with two units.  Dan traveled with one unit "The Gold Unit" while David traveled with the other unit "The Silver Unit".   And years later,  Dan's kids are very involved with Spectrum.  Dan and Paula's son Michael is the Ride Operation Manager and with his girlfriend Kara Holzscheiter owns M&K Concessions serving Cotton Candy, Caramel Apples & Sno Cones. Their oldest daughter Crys'tal and her boyfirend Rob McLean own several games and a Hand Cut French Fry food wagon on the carnival.  And the youngest daughter Melissa is the proud owner of Melissa Rose Concessions with her Corn Dog Wagon.   As you can tell.... Dan and Paula are keeping the family busy each summer. 


In 2018, due to some health reasons...Dan decided to sell the second "Silver" unit of the show and now works on building the first "Gold" unit into a bigger and better "show" and touring throughout Wisconsin providing one of the best carnivals available to great events.

"We never expected this to grow so big" said Dan.  "It went from having fun to a full time job, but we love to go and meet new people at events and catch up with old friends every year." 


Come on out and visit the Spectrum Carnival midway.  From the well maintained rides, quality food wagons and fun and exciting games, it is apparent they take pride in their carnival. ​​
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The Barbacovi Family
Paula, Melissa, Michael, Crys'tal, Dan
Rob, Crys'tal, Paula, Melissa, Dan, Kara, Michael
The Spectrum Team

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