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Southern Fun Carnival employee Collin McKenna counts tickets while keeping watch over the riders on the merry-go-round as they circle around him at the Missouri American Water Carnival Land during Jefferson City's Salute to America on Wednesday afternoon, July 3, 2013.

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For Jay Scooby, a second-year ride operator for Southern Fun Carnival, working at a carnival was a dream many years in the making, he said. After observing his father manage the attractions while growing up, Scooby seized the opportunity to follow in his footsteps and take up a similar occupation.

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