Bumper cars, ferris wheels, carousels; fun fairs and carnival attractions carry a magical appeal.
While most children eventually (and reluctantly) leave the fun behind at the end of the day, Joyce Lee has always gotten to stay and take unlimited rides — that’s the perk of being the daughter of the showman behind local carnival operator Uncle Ringo.
“I am always aware of how lucky I was to have grown up being able to play at carnivals to my heart’s desire. I see children being pulled away by their parents or being denied another ride, and I felt really blessed,” she recalls.
Uncle Ringo was started by Joyce’s father, Lee Woon Chiang, in 1984. The iconic travelling carnival operator is a frequent sight at pasar malams – a colloquial term for Singapore’s local night bazaars – and is well-loved by children and adults alike.