A team of 60 workers were on the clock from noon to midnight and then would break down rides, game stalls, and food courts minutes after the last customer left. It was a hot summer, and the crew members were constantly on their feet. The work was democratic—everyone did everything. Kruszewski followed the troop in a truck, and when not photographing and conducting interviews, he lent a hand. The carnies were fiercely proud of living outside the norm—the owners went back four generations, but many of the workers (including a race car mechanic and a chef from a famous Las Vegas resort) were adventure seekers like Kruszewski.