When the carnival itself is telling you spend your money judiciously, we are in a very different economy. As it turns out, this carnival is part of family-owned Funtastic Shows and they're feeling the pinch like everyone else. The cost of filling up the trucks for the drive from Portland to Port Townsend was so much higher than last year that the carnival had to ask for a surcharge on ride tickets (for the first time ever) just to squeak by. The carnival VP told me with some surprise that nobody complained about the added fee, and local residents told me the same thing. Everyone seems to get it: unless you're an oil exec, the cost of fuel is an equal opportunity offender.