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  Carnivals & The Drive-in

The Drive-in

The excitement and nostalgia of going to a Drive-in or a Carnival makes for the perfect Rockabilly summer fun!  It’s been a few years since I had been to a movie at the Drive-in, so Trevor and I packed up the kids and took them to see the new Batman movie at the Drive-in closest to us in San Luis Obispo, California (about 30 min from our house).  We took Big Red (our truck) and instead of sitting inside the truck, we made a big bed in the back of the truck and watched from the warmth and comfort of our pillows and blankets!

Sunset Drive-in

Sunset Drive-in snack bar and picnic tables

inside of Sunset drive-in snack bar

snack bar at Sunset drive-in

drive-in pre-movie cartoon

A good old classic Donald Duck pre-movie cartoon!

The Carnival

The California Mid-State Fair is held in our city, Paso Robles, and except for the extreme temperatures that come with fair time (95-110+ degrees), it is great family fun! This year we went with one of my sisters and her daughter, my mom, Trevor’s brother, his wife, their two little red head’s, His sister, and her 2 sons!  The kids had hours of fun on the rides, and I had fun winning the cocky cowboy and his wife at the water pistol game!  Many Carnival rides and games stay the same or similar over the years, which is why they create such a happy, nostalgic atmosphere!


carnival games

ferris wheel

rockabilly summer fun

Carnival music player

cars carnival ride

jeep carnival ride

carnival truck ride

carnival plane ride

motorcycle carnival ride

Trevor and mom at the Carnival

The Sexy Beast is Trevor, my love of 8 years, who did have a good time when he wasn’t busy texting, and the camera operator on the right is my mom (forgive her for the fanny pack!)


About Rockabelle Bombshell

I am a single mom of a 13 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl. I love DIY projects of all types, and everything Rockabilly! I love the Icons of the 50's, as well as classic cars, pinups, retro appliances and decor, and victorian gothic furniture. I think of myself as a tattooed 1950's transplant... definitely born in the wrong era! I love thrifting and "junking"- I rarely see junk, I see things for their possibilities! I started this blog to document my DIY adventures as I attempt to upcycle and recreate my furniture and home decor, add a Rockabilly touch to as much clothing as I can, make life fun for my kids, and share my love of Rockabilly!

5 responses »

  1. Wow, I didn’t know you also live in Paso! I live in Arroyo Grande! When I saw the Sunset Drive-In, I said “Wait a minute, I know that place!” And I also recognized the Mid-State Fair although I haven’t been in either place for a few years now. How long have you lived in Paso?

  2. Drive-ins and carnivals, this post is bursting with two of my very favourite things! Sadly we don’t have a drive-in around these parts any more, but there was one not to far from my house (in a different part of the province) when I was a youngster and some of my fondest childhood summer memories are of nights spend under the glowing light of the giant screen there.

    ♥ Jessica


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