Craig Harrison has been coming to Hull Fair for as long as he can remember.
The 50-year-old is one of the fair legends and brings his assortment of children’s rides to the eight-day event every year along with his wife, two daughters and son.
Craig, who normally stays in Manchester, has never lived in a house and his great-grandparents, grandparents and parents were show families who travelled the length and breadth of the country making money from their attractions.
His lavish £80,000 mobile home, which he bought in 2009, is one of the hundreds of cars, caravans and mobile homes on the trailer park situated outside the KCOM stadium for the duration of the fair.
Speaking from inside the motorhome, Craig said: “Hull Fair is the best fair in Europe, not so much with the money we get, but the kids really enjoy it here as well.
“The city and the people are very friendly and we always get a warm welcome when we come and you do get people who complain, but generally speaking, people are very welcoming.”
Craig and his family live in the 60ft-long mobile home while they are on the fair circuit, but give themselves two months off from November to January when they reside in a static caravan in Greater Manchester.
The dad-of-three added: “I’ve lived in caravans and motorhomes all my life. There is not much difference between living in a house to be honest.
“I’ve lived in a caravan all my life. There is plenty of room and it has all the same home comforts.”
Craig says it takes a matter of minutes to set up his large 60ft mobile home once it is parked up and anchored in position.
It consists of a wall-mounted 55″ TV, two sofas, a dressing table, fireplace, with two bathrooms and two large bedrooms – which can sleep six people.
He added: “Putting it [the motor home] all together is quite easy to be honest, it’s all electric, but it’s one of the largest ones at 60ft long.
“We want to change it within the next year and because my family is growing up my daughter wants a bigger one.
“They are spacious when you get inside because all the compartments push out. It’s all electric. They are all family-fied.
“It cost us about £80,000 about 10 years ago – and we’ve only just paid it off. We live in this one for nine months of the year.
“We then have November to around January, off and we live in a static caravan in Manchester.”
He added: “It’s the life that chose me to be honest. My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents did this for over 200 years.”
Last year, Hull Live was given a tour of Nicola Wallace’s mobile home.
The 54-year-old showwoman said she loves travelling on the road – and taking her growing family with her is the best part about it.
Her large custom-built mobile home, which Nicola said took three years to build after being crafted in Gloucester, is worth at least six figures.
Speaking about Hull Fair, Nicola said: “Hull Fair is brilliant, it’s all about the people that come year upon year.
“Nottingham is ticket-only, where as Hull is free and brings in the crowds – it’s definitely the best.
“At the end of the day, yes we have rides here and it is a business and we are here to made money, but, I’ve been coming here for nearly 40 years, 16 coming with our rides.”
Hull Fair started on Friday at 5pm and runs until Saturday, October 12 when it will close at 11pm.
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