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The Finnish funfair tradition dates back to the 19th century. Today, the funfair tradition in Finland is practised by Tivoli Sariola, Suomen Tivoli and Tivoli Seiterä.


The roots of Finnish funfair tradition reach back to 1888. This is when the ancestor of the funfair and circus family Sariola, Johan Grönroos, started his entertainment operations in Kerava. He is considered the first funfair and circus entrepreneur in Finland. In 1905, Johan Adolf Fredrik Grönroos, nicknamed Jaffu, took over the operations. He translated the family’s Swedish name to Sariola. Jaffu was the grand old man and forerunner of Finnish funfairs. Jaffu’s sons, Toivo, Unto and Matti, all made their careers in the funfair business, and the current Tivoli Sariola and Suomen Tivoli funfairs are based on the businesses they established.

Large Original Vintage Tivoli Sariola Circus Poster

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