Life’s a carnival for Vic Nolting. Literally.

On any day during any given Cincinnati summer, Nolting — the longtime president of Coney Island amusement park — finds himself surrounded by kiddie rides, whirling dervishes and splashing toddlers. Not to mention laughing kids on surging waterslides, love-struck teenagers on the Ferris wheel and carefree patrons peddling paddleboats on the park’s Lake Como.

This isn’t to say Nolting doesn’t work hard. Far be it from that. He oversees the complex inner workings of running a mid-sized theme park, event center and venue for such annual fests as Summerfair, the Cincinnati Flower Show and this month’s Paddlefest. On top of that, he manages 1,150 seasonal and 37 full-time employees — including the parking and concessions staff at adjoining Riverbend Music Center.

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