They could be revival show tents or medicine show circus tents; McTell had connections to both.
"Bunny thinks that colored banjo player with that medicine show may be Fred Ward," said Mrs. Brown.
Clark Stanley no doubt used the contents of his pamphlet in medicine show harangues, thus adding to the cowboy myth.
Last I saw of him he came through here with a medicine show.
And Jud had run away with a medicine show years before father died.
This has nothing to do with the old school of lightning rod salesmen trained in medicine show methods.
Every medicine show or other show that comes to town has to git a permit from me, else they can't show.
After running away from home he joined the medicine show, because it gave him a chance to play the banjo he liked so well.