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Skerbeck Entertainment Purchases KMG Inversion

Sonja & Jamie Skerbeck's Skerbeck Entertainment announced the purchase of a KMG Inversion at the Gibtown Trade Show.  The piece is scheduled for delivery in the late fall of 2015.  KMG is typically booked solid for delivery at least one year in advance, however, a showman in Europe canceled his order and Skerbeck was able to take advantage of the situation and fill that delivery spot.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/13/2015

Todd Armstrong Shows & Crabtree Amusements add two new European Spectaculars
Todd Armstrong Shows has added a Technical Park Street Fighter to their show.  The ride was purchased through on the secondhand market from a showmen in Austria.  Themed, Air Maxx, the piece comes will a full backwall sceenery.  Pat Crabtree's Crabtree Amusements also purchased a used spectacular ride, a KMG Tango through  Both pieces are being transported on the same ship from Europe and will debut this spring.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/12/2015

Florida State Fair Photos
Photos of Wade Shows debut at the Florida State Fair as midway coordinator have been uploaded to the MCW Photo Gallery.  To view photos from this years event, click here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/5/2015

Ride gross up 18% in West Palm Beach
Wade Shows' Frank Zaitshik reported a 18% increase in ride gross over 2014 at the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, despite loosing half of one of the busiest Saturdays at the fair.  The show is currently setting up for its first run operating the midway at the Florida State Fair in Tampa, which opens Thursday morning.  The show closed Sunday in West Palm and trucked over 50 rides from the fair into Tampa, including two roller coasters.  Some of the equipment had been set up the week before in Tampa in order to ease the jump and allow enough time for opening.  As of Tuesday evening, most of the rides were set up with crews still working on some of the larger pieces.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/4/2015

Showmen's League to hold Meet & Greet at Gibtown Trade Show

The Showmen's League of America will hold a brief meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 during the International Independent Showmen's Association trade show in Gibsonton, Fla. The meeting at the Gibtown show club is open to all SLA members and others interested in joining the organization. Paul Kasin, SLA's president for 2015, will lead a discussion on the group's fund-raising efforts for this year in addition to how it can work closer with other carnival trade groups to improve the industry.

  Posted by Don Muret on 2/1/2015

Murray Brothers Inc. receives Outstanding Achievement in Rides award from the Greater Ohio Showmens Assn.
Tom and Deb Murray of Cincinnati, Ohio based Murray Brothers Inc. was the recipient of the 2014 award for "Outstanding Achievement in Rides", presented by the Greater Ohio Showmen's Association at the Ohio Fair convention held January 8-11, 2015.  Murray Brothers Inc. has been providing rides, games, and food to fairs, festivals, and fundraisers since 1981 and operates approximately 28 rides.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/27/2015

Swyear Amusements honored with Friends of the IL County Fairs Award
During last weeks Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs convention and trade show, Ray and Janice Swyear of Swyear Amusements were honored with the 2015 Friend of Illinois County Fair award.  Accepting the award on behalf of Janice and Ray were Kathy and Terry Swyear.  

Swyear Amusements of New Athens, Illinois, is celebrating its 57th year in the amusement industry, making it one of the oldest Illinois based traveling amusement companies and one of the longest serving associate members of the IAAF. Ray Swyear Rides was started in 1958 by Ray and Janice when Ray purchased a small kiddie train ride. With the birth of three sons and a strong work ethic, Ray, Janice, and the family built what is known today as Swyear Amusements.  With Ray's passing in 1997 and Janice's retirement in 2013, the show is now operated by their children, Terry and his wife Kathy; Roger and his wife Teresa; as well as their children.

Each year the IAAF recognizes individuals who are outstanding Illinois county fair supporters, volunteer workers, or innovators in the industry that are respected by their colleagues and peers at their 104th annual convention in Springfield.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/26/2015

IISF Announces Educational Seminar Schedule for Gibtown Trade Show
The IISF Trade Show has announced an official list of educational seminars and workshops for the 2015 trade show.  Seminars range from HB2 Visa workshops and training seminars, ride discussion, background check information, DOT compliance information, forklift training, serve safe food handling course, and much more.  Visit the IISA's web site for a complete listing by clicking here.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/20/2015

IL Amusement Ride Safety Board Meeting Scheduled for 1pm on Thursday 1/15

The IL Amusement Ride Safety Board meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, IL on Thursday, January 15, from 1 - 4 PM. The meeting typically involves a public comment period where ride owners and operators can ask questions and make comments.  The meeting will be held in conjunction with the IL Association of Fairs convention which also kicks off on Thursday.  For more information on the annual convention, please visit

  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/9/2015

Rainbow Valley Rides adds Remix II for 2015

Chip Kedrowicz, co-owner of Wisconsin based Rainbow Valley Shows, announced Tuesday at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention in Wisconsin Dells that the show purchased a Remix II from Myers International Midways.  Kedrowicz plans to visit Myers during the IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton next month to learn how to set-up the ride and then bring it back to the shows Almond, WI based winter quarters.  At the end of last season, the show added a Puppy Roll Spin Ride from Mike Featherston's Gold Star Manufacturing.  "We have been really happy with the piece", Kedrowicz said of the Puppy Roll.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/7/2015

Carnival Photo Calendars are running out!

2015 Carnival Photo Calendars are running out!  Get yours before they are gone.

Our 12th edition - The MCW 2015 Carnival Calendar is professionally printed on gloss stock and features over 60 photos of carnivals and concessions from around the country! A must have for any carnival or amusement park lover.

To order, click here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/30/2014

Windy City purchases new Wacky Shack & Generator at IAAPA
Chicago based Windy City Amusements announced the purchase of a new, two story Wacky Shack fun house from Owen Trailers and also a new 28ft Generator unit from Showmen Supplies.  The Wacky Shack is set for a spring delivery date and will float between the shows three units in 2015.  Company president Anthony Salerno said the show was still in the process of shopping for another spectacular ride.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/15/2014

Drew Expo to upgrade Seattle Wheel lighting
During the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Jim Drew of Drew Expo reported that the show was in the process of refurbishing their Seattle Wheel and would be replacing the existing neon lighting with a new LED system from Denny's Electronics.  "The neon looked great, but was hard to maintain" said Drew.  The LED system Drew plans to install will have a custom program and will display colors similar to the neon that is currently on the ride now.  Every 15-20 minutes, the program will do special colors and patterns, but for the most part, the program will be subtle and retain the historic beauty of the ride.    Posted by Matt Cook on 12/1/2014

Carnival Photo Calendars - ON SALE NOW
2015 Carnival Photo Calendars are now on sale!  

Our 12th edition - The MCW 2015 Carnival Calendar is professionally printed on gloss stock and features over 60 photos of carnivals and concessions from around the country! A must have for any carnival or amusement park lover.

To order, click here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/30/2014

Rides 4-U to host party during IAAPA show

Len Soled's Somerville, NJ based Rides-4U announced that they will be hosting an after-hours party during the IAAPA trade show next week on Wednesday, November 19 from 7-9pm at Fun Spot Orlando.  Soled welcomes all former and current customers to attend the event for food, drinks, and access to the park.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/14/2014

Chance Rides Has Hired a New Sales Manager for the Carnival Market
Wichita, Kan. - Chance Rides recently hired Jeff Miller as Sales Manager for new rides in the North America carnival market. Jeff comes to Chance Rides with over 25 years experience in the amusement ride  industry. 

"We are very pleased to have Jeff on board as we grow our new portable ride production including our new one-trailer Freestyle ride as  well as old favorites such as the Zipper, Pharaoh's Fury and Century Wheel." said Chance Rides' President, Michael Chance. 

You will have the opportunity to meet Jeff at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, November 18 - 21st, booth #5124. And at the Showmen's League of America Exhibitors Lounge on December 8 - 9th, in Las Vegas. Chance Rides' long-time carnival and used rides expert, Duane Wiechman will continue to serve Chance Rides in his current role. So please be sure to stop by to say hello to him at the IAAPA Expo as well.

  Posted by Lisa Hargrove  on 11/11/2014

UPDATED: Wade Shows adds new rides for 2015
Wade Shows announced the addition of four new rides for 2015.  The show purchased a new Monster Truck kiddie ride from Wisdom as well as a Gravitron themed "Centrifuge".  Additionally, the show has added a Quasar themed "Music Express" from ARM and a Zamperla Barnyard themed "Beach Shack".  All four pieces are set to debut at the South Florida Fair this January and will also be featured at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.  The show will also be leasing (with an option to buy) ARM's new Frenzy Ride for both events.   Company owner Frank Zaitshik said "There are several other purchases pending including several more children's rides, other spectacular rides, and support equipment such as trucks and generators".

UPDATED 11/10/14 - Company owner, Frank Zaitshik announced over the weekend that the show also purchased four new Umbrella Rides from Dalton Kid Rides.  The four kiddie rides will rack on two trailers for easy transport and to help consolidate loads.  The show traded in their trailer mounted Hampton Whales and Hampton Dune Buggies.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/10/2014

Rides 4-U to have largest IAAPA booth to date
Len Soled's Rides 4-U, representing KMG, SBF/Visa and S&S, will have their largest booth to date at this years IAAPA Expo in Orlando.  Soled was proud to announce that they will debut the first trailer mounted version of the popular Compact Spinning Coaster and also a trailer mounted version of their pneumatic drop tower, the Drop N Twist, both built by SBF/Visa.  "Both pieces have had tremendous success with Amusement parks" said Soled.  Rides 4-U will also have a new ride on display from SBF/Visa called the Skate 360, which can best be described as a miniature Kamikaze ride.  Outside, the company will have a Frog Hopper from S&S which has been purchased by Campy's Amusements.  The IAAPA Expo runs November 18-21, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/31/2014

CNE General Manager David Bednar Announces His Retirement

CNE General Manager David Bednar announced today that he will be retiring after 16 years as CNE General Manager on the spring of 2015.  "I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. My love for the CNE will continue now as a fan of the fair rather than as General Manager," stated Bednar.

David Bednar has more than 35 years of management experience in the arts and entertainment industry, including 16 years as General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition. Before joining the CNE in 1998, Mr. Bednar worked with Live Entertainment Corporation (Livent) where he was involved in the development and operation of theatre projects such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Ragtime” in Toronto and New York. Prior to Livent, he had a ten-year tenure with the prestigious Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake as Director of Operations.

The Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest fair and one of the top 10 exhibitions in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $58.6 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million for the province of Ontario each year. Over the past decade, the CNE has earned a reputation as the “greenest” fair in North America. Last year alone, it diverted 86.36% (1.856 million kg) of its total waste from landfill.
  Posted by Karen Lynch on 10/23/2014

Indiana's Elkhart County 4H Fair names Bryan Blair as new general manager

The Elkhart County 4H Fair in Goshen, Indiana named long time MCW visitor Bryan Blair as their new General Manager on October 10.  Blair's job as general manager will be to provide leadership and vision for growing the fair, as well as overseeing the fair's staff and grounds for the fair board.  Blair previously worked for the Kentucky State Fair board serving as expositions administrator and also helped re-organize the Taylor County Fair in Campbellsville, KY in 1997 and is an active fair board member.  For more information, click here.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/13/2014

Western Fair District And North American Midway Entertainment Sign 10-Year Contract
London, Ontario, October 6, 2014:  Hugh Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Western Fair District (WFD) is pleased to announce the recent signing of a 10-year contract with North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) as their signature event's sole Midway provider.  This new partnership will add a fresh dimension to the District's fall classic.  

NAME will continue to honor Western Fair's tradition, since 1867, of providing the community with a superior entertainment product, great energy, fun, and community celebration and has committed to present at the 2015 Western Fair:  a Blitzer Roller Coaster;  Niagara Falls Water Flume Ride;  a 110-Foot Giant Ferris Wheel;  Mega Drop Tower and Mach 3 ride, which is a 37 meter arm that with two seats mounted at each end, produces a 3.5g on riders, to name a few of the new rides.   Diaz also noted that due to the size of the ride inventory, new and exciting rides will be provided year-after-year to keep the midway presentation fresh and exciting.

The 2015 Western Fair will be held Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20.   

  Posted by Amy Girton / NAME on 10/6/2014

2015 Carnival Photo Calendar Contest
Want to win a free 2015 MCW Carnival Photo Calendar?  We are seeking your best fair, midway, or carnival photos to be included in our 2015 Carnival Calendar Photo Contest!  For more information visit:

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/6/2014

Wood Entertainment upgrades lighting on Magnum
Michael Wood recently upgraded the lighting on his Mondial Magnum, replacing the standard flashing LED lights on the rides back wall and front signs with a new custom RGB programmable system from Denny's Electronics.  The new lights are circle shaped and built as low profile modules that are of similar diameter of the turbo bulbs they replaced.  While the cap of the module is clear, the circuit board has a color overlay on it so that the bulb appears to be the same color as the scenery which it borders unlike other RGB color changing LEDS which appear clear / white during the day.

Click here to watch a video of the new LED lights in action.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/3/2014

Deggeller Attractions adds Huss Enterprise & SDC Hang 10 to lineup

Deggeller Attractions added two spectacular rides to its lineup including a Huss Enterprise and a SDC Hang 10.  The Enterprise was purchased from Drew Exposition and the Hang 10 was formerly owned by Gopher State Exposition in Minnesota.  The Enterprise is slated to debut at the Arkansas State Fair next week while the Hang 10 has been in operation for several weeks playing the Maryland State Fair, York Fair, and the Virginia State Fair.  Gopher State last used the ride at the Wisconsin State Fair before selling it to Deggeller.  Drew Exposition retained two Enterprises - one that they will operate and another that will be used for parts.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/1/2014

Deggeller Attractions signs long term contract extension at York Fair
Deggeller Attractions announced today that the show signed a new long term contract extension at the historic York Fair (York, PA).  Deggeller has provided the midway at the fair since 2010.  Previously, the fair was played by Reithoffer Shows for a number of years.  Deggeller fields a main midway and a second kiddieland on the opposite side of the fairgrounds, complete with a Chance Giant Wheel and Century Wheel, Huss Super Nova and Top Spin, a full size roller coaster, among others.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 9/15/2014

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