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Riverview neighbors upset about carnival equipment on property

Residents of the Riverview / Gibsonton, FL area are upset about the storage of carnival equipment during the off season and are seeking a change.  For more information, read the full article by ABC News by clicking here.

Additional discussion to be had on our message board, by clicking here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/8/2013

Miami Showmens Club Events

Incoming president of the Miami Showmen's Association, Robert Briggs would like to remind everyone of outgoing President Harlan Bast's Banquet and Ball on board the South Beach Lady Mega Yacht on Monday, February 25th. For more information, please call 954-967-0073. Robert Briggs will be installed as president of the association on Tuesday, February 26 at the club in Ft. Lauderdale. Congratulations to Robert Briggs on his upcoming presidency and Harlan Bast on a great year!

  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/24/2013

Butler Amusements adds new Roller Coaster and Vertigo for 2013

Butler Amusements announced the purchase of a new 100ft Vertigo from A.R.M. and also a new Roller Coaster called the Ex-Scream Machine.  The Ex-Scream Machine was built by Pinfari, was originally owned by Davis Enterprises.  The coaster will debut at the 2013 California State Fair & Expo in Sacramento, CA and the Vertigo debuted last week at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in Indio, CA.

A picture of the new Ex-Scream Machine coaster can be found in the MCW photo gallery by clicking here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/20/2013

Browns Amusements adds three new pieces for 2013
Danny Brown announced today that he took delivery of a new Wacky Shack fun house from Owen Trailers.  He added that the show also purchased a new Popper / Funnel Cake combo trailer from Jeff and Holly Swartz' Hitch-Hiker Mfg as well as a Quad Runner from Dalton Kid Rides.  Browns Amusements is currently playing small events and fairs in the Phoenix area before moving south to Yuma, AZ for the Yuma County Fair in early April.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/15/2013

Showmens League makes changes to slate of officers

On the final day of the IISF Trade Show last Saturday, the Showmen's League of America met and changed their 2013 slate of officers. President for 2013 is Chris Atkins; Tom Powell is now 1st vice; Paul Kasin is now 2nd vice; and Ron Porter is now 3rd vice. Burum also noted that Buffalo Bill tickets are 67% sold out for this years drawing in Vegas.  The club would also like to invite all members and their guests to the club's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the league's Chicago headquarters (1023 W. Fulton Market, Chicago IL).  There will be a cocktail party on March 15th from 6-9pm and the club will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 16th following Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Interested parties are asked to RSVP by emailing Joe Burum at or call 312-733-9533.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/14/2013

Dillman Family Rides adds new Dark Ride

Jim Dillman III of Dillman Family Rides has notified us of delivery of his spectacular Haunted House dark ride this past November. The ride, formerly operated by Bill Blake of Olympia, Washington, was trucked to the docks in Jacksonville, where it left for a successful tour at "La Feria -The Park" in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After returning stateside in January, the ride will undergo some re-racking of the support trailers before embarking on its' first East Coast tour. Jim's plans include playing larger county and state fairs with an eye towards operating multiple units in the future.

Photos of the new dark ride can be found in the MCW photo gallery by clicking here.

  Posted by MCW Editor via P.R. on 2/11/2013

Florida State Fair opens

The Florida State Fair opened Thursday to bright sun followed by rain in the evening.  Friday, all students in Hillsborough County had the day off school to attend the fair.  The fair offered various specials to attract the kids.  The midway saw crowds pretty much all day long and into the late evening.

To view photos of the 2013 FL State Fair, click here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/9/2013

Jeremy Floyd purchases Space Roller
Jeremy Floyd confirmed on Wednesday that he purchased a Mondial Space Roller and is in the process of refurbishing it.  The Space Roller was originally owned by his aunt, Jane Baxter, but was sold to an English showman in the US when Jane decided to retire.  Jeremy purchased the ride in early 2013 and plans to book the piece independently.    Posted by Matt Cook on 2/7/2013

Steve Mains Passes

Steve Payton Mains, 65, of Hickory, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. He was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Watauga County, to the late RJ and Lucille Potter Mains.

Steve was of the Evangelical Methodist faith, a member of the Board of Directors, and past chairman of St. Stephens Fire Department. He retired as the district Office Manager for the Catawba County Veterans Services Sept. 1, 2009, after 35 years and nine months of service. He was a Credited Veteran Service Representative for NC Veterans Affairs, and a board member for friends of NC Veterans Nursing Home. Steve was a 42-year member of American Legion Post 48 and held numerous offices at the state level for American Legion. He was president of Hickory American Legion Fair and past president of the NC Fair Association. One of Steve's greatest joys was the day the fair would open. He enjoyed standing at the entrance gate and seeing the smiles on children's faces, not to mention any opportunity he had to spend with his family and grandchildren was always a treat. Steve also enjoyed all the wonderful boating trips on Lake Norman.

Steve was presented with many awards and honors. A few of those include the NC Order of the Longleaf Pine Award presented to him by James Hunt and the Holmes McBride Award presented by the NC Fair Association in 2011. In 1970 he was recognized for outstanding community achievement of Vietnam Veterans by President Jimmy Carter. Steve was also appointed by Bev Perdue to serve on the NC Veterans Commission.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Hickory American Legion Fairground, with Pastor Hugh Whitfield officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Tri-City Baptist Church, 1409 NC Hwy 16 Conover, NC 28613. The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Hickory American Legion Fair Board and the Hickory American Legion, Post 48. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bass-smith Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Steve Payton Mains.

  Posted by Ron Weber on 2/5/2013

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  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/1/2013

Wapello's June Hardin Passes Away

June Hardin of Wapello Fabrications passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  June was a big supporter of the amusement industry and OABA for many years.  She will be deeply missed.

The arrangements for visitation will be at the United Methodist Church in Wapello, Iowa on Tues. January 22nd from 6-8 PM. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:30 AM at the same church. There is a memorial fund being set up for the aforementioned church.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/21/2013

PBJ Happee Day Shows adds Zero Gravity & Schantz Trailer for 2013

Cody Casper of PBJ Happee Day Shows announced at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs convention in Springfield, IL that their show plans to take delivery of a new Zero Gravity from Dartron Industries and a new food trailer from Schantz Manufacturing during the IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza in Gibtown.  Casper said that the Zero Gravity would have a LED lighting package from Denny's Electronics.  Both pieces are slated to be on display during the trade show which takes place February 5-9, 2013.  In 2012 the show took delivery of a new Wisdom Himalaya, also outfitted with a LED lighting package from Denny's Electronics.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/21/2013

SLA Hall of Fame member Harry Heftman Passes

We are sad to report that long time friend of the Showmen's League Harry Heftman has passed away. Harry owned Harry's Hot Dogs located on the first floor of the League's building at 300 W Randolph. Harry was also a Hall of Honor member and father of Ron Heftman, current League Board member and himself a recent Hall of Honor inductee.

Arrangements: The funeral is Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd, Wilmette, Illinois 60091

  Posted by Joe Burum - SLA on 1/16/2013

Wade Shows upgrades lighting on Giant Wheel
Just in time for opening at the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, Wade Shows installed a new LED lighting package from Denny's Electronics on it's yellow Chance Giant Wheel.  Frank Zaitshik told us "This is so good, I have to let our CFO hold the check book".  Wade opens on January 18th and runs through February 3rd before moving to the Florida State Fair in Tampa and the Pasco County Fair in Dade City, with another unit opening February 7th in San Antonio, TX.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/14/2013

Rainbow Valley Rides purchases a Monster Truck from Wisdom

To keep its ride inventory fresh, Chip Kedrowicz of Rainbow Valley Rides announced recent delivery of a new Wisdom Monster Truck kiddy ride just in time for the 2013 season. The new Monster Truck ride replaces their Zamperla Up Up and Away Balloon Race. Last week at the WI Association of Fairs Meeting, Chip told us he was very excited to add the piece to their midway and is anxious to see how the kids like it.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/13/2013

Carnival Photo Calendars- ONLY A FEW LEFT
There are a select amount of Carnival Photo Calendars in stock!  Get them while they last.  Order online by CLICKING HERE.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/7/2013

Chicago Area Concessionaires Donate Toys to Newtown, CT

Three independent concessionaires drove a truckload of 3,000 new toys to Newtown, Conn. to help grieving families affected by the shootings that left 26 dead in that city, including 20 children.
Games vendors Peter Kasin and his nephew Kevin Kasin, and food operator Dave Jaros, all members of the Showmen's League of America, delivered the toys early Wednesday morning after driving through the night from Greater Chicago to Connecticut. They met with Newtown police who helped them distribute the toys within the community. The three men then turned around drove right back to Chicago to beat a winter storm.
The whirlwind trip covered 2,000 miles and a total of 34 hours' driving time, Peter Kasin said.
"I just felt like doing something to help out," said Kasin, whose family books games with Skinners' Amusments. "It was such a tragedy."
Ideal Toy Co., a carnival novelty supplier, provided all the toys and paid for one-third of the items. The Showmen's League covered the costs of the remaining toys and are conducting a fund-raising campaign among its membership to defray its expenses, Kasin said. Members donating $200 to the cause will have their names inscribed on a special plaque commemorating the cause.
The total value of the 3,000 toys was about $5,000, Kasin said.
The Newtown shootings hit home for the Showmen's League. The Dec. 14 incident happened the same morning as the group's annual holiday party for Hanson Park Elementary School students in Chicago. This year marked the 65th annual party with 15 live acts and free popcorn, soda and cotton candy given to the school kids. The party went on as scheduled at the insistence of Hanson Park officials, Kasin said.

  Posted by Don Muret on 12/26/2012

Showmen's League to Host 65th Annual Christmas Party

The Showmen's League of America will be hosting its 65th annual Children's Christmas Party on December 14th at Hanson Park Elementary School in Chicago, IL.  Activities are scheduled to begin at 8:30am.  The party originated in 1946 by Nate Green with the idea of hosting a Christmas party for underprivileged children at the Sherman Hotel on Christmas Eve.  Nate started the party with a budget of $560, two clowns for entertainment, and 10 turkeys for dinner.  In its early days, the party entertained over 250 kids, while the current party entertains over 1,500 physically or mentally challenged children.  Co-Chairs Peter Kasin of Kasin Concessions and Donnie Massie III of Alpine Amusements help organize the event each year.  Giovanni Zoppe of Circus Zoppe will host three shows for the children and the kids will be each given a toy, popcorn and cotton candy, and a beverage all courtesy of the event's generous sponsors.  Kasin noted that "Santa will be giving an extra special Christmas present to each member that comes out to help".  Kasin also noted that they could not put on the event without their sponsors.  Such sponsors include Gold Medal, Porter Foods, NANCO, The Toy Factory, Toy Network, Classic Toy, Rhode Island Novelty, Ideal Toy, and several others.  More information can be found at

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/8/2012

Florida State Fair & Wade Shows to Sponsor Free Event in December
In a partnership between the Florida State Fair and Wade Shows, the two will be offering a free carnival at the Florida State Fair Grounds this December for children and families in need. The event, dubbed "Miles to Smiles for Kids: A Holiday Carnival of Hope", will run December 14-16, 2012.  In addition to rides, games, and food, there will be a free stage featuring autograph signings by professional athletes, Mike Sandlofer's Frontier Show, and an evolving lineup of additional free entertainment.  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/6/2012

NJ Amusement Association Appeals for Assistance with Hurricane Sandy Victims

The New Jersey Amusement Association sustained a direct hit to the heart of the amusement industry as Hurricane Sandy damaged and destroyed more than 50 miles of the Jersey Shore and dozens of communities from Long Beach Island to Keansburg. Our member's homes, businesses and property were impacted as well as the property and homes of our communities and guests.

Many of these communities are served by volunteer first responders, including firefighters and emergency medical personnel, who performed vital emergency services at the height of the storm at great personal sacrifice. Today, the storm has passed, but up and down the Jersey Shore, these volunteers and their families are unable to return to their damaged homes and are now in need of shelter, food and basic needs.

The New Jersey Amusement Association needs your help. Now is the time to assist those who risked their personal safety to help us survive Hurricane Sandy.

The NJAA will accept direct financial contributions to the volunteer first responders and their Associations. We will also aid by collecting and distributing food, personal articles and basic needs.

Listed below are items of needs as well as information should you wish to make a financial contribution. Please know how grateful we are for any assistance provided.


Clothing in all sizes (only new undergarments, please), water, soda, gatorade, powder drink mix, cooking oil, pancake mix, paper products, dish soap, sanitizers, sponges, scouring pads, bleach, non-perishable food, shoes, blankets, bed linens, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Magic Jacks phones for phone lines, Thermal underwear, face/dust masks, men's work gloves

For more information including drop off locations, please click here.

  Posted by New Jersey Amusement Association on 11/5/2012

Space Wheels Sold once Again

Recently purchased by Gold Medal Shows, the Space Wheels have been sold once more, this time to the James H. Drew Exposition of August, GA.  According to Jim Drew, the company plans to completely overhaul the piece, much like they did to their Seattle Wheel several years ago.  For more information, please click here.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/1/2012

Second Show in the Chicago area to be vandalized in 2012 - offers $25,000 reward

Robert & Juanita Salerno's All Around Amusements was the latest victim of theft and vandalism in the Chicago area. Over the weekend, the show was set up at 119th & Marshfield in Chicago when vandals stole three 125ft sections of lead line, lead lines for 12 rides and ticket boxes, pins off rides, and control boxes to rides such as the Super Sizzler, Dragon Wagon, Tornado, Zero Gravity, Zamperla Samba, Moby Dick, and Pharaohs Fury. In addition to the theft, vandals cut other wires into 25ft sections. Salerno believes the vandals to be in the carnival industry. "Wires were cut clean and nothing turned up at any of the local scrap yards", Salerno stated, "A scrapper would have turned it in almost immediately for cash." As a result of the incident, All Around is offering a $25,000 cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminals who carried out such a crime. If anyone has any information, please call Robert at (630) 417-6360. Earlier this summer, Windy City Amusements was victim of a similar incident in the suburbs of Chicago, whom is also offering a $10,000 reward.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/19/2012

Iconic Big Tex burns to the ground at Dallas State Fair Park

The Texas State Fair's iconic "Big Tex" celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday. At approximately 10:15 am this morning, Big Tex burned to the ground. Texas State Fair spokeswoman, Sue Gooding, reported that a lot of smoke originated from the Big Tex's neck, which is where most of the mechanics and electrical wires reside that moves his mouth and head. "It's a very sad day for all fair-goers," fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding said. "It's a sad way to end the fair."

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said it was a shocking loss to the fair.  "Big things happen in Dallas, and Big Tex was a symbol of that. I'm sure we'll rebuild him and make him better than ever for the 21st century."

Additional discussion and images can be found on our message board by clicking here.

Big Tex burning

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/19/2012

Wade Shows rolls out cashless ticketing at the South Mississippi Fair

Tomorrow, Wade Shows will be introducing its new wireless ticketing system at the South Mississippi Fair in Laurel, MS. The system which was licensed from the Funtastic group is designed to work on rides, food, and games, however, will only be utilized on rides for the time being. Customers purchase a card with a unique barcode on the back and is scanned by the ride attendant. Through a wireless network, the information is passed back to a server on the midway, verified, and then data is sent back to the scanner either approving or denying the customers transaction. Upon being scanned, credits for that particular attraction are removed from the customer's card. When empty, the cards can be reloaded at any ticket box. Other shows currently using this type of system include Funtastic Shows, Ray Cammack Shows, and Strates Shows.

Wade Shows Fun Card

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/18/2012

Sky Attractions debuts new Owens Big Bamboo Fun House at the Texas State Fair

Tom and Jeanne McDonagh recently took delivery of their new, super spectacular fun house, the Big Bamboo at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The fun house, built by Owen Trailers, moves on three semi loads - one 48ft trailer, and two 28ft pup trailers. The Big Bamboo features many park like attributes such as water fountains and a detailed facade. Also new at the Texas State Fair is the Zamperla Air Raid, a multi-action spinning thrill ride from Brady's Playworld Amusements.


Photos, by Robby Tucker, can be viewed in the MCW Photo Gallery by clicking here.  A ongoing discussion regarding the two new attractions is taking place on our message board.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/2/2012

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