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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 HansonParkElementary 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 http://www.showmensleague.org/christmas-party.
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
Iconic Big Tex burns to the ground at Dallas State Fair Park
The Texas State Fair's iconic "BigTex" celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday. At approximately 10:15 am this morning, BigTex 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 BigTex 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.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/19/2012
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
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.
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
Oklahoma State Fair on par with 2011 attendance
In a recent visit with Scott Munz, Marketing & Public Relations of the Oklahoma State Fair, Scott reported that attendance figures going into the final weekend of the fair were on part with 2011. After a rainy start, the fair had perfect weather on its final weekend. Stay tuned for a final recap on the Oklahoma State Fair in the next coming days.Posted by Matt Cook on 9/26/2012
Deggeller Attractions makes midway improvements
In a recent visit with Deggeller Attractions at the York Fair, the show recently took delivery of an office tent and new straight frame umbrella tops from Waterloo Tent and Tarp. The show is in the process of changing all of its canvas to a new color scheme of blue, berry, and yellow. In addition to new canvas, the show is also wrapping a lot of signs, marquees, and ride scenery with vinyl graphics by Chuck Wheeler's Amusement Wraps. Other changes include the conversion from incandescent lighting to LED lighting on much of the shows equipment.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/18/2012
Guthrie's Space Wheel Restoration Begins
Pat Guthrie's Gold Medal Shows has reported the start of the restoration of the shows newly acquired Velare Brothers Space Wheel. The show is currently setting up the ride at its Georgia based winter quarters and is assessing what needs to be done to get the ride in working condition. Further discussion and photos can be found on our message board by clicking here.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/17/2012
Enter your carnival photo and WIN a FREE CARNIVAL CALENDAR!
Do you have a photo (or photos) of a carnival that you think is calendar worthy? Submit it to MCW's Carnival Photo Calendar contest and your photo could be featured in our 2013 Carnival Photo Calendar and you could win a free calendar! More details at the link below:
Buzz Barton passed away at 5:30 on Friday August 31, 2012 from complications from surgery on the hip.Buzz's family plans to have a memorial service in Gibtown this February with the cremated remains to be interred in Showmen's Rest in Tampa.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/6/2012
Nebraska State Fair Sky Ride makes opening
After an accident involving two trucks carrying parts for the new Sky Ride at the Nebraska State Fair were totaled, the new Sky Ride officially made opening at the 2012 fair. Wade Shows' Richard Armstrong, who is managing the ride at the fair, stated "Everybody seems to like it. I haven’t heard any complaints yet. It has been non-stop since we started." Wade Shows is operating the Sky Ride at the 2012 fair and will be providing the carnival midway in 2013.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/27/2012
David A. Norton Passes - Norton Auctioneers
David A. Norton, 63, of Coldwater, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at his home.
Mr. Norton was a lifelong resident of Coldwater. David owned and operated Norton Auctioneers in Coldwater for over forty years. He was a world famous auctioneer, conducting over 4000 auctions in 44 states and several foreign countries. He has held a real estate license since 1967 and was one of the few auctioneers licensed in every state. David was also very generous with benefit auctions, helping to raise over 3 million dollars for their causes. Mr. Norton was very active in his many trade organizations. He was past president of the Michigan State Auctioneer Assoc., National Past President of the Showmen League of America and 10 year director of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association. He belonged to the American Coaster Enthusiast, National Carousel Association, Int'l Assoc. of Fairs & Exposition, Int'l Assoc. of Amusement Parks, Nat'l Auctioneers Assoc., Circus Fans of America and Tampa Showmen's Club. David was an active member of the Coldwater Elks #1023 and a former Elk of the Year; he was very supportive of the Tibbits Opera House and had served as past Director of the Tibbits Foundation. David also belonged to the Coldwater Rotary, Lions and Optimist Clubs.
The funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Coldwater with Pastor David Pierce officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, August 23, from 2 - 8:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater.
Zaitshik "cautiously optimistic" that Sky Ride will open in time for Nebraska State Fair
Wade Show's Frank Zaitshik remains “cautiously optimistic” that the new Sky Ride for the Nebraska State Fair will make opening on August 24. Parts of the Sky Ride, a new attraction at the 2012 fair operated by Wade Shows, encountered some damage while being transported from Florida to the fairgrounds in Grand Island. On August 6, just outside Grand Island, two of the rides semi trailers were merging onto I-80 when another semi trailer collided with them, causing all three semis involved to catch fire. Ultimately, all of the contents of the trailer were destroyed in the fire. Through strong dedication by Wade Shows and help from the Nebraska State Fair, they were able to find replacement parts for the ride in hopes of making opening. Zaitshik reported “the cables were installed yesterday” and in coming days, the grip bars will be installed and the bull wheels will be calibrated.
Earlier this year, Wade Shows was awarded the 2012 contract to provide the Sky Ride for the Nebraska State Fair and the full carnival midway in 2013. The carnival rides and attractions are currently being provided by Belle City Amusements, a contract that they assumed through Jim Murphy's Mighty Bluegrass Shows.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/18/2012
Little Pete passes
Little Pete, 84 who worked aside Ward Hall's "World of Oddities", had passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012. Pete, also known as Poobah, starred as a Lollipop kid in the 1939 filming of Wizard of Oz. Pete will be missed by many.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/31/2012
Wisconsin State Fair Set-Up Underway
With a little over a week before its August 2nd opening, the first ever Wisconsin State Fair Independent Midway is starting to take shape. Super spectacular pieces such as S&J Entertainment's Windstorm Roller Coaster, Huss Flipper, Sky Attraction's KMG Stratosphere and Fun Factory, and Nick Pelino's Viper, Beetle Bobs, and Love Bugs have arrived and already being set up. Dubbed by the fair as "SpinCity", the midway features plenty of aluminum benches, rest areas, and other midway amenities branded with the color scheme and name of SpinCity.Rides will be tickets only with no unlimited ride special being offered, however, the fair is offering a discount on pre-sale tickets through its web site.
Photos and additional coverage can be found on MCW's discussion board by clicking here.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/26/2012
Industry Veteran Paul Dell Passes
Paul Dell (85) of Gibsonton Florida passed away Thursday, July 25th at 2:35 pm after a prolonged illness. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Beryl; his children, Barbara Wilson, Phil Dell, Danny Dell, Nancy Rider, and Clara Edmiston. He has 15 grand children and 11 great grand children.
Paul spent his childhood with his family in the carnival business. He traveled with Sunset Amusements, H.P. Large Shows, Greater Sulton Shows, Blue Grass Shows and many others in the concessions and food industry.
Paul was instrumental in the formation and growth of Gibsonton's Showmen's Club (IISA). He is past president of the IISA, Trade Show chairman and a member of Showmen's Shriner Association. He was an avid supporter of the Scholarship Committee. Paul is well known as an avid card player by all is friends.
Services are Friday, July 27th , 2 PM at: Sunset Memory Gardens 11005 U.S. Hwy 301 Thonontossa, Florida
Services following viewing.
Gathering of friends at the Showmen's Club in Riverview, Florida after services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Gibsonton or Tampa Scholarship Fund in Paul's memory.
SRV Scholarship Fund SRV Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 188 6915 Riverview Drive Gibsonton, Fl.33534 Riverview, Fl. 33578Posted by Steve Ianni on 7/26/2012
2012 Minnesota State Fair Independent Midway
The independent midway for the 2012 Minnesota State Fair has been announced. The midway features 12 new rides/attractions to the mighty midway/kidway including 6 new operators. New highlights include the Fun Factory and Stratosphere from Sky Attractions (Tom McDonagh), a Huss Flipper from S&J Entertainment, a Freak Out from Reithoffer Shows and much more.
Click here to download the complete list of rides, games, and attractions for the 2012 MN State Fair.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/19/2012
Tom and Jeanne McDonagh add KMG Fun Factory
Tom McDonagh announced the addition of a KMG Fun Factory to their lineup of spectacular amusement rides. The ride was imported from Europe and will debut at the first ever independent midway at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Fun Factory is a ride based on the ever popular Waltzer in Europe. The Fun Factory runs at a speed of approximately 18 r.p.m., in which the gondolas make every movement one can think of including raising and lowering. The Fun Factory is built on one trailer. The Fun Factory will accompany their KMG Stratosphere Swing Tower, Sky Wheel, and European Fun House (debuting later this year).
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/11/2012
2012 Wisconsin State Fair Independent Midway Announced
The first ever independent midway for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair has been announced. Highlights include the 200ft tall Stratosphere Swing Tower and KMG Fun Factory from Tom & Jeanee Mcdonagh's Sky Attractions; a Freak Out from Poor Jacks Amusements; a Huss Flipper and Windstorm from SJ Entertainment; and many more.
Click here to download the complete list of rides, games, and attractions for the 2012 WI State Fair.
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