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Wade Shows has huge weekend at the Central Florida Fair

Wade Shows reported a huge first weekend at the Central Florida Fair in Orlando.  The show was up 22% after their first weekend, which was their best weekend in Wade Shows history of playing the fair.  Owner Frank Zaitshik attributes the success to the fair changing the dates back and also the phenomenal weather they have been having.  "I think people are adjusting to the economy, or that the perception is that the economy is getting better", stated Zaitshik.  He also reported "a tough start but a good finish" in San Antonio and that they were up over 11% in Dade City for the Pasco County Fair.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/4/2011

RCS adds Rides-4U LED lighting package to Grand Wheel
Ray Cammack Shows recently had a Rides-4U LED lighting package installed on their Grand Wheel at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston Texas).  To view a video of the new lighting package, click here.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/28/2011

Top 10 Rides at the 2011 Florida State Fair
The Florida State Fair has released its 2011 ride standings from the fairs 2011 independent midway.  The top 10 grossing rides at this years fair are:  1) FSFA/JOYCE - SUPER SLIDE $205,553;  2) SKY FAIR, INC - SKY GLIDER $195,289;  3) WADE SHOWS - HIMALAYA - HIT IN 2000 $146,224;  4) WADE SHOWS - GIANT GONDOLA Wheel $119,554;  5) REITHOFFER Shows  - SUPER HIMALAYA $107,160;  6) REITHOFFER Shows - VERTICLE SWING $100,159;  7) WADE SHOWS - ROLLER COASTER (RC48) $93,401;  8) DREAMLAND Amusements - HIMALAYA $89,872;  9) WADE SHOWS - FIGHTER $75,782;  10) WOOD Entertainment - MAGNUM $74,898.  To download a complete list, click here.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/28/2011

Setup pics for Dade County

Click here for set up photos at the Dade County Fair in Miami.

  Posted by Ron Weber, Editor on 2/28/2011

Elliotts Amusements Purchases Cortina Bob
Elliotts Amusements of Michigan has purchased a Cortina Bobs for 2011.  The Cortina Bobs is a re-themed Fabbri Crazy Dance, which had its previous home on Powers Great American midways.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/24/2011

Modern Midways to play Pinellas County Fair (Pinellas Park, FL)
Robert Briggs announced today that his Modern Midways will be playing the Pinellas County Fair in Pinellas Park, FL March 31 - April 3, 2011.  2011 marks the fair's return to Pinellas Park as it has not been held the last few years.  The fair was previously played by Murphy.  Briggs also said he would be playing a Cuban Festival at the Hialeah Raceway for the first time this year.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/22/2011

Drew Exposition adds Wave Swinger
Drew Exposition announced that they added another spectacular ride to their show, a Wave Swinger. The Wave Swinger was purchased used and the show hopes to spend some time re-racking the piece onto pup trailers and give the ride a complete make-over before the 2011 season begins.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/21/2011

Tufano Amusements adds a Cliff Hanger to it's route
At the IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton, Deb and Anthony Tufano of Tufano's Amusements announced the addition of a Dartron Cliff Hanger to their route.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/10/2011

Wade Shows Gross up 9% in West Palm, crews battle frigid temperatures in San Antonio
Wade Shows reported a 9% increase in carnival revenue at the South Florida Fair, which ended Sunday. The show is busy setting up equipment at the Florida State Fair in Tampa as well as the San Antonio Livestock Show in San Antonio, Texas. Frank Zaitshik reported bitter cold temperatures during set up in San Antonio. It was so cold that water lines were freezing and employees were moved from their bunk houses into hotels with better heating. “The guys are doing an unbelievable job and despite the obstacles, the show is just about ready”. San Antonio opens February 3 and runs through the 21st while the Florida State Fair runs February 10 through the 21st.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/2/2011

Royal West Amusements signs Four States Fair
Todd Keenan reported that his Royal West Amusements signed the Four States Fair in Texarkana, Arkansas for a multi year contract. He plans to fill the midway with 40+ rides and will be in Gibtown looking to purchase a new spectacular ride.  Posted by Matt Cook on 2/1/2011

Altamont Fair - Expression of Interest for Carnival Rides and Games for 2012, 2013, 2014 fair
The Albany, Schenectady, Greene County Agricultural and Historical Societies, Inc., doing business as The Altamont Fair, is pleased to announce that it is requesting an expression of interest (EOI) to provide a carnival to include rides, games and a limited number of food vendors for our fair. We are an over 100 year old, three-county fair in the capital region of New York State. Fair goers come from a mix of urban, suburban and rural areas. The region’s economy is stable and people are willing to spend their entertainment dollar on quality family attractions. click here to download the official request.  Posted by Ron Weber on 1/17/2011

Larkee's Tip Top Shows launches first web site
David and Kim Larkee of Tip Top Shows launched their company's first web site during the Wisconsin Association of Fair's trade show. Their new web site, developed by Matts Web Design, features customer service tools and advance sale ticketing. Tip Top is the first Wisconsin based show to utilize online ticketing. Their new web site can be accessed at  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/11/2011

All Around adding equipment in 2011
Robert & Juanita Salerno's All Around Amusements (Lockport, IL) visited MCW at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention today in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Juanita reported that the show has been busy attending fair conventions throughout the states of Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois on Friday. She reported that the company will be adding a new Chicken on a Stick concession trailer, several new automatic ticket machines, and possibly a new major ride for the 2011 season.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/11/2011

Drew Exposition expands ride lineup to include a KMG X-Factory
Drew Exposition has announced the purchase of a X-Factory ride from KMG. The X-Factory will be a first of its kind in the United States; although most closely representing a Wisdom Avalanche ride. Unlike the Avalanche, the X-Factory features a tilting tub with a water spray feature. As the tub rounds the top of the ride, it tilts outward as spraying jets shoot toward the riders giving them the illusion that they will get wet.  Posted by Matt Cook on 1/4/2011

2011 Carnival Photo Calendars still available!
MCW's 2011 Carnival Photo Calendars are on sale and make a perfect gift for the holidays! Check them out at  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/22/2010

Wade Shows sends over 55 loads to San Jaun for the holidays
Frank Zaitshik's Wade Shows sent over 55 loads by barge to the La Feria Holiday Theme Park in San Jaun, Puerto Rico. Rides include the RC-48 Coaster, Hit in 2000, White Water, Giant Wheel and more. The event takes place through January 6, 2011 when the equipment will head back to the states in preparation for the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, FL.  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/22/2010

Windy City Amusements thaws out indoors
Windy City Amusements has been able to keep warm with several rides at Chicago's Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest. The show has their Wisdom Himalaya, Eli Hy-5 Wheel, Carousel, and a Cliff Hanger inside the expo center through January 2, 2011.  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/22/2010

Fantasy Amusements purchases a KMG Freak Out for 2011 Season
Fantasy Amusements of Arlington Heights, IL announced the purchase of a KMG Freak Out for their 2011 season. The Freak Out is slated to be delivered in May of 2011.  Posted by Matt Cook on 12/1/2010

Skinner's Amusements Celebrates 100 Years
Skinner's Amusements will celebrate it's 100th year in business in 2010. To celebrate, the show added a Tivoli Remix II.  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/5/2010

TJ The Painter gives Wade Shows' Enterprise a new look
TJ The Painter has been busy painting a new mural on Wade Shows' Huss Enterprise over the past few weeks. It is rumored that when finished, the ride will have a star trek theme.  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/5/2010

Windy City keeps busy in Winter Quarters
Chicago's Windy City Amusements has been busy in winter quarters during the off season. To date, they have completely overhauled their Wisdom Tornado, Century Wheel, Zamperla Tea Cup, Balloon Race, two Mini Enterprises, and serviced a fleet of trucks. The show hits the road in mid April.  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/5/2010

Mike Demas purchases USA's second KMG Inversion ride
Demas Enterprises purchased a Inversion from KMG and will take delivery in time for the 2010 Minnesota State Fair. Demas who previously owned a Fire Ball (X-Treme), sold it to South America.  Posted by Matt Cook on 3/5/2010

Vote for your favorite Fair & Carnival Article of 2014
Tell us what your favorite original fair & carnival articles were in 2014.  Results will be displayed immediately after voting.

What was your favorite FAIR article of 2014?
Troy Waffner: Interim Fair Manager Makes Lasting Change
CEO Injects New Action into Alameda County Fair
Good Weather and New Changes: Wisconsin State Fair Has Record Attendance
State Agency Transfers Oregon State Fair to Public Corporation
Poll Maker

What was your favorite CARNIVAL article in 2014?
Jeff Pugh, A Leader In Amusement Industry Innovation, passes
Alaska Market Share Shift: Canadian Company Signs Several Golden Wheel Fairs
After 72 Years, New York State Fair Switches Midways
Florida State Fair awards Wade Shows with Hybrid Midway
Fearing Carnival Consolidation, Canada's Western Fair Inks 10-Year Deal with NAME
Miller Spectacular Shows expands route into Kentucky
Poll Maker

  Posted by Ron Weber on 12/31/2000

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