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Brookhaven (NY) Fair Closes with near record run despite rain
Wade Shows makes first appearance at event.

6/17/2006

By MCW Staff

Photo courtesy of Chris Hurley

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Farmingville, NY – The fifth annual Brookhaven Fair run by New York based Fair Productions, closed on June 4th after a three weekend run. Fair Productions, the largest private producer of fairs in the US, does not disclose figures but organizers said the event was the second best run ever, despite only four days without rain for the ten day run. The Brookhaven Fair uses an unusual format of operating only on weekends, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day Monday. The fair is closed during the weekdays.

The fair had a large advertising budget utilizing several radio stations from eastern Long Island, television, newspaper ads and a large mailing list. Entertainment for the event included Serge Coronas’ Hollywood Circus, the All American Thrill Shows, Hollywood Racing Pigs, a Petting Zoo, The Magic Of Lance Gifford, GymPhoto By Chris Hurleyboree classes and two nights of fireworks provided by Bay Fireworks.

Frank Zaitshik’s Wade Shows provided the midway for the first time this year, bringing 32 rides, food stands and games. Jane Baxter had her Wave Swinger and two kiddie rides booked. “We worked with Fair Productions in the past on the “Big A” Fair at Aqueduct Racetrack. It turned into a great event and we were sorry to see it stop running. When they called us with the opportunity to play Brookhaven and the new fair at Nassau Coliseum, we were excited about opening a new east coast route culminating in our appearance at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington in late July”, said Frank Zaitshik, owner of Wade Shows. “The format of only working weekends was a bit new and I was not in favor of it in the beginning I must admit. As it turns out, we were able to get a lot of spring cleaning and work done during the week without running the generators as long each day and we still got all the best days in on the weekends” he added. Despite the rain, Zaitshik was optimistic about the prospects for the year, coming off a very successful first appearance at the South Florida Fair and now adding two east coast fairs, Brookhaven Fair and Nassau Coliseum Fair, along with a still date at the Walt Whitman Mall.

Fair Productions next event, the Nassau Coliseum Fair, kicks off June 23rd for another three weekend run through July 9th. The fair was run by Robin Turner’s promotions company and Reithoffer Shows for the past 16 years and this will be Fair Productions’ first year producing the event.

Organizers have expanded the event to three weekends, again only running Fridays through Sundays with the addition of July 3rd and 4th. Entertainment includes a big top circus, Dondi the Elephant, Wild West Show, a petting Zoo, Gymboree Classes, three nights of fireworks, Hollywood Racing Pigs and local performances by area youth on the stages.

Nassau Coliseum boasts one of the most successful records for family entertainment shows in the country, so organizers are hoping the fair would be added to the list. Wade Shows will be proving in excess of 35 rides for the event, making it one of the largest midways ever produced on Long Island. “We are looking forward to a great run at Nassau”, said Zaitshik, “We are putting our best foot forward and we hope to grow the event, along with Fair Productions, into one of the best early fairs in the New York area”.

For more information about the Nassau Coliseum Fair visit www.nassaufair.com.

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