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AMUSEMENTS OF AMERICA – GREENWICH FAIR

9/5/2006

By Dan McGinnis

Photo courtesy of Washington County Fair

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The Washington County Fair in Greenwich, New York had Amusements Of America on the midway. This unit was presided over by Morris Vivona Jr. and MCW’s own “Lotman”, Steve Ianni. The 67 year old family-owned and operated company was founded in 1939 by Anothy Vivona when he purchased the Ferris Wheel from the World’s Fair in NY. The Vivona legacy continues on six decades later with Anthony’s five sons, Morris Sr., John Sr., Sebastian (Babe), Dominic Sr. and Phil at the helm. They are assisted by many sons (3rd generation) including John’s son A.D., Dominic’s sons Dominic Jr. and Marco, Morris’ son Morris Jr, and Phil’s sons Robbie and John Thomas.

The Vivonas are currently operating two complete carnivals year round with their route taking them from Puerto Rico to Ohio to northern New York State. Their largest dates include Photo By Washington County Fairthe Ohio State Fair, the Coastal Carolina Fair in Charleston, SC and the Meadowlands Fair in East Rutherford, NJ. The Vivonas also have a strong county fair route in New York playing the Saratoga County Fair, the Orange County Fair in Middletown, the Columbia County Fair in Chatham and the Franklin County Fair in Malone.

The show was visited on Tuesday August 22nd in Greenwich and had 36 rides on the midway. The midway was busy with the rides and food concessions getting the biggest play. The ride lineup included: Ferris wheel, Giant Wheel, Trapeze, Ring of Fire, Pharaoh’s Fury, Zero Gravity, Zipper, 1001 Nachts, Tornado, Cliff hanger, Starship, Fireball, Scrambler, Scooter, Tilt, Sling Shot, Merry-go-round, Bear Affair, Saucer, Slide, Train, Rockin Tug, Dizzy Dragons, Windjammer, Super Trucks, Dragon, Dinosaurs, Bounce , Kids Swing, Cycles, Surf City, Crystal Lil’s, Ghost Pirates, Rock’n’Roll Funhouse and Raiders of the Lost Mine.

The midway was full with almost 70 concessions, including many Reithoffer Shows concessions displaced due to Power’s Great American securing the Dutchess County Fair contract. Ianni Concessions had a Machine Gun, Mini Ball, Long Range, 2 Water Races and a new Bob’s Space Racer Dog Pounder. They also had a Grab, Pizza and Fried Dough. There were two show-owned poppers. Other concessionaires included Juggie Prevost, Keith Gillette, Mario Rojas, Bobby Pugh, Kevin Lampkin and Dennis Lane.

From Greenwich, Morris’ unit moves on to the Columbia County Fair in Chatham, the Hebron Harvest Fair in Connecticut, then moves south to play county fairs in Rocky Mount and Henderson, NC before rejoining with Dominic’s unit in Charleston. Dominic’s unit plays Greenville, SC over Labor Day then moves on to fairs in Lawrenceville, GA, Sumter, SC, Florence, SC, Union, SC and Statesboro, GA ending the fair season with the Coastal Carolina Fair in Charleston before heading to Florida and Puerto Rico.

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