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Deggeller signs York Fair (PA)
New manager making fair improvements


By Ron Weber, Editor

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"We are very excited to be playing the York Fair (PA)", said Andy Deggeller of Deggeller Attractions of the newest addition to their route. "It fit into our route perfectly cutting down our jump from almost 400 miles to North Carolina to only 40 miles from Timonium (The Maryland State Fair) and the same on the return trip", he added.

Mike Froehlich, General Manager of the York Fair, echoed Deggeller's enthusiasm. He said the Deggellers had given the fair an offer that was just too good to pass up and their routing from the Maryland State Fair fit perfectly. Froehlich is in the process of reviewing many of the major contracts the fair has in place in his tenure as general manager.

Froehlich was quick to thank Reithoffer Shows for their "many years of great service to the fair". Froehlich worked with Reithoffer Shows during his previous post at the Georgia National Fair. Speaking of his previous post at the Georgia National Fair, Froehlich noted he had gone from perhaps the newest major fair in the country in Perry, GA to the oldest major fair in the country in York, PA. An additional challenge was moving to a fair that had not had a paid full-time manager.

Froehlich said 2010 was a good year for the fair. The event was up about 9% over 2009, reaching # 30 on the MCW Top 50 Fair list. Some of the major changes Froehlich made in 2010 were reducing the number of food vendors and placing them on a deposit against 17% of the gross, a move which worked out well for the fair and the vendors. In addition, he introduced their own branded bottled water and inked an exclusive deal to sell RC Cola, Diet Rite, A&W and 7-Up to the vendors through the fair, generating additional income for the event.

In 2011 with the new midway company, the ride area will be expanded with a new footprint and more rides. Deggeller said the show would be bringing most of their spectacular rides including the Wild Cat Roller Coaster, themed the Rip Tide. Scott MacNeill recently re-themed the ride in a beach theme. All of the lights on top of the ride are now palm trees and the cars have beach artwork painted on them.

The show also purchased a Crazy Bus ride and are shopping for a few more pieces at the trade show in Gibtown. Winter projects include installing a Rides-4-U LED light package on the Century Wheel, which will debut in Tampa for the Florida State Fair. Andy's uncle, Jeff Deggeller is working on rebuilding a Wisdom Aladdin at their winterquarters.

In addition to the rides, the Deggellers have updated their website and they plan on doing a lot more advance sale through their site in 2011.

In other show news, the Deggellers will be renting the Price William (VA) Fairgrounds and the former fair manager has been hired to run the fair for them. According to Deggeller, the fair board is getting older and really likes the fair, but doesn't want to run it anymore. Deggeller wants to continue playing the fair and keep building it up over the next few years with help from the fair's former manager.

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