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Happy New Year to all our friends and visitors!


By Matt Cook

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Thanks to you and your support, 2006 was a record year for In 2006, we had almost 600,000 site visits and over 117,000,000 hits! We have certainly come a long way in the past few years. In 2006, we began to expand our coverage of fairs, carnivals and festivals, writing several originial articles each month. In addition, we added a news ticker to the fron page with the latest links of news and information about fairs, carnivals, festivals and events. We also produced the Top 50 Fairs and carnivals lists which have been very popular additions to the site. With the addition of all these new features, our home page actually surpassed the message boards in number of hits in the month of December. We really have come a long way.

We have also begun to compile free directories for fairs, manufacturers and suppliers, carnivals and entertainers that will be available online. These directories take an enormous amount of time and money to produce and we hope many industry businesses will support our efforts by upgrading their listings for easier access to their businesses. The directories will be an excellent resource for the industry and a great tool to help consuct business more efficiently. We have partnered with the IISA and will be listing their members in our directory and providing extensive coverage of the trade show bith before the event and on the ground in Gibtown. Look for our booth at the show.

We have had very strong interest in our Marketplace Section and soon you will be seeing many of the carnival ads like those previously found in AB. Many of us have missed this type of advertising and communication and we hope to fill a big void with the Marketplace. The flexibility of the internet allows the carnivals to update the ads more frequently and the ads will be searchable by date and keywords as we move along.

We also plan extensive coverage of the fair meetings and we are working on several new articles that will be of interest to everyone here. Please make use of our news tips and suggestions button on the home page to send your story ideas and tips. We will be happy to follow them up and publish when warranted.

Thanks are also do to those of you who have supported the site through advertising. We have had quite a bit of interest in the limited banner ads we introduced and our thanks go to those of you who have elected to use to meet your advertising needs.

Most of all, I want to thank you our readers. Whether you are a long-time industry professional, modeler, fan, fair manager or concessionaire. Whether you post frequently or have never posted at all, I appreciate your input and support and hope that I can continue to provide you with the best news and resources available.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and successful 2007!

Matt Cook

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