Niki Skerbeck, vice president of Skerbeck Entertainment Group, Inc. reported a solid start to the 2015 season at the recent D Day Remembrance Carnival, a new event this year in Charlotte, Michigan. The carnival has experienced good sales at a number of events this spring including the opening date in Taylor, Michigan followed by Grand Rapids, the Holland Tulip Festival, Kalamazoo, New Buffalo, Milan, and Niles.
Skerbeck said the biggest challenge of the 2015 season has been the rainy spring Michigan weather, with numerous events experiencing rain during tear down. Despite this heavy rain, Skerbeck said the crew has done a great job. This year has provided some of the wettest and rainiest tear down nights that anyone on the show can remember.
Skerbeck Entertainment Group took delivery of a Luna Park kiddie carousel this spring. The ride was purchased at IAAPA in November, and also was displayed in Gibtown during the annual February IISA trade show. The ride made its debut on the Skerbeck Entertainment Group midway at the John Ball Park WestFest Carnival in late April in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The brightly colored piece has been very popular with children and families, and includes a number of different themed tubs including cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV's, a rabbit, and carousel horses. The carnival is pleased with the addition to their ride inventory.
Skerbeck also reported that an older elephant ear trailer was completely refurbished during the off-season, and the show now carries four food units: two elephant ear concessions, a popper, and a grab. The show also has 26 rides as well as 20 game concessions, a bungee jump, and rock wall.
Skerbeck splits into two units three weeks of the early season, and then forms back into one in July for the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival and the county fair season which begins July 13 with the Laporte (IN) County Fair.
Along with Skerbeck, other show owners include Jamie and Sonja Skerbeck as well as John and Tori Burrows. The show also has a new game manager this season, cousin Robin Baumgartner.
The show is very excited about the fall delivery of a KMG Inversion purchased last winter. A name and theme for the ride has not yet been announced. Skerbeck was pleased with the start of the year despite the rainy weather, and looks forward to the upcoming county fair season.