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Wisconsin State Fair Breaks Attendance Record

The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair concluded its 11 day run on Sunday, August 12 and reported a record attendance of 1,037,982 visitors through its gates. This is the sixth straight year that the fair has ......[read more]

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Albert Wagner, founder of Wagner's Amusements Passes

Albert Wayne Wagner, 69, son of the late Ralph and Marybelle Wagner, born on April 29, 1949 passed away peacefully in his home in Aransas Pass, TX on August 3, 2018. He was a graduate of Klein ......[read more]

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Heavy Rain and Flooding Effects Dreamland Amusements in New York

After moving 180 miles from a very successful Orange County Fair in Middletown, NY, Dreamland Amusements had placed all house trailers and bunkhouses at the Troy Fairgrounds in Troy, PA, but ......[read more]

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Congress Passes Language for H2B Returning Worker Exemption

On Wednesday, The House Appropriations Committee passed an H-2B amendment offered by Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Chris ......[read more]

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Terry Schmidt Passes

It is with a heavy heart to report the passing of Terry Schmidt on Sunday, July 21.  Terry, along with his family, own and operate Standish, Michigan based TJ Schmidt and ......[read more]

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H2B Update - JULY 20 - CALL TO ACTION

On Thursday, July 19, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security passed its Fiscal 2019 appropriations bill. The measure does not currently include any H-2B cap relief. We are hopeful ......[read more]

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House of Representatives Committed to Introducing Bill for H2B Cap Relief

As reported by the Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA), House Leadership remains committed to bringing an H-2B fix to the floor before the August recess. The bill is likely to contain a Returning ......[read more]

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Progress Photos of Myers new Dark Ride

Bobby Myers and Joey Weaver are set to take delivery of a new Gosetto two story dark ride just in time for the Minnesota State Fair this August.  The ride is currently in the final production ......[read more]

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House to vote on Immigration Bill that Includes H2B Returning Worker Exemption

The House of Representatives plans to vote tomorrow on a compromise immigration bill offered by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), which would mandate that employers use e-verify to ......[read more]

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Congress Circulates Letter to Secretary Nielsen to release more H2B Visas for FY2018
Help needed!

Reps. Harris (R-MD), Bergman (R-MI), Keating (D-MA) and Pingree (D-ME) are circulating the attached letter to Secretaries Nielsen and Acosta asking them to expeditiously release another round of ......[read more]

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URGENT H-2B UPDATE and CALL TO ACTION

The following is an update on the current status of the popular H2B Foreign Guest Worker Program from Jim Judkins of JKJ Workforce:You may have all of the temporary seasonal workers you need for FY18 ......[read more]

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KMG Releases new design for Move It-32 Ride

In 1996, Dutch ride manufacturer, KMG, debuted the Move It-32 in Best, Netherlands. At the time, this was the first ride of its type in the world with its unique design, ride motion, and engineering. ......[read more]

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Department of Homeland Security Releases 15,000 additional H2B Visas for Part 2 of FY2018

WASHINGTON — On Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for Fiscal Year ......[read more]

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Senator Thune Introduces Bill to Prioritize H-2B Visa Allocation to Low Unemployment States

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced the Prioritizing Help to Businesses Act, legislationto prioritize H-2B visa allocation to states with the lowest unemployment rates, ......[read more]

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Extensive Damage to Hudson Valley Fair, Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment, after a severe storm

A severe thunderstorm left behind extensive damage to the Hudson Valley Fair in Fishkill, New York on Tuesday evening.  Luckily, the fair was closed and nobody on the midway was injured, ......[read more]

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H2B Visa Status - May 2018: CALL TO ACTION

As you know, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary Labor, with the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 ......[read more]

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Chad Duchow, co-owner of Mr. Eds Magical Midways passes

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the amusement industry lost one its younger show owners, Chad Edward Duchow, who together with his family, owned and operated Wisconsin based Mr. Eds Magical ......[read more]

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Ohio Ride Safety Legislation, 'Tylers Law', introduced today

The amusement ride legislation was officially introduced today in the State of Ohio's house of representatives. It is House Bill 631 and is linked to below.The lobbyists from the Greater Ohio ......[read more]

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Janice Swyear, co-founder of Swyear Amusements passes

It is with deep regrets to announce the passing of Janice Swyear, co-founder of New Athens, Illinois based Swyear Amusements. Janice M., nee Wiggand, Swyear, 86, of New Athens, IL; born on ......[read more]

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Craftsmen Industries acquires Assets of Schantz Mfg

Craftsmen Industries (St. Charles, MO) is excited to announce the investment in and acquisition of all Schantz Mfg. assets completed on December 27, 2017. Craftsmen and Schantz have nearly 100 years ......[read more]

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NAME signs 5 year contract with CNE

Farmland, IN, April 26, 2018 – North American Midway Entertainment (NAME), the largest traveling amusement park in the world, recently signed a five-year contract to be the Midway provider for ......[read more]

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Targeted Action Needed for 2019 H2B Cap Relief

It is important that we remain focused on all aspects of our three-pronged strategy for H2B cap relief for 2018 and 2019: 2018 strategy- Get Secretary Nielsen to release the full amount of visas ......[read more]

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Industry Stock Salesman, Joe Zumsteg, Passes

It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Joe Zumsteg.  Joe worked in the amusement industry as a stock salesman for Rhode Island Novelty and Classic Toy for many years.  Joe will ......[read more]

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Myers New Gosetto Dark Ride is in Production

Bobby Myers and Joey Weaver's new Gosetto dark ride is currently in production at Gosetto's factory in Italy.  The factory recently assembled the ride for inspection and is now in the process of ......[read more]

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Updates on the H2B Visa Situation for FY2018

Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen testified at DHS’ FY19 Appropriations hearing. DHS' discretionary authority to issue up to 68,000 additional visas was ......[read more]

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Bob Kissel Passes

On behalf of the GOSA, the Officers and Trustees extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of Robert "Bob" Kissel.Mr. Robert "Bob" Ralph Kissel, age 82, of near Canaan, ......[read more]

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John Conners Passes

It is with deep regrets to announce the passing of John Conners, founding owner of Beardstown, Illinois based Conners Amusements.  John was a lifetime member of the Showmen's League of ......[read more]

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H2B Update: Get The Press to Cover You

Two articles on the current H2B visa cap crisis recently appeared in major newspapers; one in the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the other in the Denver Post. Both articles were ......[read more]

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Ray Cammack Shows Purchases KMG Konga from Mike Demas

MCW confirmed that Ray Cammack Shows purchased a KMG X-Factory, themed Konga, from Mike Demas.  The extravagantly themed X-Factory made its US debut in 2017, however, played very few events due ......[read more]

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Passing of Ron Morris

Recently retired OABA Director, Ron Morris passed away peacefully last night, after recovering from extensive heart surgery in New York City.  As the former owner of Spotlight Graphics, a ......[read more]

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Second Half of FY2018 H2B Visa Cap Met on March 1

On March 1, 2018, USCIS announced that it had received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for FY 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received ......[read more]

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Miami Showmens Association Raffle

The Miami Showmen's Club needs your help! Each year, the MSA holds a raffle which is the club biggest fundraiser of the year.  The MSA has some tickets unsold and the raffle is on March 6, ......[read more]

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Ed Inners Passes Away

It is with the saddest of hearts, that we report to you the death of Ed Inners, of Inners Shows.  On Wednesday night, Mr. Inners, was attempting to cross a road on Greenville Blvd., Greenville, ......[read more]

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Show Painter Dennis Gilli Passes

It is with great regret to announce the passing of Dennis Gilli.  Dennis spent much of his life as a show painter, and most recently owner of a fun house, and a great friend to many.  He ......[read more]

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Firestone Financial adds new team member & programs ahead of Gibtown 2018

Firestone Financial is excited to announce that Rich Gockelman will be joining the team as a Commercial Account Executive for the carnival and amusement park industries. Rich has several years of ......[read more]

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Keenan Family Sells Ye Old Mill Ride to Minnesota State Fair

The oldest attraction at the Minnesota State Fair, the Ye Old Mill, has been sold to the Minnesota State Fair.  John Keenan Sr. and his family have owned and operated the attraction for over 102 ......[read more]

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Richard George, Sr. Passes

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Richard George, Sr., of George's Fun Foods of Gibsonton, Florida.A viewing will be held on Monday, January 15 from  6-midnight and ......[read more]

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H2B Visa - Fraud Alert

It has come to our attention that Neil Munro of Breitbart is calling around asking to speak to H-2B employers. His is apparently identifying himself as merely a "Washington DC reporter" instead of ......[read more]

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2018 Carnival Calendars - NOW SHIPPING

2017 Carnival Photo Calendars are now shipping!  Quantities are limited!  Get yours today!Since 2003, the CarnivalWarehouse.com carnival photo calendar has become a tradition in everyones ......[read more]

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Broward County Fair kicks off Friday with a variety of midway operators

The resurrected Broward County (Fla.) Fair starts Friday at Gulfstream Park with a carnival midway consisting of about 60 rides and attractions. In addition to his own rides, fair producer Harlan ......[read more]

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SLA Announces Annual Christmas Party

Chicago, IL - The Showmen's League of America (SLA) announces the annual Christmas Party at The Hanson Park Elementary School at 5411 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL on December 8th. Each year, SLA ......[read more]

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Firestone Financial Announces "Take Half The Season Off" Promotion

Needham, MA - November 6, 2017 - Firestone Financial, the leader of financing in the carnival industry, is offering customers the ability to only pay for half the season for new loans. Any carnival ......[read more]

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Jeff Shuper of NAME passes away

Industry veteran Jeff Shuper passed away late Thursday evening in a tragic car accident.  Jeff was a friend to many and was an outstanding ride foreman for North American Midway ......[read more]

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Chuck Waterman Passes

Veteran show owner Chuck Waterman passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the age of 60.  Chuck owned and operated Calkins Midways for many years before selling the show to Alan and Barb ......[read more]

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Bob Coleman Passes

Bob Coleman, owner of Coleman Brothers Shows and OABA 1989 Trustee passed away at his home late this week at the age of 91 (two weeks shy of his 92nd birthday).Funeral and visitation information is ......[read more]

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Former Delaware State Fair Manager, Dennis Hazzard passes

MILFORD - On Sept. 3, 2017, Dennis S. Hazzard passed away at The Country Rest Home in Greenwood.He was born on Nov. 25, 1941, in Milford to Jean and Walter Hazzard.Dennis graduated from Milford High ......[read more]

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Minnesota State Fair Sets All Time Attendance Record

The 2017 Minnesota State Fair set record attendance with 1,997,320 people passing through the fairs turnstiles this year, surpassing the previous record of 1,943,719 set in 2016.  The fair broke ......[read more]

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New York State Fair Sets Attendance Record

In 2016, the New York State Fair set an all time attendance record of 1,117,630 patrons through its gates.  In 2017, the fair shattered that record with an estimated attendance of over 1.3 ......[read more]

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Happy World Shows Makes China Debut

Happy World Shows of Cedar, Park Texas begins it's Asian tour in Northern China.It is scheduled to do 4 events in China within the next 10 months. It will then travel on to Vietnam, Cambodia, ......[read more]

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Ms. Mary Panacek Passes

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Ms. Mary Panacek who passed away this morning.  Ms. Mary was mother to Charles Panacek, owner of Belle City Amusements. Celebrating the ......[read more]

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2017 Minnesota State Fair Photo Gallery

MCW visited the Minnesota State Fair Monday and Tuesday.  Click here to view the official photo album of the 2017 fair....[read more]

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Patricia Bohlander Passes

Patricia L. Bohlander, age 85, of Milton, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana after a brief illness. She was born on December 20, 1931 in Abington, IN ......[read more]

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2017 Wisconsin State Fair Photo Gallery

To view photos from the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, please check out the MCW official photo gallery.  Click here to view....[read more]

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North Carolina to require NDT Testing on all Tubular Steel Structures

The North Carolina Department of Labor issued a memo to all amusement device owners stating that effective 8/14/17, all owners of amusement devices designed with tubular steel components such as ......[read more]

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Rides Re-Open at Ohio State Fair

Rides on the Amusements of America main midway and kiddieland have been re-inspected and reopened as of Sunday afternoon.  As rides began to operate Sunday, Amusements of America issued the ......[read more]

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Kiddie Rides to Re-Open at Ohio State Fair

As of early afternoon on Friday, State of Ohio ride inspectors re-opened the kiddieland at the Ohio State Fair, in addition to the Giant Slide, a permanent attraction at the fair.  The major ......[read more]

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Tivoli Issues Shut Down of Spin Outs

Recently a KMG B.V. Fireball had a catastrophic failure of the connection where the seat support arm is connected to the seat support tube of the vehicle. Not all details are known at this time. The ......[read more]

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Happy World Shows to Star in a Reality TV Series

Kevin Exum's Happy World Shows will star in a reality TV Series called Carnival Asia, which will document the true stories and challenges of an American carnival touring throughout Asia.The show will ......[read more]

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Bipartisan Senators Call on Administration to Approve Additional Seasonal H-2B Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, led by Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, including Senators ......[read more]

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Department of Homeland Security to Begin Processing H2B Visas

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has decided to issue a "limited number" of seasonal guest worker visas, the department announced Wednesday, though they still don't have a total and won't ......[read more]

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Jeff Miller Joins Fare Foods as Outside Sales Representative

Fare Foods, a leading outdoor amusement food service company, has announced the hiring of Jeff Miller as an Outside Sales Representative for the Southwest Region.  Jeff brings over 30 years of ......[read more]

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Lawrence Maturo Passes

Lawrence Maturo, 87, of Dawson Springs, KY passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Baptist Health Madisonville.He was born on May 12, 1930 in Chicago, IL. He was a self employed farmer and he and ......[read more]

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H2B Visa Update - June 2 - EMAIL PETITIONS TO THE DHS

JKJ Workforce Agency is urging carnivals, fairs, festivals, suppliers, and anyone who is affiliated with the outdoor amusement industry to email the Department of Homeland Security and Department of ......[read more]

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Joe Vivona, releases new single

A new single from Joe Vivona, son of Amusements of America's Morris Vivona. Joe was on NBC's hit reality show, The Voice and is now making a career in the music business. Take a listen and show him ......[read more]

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EK Fernandez Shows adds Wisdom Seven Seas

Hawaii based EK Fernandez Shows announced the purchase of a new Seven Seas ride from Wisdom Rides.  The Seven Seas is a platform style ride with a nautical theme, similar to a Moby Dick or ......[read more]

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Department of Homeland Security Schedules Teleconference About H2B Visa Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a teleconference listening session on Thursday, May 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m EST, to provide feedback on the H-2B ......[read more]

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H2B Visa Processing - ACTION NEEDED!

We need your help to urge the Secretary of Homeland Security to immediately re-open H-2B processing.   Please call and email the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration ......[read more]

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FIRESTONE FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES TAKE A BREAK ON US SWEEPSTAKES WINNER

Firestone Financial is excited to announce that Broadway Amusement Rides, LCC is the winner of our Take a Break on Us Sweepstakes. The winner was awarded $4,000 towards the vacation of his ......[read more]

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H2B Visa Update - May 10 - TAKE ACTION

As you know, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 into law on Friday.  The law allows the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of ......[read more]

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KMG Announces NEW Ride Concept

KMG announced that they have designed a new 16 person capacity ride on one semi-trailer. The new ride will be available in the summer of 2018 and it will be priced less than a KMG X-Factory. KMG ......[read more]

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H2B Visa Update - May 1

Early this morning, Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017.Thanks to a massive effort from everyone in the H-2B community, the ......[read more]

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Help The H2B Program - Call to Action

JKJ Workforce is urging supporters of the H2B program to call their senators and ask them to support the letter drafted by Senator Flake (R-AZ) that urges leadership to support the returning worker ......[read more]

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Support H2B - Sign the Petition!

If you are involved in the amusement industry or support it, please sign the petition to help save the H2B Program!CLICK HERE to sign the online petition!...[read more]

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Act Today to #saveH2B

With the 2017 H2B Visa Cap met, many shows were denied foreign workers for 2017.  This left many shows and concessionaires in our industry in a pinch trying to find dependable employees for the ......[read more]

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2018 Gibtown Trade Show Reduced to 4-Days

The International Independent Showmen's Association announced that the 2018 IISF Gibtown Trade Show and Extravaganza will be reduced to a four day show, opening Tuesday, February 6 and concluding on ......[read more]

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H-2B Cap Hit for Second Half of 2017

Thursday evening, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal 2017 was reached on March 13. According to DHS, March 13, 2017 is the "final ......[read more]

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Deggeller Attractions purchases KMG Speed; new Hydra expected next month

Andy Deggeller announced the purchase of a new KMG Speed for delivery at the 2019 IISF Trade Show in Gibtown.  The Speed will sport a custom theme complete with backwall scenery, which, the ......[read more]

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Showmen's League Canadian Chapter Elects Richard K Spear as New President

The Showmen's Leaque of America Canadian Chapter held its annual Past Presidents Dinner on February 16 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  The club elected Richard K Spear as its new president. ......[read more]

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Jimmy Coffield Jr. Passes

Life long food concessionaire Jimmy Coffield Jr. passed away suddenly in his sleep this morning. Jimmy loved the amusement industry and most notably, the people in it. Jimmy resided in Durham North ......[read more]

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Maple Leaf Purchases New Rides for 2017

At the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions Convention in Grand Rapids, January 12-14, Erin and John Fitzgerald owners of Maple Leaf Amusements, announced several new major ride purchases. ......[read more]

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Midway Sky Eye Opens at the Florida State Fair

The Wade Shows 46 meter Midway Sky Eye made its debut at the Florida State Fair today.  The ribbon cutting was held on the fairgrounds after inspection was completed.  Frank Zaitshik, the ......[read more]

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Wade Shows signs Buc Days in Corpus Christi

Buc Days of Corpus Christi, Texas announced the signing of Wade Shows to be their new carnival for the 2017 event.  In order to accommodate Wade Shows, Buc Days shifted its calendar one week ......[read more]

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Ed Murphy of Modern Motors Passes

Ed Murphy of Belleville, Illinois based Modern Motors passed away on January 27, 2017.  Ed was known throughout the industry as a truck salesman to the carnival industry for years and was always ......[read more]

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Industry Veteran Bobby Leonard Passes

Carnival industry veteran Bobby Leonard passed away on January 27, 2017.  Bobby was a life-long concessionaire and was a supporter of the International Independent Showmen's Association in ......[read more]

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New York State Fair adds Sky Ride, Extra Day for 2017

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the second phase of the states revitalization of The Great New York State Fair Fairgrounds.  The second phase upgrades include an Aerial ......[read more]

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Elliotts Amusements optimistic about 2017 season

Elliott's Amusements had a successful weekend at the 132rd Annual Convention of the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions (MAFE) at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ......[read more]

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Marko Popovich Jr. Passes

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of veteran showman, Marko Popovich, Jr. on January 16, 2017.  Visitation will be held at the National Cremation & Burial Society located at ......[read more]

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Ivan Arnold, Jim Elliott, and Joe Skerbeck inducted into the Michigan Association of Fairs and Events Hall of Fame

Ivan Arnold of Arnold Amusements, James Elliott of Elliott's Amusements, and Joe Skerbeck of Skerbeck Entertainment Group were inducted into the Michigan Association of Fairs and Events Hall of Fame ......[read more]

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Bates Amusements to cease operation after 2017 season

It was announced during the Ohio Fair Managers meetings on Thursday that Geary Bates' Bates Amusement Company would cease operation after its 2017 season.  It is rumored that Geary's brother, ......[read more]

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Richard Repp Passes

Richard "Dick" Repp 83, of Avon, IL passed away Monday December 19, 2016, 2:52 a.m. at OSF St. Frances Medical Center Peoria, IL.  He was born Saturday December 16, 1933 in Avon, IL the son of ......[read more]

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Buy one Carnival Calendar, SAVE 40% on a second!

Buy one, save 40% on a second 2017 Carnival Calendar!  This offer is available for a limited time, and only a small number of calendars remain in inventory!   Enter code SAVE40 at checkout ......[read more]

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Wayne "Jake" Inners passes

Wayne E. "Jake" Inners, CEO of Majestic Midways, passed away on December 10, 2016.  "I am proud to say he created a culture within our family and company.  Giving to those who couldn't give ......[read more]

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John Peco Named the Canadian National Exhibition Association's Chief Officer, Business Development & Innovation

Toronto, Ontario ... John Peco has been appointed the Canadian National Exhibition Association's Chief Officer, Innovation and Business Development, the CNEA announced today."This is a new position, ......[read more]

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Wade Shows Midway receives 97% Approval Rating from New York State

New York State Governor Cuomo held a press conference announcing the results of phase one of a $50 million renovation to The New York State Fairgrounds. During the press conference, she announced ......[read more]

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John Owens passes

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of John Owens.  John spent much of his life working in the fair industry, most recently serving as the acting general manager of the Volusia ......[read more]

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Gold Star Amusement's Richard Hanson passes

It is with great sadness to report the passing of Richard Hanson.  Richard was a lifelong friend of the Featherston family and served as a manager at Gold Star Amusements.  Funeral ......[read more]

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Top 15 Grossing Games at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The total game gross at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair set a record at over $3,259,566.99 in gross receipts, an increase of $377,792.27 (13%) over 2015.  Like rides, all games on the Mighty ......[read more]

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Top 15 Rides at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair achieved a record ride gross during its 2016 run with over $4,084,481.41 in ride receipts, an increase of $136,548.30 (3.5%) over 2015.The top 15 grossing attractions on the ......[read more]

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Labor Day Weekend State Fairs Set Record Attendance

Near perfect weather helped three state fairs break record attendance numbers over Labor Day Weekend.  The Nebraska State Fair broke its previous record set in 2015 with over 361,107 guests ......[read more]

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S&S Amusements patriarch, Steve Swika Jr., passes

It is with great regrets to announce the passing of Steve Swika, Jr., owner of Pennsylvania based S&S Amusements.  Steve passed quietly in his sleep on August 19, 2016.  Steve is ......[read more]

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