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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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