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H-2B Cap Relief Update

UPDATED 2/14/2019 at 12:52PMAhead of Friday's deadline to pass a budget to keep the government open for 2019, it is being reported that Democrat and Republican leaders in the US House of ......[read more]

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Paula Swika Passes

Paula R. Pavlick-Swika, 52, of Scott Twp., died Wednesday, January 30 at Allied Services Hospice, Scranton.  She was the wife of Stephen Swika, III. Born in Allentown, daughter of Margaret Jump ......[read more]

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H-2B Temporary Guest Worker Labor Issue is an Industry Problem
H-2B visa workers are needed for the fair industry to survive

The H-2B labor issue is not a carnival problem, it's not a concessionaire problem, and it's not a fair problem.  It is an industry problem that ultimately effects each sector that defines the ......[read more]

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Minnesota to Invest Nearly $20 Million in Fairgrounds Improvements

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – Nearly $20 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the Minnesota State Fairgrounds were approved by the fair's board of managers during meetings Jan. ......[read more]

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Firestone Financial plans to expand carnival and parks finance team to meet demand
Salvatore Cifala, Long-Time Firestone Veteran, Added to Team

Needham, MA – January 8, 2019 – Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, announced plans to expand their Carnival and Parks Finance team to meet increased customer demand and ......[read more]

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Department of Labor web site crashes after an overwhelming amount of H-2B visa applications received

In an extremely competitive market for H-2B visas, employers and agents rushed to beat the clock on New Year’s eve at midnight to be the first to submit H-2B worker applications for the second ......[read more]

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Firestone Financial EVP, Chief Operating Officer Scott Cooper Announces Plans to Step Down in May

Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, announced today that Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Scott Cooper will step down in May 2019. Mr. Cooper has been with Firestone ......[read more]

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Vote for 2018 Top Fair & Carnival Stories of the Year

As 2018 comes to a close, cw looks back on the year through our articles and features. Each year, with your help, we pick the story of the year for both fairs and carnivals. We made our top picks for ......[read more]

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Wade Shows Veteran Raymond "Chico" Passes

Last week Raymond ”Chico” Chavez passed away in Spring Hill, Fl. His death was sudden leaving behind a son, daughter, six grandkids, and one great-grandchild. Chico didn’t own a ......[read more]

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Immediate H-2B Action Needed

Congressional leaders are working to negotiate a year end spending package in advance of Friday’s deadline. We need your help to make sure H-2B cap relief is part of any package. Please take ......[read more]

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Claire Morton of Golden Wheel Amusements Passes

Our condolences go out to the family of Claire Morton who passed away December 16. Claire was an amazing person who became the first woman president of the Showmen's League of America in 2005. She ......[read more]

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JoAnn Davis Passes

JoAnn Delores Davis, of Rancho Mirage, CA passed away on 12/6 following a fall while on vacation with family in Hawaii. JoAnn was 82 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years ......[read more]

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Immediate Action Needed to Save the H2B Program

UPDATE FROM JKJ WORKFORCE - DECEMBER 12, 2018 On December 7th, the deadline to pass the bill, Congress passed a 2-week CR (Continuing Resolution) whereby they simply extended last years budget by 2 ......[read more]

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H2B Grassley/Tillis Package Details - CALL TO ACTION

Details of the Grassley/Tillis H2B Cap Relief package have been announced.  While this is great news for all H2B stakeholders, the bill has not been signed yet!  Please read the details of ......[read more]

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Showmen's League Christmas Party will be held on December 7

The Showmen's League of America will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on December 7, 2019 at Hanson Park Elementary School in Chicago.  On December 6, the SLA will be hosting a gathering at ......[read more]

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2019 Carnival Photo Calendars - Now On Sale

2019 Carnival Photo Calendars are now available for shipping! Quantities are LIMITED and once they are sold out, there will not be a re-print!  Get yours today! BUY NOW...[read more]

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Last Call for Showmens League Banquet and Ball Tickets

The Showmen's League of America Banquet and Ball, themed, Boots and Bling is almost sold out!  The event will be held in San Antonio, Texas on November 27, 2018.  Please contact the ......[read more]

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Modern Midways adds Chance Sky Wheel

Chicago based Modern Midways added another spectacular ride to its lineup - a Chance Sky Wheel.  Owner Robert Briggs is no stranger to the ride - already owning two that are awaiting ......[read more]

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NAME signs three-year contract extension with the East Texas State Fair

North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) announced the signing of a three-year contract extension with the East Texas State Fair in Tyler, Texas.  The show has played the fair since ......[read more]

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2019 Carnival Photo Calendars - AVAILABLE FOR PRE ORDER

The 2019 edition of the CarnivalWarehouse.com Carnival Photo Calendar is now available for pre-orders with a ship date scheduled for around the first of November.  The 2019 Photo Calendar is ......[read more]

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H2B Update - October 17 - ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to Sign this letter

Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the H-2B letter (linked below) that is currently being circulated by Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA). You can reach your ......[read more]

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John 'Nick' Alberts Passes

John ‘Nick’ L. Alberts, born December 06, 1956, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday October 02, 2018. He lived 61 incredible years on this Earth before passing. He was in the Sun City ......[read more]

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Industry Veteran Nick Pelino Passes

Nicholas W. Pelino, age 59, of Dallas, Texas passed away on Sunday September 23, 2018. Nicholas was born June 4, 1959 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania to Shirley Malee Plasynski and Nicholas C. ......[read more]

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Department of Homeland Security H2B Compliance Audit Information

The following was provided by JKJ Workforce regarding H2B Compliance Audits being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):Over the past few days there have been several reports of DHS ......[read more]

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Deggeller Attractions Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension with the York Fair

Deggeller Attractions announced today that the show signed a multi-year contract extension with the York Fair in York, PA.  Deggeller has been playing the York Fair since 2011.  Prior ......[read more]

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Sideshow King, Ward Hall dies at age 88

It is with great sadness to report the passing of "Sideshow King" Ward Hall at the age of 88.  Ward was well known throughout the industry for his World of Wonders Sideshow.  Some referred ......[read more]

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Morris Vivona Sr. Passes

Carnivawarehouse is sad to report the passing of Morris Vivona Sr. of Amusements of America. Vivona was the eldest of the five Vivona brothers who built Amusements of America into the largest ......[read more]

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Miller Spectacular Shows Adds Sky Wheel

Freddy Miller of Miller Spectacular Shows was proud to announce the addition of a Chance Sky Wheel to its ride lineup.  The wheel which debuts this weekend at the Duquoin State Fair in Duquoin, ......[read more]

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Deggeller Attractions adds 4th Major Roller Coaster

Deggeller Attractions announced on Thursday that the show has added a 4th spectacular roller coaster to its lineup, a Pinfari ZL42 Looping Roller Coaster.  The coaster was purchased from a ......[read more]

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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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Campy's Amusements is Now Hiring for 2019 - Ring of Fire Foreman, Electrician, Ride Supers
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Dreamland Amusements - NOW HIRING FOR 2019 SEASON - RIDE FOREMEN WANTED
Browns Amusements is now hiring ride help, game help, food help, electrician, and CDL drivers for the 2019 season.  Call Danny at (602) 763-1617 for more info or visit brownsamusements.com.
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