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Universal Fairs Succeeds with Value at Alabama State Fair

In spite of some negative publicity from an unfortunate accident, the Alabama State Fair was another successful event for Universal Fairs, an independent producer of fairs and other events.  The ......[read more]

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Ray Cammack Shows Debuts Titan in 2019
Titan will be the tallest traveling booster ride in the USA

Arizona-based Ray Cammack Shows is planning to debut a major new ride in 2019. According to the company’s vice president, Ben Pickett, “We just took possession of the very first 55m ......[read more]

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New Jersey State Fair Premiers Expanded, Renovated Exhibition Facility

There’s nothing like a new facility to boost a fair. Debuting at the 2018 was a comprehensive makeover to one of the most historic facilities at the New Jersey State Fair, the Richards ......[read more]

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N.C. Fair Sets Record Days Despite Losing Opening Day to Tropical Storm Michael

Towards the top of the list of nightmares for the opening day of your first fair as fair manager is having to cancel opening day. For Kent Yelverton this scenario was not just a bad dream, but real ......[read more]

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Pride of Texas Shows: Proud Carnival Tradition
Show adds three rides in 2018

According to co-owner Chris Barton, Pride of Texas Shows is a family business that’s born – and bred to continue. Working with his father, Doug Barton, the two have over 40 years of ......[read more]

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Agriculture is the Heartbeat of the Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair, which ran from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3, celebrated its 166th year this summer. The first few days of the 2018 fair were off to a bit of a rough start with the weather, which ......[read more]

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2018 IAFE Convention Deemed Success
LJM Associates renews contracts with existing fairs & carnivals; inks deal with Talley Amusements

The 2019 IAFE Trade Show came to a close on Wednesday. This was the first convention outside of Las Vegas in over 40 years and the move has been much anticipated and talked about over the past few ......[read more]

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SLA Reports Good Experience in San Antonio; SLA Funding Up Thanks to Creative Fundraising
Deggeller Attractions to debut new E-Ticketing System; Show awaiting new coaster & KMG Speed

Day 2 of the IAFE convention and trade show was also the second and final day of the SLA Exhibitor’s Lounge held at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. Showmen's League ......[read more]

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IAFE and SLA Conventions Make their San Antonio Debut

The 2018 IAFE Trade Show kicked off in San Antonio for the first time on Monday, November 26th. After over four decades in Las Vegas, the organization made the bold to transition to San Antonio.The ......[read more]

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Delta Fair & Music Festival Adds Carnival Companies and Taps Memphis Music Scene

Everyone’s Fair – that was the tagline for the 2018 Delta Fair & Music Festival held in Memphis, Tenn. According to fair organizer, Mark Lovell, president of Universal Fairs, the ......[read more]

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IAFE Ready to Make First Impression on Upbeat Fair Industry
IAFE / SLA Conventions Make San Antonio Debut

After at least four decades in Las Vegas, the largest annual gathering of fairs of all sizes and categories and the multitude of their business and service partners will take place in a new city and ......[read more]

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WV State Fair Attracts Crowds with New Twists on Food, Fun and Education

The State Fair of West Virginia returned to Fairlea, August 9 through August 18. The theme was “Unforgettable Fun” – a theme geared toward helping fair goers create unforgettable ......[read more]

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Beacon of Fun Attracts Increased Attendance for the Dixie Classic Fair
Strates Shows fields 63 rides on the midway

Ideal weather, a high-tech marketing campaign and increased attendance – few retiring fair managers close their careers on as high a note as David Sparks struck with the 2018 Dixie Classic Fair ......[read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018 Breaks Attendance Records
Galaxy New Lighting Concepts; Rides 4-U Crazy Cab Gets Interest; Battech Enterprises Downdraft Sales

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) shattered records during the association’s 100th anniversary celebration. IAAPA had both a record attendance and the ......[read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018: KMG Introduces New Ride; Drew Expo buys new Giant Wheel
Feld Entertainment Expands Brands to Parks; Sally Corporation Introduces New Dark Ride

Walking the halls of the IAAPA Trade Show reveals plenty of new and novel rides. The industry, with all the competition among manufacturers, and buyers seeking new thrills, is constantly inno-vating ......[read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018: ARMCO Finds Independent Success with their KMG Speed and Inversion
IAAPA Introduces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Day two of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was another busy day of large crowds, new announcements and educational sessions.IAAPA brings together amusement ......[read more]

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2018 IAAPA Expo Highlights: Zamperla Rides Donates Ride to Give Kids the World Park
Sea World announces new Tidal Twister Coaster

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Trade Show kicked off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Tuesday, November 13th. The 2018 show features well ......[read more]

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2018 IAAPA Expo Kicks off Tuesday in Orlando
Rides 4U Debuts Trailer Mounted Mini-Breakdance & XXL Spinning Coaster

Following up a record breaking year is the welcomed challenge facing the largest outdoor facility & event organization in the world. The International Association of Amusement Parks and ......[read more]

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Wisdom Rides Welcomes New Generation of Leadership

A changing of the generational guards is coming to one of the leading US manufacturers of carnival rides. Jared Davis, is a 5th generation carnival professional has taken over the reins at Wisdom ......[read more]

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Broward County Fair Returns Bigger & Better Than Ever

The Broward County Fair will return from Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at its new location at The Big Easy Casino, located along Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The fair's new ......[read more]

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Oregon State Fair: Fun Favorites and New Attractions

The 11-day Oregon State Fair, held in Salem, offered a mix of new events and long-time favorites according to fair spokesperson Dan Cox. The late August fair, which began 153 years ago, still offers ......[read more]

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H2B Call to Action - November 1

US CIS has already received applications for 20,733 H-2B workers, up 40% from the same time last year and 63% of the total number that are currently available for the first half of the fiscal ......[read more]

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Christiansen Amusements: Adding New Rides and Staying with Tradition

At Christiansen Amusements, new rides were added in 2018, but the company’s adherence to old fashioned family fun in a world driven by stay-at-home technology hasn’t changed, according to ......[read more]

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Friday Monsoon Turns Oklahoma into a Tale of Two Fairs
Wade Shows features over 74 rides on the midway

Charles Dickens famously said it was the best of times; it was the worst of times.When asked how the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair went, J. Scott Munz, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations ......[read more]

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South Dakota State Fair Experience the Magic

According to South Dakota State Fair assistant manager Candi Briley, the South Dakota State Fair, which closed September 3rd, lived up to its tag line this year “Experience the ......[read more]

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Bloomsburg Fair Debuts Amusement of America Midway & Expanded Social Media Marketing

Rain impeded the 163rd Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg County, PA., but, an appealing concert lineup, a stronger social media presence and a new midway company, Amusements of America, kept the losses ......[read more]

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Murphy Brothers partners with Crabtree Amusements for Dakota route in 2019
Carnival Partnerships Increase Company Reach

For carnival operator Jerry Murphy, partnership is a good thing – and good for business. “We’ve been bringing in partners into our ventures, depending on the fair. One of our major ......[read more]

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Sonoma County Fair Celebrates First Responders

Running August 2 through 12th, the Sonoma County Fair offered a Salute to Heroes theme as it entered its 82nd year of fun and thrills. According to publicity coordinator Emily Janowski, the fair ......[read more]

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York Fair Changing with the Times
Deggeller Attractions signs four year contract extension with fair

York Fair is one of the country's most prominent fairs and has quite the history. Known as America's first fair, the York Fair was held in the historic old town of York in 1765. It is said that the ......[read more]

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Erie County: New Fair Manager Encourages Change

It’s always good to start your first fair with an attendance increase. The 20018 Erie County Fair – perennially billed as “Best 12 Days of Summer” – drew 1,198,789. This ......[read more]

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From Butterflies to 'Ugly Dogs' at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair

With a wide range of eclectic events and exhibitions, the Sonoma-Marin Fair offers something for everyone. The annual June fair is located in Petaluma, Calif., and ran the 20th to the 24th this year, ......[read more]

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"CULTURE" Increases Attendance for Maryland State Fair

Not when it comes to the 137th Maryland State Fair, whose 2018 marketing campaign proudly broadcasted the annual celebration of everything Maryland’s commitment to culture. In fact, the entire ......[read more]

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With Record Breaking Fair, New York's Troy Waffner is no Longer Acting

Few fairs enjoyed as bright a spotlight as the Great New York State Fair this summer. As has been typical, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo showed up on opening day to kick off the annual celebration of ......[read more]

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Gaston All American Fair: North Carolina's New/Old Fair

The Gaston All American Fair in Gastonia North Carolina may seem like a first time event, but in reality was a revival of a county fair that had almost been forgotten.According to Melanie ......[read more]

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Remembering Ward Hall
The King of the Sideshow

The renowned “Sideshow King,” Ward Hall passed away at age 88. Considered the modern-day P.T. Barnum, Hall was well known throughout the carnival industry for his World of Wonders ......[read more]

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New Overall Attendance Record Reaches Minnesota State Fair

According to communications supervisor Lara Hughes, the Minnesota State Fair had plenty to sing about this year – with the large scale One Giant Sing Along event, 12 Grandstand musical ......[read more]

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Alameda County Fair Greets the Summer Season

Located in Pleasanton, Calif., the Alameda County Fair said “Hello to Summer” – the fair’s theme - in a big way, starting with an opening-day cattle drive down Main Street. ......[read more]

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Wisconsin WonderFair Features Competitive Cheese Curd Eating

Alongside the midway and entertainment, fair food is cited as one of the top three reasons to go to the fair. The Wisconsin State Fair has long publicized its diverse array of fair cuisine. Its ......[read more]

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Nebraska Fair & Its New Exec Survives Record Rainfall
Wade Shows midway avoids flooding

The Nebraska State Fair had the kind of record a first time fair manager would prefer not to accomplish – record rainfall. An estimated 5.74 inches in 14 days, preceding and including the fair. ......[read more]

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Big Butler Fair Rises to its Challenges

The Big Butler Fair returned for 2018 from June 29 through July 7 in Prospect, Pennsylvania. Now in its 163rd year, the Big Butler Fair is often known as the largest agricultural fair in Western ......[read more]

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Talley Inks Ohio State Fair with 4-Year Contract

After more than a quarter of a century, one of the leading state fairs in the Midwest has switched carnival companies. Following an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) that involved some of the ......[read more]

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Bigger, Better Grandstands Boost Iowa State Fair

Is big name entertainment still a viable option for state fairs? A grandstand-filling fair staple for decades, more recently rising costs ranging from musician fees, commissions and improved ......[read more]

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Hermosa Beach Fiesta: Forty Years of Fun by the Beach

The once-sleepy suburban seaside town of HermosaBeach, Calif. has grown and thrived, and so, too has the Hermosa Beach Fiesta, with carnival rides, food booths, arts and crafts, and live music. The ......[read more]

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BREAKING NEWS: Talley Amusements signs The Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair announced today that they signed a four-year contract with Talley Amusements to provide the rides at the fair begining in 2019. “Talley Amusements is honored to be ......[read more]

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Ohio State Fair Bounces Back After Tragedy with an Honest and Professional PR Campaign

No opening of any 2018 fair was as widely anticipated as that of the Ohio State Fair. Last year, a fatal accident on the Amusements of America midway left an 18-year-old dead and seven others ......[read more]

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OABA President Bob Johnson to Retire in February 2019

Jay Strates, 2018 OABA Chairman announced today that President Bob Johson will retire in February of 2019.  Below is a copy of the official statement from Jay Strates and the OABA.Last month, ......[read more]

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Expanded Marketing Reach Boots Delaware State Fair

The Delaware State Fair turns 100 next year. In addition to promoting this year’s event, marketing the 99th also needed to build momentum towards next year’s centennial fair.Your Summer ......[read more]

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Remembering Morris Vivona, Sr. of Amusements of America

Morris Vivona, Sr., the Chairman of the Board of Amusements of America and the eldest of the company’s five Vivona brothers, passed away Saturday, August 25th at the age of 97. Born October 31, ......[read more]

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Concerts Return to Orange County and So Did Customers
Dreamland Amusements plays Orange County for the first time

Citing rising costs, increased competition from festivals, casinos and other venues, and the diminishing drawing power of many headliners, more and more fairs have been removing separate ticketed ......[read more]

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Jay Strates: The Economy is Stronger this Year
Strates Shows from the Road

At 179, the Erie County Fair in New York may be one of the oldest fair in the country and for the past 94 of those years the James E. Strates Shows has been the fair’s carnival company. The ......[read more]

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