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A Carnival of Fun/Johnston Amusements, LLC: From Humble Beginnings to Big Growth

A Carnival of Fun/Johnston Amusements is helmed by owner Ken Johnston, who recalls his operation’s humble start, and revels in the large-scale fun his operation offers today. Headquartered in ......[read more]

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Frazier Shows Continues to Find Success
Expands in Both Business Matters and As a Family Affair

Since Steve and Julie Broetsky first took over Frazier Shows 16 years ago, the company has seen change and growth, in more ways than one.“We bought Frazier shows with 15 rides and a dozen ......[read more]

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California Mid-Winter Fair: Agriculture, Demolition Derbys, and Community Spirit

At the California Mid-Winter Fair, which ran March 2-11 this year, a wide range of attractions include agricultural exhibits, demolition derbies, and a lot of community interaction. According to fair ......[read more]

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New Format Launched for CarnivalWarehouse.com
AmusementParkWarehouse.com introduced

When we began carnivalwarehouse.com in 1997, we thought the internet would be a great place to publish. The ability to get a story out quickly was exciting to us, as trade publications at the ......[read more]

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How Kissel Entertainment Stands Out Against Competitors
Show adds KMG Alter Ego for 2018

Russ Kissel has worked with fairs his entire life.   His business, Kissel Entertainment, was first created in 1932, by his grandfather who lived in Cincinnati. Kissel says what started out ......[read more]

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New Stage is "Star" of the Show for Rodeo Houston

If there were any doubts about whether Texans were tough, the 2018 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo showed that not even a devastating hurricane and flood were going to stop fans from attending in ......[read more]

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Belle City Amusements down slightly at Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival in in Plant City, Florida had a successful year for their 2018 event.  Ticket sales were slightly down, but the attendance number was a booming 526,025 according ......[read more]

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Pasco County Fair -- Jam Packed with Entertainment

The 2018 Pasco County Fair "Jam Packed With Excitement," had all new entertainment for fairgoers and celebrated a 71st birthday. Tracy Thomposon, Annual Fair Chairman, is very happy with the results ......[read more]

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TN Commissioner Lifts Ban on Fireball Amusement Device

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips today lifted a ban on the Fireball and similar amusement devices from operating within the ......[read more]

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Florida's Osceola County Fair posts solid year

The Osceola County Fair is held each year at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The 10 day event, which begins on the second Friday in February, includes agriculture and livestock shows ......[read more]

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Dreamland Amusements Adds New Events, New Rides, New Amenities and another generation in 2018

Dreamland Amusements is poised to have a successful 2018 season. A route highlighted with new fairs, refurbished rides, more guest amenities, and a strong staff sets the show up for greatness ......[read more]

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H2B Update: Ask your Congressmen to Encourage the DHS to issue additional visas

Due to the hard work of the Grassroots (that means YOU) letting your member of Congress know that H-2B Cap Relief is vital to your business, the lobbyists, the trade associations, the H-2B Coalition, ......[read more]

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Statement of the H-2B Workforce Coalition On House Passage FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill

The H-2B Workforce Coalition will continue to seek a permanent solution to the seasonal labor crisis small businesses across the country face as national unemployment approaches 4 percent. We are ......[read more]

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SLA to Host a commemorative memorial service along with a tribute to the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus

Chicago, IL -The Showmen's League of America will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Showmen's Rest and pay tribute to the victims of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus on this the 100th year of the ......[read more]

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Martin County Fair Faces Limited Space

The 2018 Martin County Fair took place from Feb. 9th-17th. The fair is the largest single event in the county, organized solely by volunteers as a way to promote the county's youth, agriculture, ......[read more]

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Doc Rivera Brings Carnival History to Life at the IISA Carnival Museum

Doc Rivera has been the curator of the International Independent Showmen's Museum for 5 years. He has dedicated his time to the museum in order to preserve the storied and exciting history of the ......[read more]

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Ft. Worth Stock Show Attendance on Par with 2017

At the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, a legendary Texas event adapts to the digital age.The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo's 2018 event lived up to it's slogan, "this thing is legendary." The show ......[read more]

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Florida State Fair adds New Entertainment for 2018

The 2018 Florida State Fair, held February 8th-19th, focused on providing fairgoers more entertainment than ever before and creating ways for families to affordably come out to the fair. While ......[read more]

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South Florida Fair down 5% due to weather

The 2018 South Florida Fair started out with some cooler weather but warmed up along the way. 2018 attendance was down about 5% from 2017 according to CEO, Rick Vymlatil. "2018 attendance is 427,005 ......[read more]

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Despite bad weather, San Antonio Livestock Show sees bright spots

The 2018 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, February 8th-25th, was hit with unfavorable weather this year. While grounds attendance and midway gross suffered, there was still plenty to be proud of ......[read more]

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New Drone Light Shows Provide Futuristic Alternative to Fireworks for Fairs and Events

The Great Lakes Drone Company (GLDC) drone light show division is looking to branch out into the fair and festival industry according to Director of Flight Operations, Matt Quinn. The Drone Light ......[read more]

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Michigan Association of Fairs and Expositions Looks to the Future With New Youth Programs

The 133rd Michigan Association of Fairs and Expositions (MAFE) Convention was held January 11th-13th at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. About 1,200 people were ......[read more]

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H2B Cap Met - Urgent Call To Action For all H2B Employers, Suppliers, Fairs and Events

On March 1, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the second half of the FY2018 H2B visa cap had been met.  The USCIS received 47,000 petitions for ......[read more]

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Wade Shows addresses ongoing labor concerns

Carnival owners are faced with a number of concerning issues in 2018 says  Frank Zaitshik. He runs Michigan-based Wade Shows, which ranks among North America's biggest outdoor amusement ......[read more]

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Georgia / South Carolina - Successful Trade Show sells out

The 6th edition of the joint South Carolina and Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention took place January 25th-27th, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta ......[read more]

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Ed Inners, Owner of Inners Shows, Passes

Edward Milton Inners, Jr., 68, Passed away due to an unexpected accident on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Born January 6, 1950 In York, PA., his family now resides in Franklinton, NC.He was proceeded ......[read more]

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Social Media Discussions Take Center Stage at the VA Fair Convention

The 2018 Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Convention was highlighted by educational seminars and roundtables, the crowning of a new Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant Queen, and plenty of ......[read more]

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American Disabilities Act: Why it matters to Fairs

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) is not just a good idea: it's the law.  It's a good idea because it's the right thing to do, and it's the law because some need help to do the right ......[read more]

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Pennsylvania Fair Convention Reports: New Fairs and a Top 50 Event

Lackawanna County Fair The Lackawanna County Fair is a new fair starting in 2019; it will be held the first weekend of June, Wednesday through Saturday in Northeastern Pennsylvania. According to ......[read more]

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IISF Trade Show: Lamberink Introduces New One Trailer Giant Wheel
Steve Lisko Develops New Business Selling Kiddie Trains & Bunkhouses

There were several wheels at the trade show from various manufacturers but one company in particular has been making a splash building Giant Wheels for a long time.  Lamberink, builder of the ......[read more]

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IISF Trade Show Concludes on a High Note
KMG sells a new Freak Out to Triple Treat Shows; announces new thrill ride design

The 50th edition of the IISA Trade Show ended with more of a whimper than a bang as vendors began packing their wares and heading for home ahead of the show's close.  Many were around making ......[read more]

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Thursday Highlights from the IISF Trade Show in Gibtown
Kolmax showcases multiple rides; Lifetime Trailers Increases Production

The third day of the 50th annual IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza was another bright, sunny day with temperatures hovering close to 80 degrees.  Traffic seemed steady but relatively light, close ......[read more]

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Wednesday Highlights from the IISF Trade Show
Skelly's Amusements adds second Expo Wheel; Rides 4-U Shows new Mini Breakdance

Wednesday was another beautiful, sunny day for the 50th annual IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza, held at the Club's grounds in Gibsonton, FL.  Traffic on Day 2 was not quite as high as Day 1 ......[read more]

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50th IISF Trade Show Kicks off Tuesday in Gibtown
Wisdom Rides debuts new Y-Factor spectacular ride

The 2018 International Independent Showmen's Association (IISA) Trade Show kicked off in Gibsonton, FL on Tuesday.  The trade show this year is special for a variety of ......[read more]

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IISF Trade Show Celebrates 50th Year in 2018
Gibtown Extravaganza welcomes 27 new exhibitors

The International Independent Showmen's Foundation (IISF) Trade Show and Extravaganza held in Gibsonton, Florida is celebrating it's 50th year. Trade Show attendees can expect more exhibitors, more ......[read more]

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NICA Making Progress On Key Issues

The National Independent Concessionaires Association (NICA) had a busy 2017. According to the  outgoing President of the organization, Dominic Palmieri, NICA could not be in a better place as ......[read more]

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Carnivals Adapt to New Electronic Logging Requirement for CDL Drivers
Show owners weigh in on new DOT regulations

The commercial trucking industry has gone through a major shift in compliance, which affects carnivals hiring CDL drivers to haul equipment across state lines. Under legislation that took effect ......[read more]

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Tons of Fun Shows Ready to pass Reins to Second Generation

Tons Of Fun Shows exhibited at the 2018 Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs Convention. The company is currently owned by David and Sue Pfeffer but will soon be turned over to their son, ......[read more]

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After 100 YEARS, Pennsylvania Association of Fairs still going strong

The 2018 Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs Convention was themed "Farms, Families, Fairs, Fun." From January 17th-20th, Fair Association members and Pennsylvania Showmen's Association ......[read more]

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Penn Valley Shows Continues to Expand
Benner family hopeful to get H2B workers in time for 2018 season

Penn Valley Shows travels a route around Central Pennsylvania. In 2017, they, like many others in the industry, experienced some rough rain. Show owner, Christina Benner, recalled flooding at the ......[read more]

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Pennsylvania Based C&L Shows gears up for 2018 Season

C&L Shows exhibited at the 2018 Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs Convention, held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA, Jan. 17 - 20, to gear up for the 2018 season and have some ......[read more]

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New York State Fair issues request for proposals to help book year-round events at the fairgrounds

The New York State Fair has recently put out a Request For Proposals (RFP) to find a private marketing firm to help bring events to their new Expo Center and other fairgrounds facilities throughout ......[read more]

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H2B Visa - Process Change and Update from JKJ Workforce

JKJ Workforce issued the following update regarding H2B visa processing for the second half cap of FY2018.1) The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the cap for the first ......[read more]

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Robbie & Tarah Hauser take the reins on West Coast Amusements second unit

West Coast Amusements is going through a major transition. Like most carnivals, the Canadian show is family owned, and as generations pass, the younger set typically steps up to run the ......[read more]

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OABA looks to the future

OABA At The North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs ConventionAt the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention January 4th-6th, 2018, Bob Johnson, President of the Outdoor ......[read more]

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H-2B Labor Discussions Take Center Stage at North Carolina Fair Convention

Lloyd Moody, President of the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs, had some time to reflect on this year's convention after it ended on January 7th, 2018. Recently, the President's term ......[read more]

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Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment aggressively expands route
Show signs five new fairs for 2018 season

Powers and Thomas Midway Entertainment closed out a strong 2017 season and is poised to have a great year in 2018. According to Ed Powers, the company has acquired five new fairs for the 2018 season: ......[read more]

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North Carolina Fair Convention Round-Up
Powers & Thomas picks up Lenoir County Fair

Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair in Lumberton, North Carolina got back on track in 2017 with a close-to record run according to Vice President of Fair ......[read more]

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Mike Safie, builder of the Wacky Worm Passes

Mike Safie, an industry veteran, passed away on December 24th, 2017 after 47 years in the amusement industry. He was 84 years old. Safie was born in Bethlehem and moved to El Salvador when he was ......[read more]

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Wilson County Fair goes with Reithoffer for 2018, Reithoffer continues to expand route

The Wilson County Fair has announced they will be changing carnival providers from Amusements of America to Reithoffer Shows starting with the 2018 fair. Executive Director of the Wilson County Fair, ......[read more]

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