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New Marketing Program Helped Arizona State Fair Survive Hurricane Sergio

Like several fairs in 2019, extreme weather forced a full day of closure for the Arizona State Fair and a steep dip in attendance. Unfortunately the day was a high-attendance Saturday, taking a ......[read more]

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Greg Chiecko: OABA Appoints The Big E's Midway "Liaison" As President & CEO
Get to know your new OABA President

The largest association of U.S. carnival companies starts the new year with the a new president whose background includes nearly a quarter century of overseeing midway operations for one of the ......[read more]

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National Carnival Companies Show New Interest in Ohio Market at OFMA Convention

Increased convention attendance, positive outlook among fairs and new interest by national carnival companies in the Ohio fair market highlighted the annual convention of the Ohio Fair Managers ......[read more]

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H-2B Seasonal Labor Update - Reps. prepare letter to House & Senate Leadership to address H-2B Cap Relief
Call your elected officials today!

In response to the Department of Labor receiving over 97,000 applications for the 33,000 available H-2B visas for the second half of the FY2019 cap, Reps. Harris (R-ME) and Pingree (D-ME) and ......[read more]

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Food and Fun at the 112th State Fair of Louisiana

Running from October 25th to November 11th, the State Fair of Louisiana celebrated its 112th year with a wide range of foodie treats – fair food with super powers – as well as offering a ......[read more]

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Hawaii's EK Fernandez Shows finds success with cashless midway system

Located in Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, E.K. Fernandez Shows Inc. may be the only carnival purveyor in the U.S. with a home base of a tropical island. According to executive administrator ......[read more]

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California State Fair: Heat Wave Lowers Attendance

Due to a major heat wave, the California State Fair posted low attendance figures – the lowest in 20 years. 572,250 visitors came during the fair’s 17-day run. This was a substantial drop ......[read more]

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BREAKING: Greg Chiecko Named OABA President & CEO

Greg Chiecko, a results-oriented proven leader with extensive and diverse experience in the outdoor amusement business and fair industry has been selected by the OABA Board to lead the mobile ......[read more]

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2018 Top Carnival Companies: Improved Economy and Better Price Promotions Highlight Challenging Fair

North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) retained its top spot as the leading midway provider to the Top 50 fairs in 2018. Carnivalwarehouse.com annually compiles a ranked listing of the Top-50 ......[read more]

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Antelope Valley Fair Marks It's 80th Anniversary

Lancaster, Calif. may be only 90 minutes from the heart of Los Angeles, but the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival is every bit a community event that could be at home in any more rural ......[read more]

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Browns Amusements: an Expanding Carnival Route

Celebrating 22 years in business, Browns Amusements is a family-owned company that is steadily growing. Danny and Sherry Brown are in the second generation of industry people, and as Danny Brown ......[read more]

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Record Breaking Humboldt County Fair

This year broke records for the Humboldt County Fair, with attendance up 11%, close to $267,000 in admission fees, and bringing in more than $700,000 overall than last year. According to fair CEO ......[read more]

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Ole It's Fiesta Time: The California Mid-State Fair

Despite triple-digit heat, the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles had attendance numbers that were slightly higher than the 428,615 from the official fair attendance tally in 2017. While the ......[read more]

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Top 50 Fairs: Improved Economy Benefits Fairs
Top Performers Aided by Operational Reinvestment

If there’s any doubt to the continuing popularity, consider that 43,527,187 individuals attended the Top-50 fairs in North America in 2018. This figure doesn’t take into account the ......[read more]

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Frazier Shows holds the line on purchases for 2019
Show makes substantial investment in winter-quarter upgrade

Frazier Shows has had a busy season, with their 2018 route just closing mid-November at the Fort McDowell, Ariz. rodeo grounds; and when the 2019 season starts up for the company, they will also ......[read more]

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Agriculture Shines Through at Wilson County Fair
Reithoffer Shows sets records on the midway

It is often easy to get caught up in all the glittering lights, entertainment and tantalizing food smells of a county fair, losing oneself in all the distractions, at times forgetting the essence of ......[read more]

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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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