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Magic Money: Carnival Companies & Fairs Going Cashless with Cellular RFID

Being held in the heart of America’s heartland, the Iowa State Fair has an iconic status among North American outdoor events. But this year’s fair may also represent a breakthrough for ......[read more]

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San Mateo County Fair Builds Increased Attendance and Positive Guest Experiences

A smattering of chilly days may have suppressed ride revenue at this year’s San Mateo County Fair but the other sectors of this Silicon Valley event all moved in a positive trajectory. ......[read more]

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Things Looking Up For San Joaquin County Fair

The 2018 San Joaquin County Fair took place from June 14 to June 17. The fairgrounds are managed by the 2nd District Agricultural Association and the fair has begun to revive after periods of ......[read more]

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Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment Overcomes Tornado with Optimistic Outlook
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Weather woes have marked the 2018 spring routes of most carnival companies in the northeast. Midway providers may have cold, rainy weekends in common, but few companies anywhere survived an actual ......[read more]

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Rick Riethoffer: Getting to Fair Time After a Cold Wet Spring

This year started out promising for Reithoffer Shows, but then came a cold and damp spring. Carnival companies may invest in new equipment and other upgrades, create stronger marketing collaborations ......[read more]

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KMG Releases New Surf Ride for 2018

On May 3rd, 2017, KMG released a design concept for a new ride designed to travel on one semi-trailer. The new ride, who's factory model name is "Surf Ride".  Since, the ride has generated a lot ......[read more]

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Keizer Iris Festival: Everything is Coming Up Irises

The Keizer Iris Festival has been a successful event for 38 years. Located in the town of Keizer, Ore., the event is “blooming” with fun for the whole family with a series of connected ......[read more]

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Celebrate Fairfax!: Fair Festival Hybrid Survives Rainy Close

A drenched Saturday followed by a rainy Sunday dampened the overall turnout for Celebrate Fairfax!, but this unique combination of music festival and family-friendly county fair had an estimated ......[read more]

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Santa Barbara Fair Goes Out of This World to Increase Attendance and Spending

A healthy uptick in attendance and spending enabled the 2018 Santa Barbara Fair & Exposition to live up to its “Out of This World,” marketing theme. This California fair has become ......[read more]

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Funtastic Shows: Ron Burback Presides Over Carnival History

Located in Portland, Ore., Funtastic Carnival offers a wide range of rides, games, food, and fun for kids and families. From the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival to smaller shows at shopping ......[read more]

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Active Shooter Training: Due to Rising Gun Violence Trends, Fairs Implementing New Security Measures

On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a lone gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 ......[read more]

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Hop on Up to the Calveras County Fair and Frog Jump

According to Calveras County Fairground CEO Laurie Giannini, attendance hopped up this year over last at the annual Calveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. The event is one of the oldest in ......[read more]

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Gillette Shows Demonstrates Continued Success as a Family Affair

Known as a major player in the northeast, Gillette Shows of Pittsfield, MA, has been around since 1947 and has become a successful, family-run business with matriarch Betty Gillette at the helm. The ......[read more]

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Third Annual Horry County Fair up 10% from 2017

The 3rd annual Horry County Fair took place April 20th-29th at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Jennifer Willard, the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and NASCAR Racing ......[read more]

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Chicago area Concessionaire, Peter Kasin, Recovers from Surgery

Peter Kasin, one of the carnival industry's best-known concessionaires, is doing well seven weeks after having surgery to remove a softball-sized tumor from his colon. Kasin books games with ......[read more]

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2nd Empire State Fair Gets Rained Out, but Market Potential Remains Clear

Not a whole lot of positives can be said about a nine day fair that had eight days of rain, which included two rained outs when the gates never opened. The fact it was only the second edition of the ......[read more]

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Danny Huston acquires NAME from Townsquare Media Inc

North American Fairs LLC has purchased North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) from Townsquare Media Inc. for $23.5 million plus a 15% residual interest in any future proceeds of a sale of NAME in ......[read more]

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Skinners Amusements adds Downdraft for 2018 Season
Show puts extra emphasis on preventative maintenance

Skinners' Amusements is eager to showcase its new Downdraft ride. The piece was supposed to be delivered by Memorial Day, but officials with the Illinois carnival said it's been delayed until June. ......[read more]

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AG Department Engineer Named North Carolina State Fair Manager

The new manager of the North Carolina State Fair is Kent Yelverton, a civil engineer who worked 26 years with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Yelverton replaces Wesley ......[read more]

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Florida Federation of Fairs Convention: Security Workshops and Agricultural Commissioner Debate

An upbeat attitude and an uptick in attendance highlighted the annual convention Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows, Inc. Convention, held May 17- 19 at the The Hilton Buena Vista Palace ......[read more]

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BREAKING NEWS: Townsquare Completes Sale Of North American Midway Entertainment

GREENWICH, Conn., May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE: TSQ) ("Townsquare" or the "Company") announced today that it has completed the sale of North American Midway ......[read more]

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Shaw & Sons: A Family Carnival Business Continues to Grow

Shaw & Sons carnival was started by co-owner Roy Shaw’s grandfather Leroy Shaw in 1945, and a lot has changed since then. “He built a train ride, and he started with that,” Shaw ......[read more]

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Lori Cox, Taking the Helm at Nebraska State Fair

The Nebraska State Fair may be somewhat bigger and longer than the previous fairs Lori Cox has led – most recently as General Manager of the Big Sky Country State Fair ......[read more]

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The National Orange Reaches 103 Years of Citrus-Themed Entertainment

The National Orange Show celebrated 103 years of citrus-themed entertainment this year, and according to fair coordinator Tim Ellis, “attendance was up and the weather was ......[read more]

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Poor Jack Amusements Overcomes Setbacks with Help of Family

Poor Jack Amusements is based out of Milton, Indiana, and provides carnival rides, games and food to fairs and festivals throughout eastern and northeastern Indiana and western Ohio. Part of the ......[read more]

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