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Kentucky State Fair Awards Kissel Entertainment Midway Contract

Kentucky State Fair Awards Kissel Entertainment Midway Contract

In the first major midway disruption of 2020, the Kentucky State Fair announced that its Thrill Ville – the Kentucky State Fair signature ride area – will be operated by Kissel Entertainment for the next five years. A state fair changing carnival companies may be far from unheard of, but the Kentucky switch is a significant development industry observers are sure to scrutinize. It's the carnival company version of a Cinderella story, the rare occasion where regional show playing county fairs gets the opportunity to gain a state fair contract.    Dramatic Contrast NAME (North American Midway Entertainment), considered the largest carnival company in North America, has held the Kentucky State Fair contract for the past 13 years but after the proposal calculations were made, the new contract went to Kissel ...   [read more]
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Florida's Space Coast Fair Continues To Draw Big Crowds

Florida's Space Coast Fair Continues To Draw Big Crowds

The 33rd annual Space Coast State Fair in Brevard County, Fla.,is held annually in Viera. The fair continues to draw crowds with its pay one price gate pricing which includes an unlimited ride wrist band as well as admission to all concerts at the event itself. In 2019, the fair ran Nov 1 through 17 and included Halloween themed events for the kids on its first days open. The fair moved in 2017 to larger grounds – it’s now held on 30 acres, across from the Space Coast Stadium. It is Brevard County’s largest fair, with food, entertainment events, concerts, and a popular carnival. The pay-one-price admission was $15 Monday-Thursday and $20 Friday-Sunday at the gate. A VIP fast pass was also on offer for $10 more to avoid regular lines at the rides. Children 2-years old and younger were free of charge. Various coupons and ...   [read more]
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Bernard (Bernie) S. Kolbus, Jr., 77 of Kerrville, Texas passed away peacefully, at home, after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease. Bernie was born in Hammond, Indiana on November 7, 1942. He ran away with the carnival in 1959 and never looked back. He was a true Showman and was part of the Reithoffer family for more than 54 years. He held many positions on the Show starting as a ride operator, serving as General Manager and then Transportation and DOT Director until 2013, when HD took over and made it too difficult to travel. He was a loyal friend to Pat Reithoffer III and stood by him even when Pat’s father fired all of the help and left it to Pat and Bernie to move the show. It wasn’t until they had their own kids that they could laugh about it. He was a hands on teacher to those who would follow in his footsteps, a leader who led by example, a good listener (sometimes not until after the fact!) and a motivator, who sometimes used a swift kick when necessary. ...   [read more]
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In response to over 70% of H-2B applicants being capped out for the second half of the FY2020 H-2B Cap, Reps. Harris (R-MD), Pingree (D-ME), Bergman (D-MI) and Keating (D-MA) and Senators King (I-ME) and Rounds (R-SD) are circulating a letter to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security asking that he immediately release all of the additional H-2B visas authorized under the FY2020 DHS Appropriations Bill. "We hope that this letter will garner an overwhelming number of signatures from Members of Congress and Senators to send a clear message to DHS that we need quick action to address the H-2B cap," said James K. Judkins, president of JKJ Workforce.      What every H-2B Employer AND Suppliers to the Industry Do?    Call Your Representative and Two Senators Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to sign the Harris-Pingree-Bergman-Keating-King-Rounds H-2B letter to DHS. The deadline for signatures is Thursday, January 16.You ...   [read more]
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