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Santa Barbara County Fair Celebrates 128 Years, Fair attendance up in 2019

Santa Barbara County Fair Celebrates 128 Years, Fair attendance up in 2019

Held in Santa Maria, Calif. at the Santa Maria Fairpark from July 10 through July 14th, the Santa Barbara County Fair rocked out this year, which marked its 128th edition. The fair began in 1891 when it was called the Santa Maria Fair. With a theme of “Picture the Fun,” musical entertainment was a big part of the successful mix, along with professional rodeo bull riders, and a carnival from Helm & Sons. While attendance numbers are still not fully tallied, fair officials say attendance was up, and over the first four days of the event, it was up by a solid 6%. Last year, the fair drew 150,000 visitors. According to Fairpark CEO Richard Persons “With the addition of some big-name attractions like the Professional Bull Riding Classic and a strong concert lineup, we had high hopes for solid attendance and we’re ...   [read more]
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New Midway, Innovative Marketing and Improving Economy: Ohio State Fair Sees Attendance Increase

New Midway, Innovative Marketing and Improving Economy: Ohio State Fair Sees Attendance Increase

A new midway provider, improving economy, ideal weather and a major agriculture news announcement combine to reinvigorate the Ohio State Fair. The Buckeye State's celebration of everything Ohio saw a 3 percent increase in attendance and what can only be described as a return to form for fair.In 2018, the Ohio State Fair issued a Request for Proposal (RFP), for a new midway provider. One of the largest fair midways up for grabs in recent years, the hotly contested contract was finally awarded to Talley Amusements, who replaced Amusements of America,  the Ohio State Fair midway company for more than a quarter of a century. Talley Amusements MidwayThe fair gave its new midway company high praise, pointing out the gleeful surprise of fairgoers beholding a brand new midway at their annual statewide gathering.. “We were thrilled ...   [read more]
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HAMBURG, NEW YORK – The all-time attendance record for the Erie County Fair was shattered as the “Best 12 Days of Summer” in Western New York State concluded Sunday night. Final 2019 attendance is 1,238,456. This number represents a 3.3% increase from 2018 and makes 2019’s number the highest attended Fair in the history of the Erie County Agricultural Society. The previous all-time record was achieved in 2014 (1,220,101).  Highlights of the 180th Erie County Fair include sold out and recording breaking attendance for a number of concerts at the Gusto Grandstand, an expanded I-Hub Pavilion featuring STEM related activities and displays, new dairy, viticulture and maple sugar exhibits in the Agriculture Discovery Center and the return of the famous Sky Wheel to the midway.  During the first weekend of the Fair, the James E. Strates Shows announced that it had broken the all-time, single day gross revenue record at the Erie County Fair on Saturday, ...   [read more]
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Philomena (Phyllis) Biancardi, co-owner of Yonkers, New York based Ace Amusements, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2019. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, John and her dear son, Ralph.  She is survived by her daughters, Madeline (Tommy) Murray, Joanna (Mario) Valentini and Roseanna Biancardi (Freddy).  Phyllis was a loving Nanny to Jenny (Bryan), John (Marisa), Maddy, Jennifer (Johnny), Phyllis and Rosie and her great-grandchildren, Juliana, Elizabeth and Alexander. Funeral Mass Friday, August 16, 2019 - 10:45 AM at Saint Barnabas Church, 409 East 241st Street, Bronx, New York with entombment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, East 233rd Street & Webster Avenue, Bronx, New York. The family will be present on Thursday from 3-8 PM at F Ruggiero & Sons, Inc., 732 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York.   [read more]
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