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Maryland State Fair Creates a Culture of Success; Fair Attendance up 4.3% over 2018

Maryland State Fair Creates a Culture of Success; Fair Attendance up 4.3% over 2018

The 138th Maryland State Fair took place from Aug. 22 to Sept 2 at the state fairgrounds in Timonium.Attendance was up a notable 4.3 percent this year, with a total of 591,000 visitors coming out to revel in the festivities.The fair's theme for 2019 was More Than A Fair, We're A Culture. The intent was to highlight the numerous cultures that contribute to making the Maryland State Fair an educational, relevant, fun and important community event. There was a play on  AgriCULTURE, HorseCULTURE, RideCULTURE, FoodCULTURE, VitiCULTURE and FriendlyCompetitionCULTURE. “The combination of shows and traditional and new exhibits  drew the interest and support of fairgoers, as evidenced by packed parking lots and admission gates, and broad smiles of families and individuals enjoying themselves,”said Edie Bernier, Publicity ...   [read more]
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G&S Shows Celebrates 25 Years in Southern California

G&S Shows Celebrates 25 Years in Southern California

Guadagno & Sons Amusements, or G&S Shows, as it is often called, is a 25-year old carnival that travels exclusively throughout Southern California. The company works hard to create top-notch shows throughout the region, with a focus on Los Angeles  and Orange Counties. Recent technology is a part of the picture for G & S, which has recently committed to going green, and eliminating over half of its daily paper usage by utilizing portable computers in daily operations. Daily ride inspections are conducted on tablets, for example, meaning no paper is used, and no trees are harmed. Ride tickets can be purchased online for both savings and ecology. According to owner Joe Guadagno, the company is growing in terms of its rides. “We added a new Star Flyer ride last year, which has been a big success, and upgraded to a new ...   [read more]
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The York Fair opened its gates this year September 6 through September 15.  The attendance for the ten-day event was 529,574 compared to the 450,173 from last year's records.  A strong entertainment lineup on the Bobcat of York Grandstand Stage, the Froggy 107.7 Country Music Free Stage and near perfect weather for ten days helped push attendance up 17.6% over last year."We are still working on tabulating all of the final numbers but we have seen increases across the board in terms of gate admissions, concert ticket sales, ride armband/ticket sales and concessionaire receipts which indicates a very successful Fair on every level", stated Bryan Blair, CEO of the York Fair. The Grandstand entertainment series catered to a variety of genres, ages, and styles. This year the concert series included an opening night act, Brad Paisley. Throughout the week Darci Lynne, Bethel Music, Travis Tritt & The Charlie Daniels Band, Brantley Gilbert, and a custom show- Triple Play ...   [read more]
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Harold Richard “Bud” Reynolds, Jr., age 88, of Chesapeake City, MD, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Born in Chesapeake City on November 28, 1930, he was the son of the late Harold R., Sr., and Marion Payne Reynolds.Buddy, as he was referred to by his friends in the amusement industry, owned several businesses along with his family including Falling Star Enterprises.Mr. Reynolds was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. He retired from the family businesses, Reynolds Rides and Amusements and Falling Star Enterprises, both in Chesapeake City. Mr. Reynolds was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Chesapeake City, where he served as an Elder. He was a lifetime member of the Outdoor Amusements Business Association and the Chesapeake City Volunteer Fire Company, where he was honored as a member of the Hall of Fame. An avid reader, he enjoyed woodworking and model trains.Survivors include his children, Sherrie R. ...   [read more]
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