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Jolly Shows, despite losses, looks to the future

Jolly Shows, despite losses, looks to the future

  The COVID-19 Pandemic has negatively affected every carnival in the outdoor amusement business; most have had their entire route cancelled or only had the ability to play a few spots. The Jospeh Family, owners of Maryland based Jolly Shows, must deal with the financial and professional fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the virus has also caused intense personal losses for the family.  After losing his father to COVID-19 in April, and now his brother, Peter, in October, Paul Joseph is determined to stay strong for his family and for the future of his business. “It's important that everyone knows the Joseph Family and Jolly Shows is still alive, the show will literally go on, assuming the world goes in a positive direction, and life will go on,” says Joseph. Peter Joseph's death was untimely and therefore a ...   [read more]
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Tim Fennell, San Diego County Fair CEO Retires After Remarkable 27-Year Run

Tim Fennell, San Diego County Fair CEO Retires After Remarkable 27-Year Run

  After nearly three decades at the helm of the highest attended fair in California, Tim Fennell has announced his retirement. Appointed CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 1993, Tim Fennell has helmed the San Diego County Fair, turning it into a block buster event, attracting 1,531,199 fairgoers in 2019, becoming the 6th largest fair in North America last year, according to the annual Top-50 list compiled by Carnival Warehouse. In addition to the fair, Fennel supervises more than 300 events annually, including the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. A tireless advocate for fairs, fairgrounds and the San Diego County Fair, during his tenure the state was convinced to reinvest in the Del Mar Facility, which is operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association. These reinvestments included $280 ...   [read more]
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  The Mississippi State Fair in Jackson announced it would be extending the duration of the fair an additional weekend.  Commissioner Andy Gipson says their decision to extend the fair was due to Hurricane Delta's impact on the first weekend of the fair.  The fair will be open Thursday through Sunday during the extended run.  "Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our socially distant, very clean family-friendly outdoor Fair. As Hurricane Delta washed out the first weekend, we are deciding to open back up for one more outdoor Fair Weather weekend this Thursday through Sunday for you to enjoy," Gipson announced via Twitter.Michael Lasseter, acting director of the Mississippi State Fair, reported that attendance was good during the second weekend of the fair, which led to the decision to extend the fair.  “We're kind of seeing what the attendance was this weekend, which it was very good, and we're also looking at the weather next weekend,” says ...   [read more]
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  The Joseph Family laid Peter Joseph to rest last week and wanted to thank all the fairs, festivals, concessionaires and carnival owners who have reached out to express their condolences.  Despite the tragic loss of Peter Joseph, Peter's children and extended family will continue to operate the carnival moving forward.  Peter Joseph has been mentoring his family in the operation of the carnival for many years and they have played key roles in show operations.READ THE FULL STORY:  Jolly Shows, despite losses, looks to the futureRELATED STORY:  Peter Joseph of Jolly Shows Passes   [read more]
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    Boone County Fair- Boone
    7/16/2020 to 7/19/2025 - Boone, IA
  • C&M Southern Midways
    Etowah County Fair
    9/22/2020 to 10/26/2020 - Attalla, AL
  • Ray Cammack Shows
    Arizona State Fair
    10/8/2020 to 11/1/2020 - Phoenix, AZ
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    South Mississippi Fair and Livestock Shows
    10/11/2020 to 10/24/2020 - Laurel, MS
  • Powers Great American Midways
    North Carolina State Fair
    10/15/2020 to 10/25/2020 - Raleigh, NC
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    Coastal Carolina Agricultural Fair
    10/17/2020 to 10/27/2020 - New Bern, NC

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  3. Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
  4. San Antonio Livestock Show & Ex. - San Antonio, TX
  5. Eastern States Exposition - Springfield, MA
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