JustinJames
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 2:25:48 PM
Was on my way back from Missouri today and decided to take a lil' detour to check out CVS in Kendallville today. Got to talk with Jeremy and Katie for about 3 or 4 hours, just hanging out and checking out their operation. All I can say is WOW. The show looked absolutely great. Katie's games looked very nice and the rides looked very sharp. The show was just opening and running a POP stamp until 6. It appeared that people were out spending... but the games didn't seem to be getting much in the way of action.

Here's the Lineup...

Starship Exodus
Downdraft
Zero Gravity
Sizzler
Paratrooper
Scooter (SUUUUPER NICE)
Tornado
Witch's Castle
Glass House
Alps Haus
Merry Go Round
Dizzy Dragons
2 Inflates
Little Eli Wheel
Little Scrambler
Circus Train

Was great to finally meet Jeremy in person. We both have similar sarcasm in our vocabulary so it was pretty fun to joke back and forth.

Back to my sucker job[V] LOL
Pinetar
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 4:37:22 PM
My gypsy friends have food there and are doing well. Their dad is here in my hometown with food and will have a big week.
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2ndgencarnie
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 6:15:03 PM
Glad to hear they got a good show in there this year. They deserved it after getting shafted the way they did last year. Did they re-arrange the midway or were the rides still down in the infield?
carnie101
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 6:32:21 PM
Justin is correct about how CVS looks in Kendallville. I was there on Mon. afternoon & evening & show was getting modest action. I too was able to meet & talk with both Jeremy & Katie for quite a while. Since I saw the show in Wabash last summer they have added a trailer from Frederiksen for the Circus Train & as Justin said the Scooter is a new addition & was purchased from the Fanellis. The show did not set up their Himalaya,Tilt, slide, a couple other diddie rides, & the Eagle 16 is in the Eli shops indefinately for repairs. Show is to go to Ft. Wayne for the 4-H Fair there next week. That is a 20 + mile move compared to the 200 + move into Kendallville from Columbus. Kendallville has a very difficult past when it comes to carnivals & I have posted comments to that effect over the years. I only hope the locals appreciate what they currently have for their fair & support it adequately enough so that CVS is comfortable in returning in future years. Show is coming in following what I would describe as a near disaster last year & less than satisfactory midways for several years previous. The last relatively decent midway was the last year Pugh Shows was out & that show played the fair. And yes Pinetar your 'friends' from Lima are again there with several food locations on the independent midway.

Justin--check your PM
Bowler Roller
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 6:38:17 PM
I couldn't imagine any reason the locals wouldn't like CVS.

What kind of scooter do they have? Is it a Floyd & Baxter?
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2ndgencarnie
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 6:46:44 PM
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Originally posted by carnie101

Show is coming in following what I would describe as a near disaster last year & less than satisfactory midways for several years previous. The last relatively decent midway was the last year Pugh Shows was out & that show played the fair.



Im pretty suprised at those remarks. No doubt, last year was a disater. That fair board was full of good people and i really felt sorry for them last year. Im not sure what happened in 2006 however when we(Carnival Tyme) played that spot we put on a pretty nice show. Im not aware of anyone who was un-happy with what we put in there. The public came out, Kendalville was 1 of my best game spots in 2005. I can't remember exactly what we had in there the last time we played it but I will give it a shot...

MGR
dragon Wagon
Berries
Hy-5 Ferris Wheel
Fun slide
inflate slide
Pyscho Circus(Dark House)
motorcycle Jump
Mind Winder
Renegade
Casino
Round-Up
Star Trooper
Sizzler
Loop-o-plane
Kamikaze

I'm drawing a blank for the most part but my point is we put on a good show, with plenty of equipment. Ok sorry for that rant...back to CVS.
carnie101
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 7:26:27 PM
First of all the carnival was set up on the infield of what would have been the 3rd & 4th turns of the old race track. The fair needs to keep a couple of their independent food vendors back from the open approach from upper lot to give the carnival lot more visability. The new Scooter is a Majestic TM 1800 as far as I could tell.

And for the midway for 2006 the last time Play Land played the spot from my photos the show set up the following: Sea Ray, Casino, Loop O Plane, Sizzler, Startrooper, MGR, canoes, Moon Buggy, a couple other kiddies, a funhouse, acouple of walkthrough shows, & at least 2 kiddies still on the 4-pack truck not set up. The night I visited the Startrooper & Loop O Plane were both down & not running. There was also the year after Pugh closed that the contract for the date ended up with a person who had no ability to provide a midway so a major IN based show tried to put a midway together on a helpful basis & what they ended up with was mud in their face & lots of embarassment for the show & the fair. So any show that followed had some issues to contend with all these years. The neighboring fair in LaGrange has no midway again after having been played by Top Notch for the past few years. And we read on MCW the other day about what that show went through after the Tilt truck got in a deadly accident last Sept. in LaPorte. No carnival in recent memory has made a go of it in LaGrange, yet come to the Street Corn Fest in early Oct. held downtown, & given good weather, Skerbeck will do great business.
Skywheelrider
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 7:56:54 PM
Quote:

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Originally posted by 2ndgencarnie

Quote:

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Originally posted by carnie101

Show is coming in following what I would describe as a near disaster last year & less than satisfactory midways for several years previous. The last relatively decent midway was the last year Pugh Shows was out & that show played the fair.



Im pretty suprised at those remarks. No doubt, last year was a disater. That fair board was full of good people and i really felt sorry for them last year. Im not sure what happened in 2006 however when we(Carnival Tyme) played that spot we put on a pretty nice show. Im not aware of anyone who was un-happy with what we put in there. The public came out, Kendalville was 1 of my best game spots in 2005. I can't remember exactly what we had in there the last time we played it but I will give it a shot...

MGR
dragon Wagon
Berries
Hy-5 Ferris Wheel
Fun slide
inflate slide
Pyscho Circus(Dark House)
motorcycle Jump
Mind Winder
Renegade
Casino
Round-Up
Star Trooper
Sizzler
Loop-o-plane
Kamikaze

I'm drawing a blank for the most part but my point is we put on a good show, with plenty of equipment. Ok sorry for that rant...back to CVS.

That sounds like 2004, when Bryan Blair and I both visited the spot. Beautiful fairgrounds, I talked with a guy from the fair (name escapes me) and Roger from Carnival Tyme, as well as Gary Hughes, and wrote a nice article for Carnival Magazine.

Line up was that year: Eli Hy-5 Wheel, Casino, Kamikaze, Loop-O-Plane, Sizzler, Mindwinder, Star Trooper, Round Up, Psycho Circus, Wisdom Renegade (came from United Shows of America), Fun Slide, San Antonio Merry-Go-Round, Berry-Go-Round, Inflate Slide, Dragon Wagon, Hampton Motorcycles, so Nick's list would be correct, just wrong year. Some rides were in a small lot next to the grandstand, majors were down the hill, south of the grandstand area.

I visited the fair in LaGrange that weekend as well, and that year Beers and Jessop was there with a Tilt-A-Whirl (looked great), King Train, Merry-Go-Round, Eli Little Scrambler, possibly a homemade kiddie wheel, and a homemade kiddie rocket ship ride. Nice clean fairgrounds, very muddy parking area, and the place was a virtual ghost town.

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johnroach100
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:06:38 PM
It's good to hear they had a nice show this year. Kendallville seems to be hit and miss with shows over the years. I played it in 1979 with Jerry Bohlander and had one of my best weeks ever with an arcade. A couple of years with Kenny Detty were ok with joints too. It's a nice spot that deserves a good show every year.
Ryan
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:09:30 PM
who is playing wabash this year???
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sausageseller
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 2:43:24 AM
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Originally posted by Ryan

who is playing wabash this year???



You mean Graveldustbowlbash?

Letting the farmers run their pickups by the midway causing graveldust wall clouds is the dumbest move I have seen in a long time.
Jackpotter
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 4:27:51 AM
Hurley, the guy's name from the fair was Scott...but I can't remember his last name. I think he was a local realtor there in Kendallville.

Do they still put on the combine demo derby?
2ndgencarnie
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 4:51:23 AM
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Originally posted by Skywheelrider

Quote:

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Originally posted by 2ndgencarnie

Quote:

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Originally posted by carnie101

Show is coming in following what I would describe as a near disaster last year & less than satisfactory midways for several years previous. The last relatively decent midway was the last year Pugh Shows was out & that show played the fair.



Im pretty suprised at those remarks. No doubt, last year was a disater. That fair board was full of good people and i really felt sorry for them last year. Im not sure what happened in 2006 however when we(Carnival Tyme) played that spot we put on a pretty nice show. Im not aware of anyone who was un-happy with what we put in there. The public came out, Kendalville was 1 of my best game spots in 2005. I can't remember exactly what we had in there the last time we played it but I will give it a shot...

MGR
dragon Wagon
Berries
Hy-5 Ferris Wheel
Fun slide
inflate slide
Pyscho Circus(Dark House)
motorcycle Jump
Mind Winder
Renegade
Casino
Round-Up
Star Trooper
Sizzler
Loop-o-plane
Kamikaze

I'm drawing a blank for the most part but my point is we put on a good show, with plenty of equipment. Ok sorry for that rant...back to CVS.

That sounds like 2004, when Bryan Blair and I both visited the spot. Beautiful fairgrounds, I talked with a guy from the fair (name escapes me) and Roger from Carnival Tyme, as well as Gary Hughes, and wrote a nice article for Carnival Magazine.

Line up was that year: Eli Hy-5 Wheel, Casino, Kamikaze, Loop-O-Plane, Sizzler, Mindwinder, Star Trooper, Round Up, Psycho Circus, Wisdom Renegade (came from United Shows of America), Fun Slide, San Antonio Merry-Go-Round, Berry-Go-Round, Inflate Slide, Dragon Wagon, Hampton Motorcycles, so Nick's list would be correct, just wrong year. Some rides were in a small lot next to the grandstand, majors were down the hill, south of the grandstand area.

I visited the fair in LaGrange that weekend as well, and that year Beers and Jessop was there with a Tilt-A-Whirl (looked great), King Train, Merry-Go-Round, Eli Little Scrambler, possibly a homemade kiddie wheel, and a homemade kiddie rocket ship ride. Nice clean fairgrounds, very muddy parking area, and the place was a virtual ghost town.




Thanks for the clarification Chris, My memory is failing me in my old age...lol
Predatorocks
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:28:11 AM
Why would Cumberland Valley Shows sell the Fuererball for the Downdraft? It just doesn't make sense to me. The Himilaya looks to me to be the only older crowd type of ride. You might think that the Hurricane is bad, but you haven't been on the Downdraft. The Hurricane is pretty weak compared to the Downdraft.
Skywheelrider
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 9:00:37 AM
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Originally posted by Predatorocks

Why would Cumberland Valley Shows sell the Fuererball for the Downdraft? It just doesn't make sense to me. The Himilaya looks to me to be the only older crowd type of ride. You might think that the Hurricane is bad, but you haven't been on the Downdraft. The Hurricane is pretty weak compared to the Downdraft.

Obviously you do not understand the business. The KMG Fuerball is a two-trailer ride, versus the Downdraft at one trailer. With fuel costs as they are, it makes much more sense to move a one trailer ride versus a two-trailer piece. You have a lot to learn, you don't know as much as you want us to believe you do. Spend a season or two on the road (especially in the office if you don't understand why a show sells a two-trailer piece that does not fit their show anymore for a one-trailer piece that is easier to move and costs less to move) and your eyes will be opened wide.
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