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quote:Originally posted by Skywheelrider The Michigan State Fair has radically changed dates for the 2004 fair. Normally the fair runs the last two weeks of August and ends on Labour Day every year. Been this way for many many many years, as long as I have been alive and beyond. Well, new dates for 2004 are 11-22 August 2004 (for a 12 day fair) a DRASTIC move that will impact a few county fairs as well as the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba (Michigan's other state fair that always has run the week before the main state fair in Detroit). Wade Shows still has the contract for both fairs, as well as a three county fairs that would be running at the same time. This will be very interesting. In 2003 the fair added a third weekend for a total run of 18 days, but opened a day late because of the big blackout. And because of short notice on the added weekend, Wade Shows only had a small partial midway there the first weekend, because of other Michigan county fair commitments. Because of the blackout, poor weather, and school starting the week before Labour Day, attendance was down for 2003 by approximately 17%. One reason for the switch is said to be the fact that most schools in Michigan start at least the week before Labour Day, and a few in 2003 (the district my parents teach and Principal in among them) started school the Thursday before that, a full 11 days before Labour Day. According to John Hertel, fair manager, early school starts has affected state fair attendance greatly, and this is one way to circumvent the problem. So 2004 should be a VERY interesting year here in Michigan as far as fairs go. I hope they are making the right decision, although it will not be the same with no state fair on Labour Day weekend. What will be most interesting is to see how Wade Shows handles this, as other fairs they play during that time are the Branch County Fair in Coldwater, Berrien County Fair in Berrien Springs, and Midland County Fair in Midland, as well as the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. Gee, another episode of "As the Ferris Wheel Turns," with this episode taking place in Michigan. [^]
quote:Originally posted by Majestic Fan1982See I hate when Fair comittees change dates around.It's like ok you have had this fair on a certain week for many many many years. why change? but then again there are many reasons why fair comittees like trying something new.Here in Pennsylvania i have a nice fire company carnival which was ran by Majestic Midways and then Skelly's Amusements in a week in Sept for many many many years. This was the close out season fair in my state.Well what did the fair comittee do? Yep you guessed it. changed it to a week in April of all months.which can be very cold and rainy.Yes they did well for 2003 but they might not be so lucky next year.And now with the dates change thing, i have no fairs here in Sept, and i have 4 running here in april all around the same time frame, instead of spread out month by month.It's not Skelly's fault though. The Fair comittee wanted the change so Skelly's has to make them happy so they can keep the contract. Thats just life.
quote:Originally posted by Larry SmithSo they will be playing the date in Knoxville that used to be had by CVS then?
quote:Originally posted by TornadoHey Chris,does Wade have enough equipment to play:2 State Fairsand3 county Fairs all at the same time??? Sounds like 175 plus rides would be needed to play all these dates a once... Sounds like he would have to book a couple of other shows...
quote:Originally posted by rdcollesNormally, does a contract, such as the Michigan State Fair contract, include the specific dates? If so, what does Michigan changing the dates do to the contract? Is Wade contractually obligated to provide the midway even though the dates were changed? Does a contract normally include a provision that the fair has the right to change the dates?