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Petition: President Trump, Save Small Businesses by Releasing Additional H-2B Visas

Labor is one of the biggest challenges of the mobile amusement industry.  The struggle of many carnival companies, concessionaires,  and amusement parks is finding enough American workers ... [read more]

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IISF Gibtown Trade Show moves show to Wednesday through Saturday format for 2020

 The International Independent Showmens Assn. announced this week the dates for the 2020 trade show in Gibtown which will be  February 5 through February 8, 2020.    This will be ... [read more]

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Deggeller debuts new Klondike Looping Coaster at Rodeo Houston

Deggeller Attractions debuted its new roller coaster named The Klondike, a re-themed Pinfari ZL42 Looping Roller Coaster at Rodeo Houston in Houston, Texas.  The coaster is booked through Ray ... [read more]

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H-2B Update: Congressman Harris and Congresswoman Pingree to address H-2B Cap Relief with Secretary Nielsen via Letter

Over 130 signatures were collected

H-2B Visa Update:  3/7/2019Congressman Harris, Congresswoman Pingree, and Senator Rounds, Tillis, and Bennet issued a letter to Secretary Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security ... [read more]

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H-2B Cap Met for 2019

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this evening that the H-2B visa cap for the second half of 2019 was met on February 22, 2019.  As reported earlier, ... [read more]

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Congress Gives Department of Homeland Security Authority to Release Additional H-2B Visas at their Discretion

Language pertaining to the release of additional H-2B visas has been included in the 2019 spending bill that was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump late last week.  The language ... [read more]

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H-2B Cap Relief Update

UPDATED 2/14/2019 at 12:52PMAhead of Friday's deadline to pass a budget to keep the government open for 2019, it is being reported that Democrat and Republican leaders in the US House of ... [read more]

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Paula Swika Passes

Paula R. Pavlick-Swika, 52, of Scott Twp., died Wednesday, January 30 at Allied Services Hospice, Scranton.  She was the wife of Stephen Swika, III. Born in Allentown, daughter of Margaret Jump ... [read more]

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H-2B Temporary Guest Worker Labor Issue is an Industry Problem

H-2B visa workers are needed for the fair industry to survive

The H-2B labor issue is not a carnival problem, it's not a concessionaire problem, and it's not a fair problem.  It is an industry problem that ultimately effects each sector that defines the ... [read more]

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Minnesota to Invest Nearly $20 Million in Fairgrounds Improvements

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – Nearly $20 million in improvements and maintenance projects for the Minnesota State Fairgrounds were approved by the fair's board of managers during meetings Jan. ... [read more]

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Firestone Financial plans to expand carnival and parks finance team to meet demand

Salvatore Cifala, Long-Time Firestone Veteran, Added to Team

Needham, MA – January 8, 2019 – Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, announced plans to expand their Carnival and Parks Finance team to meet increased customer demand and ... [read more]

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Department of Labor web site crashes after an overwhelming amount of H-2B visa applications received

In an extremely competitive market for H-2B visas, employers and agents rushed to beat the clock on New Year’s eve at midnight to be the first to submit H-2B worker applications for the second ... [read more]

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Firestone Financial EVP, Chief Operating Officer Scott Cooper Announces Plans to Step Down in May

Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, announced today that Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Scott Cooper will step down in May 2019. Mr. Cooper has been with Firestone ... [read more]

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Vote for 2018 Top Fair & Carnival Stories of the Year

As 2018 comes to a close, cw looks back on the year through our articles and features. Each year, with your help, we pick the story of the year for both fairs and carnivals. We made our top picks for ... [read more]

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Wade Shows Veteran Raymond "Chico" Passes

Last week Raymond ”Chico” Chavez passed away in Spring Hill, Fl. His death was sudden leaving behind a son, daughter, six grandkids, and one great-grandchild. Chico didn’t own a ... [read more]

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Immediate H-2B Action Needed

Congressional leaders are working to negotiate a year end spending package in advance of Friday’s deadline. We need your help to make sure H-2B cap relief is part of any package. Please take ... [read more]

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Claire Morton of Golden Wheel Amusements Passes

Our condolences go out to the family of Claire Morton who passed away December 16. Claire was an amazing person who became the first woman president of the Showmen's League of America in 2005. She ... [read more]

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JoAnn Davis Passes

JoAnn Delores Davis, of Rancho Mirage, CA passed away on 12/6 following a fall while on vacation with family in Hawaii. JoAnn was 82 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years ... [read more]

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Immediate Action Needed to Save the H2B Program

UPDATE FROM JKJ WORKFORCE - DECEMBER 12, 2018 On December 7th, the deadline to pass the bill, Congress passed a 2-week CR (Continuing Resolution) whereby they simply extended last years budget by 2 ... [read more]

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H2B Grassley/Tillis Package Details - CALL TO ACTION

Details of the Grassley/Tillis H2B Cap Relief package have been announced.  While this is great news for all H2B stakeholders, the bill has not been signed yet!  Please read the details of ... [read more]

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Showmen's League Christmas Party will be held on December 7

The Showmen's League of America will be hosting its annual Christmas Party on December 7, 2019 at Hanson Park Elementary School in Chicago.  On December 6, the SLA will be hosting a gathering at ... [read more]

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2019 Carnival Photo Calendars - Now On Sale

2019 Carnival Photo Calendars are now available for shipping! Quantities are LIMITED and once they are sold out, there will not be a re-print!  Get yours today! BUY NOW [read more]

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Last Call for Showmens League Banquet and Ball Tickets

The Showmen's League of America Banquet and Ball, themed, Boots and Bling is almost sold out!  The event will be held in San Antonio, Texas on November 27, 2018.  Please contact the ... [read more]

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Modern Midways adds Chance Sky Wheel

Chicago based Modern Midways added another spectacular ride to its lineup - a Chance Sky Wheel.  Owner Robert Briggs is no stranger to the ride - already owning two that are awaiting ... [read more]

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NAME signs three-year contract extension with the East Texas State Fair

North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) announced the signing of a three-year contract extension with the East Texas State Fair in Tyler, Texas.  The show has played the fair since ... [read more]

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HOUGHTON CARNIVAL -  Ride, game, food help wanted.  SHORT HOURS, GOOD PAY!  Email or visit represents KMG rides such as the Freak Out and Inversion as well as Lamberink Dutch Giant Wheels in the USA.  Check us out at or call Peter Theunisz (cell) +31-655-795-792.
Dreamland Amusements - NOW HIRING FOR 2019 SEASON - RIDE FOREMEN WANTEDAMUSEMENTS OF AMERICA IS NOW HIRING & BOOKING for the 2019 season!  Employment Inquiries call 
Dominic:  (732) 446-7144 and for 

Concession Boing call 
Rob:  (732) 337-7748
Smokeys Greater Shows is now booking non conflicting rides, games, and food for the upcoming 2019 season.  We are also hiring ride help, electricians, welders, and more.  CDL drivers are a plus!
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