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Beloved "Uncle Willie" Wiggins Passes Away; Leaves Imprint on Many

Tom Thebault reflects on the passing of a life-long employee and friend

Longtime Astro Amusement Company unit manager and concessionaire Willie Wiggins passed way March 25, 2019, at the age of 70. Funeral services were held March 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of ... [read more]

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ESports Could be the Next Big Thing for Fairs

Video game competitions have been popular since the 1980s – the film “The Wizard” comes to mind – and may be the next big thing at fairs and carnivals in the very near future. ... [read more]

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Ideal Weather, Improved Economy, Digital Billboards and the Euro Slide Make for Record Breaking Southwest Florida-Lee County Fair

Ideal weather patterns, a revamped marketing campaign boosted by more effective utilization of digital billboards, a midway that included an expanded Kiddieland and the fair debut of the largest ... [read more]

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Carnival Companies Capture Retro Niche with Exclusive Vintage Rides

Ask fairgoers why they comeback every year to ride the rides? Often the answer is nostalgia, they want indulge in tradition that invokes memories of childhood and bygone eras.  But a few ... [read more]

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Tommy LaMotta Changed Midway Games through Innovative Merchandising & Showmanship

Thomas Vincent LaMotta, a man who overcame physical diversity to become one of the most influential and iconic game concessionaires in the carnival industry, passed away ... [read more]

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It's a Date: the 73rd Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

Butler Amusements remains a staple on the midway for over 20 years

February 15th through 24th, the 73rd annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival offered sweet entertainment to Indio, Calif. The first county fair of the year, the fair is also known ... [read more]

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Amusement Industry Denounced Inaccurate Stereotypes in AT&T Commercial

Inaccurate Ad Targeting Industry Does Not Meet AT&T Core Values

WINTER PARK, FL  – Shocked, angered and saddened are the first reactions to a new AT&T advertisement that has been running on broadcast television and on social media. The ad promotes ... [read more]

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Firestone Financial Continues to Build Success with Carnival & Parks Industry

Firestone Financial has seen exponential growth over the last year, with its portfolio skyrocketing to more than $270 million. For 2018, the company set a record for new loans, with an 11 percent ... [read more]

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Florida Strawberry Festival Hits Big with Record Breaking Year

Belle City Amusements midway reports all time grossing revenue

Attendance and spending increases and a record-breaking midway highlighted the Florida Strawberry Festival. One of the leading agricultural celebrations in the sunshine state, this annual tradition ... [read more]

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Topsfield Fair Turned 200 by Recommitting to Agriculture

Celebrating a 200th birthday for a fair known as America’s Oldest Agricultural Fair meant reemphasizing why the annual event has long remained a beloved annual tradition for its community. The ... [read more]

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Talley Amusements adds Vertigo and Downdraft in 2019

Show looks forward to the newly signed Ohio State Fair and Delta Fair

According to co-owner Mary Talley, Talley Amusements has recently added new rides to her growing company, and continued the company's legacy of innovation and safe, immaculately clean attractions in ... [read more]

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New Programming, Marketing & Extended Hours Help San Antonio Survive Rain & Cold Spell

Wade Shows midway revenue suffers from adverse weather

Weather woes may have plagued the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo but a combination of new promotions and attractions led to an ultimately successful run. Cold temperatures, rain and even snow ... [read more]

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DHS to Release 30,000 H-2B Visas

UPDATED: Breaking news on the H-2B labor shortage

This morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced to members of congress via a scheduled conference call that the DHS will be releasing 30,000 additional H-2B visas for ... [read more]

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Paperwork, Wraps & Kiddie Rides: Talley Amusements is a Family Affair for Meagan Sims

Midway Millennials

When asked what she likes best about the carnival business, Meagan Sims responds without hesitation: “I like being with my family.” Family is an inescapable midway fact for Sims, ... [read more]

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Tinsley Amusements and Fountain City Amusements: Midwest Carnival Companies with Plenty of Heart

At Fountain City Amusements in St. Louis, Missouri, owner Joe Sutton has an optimistic outlook for 2019. While Fountain City has not purchased new rides for the season, he’s been busy in the ... [read more]

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New technologies keep Amusement Wraps on the Cutting Edge

Chuck Wheeler of Amusement Wraps showcased new products and concepts at the 2019 IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton, Florida held February 5th-8th. While Wheeler has the same products available that ... [read more]

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Wood Entertainment Follows Family Tradition and Offers Big Rides

Wood eyes a second Giant Wheel in the future

Michael Wood is following family tradition with his leadership of Wood Entertainment. Wood took over the business from his late father, F.G. “Red” Wood, and has been adding rides and ... [read more]

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South Carolina State Fair Survives Tropical Storm yet Records Attendance Increases

Nancy Smith may have more than three decades of involvement with the South Carolina State Fair – including being on staff since 2000 and Assistant Manager since 2008 – but she readily ... [read more]

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Guadagno and Sons and Schoeppner Shows Concentrate on Southern California Route

Carnival operators Guadagno and Sons are proud of the fact that safety and experience are paramount for the company, as well as its cutting-edge rides. “In the past year, we just added a ... [read more]

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New Executive Director Gives Western Fair Association a REMIX

Remix refers to the production of a new version of an existing recording of music. For the first time in more than three decades, the Western Fair Association (WFA) had a new ... [read more]

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Florida State Fair 'Discovers the Fun' of Record Revenue

Wade Shows sets all-time record ride gross on the Midway

What do you get when add ideal weather, effective promotions, robustly interactive social media and a vibrant midway footprint? If you’re the 2019 Florida State Fair, record revenue, increased ... [read more]

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PA Fairs Secure State Funding Heading into 2019 Season

How wet was the 2018 Pennsylvania Fair season? According to Harry Reffner, Executive Secretary/Treasurer Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs (PSACF) and Board Secretary, Bedford County ... [read more]

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Virginia's Jolliffe Celebrates 30 Years in Fair Industry with Wonderful Fair

Promotions boost Deggeller Midway by 11 percent

It may have been Marlene Jolliffe's fourth year as Director of  the State Fair of Virginia and Vice President of operations for Commonwealth Fairs & Events, but it was her ... [read more]

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Brady Amusements: Getting Ready for 2019 Season

As a seasoned carnival professional prepares for another season, Marty Brady of Brady Amusement worries about two things: First and foremost of course is the weather. The ... [read more]

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Despite Traffic Troubles, Coastal Carolina Fair on Track for Bright Future

The Coastal Carolina Fair took place from Oct.25 through Nov.4, at Ladson Exchange Park in South Carolina. Gary Leonard, Chairman of Media and Public Relations for the fair, says that attendance was ... [read more]

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Carnival Warehouse Interviews: Retiring Rick Vymlatil of the South Florida Fair Shares Reflections on a storied career

The 2019 edition of the South Florida Fair was the last for Rick Vymlatil, CFE, President/CEO South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions. After nearly 40 years in the fair industry, he ... [read more]

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Carnivals in New England: Tradition Triumphs

The New England area is home to a number of carnival operators, each family owned and steeped in tradition. Perhaps it’s the cold New England winters that brings out the quest for carnival fun ... [read more]

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Record-breaking Attendance at the 2018 Big E Fair

History was made at the 2018 Big E fair when a record number of visitors came out to the 17-day event, located in Springfield, Mass. There were a total of 1,543,470 visitors, with the highest number ... [read more]

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Super Heroes Save Rainy South Florida Fair

The 2019 South Florida Fair suffered from the one factor outdoor event organizers cannot control – rain. The final fair for retiring Rick Vymlatil, CFE, President/CEO South Florida Fair ... [read more]

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Improved Economy & Innovative Texas Pride Reduces Negative Impact of 12 Rainy Days at Texas State Fair

Weather plagued the State Fair of Texas this year. But losses were offset by a positive economy and a comprehensive marketing campaign that both connected with Texas pride and highlighted the ... [read more]

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Diverse Marketing and New Attractions boost Brass Ring Amusements Season

New Churro Ice Cream Cones prove to be a hit

Harry Mason, owner of Brass Ring Amusements: Midway of Fun, has purchased a great deal of new equipment and upgraded lighting and wraps this year, one in which he posted “record grosses” ... [read more]

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Colorado's New Manager Hosts Summer's Biggest Party

Scott Stoller had the rare position of managing two fairs in one summer. Stoller, who had been Fair Manager of the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, CA since 2009, was named the new general manager of the ... [read more]

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Virginia and Michigan Fair Conventions Deemed a Success

The 2019 Virginia Association of Fairs convention took place Jan. 3 through 5 at the Homestead Omni Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. This year's theme was “Light's Camera, Action,” and ... [read more]

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For 50 Years, Hitch-Hiker Leading the Way for Concessionaires

Established in 1969, Hitch-Hiker Mfg. is a true third-generation family business providing custom concession trailers for the carnival industry. This year marks the 50th Anniversary for the company ... [read more]

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N.J. Fairs Scramble in Response to Nosey's Law

Are More Exotic Animal Bans Coming?

When Kevin Mitchell started as the new  Manager of  Sussex County Fairgrounds/New Jersey State Fair & Sussex County Farm & Horse Show this year he had to confront an issue other ... [read more]

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L.A. County Fair Travels Route 66

Attendance rose at the L.A. County Fair this year, which had a Route 66 theme. The 19 day event saw a boost of 1.6 percent in overall attendance and a paid-attendance increase of 5 percent over ... [read more]

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Wold Amusements: A Long Running Carnival Pays Tribute to a Partner

Industry veteran Rick Larson passes

Wold Amusements, Inc. located in Hanford, Calif. has been an on-going purveyor of amusement rides, games, and food to festivals and fairs for 35 years, or “many moons” as owner Jason Wold ... [read more]

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Kentucky State Fair Draws Crowds with Traditions & New Twists

The 114th annual Kentucky State Fair welcomed 614,470 visitors for 2018. The turnout was said to be the second highest attendance on record since 2009. Cody Patterson, director of communications for ... [read more]

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New Fair Funding Legislation Boosts Illinois Convention

Few things improve the attitude of local and county fairs than a new infusion of governmental financial support. That was exactly was the good news that the annual gathering of the Illinois ... [read more]

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Rocken Graphics Continues to Grow with Innovative Ideas

Rocken Graphics has been in business since 2000 and provides amusement industry graphics for tents, banners, ballys, signage, stickers and flags. With its work done in-house, the company conveniently ... [read more]

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New York State Fairs Reinvigorated by Statewide Support & Grassroots Lobbying

The Great New York State Fair had a record attendance and opened a new Expo Center, the capstone of a multiyear fairground improvement and renovation project. In the Empire State, a rising tide ... [read more]

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IISF Trade Show Wrap Up: Grim H-2B labor outlook leads some to hesitate in large purchases

You couldn't have asked for better weather during the 2019 IISF Trade Show.  Every day was sunny, warm, but not too hot, and there was certainly plenty to see and do at the show.  While the ... [read more]

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Thursday Highlights from the 2019 IISF Trade Show

News from Gosetto, American Earth Anchors, and the SLA

Thursday, day three of the annual IISF trade show, saw light crowds despite beautiful sunny weather for the third day in a row.  Many vendors claimed traffic was slow but several new sales were ... [read more]

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Fun Light Manufacturing Delivers new Four Story Fun House at the IISF Trade Show

Wednesday Highlights

Another beautiful day was in store for attendees of the annual IISF Trade Show on Tuesday, February 6th.  Sunny weather reached the 80s which was a nice treat for those traveling from up north ... [read more]

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2019 IISF Trade Show Showcases over 30 New Attractions

Show gears up for H-2B Educational Seminar and Update on Wednesday

The 2019 IISF Trade Show could not have started with better weather and hopefully the sunny skies will be indicative of the season to come.  Blue skies and beautiful weather met those attending ... [read more]

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KMG Showcases new Space Port at Gibtown Trade Show

The Dutch amusement ride company KMG was founded in 1989 and has been manufacturing amusement rides ever since. Located in Neede, Gelderland, Netherlands, KMG has constructed more than 300 rides to ... [read more]

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Galxy Amusement Sales to Debut New Products at Gibtown Trade Show

Galaxy Amusement Sales is a specialty distributor of industry-leading electrical, lighting, LED, sound, special effects, paint and ride parts. The company is located in Tampa, Florida, and boasts ... [read more]

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2019 IISF Trade Show: Carnival Industry Gets Serious On Eve of Fair Season

51st Annual Trade Show kicks off Tuesday

Networking, fellowship and the latest in rides, equipment, plush and other carnival products await attendees to the 2019 International Independent Showmen's Association's IISF trade show. The first ... [read more]

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Rides 4-U Continues to be the Hub of Activity in Gibtown

Founded in 1995, New Jersey-based Rides-4-U, Inc is one of the largest used ride brokers in the country. Not only serving as a ride broker, the company is known as a one-stop-shop for all its ... [read more]

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Teaco Amusements: 23 Years of Family Fun

Located in Patterson, Calif., for carnival operator Teaco, it’s all about family fun. In business for 23 years, owner Tom Eachus was joined by partner Hugo Dominguez two years ago, and the pair ... [read more]

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2018 Missouri State Fair Survives Extreme Heart & Rain Storms

Summer is heatwave season, to state the obvious. The 2018 Missouri State Fair was plagued by an intense heatwave – compounding the drought conditions that have negatively impacted the state's ... [read more]

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Indiana Fairs Focus on Security & Midway Expansions

Last year, severe snow and -10 temperatures impeded the 98thannual convention of The Indiana Association of Fairs (INAF). Clear skies and January thaw temps in the 40s proved to be the ... [read more]

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Love is in the Fair: New Mexico Fair Innovates while Expanding Inclusivity

Cooperative weather, new programs aligned with a changing community, a better economic climate and a new contract for its grandstand entertainment all contributed to making the 2018 New Mexico State ... [read more]

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Another Successful Season for Champlain Valley Fair

Champlain Valley Fair, the largest annual event in Vermont, took place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 2.  The theme this year was The 10 Best Days of Summer. Fairgoers enjoyed fantastic weather for ... [read more]

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Retiring OABA President Talks Fairs, Midways, Industry Future & H-2B

Bob Johnson not only helmed the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) for 24 years as its president and CEO, but was at the forefront in navigating its complicated and ... [read more]

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Helm and Sons Amusements: New Additions and Continued Commitment to Family Friendly Atmosphere

Show makes investment in employees and living quarters

Based out of Colton, Calif., Helm & Sons Amusements provides amusement rides and attractions to fairs, festivals, community events, corporate rentals, and movie productions throughout the state ... [read more]

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New Marketing Program Helped Arizona State Fair Survive Hurricane Sergio

Like several fairs in 2019, extreme weather forced a full day of closure for the Arizona State Fair and a steep dip in attendance. Unfortunately the day was a high-attendance Saturday, taking a ... [read more]

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Greg Chiecko: OABA Appoints The Big E's Midway "Liaison" As President & CEO

Get to know your new OABA President

The largest association of U.S. carnival companies starts the new year with the a new president whose background includes nearly a quarter century of overseeing midway operations for one of the ... [read more]

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National Carnival Companies Show New Interest in Ohio Market at OFMA Convention

Increased convention attendance, positive outlook among fairs and new interest by national carnival companies in the Ohio fair market highlighted the annual convention of the Ohio Fair Managers ... [read more]

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H-2B Seasonal Labor Update - Reps. prepare letter to House & Senate Leadership to address H-2B Cap Relief

Call your elected officials today!

In response to the Department of Labor receiving over 97,000 applications for the 33,000 available H-2B visas for the second half of the FY2019 cap, Reps. Harris (R-ME) and Pingree (D-ME) and ... [read more]

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Food and Fun at the 112th State Fair of Louisiana

Running from October 25th to November 11th, the State Fair of Louisiana celebrated its 112th year with a wide range of foodie treats – fair food with super powers – as well as offering a ... [read more]

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Hawaii's EK Fernandez Shows finds success with cashless midway system

Located in Kapolei, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, E.K. Fernandez Shows Inc. may be the only carnival purveyor in the U.S. with a home base of a tropical island. According to executive administrator ... [read more]

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California State Fair: Heat Wave Lowers Attendance

Due to a major heat wave, the California State Fair posted low attendance figures – the lowest in 20 years. 572,250 visitors came during the fair’s 17-day run. This was a substantial drop ... [read more]

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BREAKING: Greg Chiecko Named OABA President & CEO

Greg Chiecko, a results-oriented proven leader with extensive and diverse experience in the outdoor amusement business and fair industry has been selected by the OABA Board to lead the mobile ... [read more]

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2018 Top Carnival Companies: Improved Economy and Better Price Promotions Highlight Challenging Fair

North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) retained its top spot as the leading midway provider to the Top 50 fairs in 2018. annually compiles a ranked listing of the Top-50 ... [read more]

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Antelope Valley Fair Marks It's 80th Anniversary

Lancaster, Calif. may be only 90 minutes from the heart of Los Angeles, but the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival is every bit a community event that could be at home in any more rural ... [read more]

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Browns Amusements: an Expanding Carnival Route

Celebrating 22 years in business, Browns Amusements is a family-owned company that is steadily growing. Danny and Sherry Brown are in the second generation of industry people, and as Danny Brown ... [read more]

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Record Breaking Humboldt County Fair

This year broke records for the Humboldt County Fair, with attendance up 11%, close to $267,000 in admission fees, and bringing in more than $700,000 overall than last year. According to fair CEO ... [read more]

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Ole It's Fiesta Time: The California Mid-State Fair

Despite triple-digit heat, the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles had attendance numbers that were slightly higher than the 428,615 from the official fair attendance tally in 2017. While the ... [read more]

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Top 50 Fairs: Improved Economy Benefits Fairs

Top Performers Aided by Operational Reinvestment

If there’s any doubt to the continuing popularity, consider that 43,527,187 individuals attended the Top-50 fairs in North America in 2018. This figure doesn’t take into account the ... [read more]

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Frazier Shows holds the line on purchases for 2019

Show makes substantial investment in winter-quarter upgrade

Frazier Shows has had a busy season, with their 2018 route just closing mid-November at the Fort McDowell, Ariz. rodeo grounds; and when the 2019 season starts up for the company, they will also ... [read more]

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Agriculture Shines Through at Wilson County Fair

Reithoffer Shows sets records on the midway

It is often easy to get caught up in all the glittering lights, entertainment and tantalizing food smells of a county fair, losing oneself in all the distractions, at times forgetting the essence of ... [read more]

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Universal Fairs Succeeds with Value at Alabama State Fair

In spite of some negative publicity from an unfortunate accident, the Alabama State Fair was another successful event for Universal Fairs, an independent producer of fairs and other events.  The ... [read more]

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Ray Cammack Shows Debuts Titan in 2019

Titan will be the tallest traveling booster ride in the USA

Arizona-based Ray Cammack Shows is planning to debut a major new ride in 2019. According to the company’s vice president, Ben Pickett, “We just took possession of the very first 55m ... [read more]

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New Jersey State Fair Premiers Expanded, Renovated Exhibition Facility

There’s nothing like a new facility to boost a fair. Debuting at the 2018 was a comprehensive makeover to one of the most historic facilities at the New Jersey State Fair, the Richards ... [read more]

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N.C. Fair Sets Record Days Despite Losing Opening Day to Tropical Storm Michael

Towards the top of the list of nightmares for the opening day of your first fair as fair manager is having to cancel opening day. For Kent Yelverton this scenario was not just a bad dream, but real ... [read more]

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Pride of Texas Shows: Proud Carnival Tradition

Show adds three rides in 2018

According to co-owner Chris Barton, Pride of Texas Shows is a family business that’s born – and bred to continue. Working with his father, Doug Barton, the two have over 40 years of ... [read more]

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Agriculture is the Heartbeat of the Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair, which ran from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3, celebrated its 166th year this summer. The first few days of the 2018 fair were off to a bit of a rough start with the weather, which ... [read more]

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2018 IAFE Convention Deemed Success

LJM Associates renews contracts with existing fairs & carnivals; inks deal with Talley Amusements

The 2019 IAFE Trade Show came to a close on Wednesday. This was the first convention outside of Las Vegas in over 40 years and the move has been much anticipated and talked about over the past few ... [read more]

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SLA Reports Good Experience in San Antonio; SLA Funding Up Thanks to Creative Fundraising

Deggeller Attractions to debut new E-Ticketing System; Show awaiting new coaster & KMG Speed

Day 2 of the IAFE convention and trade show was also the second and final day of the SLA Exhibitor’s Lounge held at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. Showmen's League ... [read more]

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IAFE and SLA Conventions Make their San Antonio Debut

The 2018 IAFE Trade Show kicked off in San Antonio for the first time on Monday, November 26th. After over four decades in Las Vegas, the organization made the bold to transition to San Antonio.The ... [read more]

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Delta Fair & Music Festival Adds Carnival Companies and Taps Memphis Music Scene

Everyone’s Fair – that was the tagline for the 2018 Delta Fair & Music Festival held in Memphis, Tenn. According to fair organizer, Mark Lovell, president of Universal Fairs, the ... [read more]

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IAFE Ready to Make First Impression on Upbeat Fair Industry

IAFE / SLA Conventions Make San Antonio Debut

After at least four decades in Las Vegas, the largest annual gathering of fairs of all sizes and categories and the multitude of their business and service partners will take place in a new city and ... [read more]

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WV State Fair Attracts Crowds with New Twists on Food, Fun and Education

The State Fair of West Virginia returned to Fairlea, August 9 through August 18. The theme was “Unforgettable Fun” – a theme geared toward helping fair goers create unforgettable ... [read more]

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Beacon of Fun Attracts Increased Attendance for the Dixie Classic Fair

Strates Shows fields 63 rides on the midway

Ideal weather, a high-tech marketing campaign and increased attendance – few retiring fair managers close their careers on as high a note as David Sparks struck with the 2018 Dixie Classic Fair ... [read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018 Breaks Attendance Records

Galaxy New Lighting Concepts; Rides 4-U Crazy Cab Gets Interest; Battech Enterprises Downdraft Sales

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) shattered records during the association’s 100th anniversary celebration. IAAPA had both a record attendance and the ... [read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018: KMG Introduces New Ride; Drew Expo buys new Giant Wheel

Feld Entertainment Expands Brands to Parks; Sally Corporation Introduces New Dark Ride

Walking the halls of the IAAPA Trade Show reveals plenty of new and novel rides. The industry, with all the competition among manufacturers, and buyers seeking new thrills, is constantly inno-vating ... [read more]

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IAAPA Expo 2018: ARMCO Finds Independent Success with their KMG Speed and Inversion

IAAPA Introduces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Day two of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was another busy day of large crowds, new announcements and educational sessions.IAAPA brings together amusement ... [read more]

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2018 IAAPA Expo Highlights: Zamperla Rides Donates Ride to Give Kids the World Park

Sea World announces new Tidal Twister Coaster

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Trade Show kicked off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Tuesday, November 13th. The 2018 show features well ... [read more]

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2018 IAAPA Expo Kicks off Tuesday in Orlando

Rides 4U Debuts Trailer Mounted Mini-Breakdance & XXL Spinning Coaster

Following up a record breaking year is the welcomed challenge facing the largest outdoor facility & event organization in the world. The International Association of Amusement Parks and ... [read more]

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Wisdom Rides Welcomes New Generation of Leadership

A changing of the generational guards is coming to one of the leading US manufacturers of carnival rides. Jared Davis, is a 5th generation carnival professional has taken over the reins at Wisdom ... [read more]

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Broward County Fair Returns Bigger & Better Than Ever

The Broward County Fair will return from Friday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 2 at its new location at The Big Easy Casino, located along Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The fair's new ... [read more]

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Oregon State Fair: Fun Favorites and New Attractions

The 11-day Oregon State Fair, held in Salem, offered a mix of new events and long-time favorites according to fair spokesperson Dan Cox. The late August fair, which began 153 years ago, still offers ... [read more]

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H2B Call to Action - November 1

US CIS has already received applications for 20,733 H-2B workers, up 40% from the same time last year and 63% of the total number that are currently available for the first half of the fiscal ... [read more]

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Christiansen Amusements: Adding New Rides and Staying with Tradition

At Christiansen Amusements, new rides were added in 2018, but the company’s adherence to old fashioned family fun in a world driven by stay-at-home technology hasn’t changed, according to ... [read more]

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Friday Monsoon Turns Oklahoma into a Tale of Two Fairs

Wade Shows features over 74 rides on the midway

Charles Dickens famously said it was the best of times; it was the worst of times.When asked how the 2018 Oklahoma State Fair went, J. Scott Munz, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations ... [read more]

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South Dakota State Fair Experience the Magic

According to South Dakota State Fair assistant manager Candi Briley, the South Dakota State Fair, which closed September 3rd, lived up to its tag line this year “Experience the ... [read more]

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Bloomsburg Fair Debuts Amusement of America Midway & Expanded Social Media Marketing

Rain impeded the 163rd Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg County, PA., but, an appealing concert lineup, a stronger social media presence and a new midway company, Amusements of America, kept the losses ... [read more]

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Murphy Brothers partners with Crabtree Amusements for Dakota route in 2019

Carnival Partnerships Increase Company Reach

For carnival operator Jerry Murphy, partnership is a good thing – and good for business. “We’ve been bringing in partners into our ventures, depending on the fair. One of our major ... [read more]

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Sonoma County Fair Celebrates First Responders

Running August 2 through 12th, the Sonoma County Fair offered a Salute to Heroes theme as it entered its 82nd year of fun and thrills. According to publicity coordinator Emily Janowski, the fair ... [read more]

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