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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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