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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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