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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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