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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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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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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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