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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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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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