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Rides 4-U to have largest IAAPA booth to date
Len Soled's Rides 4-U, representing KMG, SBF/Visa and S&S, will have their largest booth to date at this years IAAPA Expo in Orlando. Soled was proud to announce that they will debut the first trailer mounted version of the popular Compact Spinning Coaster and also a trailer mounted version of their pneumatic drop tower, the Drop N Twist, both built by SBF/Visa. "Both pieces have had tremendous success with Amusement parks" said Soled. Rides 4-U will also have a new ride on display from SBF/Visa called the Skate 360, which can best be described as a miniature Kamikaze ride. Outside, the company will have a Frog Hopper from S&S which has been purchased by Campy's Amusements. The IAAPA Expo runs November 18-21, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Posted by Matt Cook on 10/31/2014
CNE General Manager David Bednar Announces His Retirement
CNE General Manager David Bednar announced today that he will be retiring after 16 years as CNE General Manager on the spring of 2015. "I have enjoyed every minute of my time here. My love for the CNE will continue now as a fan of the fair rather than as General Manager," stated Bednar.
David Bednar has more than 35 years of management experience in the arts and entertainment industry, including 16 years as General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition. Before joining the CNE in 1998, Mr. Bednar worked with Live Entertainment Corporation (Livent) where he was involved in the development and operation of theatre projects such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Ragtime” in Toronto and New York. Prior to Livent, he had a ten-year tenure with the prestigious Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake as Director of Operations.
The Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest fair and one of the top 10 exhibitions in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $58.6 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million for the province of Ontario each year. Over the past decade, the CNE has earned a reputation as the “greenest” fair in North America. Last year alone, it diverted 86.36% (1.856 million kg) of its total waste from landfill. Posted by Karen Lynch on 10/23/2014
Indiana's Elkhart County 4H Fair names Bryan Blair as new general manager
The Elkhart County 4H Fair in Goshen, Indiana named long time MCW visitor Bryan Blair as their new General Manager on October 10. Blair's job as general manager will be to provide leadership and vision for growing the fair, as well as overseeing the fair's staff and grounds for the fair board. Blair previously worked for the Kentucky State Fair board serving as expositions administrator and also helped re-organize the Taylor County Fair in Campbellsville, KY in 1997 and is an active fair board member. For more information, click here
. Posted by Matt Cook on 10/13/2014
Western Fair District And North American Midway Entertainment Sign 10-Year Contract
London, Ontario, October 6, 2014: Hugh Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Western Fair District (WFD) is pleased to announce the recent signing of a 10-year contract with North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) as their signature event's sole Midway provider. This new partnership will add a fresh dimension to the District's fall classic.
NAME will continue to honor Western Fair's tradition, since 1867, of providing the community with a superior entertainment product, great energy, fun, and community celebration and has committed to present at the 2015 Western Fair: a Blitzer Roller Coaster; Niagara Falls Water Flume Ride; a 110-Foot Giant Ferris Wheel; Mega Drop Tower and Mach 3 ride, which is a 37 meter arm that with two seats mounted at each end, produces a 3.5g on riders, to name a few of the new rides. Diaz also noted that due to the size of the ride inventory, new and exciting rides will be provided year-after-year to keep the midway presentation fresh and exciting.
The 2015 Western Fair will be held Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20. Posted by Amy Girton / NAME on 10/6/2014
2015 Carnival Photo Calendar Contest
Want to win a free 2015 MCW Carnival Photo Calendar? We are seeking your best fair, midway, or carnival photos to be included in our 2015 Carnival Calendar Photo Contest! For more information visit: http://goo.gl/o9Vv62
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/6/2014
Wood Entertainment upgrades lighting on Magnum
Michael Wood recently upgraded the lighting on his Mondial Magnum, replacing the standard flashing LED lights on the rides back wall and front signs with a new custom RGB programmable system from Denny's Electronics. The new lights are circle shaped and built as low profile modules that are of similar diameter of the turbo bulbs they replaced. While the cap of the module is clear, the circuit board has a color overlay on it so that the bulb appears to be the same color as the scenery which it borders unlike other RGB color changing LEDS which appear clear / white during the day.
Click here Posted by Matt Cook on 10/3/2014
to watch a video of the new LED lights in action.
Deggeller Attractions adds Huss Enterprise & SDC Hang 10 to lineup
Deggeller Attractions added two spectacular rides to its lineup including a Huss Enterprise and a SDC Hang 10. The Enterprise was purchased from Drew Exposition and the Hang 10 was formerly owned by Gopher State Exposition in Minnesota. The Enterprise is slated to debut at the Arkansas State Fair next week while the Hang 10 has been in operation for several weeks playing the Maryland State Fair, York Fair, and the Virginia State Fair. Gopher State last used the ride at the Wisconsin State Fair before selling it to Deggeller. Drew Exposition retained two Enterprises - one that they will operate and another that will be used for parts.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/1/2014
Deggeller Attractions signs long term contract extension at York Fair
Deggeller Attractions announced today that the show signed a new long term contract extension at the historic York Fair (York, PA). Deggeller has provided the midway at the fair since 2010. Previously, the fair was played by Reithoffer Shows for a number of years. Deggeller fields a main midway and a second kiddieland on the opposite side of the fairgrounds, complete with a Chance Giant Wheel and Century Wheel, Huss Super Nova and Top Spin, a full size roller coaster, among others.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/15/2014
Minnesota State Fair breaks all time attendance record
The 2014 Minnesota State Fair set an all time attendance record with over 1,824,830 guests passing through the gate. This broke the previous record of 1,790,497 that was set in 2009.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/2/2014
McDonagh's add new features to Big Bamboo Fun House
During a recent visit with Tom and Jeanne McDonagh at the Minnesota State Fair, the couple reported that they were awaiting delivery of a new trick from Italy for their spectacular fun house, the Big Bamboo. The initial part of the fun house is on ground level and features a unique walkway over a water tank and a rock cave with overhead waterfall. The new trick will be located just after guests pass through the cave and will be a platform "similar to a Whac a Mole Game where guests have to walk over objects popping up from the ground" described McDonagh. At the Minnesota State Fair, they added a fog element to the fun houses smoke stack located on top of the tug boat. For 2014, the fun house has played the Florida State Fair, Houston Livestock Show, San Diego County Fair, Wisconsin State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair and will conclude its season at the State Fair of Texas. So far, McDonagh reported a successful season.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/29/2014
Showmen Supplies to carry Fabbri ride parts
Showmen Supplies has reached an agreement with the Fabbri Group, an Italian manufacturer of amusement rides, to be the exclusive distributor of Fabbri amusement ride parts for the United States and Canada.
Scott Siefker, Vice President of Showmen Supplies, said, "Because our core business already revolves around the logistics of component part supply, we felt we were ideally suited to managing a ride parts distributorship to service Fabbri ride owners." When asked what would be the greatest benefit of this deal, Siefker stated, "We have 48 years of customer service experience in the amusement industry. This will be a great advantage to owners of Fabbri equipment whose business depends on having their rides in operation and not out of commission while they wait for shipments to arrive from Europe. We know that when they call they need replacement parts to be in stock and shipped quickly and we have a great history of doing exactly that."
Last month, Showmen Supplies acquired the existing US-based Fabbri parts inventory from Amusement Sales, Inc. and has embarked on an expansion of that inventory to have the most commonly sought parts readily available to Fabbri ride owners. Confronting the task now before them, Scott Siefker said, "We'll have lots of work to do in expanding our parts database, learning the equipment functionality, and familiarizing ourselves with new mechanical systems but I know we're up for the challenge and will do a great job for our customers." Posted by Matt Cook on 8/15/2014
New rides for the MN State Fair
Several new attractions will be making their debut in Minnesota for the 2014 Minnesota State Fair including Reithoffer Shows' spectacular Stinger, built by Technical Park of Italy. The Stinger will be taking the place of the Freak Out, which Reithoffer has been bringing to the fair the last couple of years. Other new attractions slated for the fair include Myers International Midways Crazy Dance, Wave Swinger, and Monster Truck as well as the Dartron Hog Rally from Rose's Rides.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/8/2014
Dixieland Carnival adds KMG Experience
Billy Tucker's Dixieland Carnival added another spectacular ride to its lineup, the KMG Experience. The Experience is one of only two traveling in the USA and previously belonged to Phoenix based Ray Cammack Shows. The other Experience is owned by Frazier Shows, also based out of Arizona.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/8/2014
Mary Vakulskas, mother of Carnival Priest, John Vakulskas passes
Mary Vakulskas, loving mother of Tom, Janet,Maria and Father John Vakulskas died July 20, 2014 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Visitation, Wednesday, July 23 3-8 p.m. at the
Christy-Smith Funeral Home
2320 Outer Drive North
Sioux City IA 51104
Funeral: Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Posted by Matt Cook on 7/22/2014
Church of the Nativity
4242 Natalia Way
Sioux City, IA 51106
Walter F. Larson, original manufacturer of the Super Loops, passes
Walter F. Larson, original manufacturer of the Super Loops ride, passed away on July 18, 2014. Walter F. Larson was born on Sept. 26, 1930, to Walter W. Larson and Anita Jarvis Larson. Upon graduation from Plainview High School, he attended American Flyers pilot training school in Fort Worth. He married his high school sweetheart Sharon Turner on April 9, 1950. He worked for Claude Hutcherson as a charter pilot and held special fond memories of the medical charter flights he flew. Later, he opened a Ferguson tractor dealership which became known as Larson-Turner Massey-Ferguson located at Fifth Street and Yonkers in Plainview. After selling the dealership to the James Brothers, he ventured into manufacturing high clearance tractors. He possessed a unique and uncanny ability to take what was good and make it awesome. These tractors were customized for a number of unique applications which included being used on tomato plantations, harvesting grapes and corn de-tasseling. He also manufactured Versa-trac highway sweepers. In the early 1970s, he began manufacturing amusement rides and is best known for the Super Loops carnival ride, known today as The Ring of Fire. Featured in the movie "Big, "SuperLoops was the ride Tom Hanks was not big enough to ride. He retired from this business in 2007.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Melinda Larson. He is survived by his wife of more than 64 years, Sharon Larson; sister Sally Hale of Lubbock; daughters, Sarah Larson of Elgin, Texas, Loretta Haynes and husband Jim of Las Cruces, N.M., and Alice Kofahl and husband Lloyd of Dallas. He is survived by six grandchildren - Dr. Ann Marie Baker and her husband Dr. Chris Baker of Damon, Texas, Andrea Hebison and husband Kent of Lubbock, Larson Hampton and wife Brandi of Aledo, Texas, Katherine Kofahl, Laura Kofahl and Lee Kofahl, all of Dallas. He is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Aria Gras, Ainsley Baker, Preston Baker, Kayden Russell, Addison Hampton, Levi Hampton, Ashlynn Hebison and Zavery Hebison; nephews Tom Andrews of Bowling Green, Va., Jim Andrews of Lubbock, and niece Anita Page of Lubbock.
Memorial services for Walter F. Larson were held on July 21, 2014. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 710 Joliet St., Plainview, TX 79072 or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 600 SW 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101 or to one's favorite charity. Posted by Obituary on 7/21/2014
Wade Shows ranked top finalist by Florida State Fair Authority
The Florida State Fair announced Wade Shows was the top
ranked finalist to submit a bid to operate the midway at the Florida State
Fair. The Fair has invited Wade Shows to enter negotiations with the fair
to coordinate the midway at the 2015, 2016, and 2017 state fairs. If a
contractual agreement between Wade Shows and the Florida State Fair Authority
is not reached, the fair will then enter into negotiations with the second
ranked highest bidder, Reithoffer Shows. As more details are announced,
we will report them here. Posted by Matt Cook on 7/8/2014
Miller Spectacular expands route into Kentucky; adds five rides
Freddy Miller reported a strong start to his family's carnival, Miller Spectacular Shows, 2014 season. Miller expanded its route into Kentucky, picking up several county fairs previously played by Myers International Midways, including the Taylor County Fair in Campbellsville. So far, Miller has been happy with the new spots on his route and sees a lot of opportunity for growth. "The fair board at Taylor County was great to work with. They were very accommodating and open to ideas on ways to grow the fair in the future". Miller also reported the purchase of five rides including a Zamperla Samba Balloon and Surfs Up. The Samba Balloon replaces the shows old balloon ride which was damaged in an accident earlier this season. The show also added two new Schantz food trailers earlier in the year.
Posted by Matt Cook on 6/27/2014
Big Rock Amusements adds former McDonagh Amusements Sky Wheel to ride lineup
Matt and Kelly McDonagh's Big Rock Amusements added a Chance Sky Wheel to their ride lineup this past month. The Sky Wheel was formerly owned by Matt's parents show, McDonagh Amusements before being sold to a private party in 2012. While the piece is in excellent condition, the show plans to upgrade the existing neon lighting on the ride to something more dependable. The Sky Wheel is currently in operation on the Big Rock Amusements route. Last fall, the show purchased Smokey Mountain Amusements Sky Wheel with plans to refurbish it over the winter, however, the project was not complete when the show went on the road this spring.
Posted by Matt Cook on 6/2/2014
IAAPA Extends Agreement to Host IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando through 2025
Officials from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Visit Orlando, and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) today announced a six-year extension of their agreement to host IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando through 2025. Approximately 28,800 people from more than 100 nations participated in IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013. The weeklong event is the largest conference and trade show for the worldwide attractions industry and it generates approximately $51.3 million for the Orlando-area economy. The new contract represents an extension of IAAPA’s previous agreement to host the Expo in Orlando from 2010 through 2019.
Read more (click here) Posted by IAAPA PR / Matt Cook on 5/28/2014
Brookhaven Fair off to a good start
After a successful run at Fair Productions managed Hudson Valley Fair, Strates Shows and Fair Productions look forward to a busy weekend at the Brookhaven Fair in Farmingville, NY.
Posted by Matt Cook on 5/21/2014
Pictured above are Jim Strates, Strates Shows, and Brian Schuman, Fair Productions.
Bluff City Shows Owner, Delmer Giles passes
According to industry sources close to the Giles family, Bluff City Shows founder and owner Delmer Giles passed away over the weekend. Delmer founded Bluff City Shows in 1963 and primarily played the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his two sons and daughter.
Posted by Matt Cook on 5/19/2014
Jeremy Floyd buys Zamperla Disko
Jeremy Floyd has added a fourth ride to his lineup of independent rides, a Zamperla Disko, which was purchased from a park on the East Coast. Floyd will be booking the piece independently with other shows as well as some independent fairs. The Disko will accompany three other rides including the Down Draft, Zero Gravity, and the Mondial Space Roller which Floyd has been working on restoring over the past year. The Space Roller was brought to the USA by his aunt, Jane Baxter, who used the piece independently for more than a decade. In 2012 she sold the ride to Walter Murphy, who used the ride for a year before selling it to Floyd. Floyd has put a considerable amount of work into the piece including rebuilding the backwall, LED lighting upgrades, as well as other mechanical and cosmetic repairs. In a January interview at the South Florida Fair, Jeremy told us “it is still a work in progress but we’re getting there”. Posted by Matt Cook on 5/2/2014
Hazel M. Staley, 86, of Gaithersburg, MD passed away on April 12, 2014
Survived by her husband, Mehrle E. Staley, Jr. Hazel was Secretary, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center and Fair for 38 years, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Fairs for 12 years, member of the International Association of Agricultural Fairs and Expositions, Secretary Treasurer for Zone 2 Fairs, and was the Secretary Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Fairs and Shows. Hazel judged at many fairs and taught judging school in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She received her Certified Fair Executive Degree in IAFE. Hazel liked to help young people and enjoyed traveling. She visited 48 states, only missing Hawaii and Alaska.
A celebration of life for Hazel Staley was held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Heritage Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. In keeping with Hazel’s tradition of feeding those around her, there was be a luncheon following the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so can make a contribution to the "Hazel Staley Scholarship Fund".
Scholarships of $1,000 minimum, will be awarded annually by the Scholarship Committee at the Montgomery County Agriculture Center.
Please make checks payable to MCAC and indicate on the note section of the check "Hazel Staley".
Montgomery County Agriculture Center, Inc. Posted by MCW Editor on 4/30/2014
16 Chestnut Street,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Skerbeck Carnival adds Larson Fire Ball
Michigan bases Skerbeck Carnival announced the addition of a Larson Fireball for the 2014 season. The show has been steadily adding equipment each year, including the Moser Twin Flip, which was purchased last year from West Coast Amusements.
Posted by Matt Cook on 4/23/2014
Industry veteran Jeff Pugh passes
We are sad to announce the passing of industry veteran Jeff Pugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pugh family and their friends. Visitation will be held Monday April 14, 2014 from 1-4pm and a celebration of life ceremony at 6pm. Services will be held at Victory Hill Church - 4000 Coonpath Rd. Carroll, Ohio 43112. All donations to be made to his church that he loved in his memory.
Posted by Matt Cook on 4/11/2014
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