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Second Show in the Chicago area to be vandalized in 2012 - offers $25,000 reward
Robert & Juanita Salerno's All Around Amusements was the latest victim of theft and vandalism in the Chicago area. Over the weekend, the show was set up at 119th & Marshfield in Chicago when vandals stole three 125ft sections of lead line, lead lines for 12 rides and ticket boxes, pins off rides, and control boxes to rides such as the Super Sizzler, Dragon Wagon, Tornado, Zero Gravity, Zamperla Samba, Moby Dick, and Pharaohs Fury. In addition to the theft, vandals cut other wires into 25ft sections. Salerno believes the vandals to be in the carnival industry. "Wires were cut clean and nothing turned up at any of the local scrap yards", Salerno stated, "A scrapper would have turned it in almost immediately for cash." As a result of the incident, All Around is offering a $25,000 cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminals who carried out such a crime. If anyone has any information, please call Robert at (630) 417-6360. Earlier this summer, Windy City Amusements was victim of a similar incident in the suburbs of Chicago, whom is also offering a $10,000 reward.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/19/2012
Iconic Big Tex burns to the ground at Dallas State Fair Park
The Texas State Fair's iconic "BigTex" celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday. At approximately 10:15 am this morning, BigTex burned to the ground. Texas State Fair spokeswoman, Sue Gooding, reported that a lot of smoke originated from the Big Tex's neck, which is where most of the mechanics and electrical wires reside that moves his mouth and head. "It's a very sad day for all fair-goers," fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding said. "It's a sad way to end the fair."
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said it was a shocking loss to the fair. "Big things happen in Dallas, and BigTex was a symbol of that. I'm sure we'll rebuild him and make him better than ever for the 21st century."
Additional discussion and images can be found on our message board by clicking here.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/19/2012
Wade Shows rolls out cashless ticketing at the South Mississippi Fair
Tomorrow, Wade Shows will be introducing its new wireless ticketing system at the South Mississippi Fair in Laurel, MS. The system which was licensed from the Funtastic group is designed to work on rides, food, and games, however, will only be utilized on rides for the time being. Customers purchase a card with a unique barcode on the back and is scanned by the ride attendant. Through a wireless network, the information is passed back to a server on the midway, verified, and then data is sent back to the scanner either approving or denying the customers transaction. Upon being scanned, credits for that particular attraction are removed from the customer's card. When empty, the cards can be reloaded at any ticket box. Other shows currently using this type of system include Funtastic Shows, Ray Cammack Shows, and Strates Shows.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/18/2012
Sky Attractions debuts new Owens Big Bamboo Fun House at the Texas State Fair
Tom and Jeanne McDonagh recently took delivery of their new, super spectacular fun house, the Big Bamboo at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The fun house, built by Owen Trailers, moves on three semi loads - one 48ft trailer, and two 28ft pup trailers. The Big Bamboo features many park like attributes such as water fountains and a detailed facade. Also new at the Texas State Fair is the Zamperla Air Raid, a multi-action spinning thrill ride from Brady's Playworld Amusements.
Photos, by Robby Tucker, can be viewed in the MCW Photo Gallery by clicking here. A ongoing discussion regarding the two new attractions is taking place on our message board.
Posted by Matt Cook on 10/2/2012
Oklahoma State Fair on par with 2011 attendance
In a recent visit with Scott Munz, Marketing & Public Relations of the Oklahoma State Fair, Scott reported that attendance figures going into the final weekend of the fair were on part with 2011. After a rainy start, the fair had perfect weather on its final weekend. Stay tuned for a final recap on the Oklahoma State Fair in the next coming days.Posted by Matt Cook on 9/26/2012
Deggeller Attractions makes midway improvements
In a recent visit with Deggeller Attractions at the York Fair, the show recently took delivery of an office tent and new straight frame umbrella tops from Waterloo Tent and Tarp. The show is in the process of changing all of its canvas to a new color scheme of blue, berry, and yellow. In addition to new canvas, the show is also wrapping a lot of signs, marquees, and ride scenery with vinyl graphics by Chuck Wheeler's Amusement Wraps. Other changes include the conversion from incandescent lighting to LED lighting on much of the shows equipment.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/18/2012
Guthrie's Space Wheel Restoration Begins
Pat Guthrie's Gold Medal Shows has reported the start of the restoration of the shows newly acquired Velare Brothers Space Wheel. The show is currently setting up the ride at its Georgia based winter quarters and is assessing what needs to be done to get the ride in working condition. Further discussion and photos can be found on our message board by clicking here.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/17/2012
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Buzz Barton passed away at 5:30 on Friday August 31, 2012 from complications from surgery on the hip.Buzz's family plans to have a memorial service in Gibtown this February with the cremated remains to be interred in Showmen's Rest in Tampa.
Posted by Matt Cook on 9/6/2012
Nebraska State Fair Sky Ride makes opening
After an accident involving two trucks carrying parts for the new Sky Ride at the Nebraska State Fair were totaled, the new Sky Ride officially made opening at the 2012 fair. Wade Shows' Richard Armstrong, who is managing the ride at the fair, stated "Everybody seems to like it. I haven’t heard any complaints yet. It has been non-stop since we started." Wade Shows is operating the Sky Ride at the 2012 fair and will be providing the carnival midway in 2013.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/27/2012
David A. Norton Passes - Norton Auctioneers
David A. Norton, 63, of Coldwater, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at his home.
Mr. Norton was a lifelong resident of Coldwater. David owned and operated Norton Auctioneers in Coldwater for over forty years. He was a world famous auctioneer, conducting over 4000 auctions in 44 states and several foreign countries. He has held a real estate license since 1967 and was one of the few auctioneers licensed in every state. David was also very generous with benefit auctions, helping to raise over 3 million dollars for their causes. Mr. Norton was very active in his many trade organizations. He was past president of the Michigan State Auctioneer Assoc., National Past President of the Showmen League of America and 10 year director of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association. He belonged to the American Coaster Enthusiast, National Carousel Association, Int'l Assoc. of Fairs & Exposition, Int'l Assoc. of Amusement Parks, Nat'l Auctioneers Assoc., Circus Fans of America and Tampa Showmen's Club. David was an active member of the Coldwater Elks #1023 and a former Elk of the Year; he was very supportive of the Tibbits Opera House and had served as past Director of the Tibbits Foundation. David also belonged to the Coldwater Rotary, Lions and Optimist Clubs.
The funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Coldwater with Pastor David Pierce officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, August 23, from 2 - 8:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Coldwater.
Zaitshik "cautiously optimistic" that Sky Ride will open in time for Nebraska State Fair
Wade Show's Frank Zaitshik remains “cautiously optimistic” that the new Sky Ride for the Nebraska State Fair will make opening on August 24. Parts of the Sky Ride, a new attraction at the 2012 fair operated by Wade Shows, encountered some damage while being transported from Florida to the fairgrounds in Grand Island. On August 6, just outside Grand Island, two of the rides semi trailers were merging onto I-80 when another semi trailer collided with them, causing all three semis involved to catch fire. Ultimately, all of the contents of the trailer were destroyed in the fire. Through strong dedication by Wade Shows and help from the Nebraska State Fair, they were able to find replacement parts for the ride in hopes of making opening. Zaitshik reported “the cables were installed yesterday” and in coming days, the grip bars will be installed and the bull wheels will be calibrated.
Earlier this year, Wade Shows was awarded the 2012 contract to provide the Sky Ride for the Nebraska State Fair and the full carnival midway in 2013. The carnival rides and attractions are currently being provided by Belle City Amusements, a contract that they assumed through Jim Murphy's Mighty Bluegrass Shows.
Posted by Matt Cook on 8/18/2012
Little Pete passes
Little Pete, 84 who worked aside Ward Hall's "World of Oddities", had passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012. Pete, also known as Poobah, starred as a Lollipop kid in the 1939 filming of Wizard of Oz. Pete will be missed by many.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/31/2012
Wisconsin State Fair Set-Up Underway
With a little over a week before its August 2nd opening, the first ever Wisconsin State Fair Independent Midway is starting to take shape. Super spectacular pieces such as S&J Entertainment's Windstorm Roller Coaster, Huss Flipper, Sky Attraction's KMG Stratosphere and Fun Factory, and Nick Pelino's Viper, Beetle Bobs, and Love Bugs have arrived and already being set up. Dubbed by the fair as "SpinCity", the midway features plenty of aluminum benches, rest areas, and other midway amenities branded with the color scheme and name of SpinCity.Rides will be tickets only with no unlimited ride special being offered, however, the fair is offering a discount on pre-sale tickets through its web site.
Photos and additional coverage can be found on MCW's discussion board by clicking here.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/26/2012
Industry Veteran Paul Dell Passes
Paul Dell (85) of Gibsonton Florida passed away Thursday, July 25th at 2:35 pm after a prolonged illness. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Beryl; his children, Barbara Wilson, Phil Dell, Danny Dell, Nancy Rider, and Clara Edmiston. He has 15 grand children and 11 great grand children.
Paul spent his childhood with his family in the carnival business. He traveled with Sunset Amusements, H.P. Large Shows, Greater Sulton Shows, Blue Grass Shows and many others in the concessions and food industry.
Paul was instrumental in the formation and growth of Gibsonton's Showmen's Club (IISA). He is past president of the IISA, Trade Show chairman and a member of Showmen's Shriner Association. He was an avid supporter of the Scholarship Committee. Paul is well known as an avid card player by all is friends.
Services are Friday, July 27th , 2 PM at: Sunset Memory Gardens 11005 U.S. Hwy 301 Thonontossa, Florida
Services following viewing.
Gathering of friends at the Showmen's Club in Riverview, Florida after services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Gibsonton or Tampa Scholarship Fund in Paul's memory.
SRV Scholarship Fund SRV Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 188 6915 Riverview Drive Gibsonton, Fl.33534 Riverview, Fl. 33578Posted by Steve Ianni on 7/26/2012
2012 Minnesota State Fair Independent Midway
The independent midway for the 2012 Minnesota State Fair has been announced. The midway features 12 new rides/attractions to the mighty midway/kidway including 6 new operators. New highlights include the Fun Factory and Stratosphere from Sky Attractions (Tom McDonagh), a Huss Flipper from S&J Entertainment, a Freak Out from Reithoffer Shows and much more.
Click here to download the complete list of rides, games, and attractions for the 2012 MN State Fair.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/19/2012
Tom and Jeanne McDonagh add KMG Fun Factory
Tom McDonagh announced the addition of a KMG Fun Factory to their lineup of spectacular amusement rides. The ride was imported from Europe and will debut at the first ever independent midway at the Wisconsin State Fair. The Fun Factory is a ride based on the ever popular Waltzer in Europe. The Fun Factory runs at a speed of approximately 18 r.p.m., in which the gondolas make every movement one can think of including raising and lowering. The Fun Factory is built on one trailer. The Fun Factory will accompany their KMG Stratosphere Swing Tower, Sky Wheel, and European Fun House (debuting later this year).
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/11/2012
2012 Wisconsin State Fair Independent Midway Announced
The first ever independent midway for the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair has been announced. Highlights include the 200ft tall Stratosphere Swing Tower and KMG Fun Factory from Tom & Jeanee Mcdonagh's Sky Attractions; a Freak Out from Poor Jacks Amusements; a Huss Flipper and Windstorm from SJ Entertainment; and many more.
Click here to download the complete list of rides, games, and attractions for the 2012 WI State Fair.
Posted by Matt Cook on 7/6/2012
Wenzel Amusements adds LEDs to Rock O Plane; Spectrum adds Hi Roller
Wenzel Amusements of Wisconsin is awaiting delivery of a new LED light kit for their Rock O Plane. The show is currently in the process of upgrading much of their lighting to LEDs. Spectrum Entertainment of Michigan has purchased the Hi Roller from Wisconsin based Mr. Eds Magic Midways.Posted by Ken Kugler on 6/21/2012
Arkansas State Fair to Stay in Little Rock
The Arkansas State Fair board voted yesterday to keep the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock at its current location. The city has pledged $3 million for improvements to the grounds and buildings over the next 10 years.Posted by Matt Cook on 6/15/2012
Kevin Exum adds Huss Enterprise to Show
Kevin Exum's Happy World Shows (Cedar Park, Texas) added a Huss Enterprise to the show for 2012. The ride which was purchased from a park has been completely overhauled by the show and features a unique LED lighting system like no other. The show recently installed a LED lighting system on their Fabbri Footloose that uses the same technology used on large LED billboards and has the capabilities of displaying video on the arms and sign of the ride.
Posted by Matt Cook on 6/12/2012
Fantasy Amusements adds new LED Lighting package to Century Wheel
Chicago's Fantasy Amusements has reported the addition of a RGB LED Lighting Package for their Chance Century Wheel. In 2009, the show replaced all incandescent lighting on the ride with screw in LED bulbs. In an effort to convert the entire show to LED lighting, the LED bulbs that are currently on the wheel will be moved to the shows Wisdom Matterhorn (Himalaya) and/or the 1001 Nachts. The show also added four automated ticketing machines from Uni-Glide.
Posted by Matt Cook on 5/22/2012
Playworld & Wood to book rides at 50th State Fair
EK Fernandez Shows of Hawaii will feature three new rides at its 50th State Fair, which kicks off Memorial Day weekend. For the first time ever, Jeff Brady's Playworld Amusements of Michigan will be bringing its Dartron Rave and ARM Super Shot to the fair. Also featured is Wood Entertainment's Tivoli Techno Power, a first at the fair.
Posted by Matt Cook on 5/15/2012
Rainbow Valley Rides to take delivery of new Wisdom Genesis
This week, Rainbow Valley Rides of Almond, WI will be taking delivery of a new Genesis Ride from Wisdom Industries. The piece replaces the shows ARM Ali Baba ride in an effort to keep the ride lineup fresh. Rainbow Valley also recently gave their Eli Eagle 16 Ferris Wheel a complete overhauled in winter quarters and the ride looks brand new.
Posted by Matt Cook on 5/14/2012
Bob Coil Passes
MCW has received word that Bob Coil, formerly owner of Dartron Industries, passed away during a recent trip to Italy with his wife. Bob was a friend to many in the carnival industry and will be missed. A discussion is ongoing on our message board by clicking here.
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