Galaxy Amusement Sales - LED Lighting Waterloo Tent & Tarp
JKJ Workforce Agency Your ad could be here
News Video Message Board Classifieds Top 50 Fairs Photos Directories Calendar Enthusiasts About Us Home
Wisdom Rides - Click Here Wisdom Rides - Click Here Wisdom Rides - Click Here Schantz Trailers Schantz Trailers Schantz Trailers Reithoffer - Help Wanted Reithoffer - Help Wanted Reithoffer - NOW BOOKING BROWNS AMUSEMENTS - NOW HIRING BROWNS AMUSEMENTS - NOW HIRING BROWNS AMUSEMENTS - NOW HIRING CHESTNUT - LED LIGHTING CHESTNUT - LED LIGHTING CHESTNUT - LED LIGHTING
Wade Shows:  Now Hiring Wade Shows:  Now Hiring Wade Shows is now hiring Berk Concession Supply Berk Concession Supply Berk Concession Supply Dreamland Amusements:  RIDE & FOOD HELP WANTED Dreamland Amusements:  Help Wanted - Click Here CDL DRIVERS WANTED - NOW BOOKING GAMES & FOOD DEGGELLER - HELP WANTED DEGGELLER - HELP WANTED DEGGELLER - HELP WANTED TrailEx Concession Trailers TrailEx Concession Trailers TrailEx Concession Trailers
Exclusive News and Interviews
Share |

Miami Showmen's Association Names Shelby Lauther Royal 'Man Of The Year'


By MCW Staff

Photo courtesy of Miami Showmens Assn.

Rides 4U - NEW AND USED RIDES Farrow Finance Rides 4U - LED LIGHTING PACKAGES Farrow Finance
Miami - Bob McKnight, President of the Miami Showmen's Association announced that he has selected Shelby Lauther Royal as the club's "Man Of The Year". Ms. Royal is only the second woman in the history of the club to have this honor bestowed upon them. The first woman was pioneering showman Marilyn Portemont.

McKnight called Royal an "outstanding showman" and hoped her plaque would become one of the biggest ever. The club cited her for her "great spirit, positive outlook and great love for the carnival business".

Shelby Royal was born into a five-generation show family. Her parents, William and Gloria Lauther operated back end shows and were still active in the business until her father's death late last year. Her two brothers, Mike and Billy and her sister, Debbie Pugh, all grew up in the business but quickly diPhoto By Miami Showmens Assn.versified into other areas of the industry, operating rides, games and food concessions. Ms. Royal currently operates food concessions and games on Morris Vivona's unit of Amusements Of America, along with her "significant other", Steve Ianni, the show's lotman.

Ms. Royal has a distinguished career of serving on boards and helping with charitable causes. She is the immediate past president of the International Independent Showmen's Association in Gibsonton, FL. Her presidency was marked by a resurgence in the trade show and exhibitors, numerous improvements to the grounds and parking and one of the most successful banquets ever produced by the club. In addition to her duties in Gibtown, she is an active member of the Miami Showmen's Club, the Tampa Showmen's Club and NICA, the National Independent Concessionaire's Association.

All of these accomplishments would be exemplary for any individual but they are made even more extraordinary because much of it was accomplished during her battle with cancer. Despite her disease and treatments, Royal has kept an aggressive schedule, attending meetings and events, operating her business and encouraging others in their struggles despite the toll the disease and treatments have taken on her body. Throughout her struggles, Royal has kept a positive outlook and encouraging spirit, bearing her hardship with grace, maintaining her work and her charitable duties without slowing and accomplishing all of it with an infectious love of life.

Told of her selection, Ms. Royal said she was "very proud to have been chosen for this honor". She remembered past recipients and their accomplishments including Duke Smith, John Campi, Billy Baxter, Danny Dell, James E. Strates, Morris Vivona, Rick Reithoffer and Father Mac and is honored to be numbered among them.

Congratulations to Shelby Royal, the Miami Showmen's Association "Man Of The Year".

Donations to the "Gold 100 Project" should be made out to the Miami Showmen's Association and mailed to them at 3391 Griffin Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312. Their phone is (954) 967-0073. Proceeds go to scholarships and charities supported by the Miami Showmen's Association.

Bob's Space Racers Luna Park Rides Bob's Space Racers Luna Park Rides

Receive Carnival and Fair Industry News Sent Directly To Your Inbox

Sign up for our email news list to receive up-to-the-minute industry news sent directly to your email inbox. When breaking news hits, we automatically send a news bulletin to all of our subscribers. It's free, and only from!

E-mail address:    Your Name:
How are you affilliated with the industry?
Fan:    |  Fair or Event:    |  Manufacturer or Supplier:    |  Owner: |  Employee:   |   Other: 

Carnival Alert

Belle City is NOW HIRING FOR 2016!  Ride Supers and Ride Foremen - Chance Giant Wheel Foreman - Electrician Wanted!  Call Zack: 321-578-0449 or 
Charles 407-399-1831

AMUSEMENTS OF AMERICA IS NOW HIRING & BOOKING for the 2016 season!  Employment Inquiries call 
Dominic:  (732) 446-7144 and for 

Concession Boing call 
Rob:  (732) 337-7748

Campy's Amusements is Now Hiring for 2016 - Ring of Fire Foreman, Electrician, Ride Supers is now open for business!  Visit to purchase Wisdom Ride Parts and LED lighting!

Reithoffer Shows is now hiring a show electrician, giant wheel foreman, and interviewing ride foremen for other rides.  Please call 863-581-5334 or visit

Follow Us: