Deltona, FL - Belle City Amusements and Mighty Bluegrass Shows announced today that Belle City Amusements has acquired ten fairs and rides from Bluegrass Shows.
The ten fair contracts purchased include: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, FL, Jacksonville Fair, Jacksonville, FL, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, manatee County Fair, Palmetto, FL, Sarasota County Fair, Sarasota, FL, Nebraska State Fair, Lincoln, NE, Ark-LA-Miss Fair, Monroe, LA, Charlotte County Fair, Port Charlotte, FL, Heart of Illinois Fair, Peoria, IL and the Alachua County Fair, Gainesville, FL.
Belle City also purchased the Nitro, Peter Paul, Mini Enterprise, Wacky Worm, Zero Gravity, Moser Spring Tower, Tornado, Berry Go Round as well as generators, a office trailer and other support equipment. The sale did not include the rest of Bluegras
s, rides nor the Mighty Bluegrass name.
In addition to the event contracts, rides and equipment, Belle City has hired many former Bluegrass employees to help run the expanded show. Long time Bluegrass Shows concession manager Nick Viscomi, Jr. will be fulfilling the same role with BCA as he has with Bluegrass. Concessionaire Glen Pulver will continue to have games with the show as he had with Belle City. To aid as consultants, Jim Murphy and son J.J. Murphy will be traveling with Belle City to all ten of the previous Bluegrass events for the next four years.
"We are looking forward to working with all our new fairs this year", said Charles Panacek of Belle City Amusements. He said the show experienced good weather in the winter and spending was fair. He described the economy in Florida as tough but said he remains very optimistic about the remainder of the season.
Jim Murphy, owner of Mighty Bluegrass Shows was very happy with the sale of rides and events to BCA, commenting "I am happy to be able to take it easy now. The Panaceks are doing a real good job and I could not be happier to be working with them. We have a long history of working with the Panacek family. They are good operators."
Murphy said most of the equipment was in the process of being sold and his son J.J. was handling that end of the operation. As of Tuesday, J.J. reported that much of the equipment has already been sold including their Power Surge to Tip Top Shows as well their Sky Wheel to Otterbacher Shows, and other pieces to Myers International Midways, and several others. J.J. noted that their super spectacular Big Ben shot-n-drop tower and Mosser Dream Machine has yet to be sold.
Belle City Amusements, founded in 1948 by Charles Panacek, Sr. After the passing of Panacek, Sr. his wife, Mary and son Charles have continued to operate the company.
Panacek said BCA will be on the lookout for new equipment that fits in with their existing equipment. He stated their route is now in excellent shape and are not looking to change it. While their schedule has changed quite a bit, they will still be spending the same amount of time in winter quarters as they have in the past.
Currently the show is in winterquarters through May and are working extensively on a Chance Giant Wheel which they acquired from Bill Hames Shows. They are also working on a Tornado and some ticket boxes which were purchased from BGS as well as their own Sea Dragon.
The purchase of the MBS route will move Belle City Amusements into the top of the MCW list of top carnivals. MBS held the number seven position on the carnivalwarehouse.com list in 2008, a place BCA will likely attain in 2009.
The Nitro- one of 8 rides purchased by Belle City from Bluegrass Shows.
Belle City Amusements - Sky Wheel