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The National Orange Show celebrated 103 years of citrus-themed entertainment this year, and according to fair coordinator Tim Ellis, “attendance was up and the weather was spectacular.”The San Bernadino, Calif. fair and its attendees both had plenty to celebrate, with a return to its roots as a true fair celebrating regional agriculture, as well as a carnival attraction. “I want people to know that the National Orange Show is still here, and it’s really a tribute to the whole citrus industry,” Ellis attests. ......[read more]

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Poor Jack Amusements is based out of Milton, Indiana, and provides carnival rides, games and food to fairs and festivals throughout eastern and northeastern Indiana and western Ohio. Part of the Indiana Association of Fairs, the carnival makes around 30 stops each year. The business operates from April through October and is well-respected in the industry largely in part due to its family focus. Route The company has held on to most of the locations on its route for 25 to 30 years. One of those events, the Fulton County Fair in Wauseon, ......[read more]
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5/4/2018 - 5/20/2018
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A severe thunderstorm left behind extensive damage to the Hudson Valley Fair in Fishkill, New York on Tuesday evening.  Luckily, the fair was closed and nobody on the midway was injured, however, property damage to the midway was extensive.  Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment co-owner, Ron Thomas, reported that the shows Sky Diver had tipped over in heavy winds.  After securing the ride to trucks using 5/8" thick cable, the heavy winds broke the cables in half and toppled the ride onto a nearby house trailer.  Other damage on the midway included five ticket boxes, one joint, three big umbrellas, and the wind flipped three cars on the circus train.

The fair was slated to be open May 18-20 for its final weekend, however, fair management decided to cut the final weekend due to the extensive damage.

Photos of the damage can be found in the MCW photo gallery by clicking here.

Posted by: Matt Cook on 5/16/2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the amusement industry lost one its younger show owners, Chad Edward Duchow, who together with his family, owned and operated Wisconsin based Mr. Eds Magical Midways.

Chad, loving son of Beverly Larkee, was born on June 16, 1973. 

Chad volunteered for 22 years for the North Freedom (WI) Fire Department and worked his way up to become a captain. He was an avid hunter, but what brought him the most joy was watching his daughters grow up. In 2003 he took over his grandparent’s carnival and renamed it Mr. Ed’s Magical Midways, LLC in honor of his grandfather. Chad was an avid lover and supporter of the outdoor amusement industry, and his early passing is a tragic loss for the industry as a whole.

Chad will be lovingly remembered by his partner and best friend of 29 years, Lisa, and his two daughters Mariah and Sierra. He will also be dearly remembered by his mother, Beverly. He will be missed greatly by his Labrador retriever, Kaya.

He is survived by his loving partner, Lisa Weiland; mother, Beverly Larkee; two daughters, Mariah and Sierra Weiland-Duchow; mother and father-in-law Darrell (Marilyn) Weiland; two brother/ sister-in-laws, Craig (Mindy) Schuett; Mike (Tracy) Weiland; Uncle Tracy Larkee; along with many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Edward and Irene Larkee.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home (401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913) with Andy Dear officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and then again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. 

Please keep posted to for a memorial story on Chad's life in the near future.

Chad Duchow

Posted by: Obituary on 5/7/2018
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