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  • Tennessee Fairs Feel Positive Going Forward
    4/28/2017
    Last year was a mixed bag for Tennessee fairs due to whether challenges and a slowly recovering economy. But the attitude of the fair industry remains upbeat and committed,

    "If you're in the fair business, you love the fair business and you stick with it," said Emily Pitcock, Executive Secretary, Tennessee Association of Fairs. "You have to be positive."

    How successful any given fair can be is partially determined by the weather, and rain hurt a few events. "It all depends on the weather," said Pitcock. The bulk of Tennessee Fairs occur in August and September, which tended to be very rainy months last year. "But we also have Spring and Summer fairs, and they had better weather."  

    The economy is also mixed in Tennessee, although generally on the upswing. "The economy is getting better in some places in Tennessee," she said. "There are a lot of industries coming into the state of Tennessee and unemployment in some counties is the lowest it has been."

    Promoting Agriculture
    The Tennessee Association of Fairs represents 57 fairs, all of whom share the main goal of promoting agriculture. "Our main goal is agricultural, supporting agriculture and educating the public about the importance of agriculture," she said. "Western Tennessee is more rural and have more crops, and they are not doing as well as the Eastern portion of the state, where it's more livestock. Livestock prices are doing better than crop prices." 

    The annual convention of the association attracted 925 attendees, of which she estimates that 50 were associate members. Nearly everybody who attended the convention was a volunteer and going to the three day event is both a show of appreciation and an opportunity for networking, idea sharing and education. The Break-Out Session topics at the convection included: Round Table Discussion on Entertainment, Sponsorship & Volunteers for Fairs; 10 Principals of Good Advertising Design Before You Start Your Next Marketing Project;  Round Table Discussion on The Function and Running of your Fair; and Showcases of Entertainment.

    Because of limitations of trade show floor exhibit space at the hosting venue, there were only 18 exhibit booths and a limited entertainment. Tennessee fairs are looking to book more motor sports and grounds entertainment, said Pitcock, mainly as a reaction to soaring entertainment costs.  "Entertainers have outpriced themselves," she said. "The small fairs and county airs in Tennessee can't afford those big entertainers."

    A few county fairs book "one or two" big names, but for the most part they are replacing star power with motor power. "We are seeing more demolition derbies and monster truck shows, which have a big drawing power. We are doing more walking or strolling acts, as well as local contests, which brings in the community."

    By cutting back on big name entertainment, this frees up some entertainment dollars which many Tennessee fairs are using to expand other entertainment offerings. "We are using more strolling acts," she said. "These are very important for fairs, the children love them, and we can also use them to educate children. They are a lot cheaper than the headline entertainment, so we are increasing those acts." 

    Ride Accidents
    In addition to a wet late summer negatively impacting Tennessee fairs, negative publicity also had a deleterious effect.  Two ride accidents within a month's time in Tennessee captured local headlines,  gained national exposure and sent shockwaves throughout the Tennessee fair industry that were still apparent at the annual convention. In August, three girls were injured after falling from a Ferris Wheel at the Greene County Fair in Greenville. Then in early September a Moon Raker ride also malfunctioned.

    "It was my understanding that ride inspectors held meetings with carnival companies about new procedures," said Pitcock. "The carnival companies have taken responsibility, and this was a discussion at our associates member meeting. Everyone is sympathetic to the fairs and we are all concerned. We have to ensure the public that our state's midways are safe." 


    Annual Awards
    The association also gave out its annual Merit Awards at the convention, including: Champion of Champions Fair  award -  Single "A" Division/Bledsoe County Fair -  White County Fair/ 1st runner up A Division;  Trousdale County Fair/Single "A" Division, and  Humphrey's County Fair, which won Most Improved Fair/Single "A" Division; Double "AA" Division - Rhea County Fair won Champion Fair;  Clayborn County/1st Runner Up AA Division; Obion County/2nd Runner Up AA Division and Lauderdale County Fair, which won  Most Improved Fair; Triple "AAA" Division - Cumberland County won Champion of Champions; Putnam County Fair/1st runner up AAA Division; Wilson County Fair/2nd Runner Up AAA Division and Sevier County won Most Improved Fair/ AAA Division. Champion of Champions Premier Fair winners were  Fentress County Agricultural Fair/ Single "A" Fair;  Anderson County Fair/ Triple "AAA" Division;  Benton County Fair/ Single "A" Division.

    2017 Fair Showcase Winners were : Premium Book - A Division: 1st - White County Fair; 2nd - Fentress County Ag. Fair; 3rd - Bledsoe County Fair; Premium Book - AA Division: 1st - Obion County Fair; 2nd - Dickson County Fair; 3rd - Franklin County Fair; Premium Book - AAA Division: 1st - Sevier County Fair; 2nd - Putnam County Fair; 3rd - Williamson County Fair; Fair Brochure: 1st - Tennessee Valley Fair; 2nd - Rhea County Fair; 3rd - Smith County Fair; Showbill: 1st - Dickson County Fair; 2nd - Wilson County Fair; 3rd - Overton County Fair; Flyer: 1st - Bedford County Fair; 2nd - Wilson County Fair; 3rd - Sevier County Fair; Fair Poster: 1st - Williamson County Fair; 2nd - Bedford County Fair; 3rd - Tennessee Valley Fair;  Pick Tennessee Products Exhibit: 1st - Wilson County Fair; 2nd - Jefferson County Fair; 3rd - Coffee County Fair;  Fair Promotional Item: 1st - Warren County Fair; 2nd - Lauderdale County Fair; 3rd - Franklin County Fair. Best Fair Theme: 1st - Sequatchie County Fair; 2nd - Gibson County Fair; 3rd - Rhea County Fair:  Best Video (DVD/USB): 1st - Bledsoe County Fair; 2nd - White County Fair; 3rd - Warren County Fair. 

  • Henry's Photos:  A Midway Tradition Dating Back to 1940
    4/26/2017
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Henry Tindal is a rare breed. He's run a photo booth on carnival midways over the past 50 years that's helped put his four children through college. But he's also been a pastor for 43 years at a small church in Baltimore and has a street named after him on the city's east side.

    In his position as man of God, Tindal has presided over multiple baptisms, funerals and memorial services for people in the outdoor amusement industry.

    "I fill in the gaps wherever they need me," Tindal said. 

    Henry's Photos was founded in 1940 by his father, Henry Tindal Sr. A vintage black and white photograph of his father hangs in Tindal's small trailer, along with other pictures of his family. All told, the junior Tindal, now 68, has worked the booth for about 60 years, counting the years he worked for his father as a youngster.

    Over the past six decades, Henry's Photos has booked with most of the major carnivals working the East Coast, including Reithoffer Shows, Deggeller Attractions and Powers' Great American Midways, plus long-gone operations such as Gooding's Million Dollar Midways, Dell & Travers Shows and World of Mirth.

    At the Charlotte Fair here next to Charlotte Motor Speedway, Tindal was set up with Amusements of America. The Maryland native relocated to Charlotte a few years ago and he's on the road intermittently from March through November. The carnival's route takes Tindal from New York to Georgia. Over the years, he got to know all five Vivona brothers.

    Growing up on the carnival circuit, Tindal remembers when photo booths were called "mug joints" and vendors developed pictures with strong chemicals that smelled so bad that nobody wanted to be near the concession. Over time, Tindal converted to taking Polaroid pictures and he now uses a digital camera. 

    These days, though, everybody who owns a smartphone has a built-in camera that takes professional quality photos. But Tindal says there's still a demand for his product among families and groups of friends visiting carnivals that want more than just the typical "selfie."

    "When Polaroid came out, I thought it would be the end of my business, and the same thing with digital," he said. "But people still buy pictures. We offer frames, key chains and snow globes. If you take a selfie, you don't have anywhere to store it except for your phone."

    When his father started the business, he charged a nickel for a photo. After Tindal took over in the 1960s, he raised the price to one photo for 35 cents and two images for 50 cents. A frame cost a dime. Fifty years later, he charges $10 to $35 for photos and frames, depending on the size of the picture holder.  

    Those costs have gone up for the customer as his overhead gets more expensive. "The greatest expense now is privilege," he said, referring to the rent charged by carnivals.

    "I've enjoyed it though," he said. "Like everybody else, I've had my ups and downs. But I've made so many friends out here. It's been a rewarding and wonderful experience."

    Apart from his carnival job, Tindal founded the First Church of Faith, Power and Deliverance in Baltimore in 1974, a modest 50-member congregation. He later became a bishop overseeing 40 Pentacostal churches. Eight years ago, he turned his church over to his son, also named Henry.

    A few years ago, the city of Baltimore renamed Eager Street to Bishop Henry A. Tindal Sr. Way, after Tindal helped make several neighborhood improvements through the church. The street is not far from the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

    "I'm proud of the recognition," he said.

  • Midway Millennials - Heidi Deggeller Elsperman
    4/24/2017
    Midway Millennials is an ongoing series profiling the new generation of fair professionals.  If you know someone you think should be profiled, please email us with information.

    Heidi Deggeller Elsperman comes from a long line of carnival men and women; she and her brother, Andy, are currently the third generation of carnival workers in their family. 

    Deggeller's Great Uncle, Irvin, and Grandfather, Allen, started in the business, her Dad and her uncle followed suit. Now, she and Andy, along with his wife, Jamie, run the show together.

    Heidi graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 with a degree in nutrition. "I always joke that my degree was in nutrition but now I sell funnel cakes for a living," says Deggeller. 

    Her first full year working for Deggeller Attrations was 2009, although she was not a novice to the business as she had worked during the summer and other school breaks breaks prior to that time. Additionally, she spent her childhood on the road with her family attending Deggeller Midway Academy until middle school when she enrolled in public school back home. 

    Before deciding to work for the family business full time, Heidi tried some different things out; she worked in hospitals and pharmacies but ended up going back on the road. She came back to Deggeller Attractions at a time when her brother, Andy, was taking the reins a little more. As the bulk of her job, she works in the office alongside sister in law, Jamie. "There's always a need in this business. There's so many moving parts, you can never have enough hands," says Deggeller. Although she finds herself in the office she has never had a set title at the company and is happy to help wherever needed.

    Heidi's primary responsibilities are to manage daily accounting (ticket sales), handle ride inspection submissions, annual permits, and other paperwork needed to open at a spot. She also handles all paperwork for H2B visas. 

    Deggeller Attractions has a pretty large in-house food and game operation so she and sister in law, Jamie are highly involved in daily food and game operations. 

    She works closely alongside Andy to get paperwork together for newly purchased rides. Her favorite part of the job is that she never knows what the day will bring; she is provided with different challenges each day.

    Andy and Jamie have two children on the road with them and Heidi has three. One of Deggeller's biggest focuses with such a large family presence on the road is to administer the revamped Deggeller Midway Academy that she attended during her childhood. Linda Brewer is the Deggeller Midway Acadamy teacher and is no stranger to the business; she was with NAME for at least 15 years prior to joining Deggeller Attractions and has been with them the last 2 years. "She is absolutely wonderful," says Deggeller. They currently have 12 children in the school from preschool-9th grade. 

    Deggeller Attractions primarily acts as one unit but they split into two units for six events a year. According to Deggeller, the company prefers to stay together and they feel fortunate to have a nice route that works mostly as a single unit. 

    They primarily operate in FL, NC, VA, MD but mostly VA and MD. Deggeller Attractions currently operates two state fairs - the Maryland State Fair and the State Fair of Virginia. They play the VA Beach area most of June. 

    Heidi's father, Don, and mother, Cathy, come on the road from the Fourth of July onward full time and pop in and out during the Spring. Don does not have a hands on, day-to-day role but he enjoys being there and around his grandchildren, and gives advice when needed. He has a shop trailer he pulls around to work on his antique muscle cars. Cathy is still day-to-day hands on, and works with Heidi and Jamie in the office. 

    As a millennial in the carnival industry, Deggeller always looks for ways to modernize the company and stay current with the times. One of Heidi's favorite technological innovations is using drones to take overhead pictures of the Midway. 

    According to Deggeller, it helps to increase revenue and change the layout of the midway. She says, "Using the drone, we get an overhead view and say oh my goodness, we have a pocket here, we can utilize this space better. And the next year revenue may go up because of that change." 

    Deggeller also looks for ways to use smart phones in the day to day operation of the show. This past year, Deggeller Attractions tried a new outlet, Innovative Ticketing, for advance sale ticketing for one of the county fairs in Maryland. All the customer had to do was have their phone with the ticket voucher uploaded and a ticket seller scanned the QR code on their phone and they were on the way. "Instead of sending teenagers to the fair with lots of cash, the voucher just takes the place of that. From a parents' perspective it's a lot safer and better," says Deggeller. 

    Like many of her peers, Deggeller uses all the social media outlets and understands their value. While she makes sure to keep her sites updated one challenge Deggeller has found is that customers tend to look up the fair's or location's social media sites or websites before the carnival's. To direct more viewers to Deggeller Attraction's sites, she tries to link their sites to the event sites. Deggeller hosts giveaways and contests on social media pages like most other companies in the industry but she also works hard to come up with more creative ways to engage social media followers. For example, Deggeller Attractions has an employee of the month program. A lucky staff member wins lunch with Andy Deggeller and a gift card to Walmart. The winner's picture is featured on the social media sites; Deggeller says that advertising this promotion on social media helps to combat negative stereotypes sometimes associated with carnival workers. Deggeller also highlights new rides and spots added to the route.

    While Deggeller is always looking for ways to modernize and streamline the company, she also recognizes the constants in the business and looks to the generations before her for advice; "I have such a great respect for the generations before me in this industry." 

    Lots of Deggeller Attractions' ride supervisors and other staff members have been with the company for decades. Heidi is appreciative of the lessons they've taught and their willingness to accept the changes that she and her brother, Andy, implement. "Whether it be technology or the way we move the unit on the road, they listen to us and I have such a great appreciation for their advice."

    For Heidi, the carnival industry is truly her whole life and she wouldn't change a thing about it. She attended her first fair just three days after she was born, her family had the contract for the SC State Fair at the time. She was born during set up of the fair, and her mom flew home to have her and flew back to be at the fair. Because of her timely arrival, Cathy Deggeller almost named Heidi Carolina. "That story shows that this business is our whole lives. It's what we do," says Heidi. 

    Heidi says that her mom was always good about making sure she experienced everything outside of the business, she attended lots of summer camps. "Sometimes with a family business the child feels drawn to it. She didn't want me to feel forced. I love it and I know what else is out there. I love being close with our family and that our kids are together. I wouldn't trade it for the world."

    Heidi advises her peers in the industry to listen to the generations that have come before millennials in the industry. "Lots has changed in this industry but a lot has stayed the same. Bide your time and pay your dues and the industry has a lot to offer if you pay attention and do your part." She also advises people to be active in trade organizations. Andy is on the board of the OABA and Heidi is a showman's ambassador for the OABA. "We are involved in the OABA but there are lots of others and it is invaluable to be part of a trade organization in this industry," says Heidi. 




  • Manatee County Fair Has Record Turnout and Community Support
    4/21/2017
    A real grass roots fair is how Dan West, General Manager of the Manatee County Fair describes this annual Florida event. The 2017 edition of this 101-year old fair had ideal weather condition for its 10-day run, an increase of more than 10,000 attendance - a noticeable  uptick pushing attendance to 182,675.

    "It was a good year, we had impeccable weather, we were blessed with 10 days of wonderful weather," said West. "We have a good product, and we have a clean, wholesome fair, one that the whole community supports." 

    From community competitions that range from cheerleading to decorating hay bales to a high-profile concert by Country Music legend Ricky Skaggs - and a stellar midway by Belle City Amusements - this celebration of Americana in Florida  had a great turnout in 2017. "The economy was better than previous years," agreed West. "Agriculture in this area is holding its own, and there has been a lot of growth and development. All the vendors told me they did very well, and that spending was up." 

    Fair Fun 101
    Like many county fairs, agriculture and agriculture education are main components of its mission. The advertising campaign - a modest $80,000 - utilized a marketing theme that had fun with the educational mission while at the same time furthering it. Most fairs will tie marketing into an anniversary year - such as the century mark. This being the one year after the centennial of the fair, the marketing theme was hiding in plain site: Fair Fun 101. "What we do is teach the community about agriculture, and how agriculture is important to this county," said West. "We were able to incorporate the theme into signage and other marketing, it was one of our more successful themes." 

    The fair also created a mobile app, enabling an expansion of the social media marketing. "We were able to do more on Facebook. "We also reached out to the Rotary Club and other organizations, we made a live video that we were able to distribute. We had a lot of people download the mobile app, which tied into our website."

    The fair's marketing included "the whole gamut," said West, including TV, radio, newspapers, and an enhanced website and e-marketing. "We had more online presence," he said. "With the newspapers, we also had banner ads on their website."

    A new video from a birds-eye view - footage made with camera on a drone that "was set to music, and really showed what the fair is about, and we shared this on social media and got a great response," West said. 

    Marketing timing can be tricky for the fair, which is held in mid-January, because the Christmas holiday can absorb a lot of attention - and also during the peak holiday sales seasons, ad rates are too expensive. "We begin our advertising the first week of November and then pick it up after Christmas," said West. "The only advertising we do during the holidays are during the College Bowl football games, where we buy a bowl package. We did begin our advertising earlier than we have in the past, we started booking time for earlier in the fall."

    Belle Extends Contract
    The Belle City Amusements midway featured 54 rides, which include a new Alien Abduction, a Marioland ride in Kiddieland, and two new Dalton Kiddie Rides. "We added new Kiddieland rides this year, this is a very family oriented fair," said Charles Panacek of Belle City Amusements. 

    He added, "we had a big year. We had an unbelievable increase of over 20 percent over last year, it was our biggest increase and our highest revenue at the fair."
    The 2017 edition of the fair had special significance for the carnival veteran, "we signed a new contract at the fair that extends our run there another seven years. It was a great fair this year, people were very positive." 

    The weather was of course a main factor, with an ideal streak of weather taking place for the event. "We always got rain, and there's a possibility of cold weather in Florida at this time, but we this year we had absolutely gorgeous weather with temperatures in the mid-70s." 

    Panacek noted that the fair's marketing - "did attract more people," but attributed most of the increase in midway revenue to "we had more return business this year, people came to this fair more than once."

    The economy may not have improved over the previous year according to indicators, but there has been  positive change in consumer attitudes, which Panacek credited for improving attendance and midway revenue in 2017 "People feel better about the economy this year, they are spending more money than last year," he said. "If fuel prices stay down and the economy will keep improving this will be a great year."

    The fair also made some landscape improvements that enhance the fairgoer experience. "They spent a lot of money on the fairgrounds," said Panacek. "They paved the walkways, they have troughs for all of the electrical wiring. The improvements in the fairgrounds, that definitely increases attendance."

    The best grossing rides at the fair was the Giant Wheel - "which is always number one," said Panacek - as well as the Rock & Roll Himalaya and a Nitro ride.

    Food Vendors Happy
    The Manatee County Fair featured 40 food vendors, which included famous corn dogs by the Sunrise Kiwanis Club. New food vendors include Wisconsin Cheese and Amish Donuts. "Sales were up for all the food vendors," he said. "There are were a lot lines and the vendors were happy." 

    The fair offers limited entertainment - although a high profile show was performed by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, a rare performance for his renowned bluegrass ensemble. "It was a really great concert and he loves playing here, it was the third time for him at the fair," said West. "We also had Little Texas. Our music is always free."

    Live music is mainly presented on slower weekday nights. The fair only has 32 acres of fairgrounds and the grandstand also doubles for staging the various competitions and exhibitions, including Youth Livestock Competitions, the Manatee County Fair Queen Pageant - which has four age divisions - and the Cheerleading Competition. For this community oriented fair, these events draw the biggest and most enthusiastic crowds.

    In addition, there was an Arts and Craft Competition , also deeply rooted in the community showcasing home crafts produced on Manatee County farms. Other contests included: the Corn Dog Eating Contest, Pie Eating Contest, the 4-H BBQ Chicken Competition and the 10th Annual BBQ Competition.

    New free acts at this year's fair included Rocket The Robot, Johnny Welde & His Bears, Dennis Lee, Steve The Pretty Good, and Sally Ann "America's Country Darlin." West said, "we try to have something for everyone, but we are offering more grounds acts. People love being surprised by what we offer."

    The animal acts, which included a petting zoo, fit into "the educational mission of our fair," he said. West added that two other attractions were a Fire Fighter Training Show and the Agri-Puppets, "which fit right into our marketing theme, but it was for younger children, where we use puppets to educate people about agriculture." 

    With an attendance increase, a major country star, and a community enthusiastic for the fair, 2017 was a successful year for the Manatee County Fair. "We had a quality fair, and it is always satisfying when everything comes together," said West. "We had a good mixture of everything at this fair. We had a lot of those attributes, and we try to surpass each fair every year." 




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ACTION NEEDED: H2B Visa Update - April 28
Today it was announced that the vote for the Returning Worker Provision language was postponed until next Thursday, 5/4. Although this is very frustrating to the clients that need their workers immediately, this gives us more time to continue reaching out to Congress and asking for support on this issue. 

That being said, Speaker Paul Ryan has stated he "has not heard from many people on this issue". Well, we can fix that, but we need your help! 

Please call Speaker Ryan's office and leave him a message asking him to support H2B and the Returning Worker Provision language in the DHS Appropriations bill. (202)-225-3031 and press 6.

Additionally, it would be best to follow up with an email to his scheduler: Tory.Wickiser@mail.house.gov

This is very important! Speaker Ryan has the power to remove the language from the bill if he feels it necessary. 

If you have not signed the NEW #SAVEH2B "Get The Facts" Petition, please do so by CLICKING HERE.
  Posted by Matt Cook on 4/28/2017
Help The H2B Program - Call to Action

JKJ Workforce is urging supporters of the H2B program to call their senators and ask them to support the letter drafted by Senator Flake (R-AZ) that urges leadership to support the returning worker exemption.

Many carnivals and concessionaires have been denied their workers this year due to the visa cap.  Relief may be in sight with your support!

STEP #1:
Click HERE to view Senator Flake's letter to leadership.

STEP #2
Call your senators and ask them to support Senator Flake's letter concerning the returning worker exemption for H2B visas.  Call the capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 to be connected to your senators (you have two), or click here to look them up online.
  Posted by JKJ Labor / MCW on 4/12/2017
Support H2B - Sign the Petition!
If you are involved in the amusement industry or support it, please sign the petition to help save the H2B Program!

  Posted by Matt Cook on 4/7/2017
Act Today to #saveH2B
With the 2017 H2B Visa Cap met, many shows were denied foreign workers for 2017.  This left many shows and concessionaires in our industry in a pinch trying to find dependable employees for the upcoming season.

Fortunately, there may be hope in re-instating the returning worker exemption for 2017, which would give cap relief to those who had been denied.

Congress must address federal spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 by April 28 in order to avoid a government shutdown.  The primary opportunity that we have for getting the Returning Worker Exemption reenacted and saving the H-2B program for this season is by inclusion of the language in the spending bill that must be passed by that date.  Congress needs to hear a steady drum beat from H-2B users across the country if we are going to be successful in reinstating the returning worker exemption through a year-end spending bill.  Your help is crucial in this endeavor.

Today & tomorrow week we need you to do the following:

Call and email your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the attached letter that Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is currently circulating. It will be sent to House leaders.  This Thursday is the deadline to sign onto the letter.   You can reach your Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.  To find out who your Representative is please click here.  To download Andy Harris' letter, click here.

If you have not already done so, please call and email your two Senators and ask them to cosponsor the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act, S. 792, that was introduced last week by Senators Tillis (R-NC), King (I-ME), Thune (R-SD), Collins (R-ME), Rounds (R-SD), Cornyn (R-TX), Murkowski (R-AK), Blunt (R-MO) and Warner (D-VA).  You can reach your Senators through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. To find out who your two Senators are, click here

Please also tweet at your elected officials and encourage them to pass H-2B cap relief immediately.  You can also thank your Senators if they are cosponsors of S. 792 or encourage them to cosponsor this bill if they have not yet done so.
  Posted by JKJ Labor / MCW on 4/4/2017
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