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  • IAAPA Expo:  Wednesday Highlights
    IAAPA opened for its second day Wednesday at 10am to a vast amount of industry professionals seeking the newest and greatest the amusement industry has to offer.  Crowds Wednesday were considerably steadier than opening day.

    Zamperla Rides
    Zamperla had one of the largest indoor displays, displaying their spectacular Air Race ride, new Fiesta Balloon Ferris Wheel, and a children's swing ride.  Sales representative Ramon Rosario was excited about the company's new family attraction, a 33ft tall balloon gondola wheel.  "The gondola was a project in the works since 1993 and is based on the Tivoli wheel" explained Rosario.  "It is well suited for a medium carnival for use as the shows ferris wheel or a large show for use in a kiddieland."  The attraction all racks on one semi trailer and features a direct drive motor gear box as opposed to a rim driven application.  

    "Having a direct drive enables operation in wet conditions or cold temperatures where as rim driven rides sometimes have trouble operating in these conditions" said Rosario.
    The Balloon Gondola Wheel on display is a prototype, and the final version will have a large sign across the front as well as additional lighting on the balloons themselves.  Zamperla has several delivery spots available in 2015 for the balloon ride and will have one on display at the upcoming IISF Trade Show this February in Gibsonton.  The 33ft tall attraction sells for $215,000.

    For larger attractions, Zamperla is completely sold out for 2015 production and was busy selling for 2016 deliveries.  Ramon was pleased with the current state of the market and found that a lot of show owners had an exceptional 2014 season and are excited about 2015.

    A new program Zamperla was particularly excited about was the company's "All Access" program.  Being a manufacturer and also an amusement park operator, Zamperla saw a big need for the industry to go above and beyond the standard ADA compliance when it comes to handicapped individuals attending amusement parks and attractions.  Zamperla has hired a team of doctors in New York to help develop ways for not only people who cannot walk, but also people with hearing issues, eye sight issues, etc to have the same experience from getting out of their car to accessing rides, stores, and facilities within the park.  "We wanted to go above and beyond the standard ADA requirements" said Rosario.  

    Zamperla has partnered with Give Kids the World to bring their new all access program to their facility.  Zamperla donated a brand new Magic Bike ride to the company complete with two handicap accessible ride vehicles - one that allows for a wheel chair transfer and another that allows for a wheel chair to be locked on the ride.  Give Kids the World is a 70-acer, storybook resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week long, cost free fantasy vacations.  The facility is located in Kissimmee Florida, just outside Orlando.

    Chance Rides
    A familiar name to the amusement industry, Chance Rides, is actively pursuing the development of portable amusement rides once again.  With the debut of the Free Style two years ago, company president Mike Chance saw an opportunity for the company to begin developing portable attractions for the carnival industry.  This fall, the company hired long time Fabbri sales representative, Jeff Miller to head sales in the carnival market.  Miller, who represented Fabbri in the US for over 25 years, saw the opportunity for him to work for Chance and sell rides to the carnival industry looked better from a product development standpoint and commitment to the market.  "If I was going to make a move, it would be for good" said Miller of his change from representing Fabbri to Chance.

    Miller has already seen a good amount of interest from the carnival market at the IAAPA show.  While some deals were still in the works, Jeff was pleased to announce that the company would be building its first portable Zipper in over a decade.  Pat and Doug Skinner, of Crystal lake, Illinois based Skinner's Amusements purchased a new Zipper with a LED Lighting package from Denny's Electronics at the show.  Prior to that, the last piece Chance sold to a portable show was the Free Style for Ray Cammack Shows in 2013.  

    Chance Rides is open to building almost anything under their product catalog from Zippers and Pharaoh's Furys to classics like the Toboggan.  "With some reengineering and updating, some of the older retro pieces could become a unique booking piece for a show.  Not a lot of people see Toboggans anymore" said Miller.  

    For the first time in years, Chance will have a booth at the IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton and also a table top display at the Showmen's League Exhibitors Lounge in Las Vegas next month.  While the show does not have any portable attractions produced and available for display in Gibtown for this upcoming trade show, displaying equipment in the future may be something the company would look at doing.

    Miller is no stranger to the amusement industry.  Prior to working with Fabbri since 1989, he spent four years building and selling amusement rides for his dads manufacturing company.  Together they developed several popular fun house attractions including the Persian Camel, Steeple Chase, and Magic Carpet.

    After Hours Receptions
    Several after hours receptions were held Wednesday night including the Outdoor Amusement Business Association's annual reception at the Convention Center and Rides 4-U's annual party held at Fun Spot Park on International Drive.  From 7-9pm, current and former customers of Rides 4-U was invited to the park for complimentary rides, food, drinks, and entertainment.

    IAAPA Trade Show - Brass Ring Awards
    At the end of the day, IAAPA announced the winners of the brass ring awards for best booth at the trade show.  The image award is awarded to the best exhibit based on booth design, branding, staffing and overall appeal at IAAPA Attractions Expo.

    The overall winner was Rhode Island Novelty.  In the 100-399 sq ft booth category was The Works Unlimited; 400-499 sq ft winner was Honolulu Hot Dog Company; 500-899 sq ft winner was Sally Corporation; 900-1,200 sq. ft was Cruden B.V.; and 1,200+ sq ft was Mack Rides.

    The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards ceremony was sponsored by The Holy Land Experience, Matt Davenport Productions, Ocean Park Hong Kong, and RWS & Associates.

    2014 IAAPA Expo Media Coverage

  • IAAPA Expo:  Tuesday Highlights
    The 2014 edition of the IAAPA Expo kicked off Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.  The annual trade show spans over 540 square feet with 9 miles of aisle ways and features over 1000 exhibitors representing 50 nations in 125 different product categories.  While the show is mainly indoors, there is also outside exhibit space in the parking lot on the backside of the trade show building.  During the event, over 27,000+ people attend from over 100 nations with approximately 17,000 buyers from multiple industries including amusement parks, carnivals, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, among others.  The show has a great economic impact to the area, bringing in  over $51.3 million dollars to the city of Orlando alone.

    During the kickoff event for the expo, IAAPA announced that Bob Cassata, founder of game builder Bob Space Racers was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.  Also inducted was "Dick" Knoebel of Knobels Grove Amusement Resort.  The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals for their significant and lasting contributions to the worldwide industry.  

    "We are excited to welcome Bob Cassata and Dick Knoebel as the newest inductees to the IAAPA Hall of Fame," said Ron Gustafson, 2014 chairman of the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives Committee and director of marketing and public relations for Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut. "The products and guest experiences they have created have thrilled and delighted amusement fans for years. Their passion for our industry is profound and they both deserve this prestigious recognition for their contributions."

    Bob Cassata, Bobs Space Racers
    Bob Cassata revolutionized the carnival game business and adapted his games to the theme park industry worldwide.  Cassata's first game, a three pin bowling alley game, was built for the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and soon thereafter he built a "Pitch-Til-You-Win" and "Balloon Dart" game on a burned out house trailer that was assembled in his garage.  In 1970, he designed the world's first electronic group game, called the "Space Racer," which was named shortly after the first Apollo Lunar mission.  As the games popularity grew, so did demand for Bob's "Space Racer" game.  In 1972, Bob's Spacer Racers was established, aptly named after his first hit game, and built the first mechanized group game in which players could compete against each other for the first time in history.  From that point, Cassata never looked back, developing popular games such as the nationally recognized "Whac-A-Mole" and other group games.  BSR has a well known reputation throughout the amusement industry for developing reliable, fair, and fun games.  Today, the Daytona Beach-based business holds 22 patents and more than 50 trademarks and is currently doing business in 120 countries.

    Waterloo Tent and Tarp
    Waterloo Tent and Tarp was busy showing off their new pinwheel hex umbrellas, which are best described as free spinning umbrellas that resemble pinwheels.  The umbrellas rotate with the wind and feature an industrial bearing that was built by a company who builds winches for battleships.  According to company president Pete Downs, "the bearings in the umbrellas will last forever."  The idea to build pinwheel umbrellas began with Waterloo designer Cheri Koth when she approached Pete about a new idea she had to build an umbrella shaped like a pin wheel that would provide shade and have unique character.  Immediately, they decided that it should spin like a pinwheel and imagined how neat it would be to see a group of spinning pinwheel umbrellas on a park or carnival setting.  Currently, the umbrellas are designed as park models, but they are working on a way to rack them for the carnival industry.  The umbrellas can be built up to 16ft in diameter and are working on a retrofit to existing permabrellas.

    Waterloo also displayed a 19x19 aluminum frame "O Hang" joint.  The tent was designed with a 2ft overhang that is meant to give the midway a cleaner presentation then older, traditional overhangs.  The company can build the tent to any size or shape, but recommends an overhang no more than 2ft to prevent tucks moving down the midway during teardown and setup from clipping the overhang.

    The company, which normally slows down for the holiday season, is experiencing a high volume of work as it is busy building over 67 new tops for Wade Shows to debut at the 2015 Florida State Fair.  The new tops will be for all concessions, umbrellas and bally cloths and will feature a unique color scheme specific to the Florida State Fair of yellow, orange and "Wade Shows blue".  The tops will be purchased by Wade for use by  concessionaires at the Florida State Fair only.  "This is a unique situation as we need to know all of the concessionaires playing the fair well in advance so we can build their canvas specific to their application.  It's probably one of the most coordinated projects we have done" said Downs.  

    KMG had a booth inside on a main isleway and while the company had no physical rides on display, they had plenty of foot traffic in and out of their booth.  Sales representative Peter Theunisz was proud to announce two new rides that the company is developing including a 65m version of the Inversion, which will rack on 5 semi trailers.  The super sized Inversion will be built and delivered to a Dutch Showman in the spring of 2016.  The company is also in the midst of developing a 35m Swing Tower that will rack on one 53ft trailer.  Compared to the company's giant swing tower, the Stratosphere, the smaller swing tower will feature new design techniques for setup and operation.  The swing tower will have a capacity of 24 passengers and the first one, themed "Train your Dragon" is set to debut in Norway during March of 2015.  Given the ride's impressive height and one trailer transport, Theunisz suggests the ride may be a hit for US show owners.  

    Powers Great American Midways recently took delivery of a one trailer Inversion, themed Khaos, at the North Carolina State fair.  The ride was the 9th top grossing ride at the event, which Theunisz finds amazing considering the ride's 12 seat capacity in comparison with large roller coasters, flume rides, and other spectacular rides that were at the fair.

    Tim and Pam Casper's PBJ Happee Day Shows is set to take delivery of a new Inversion this winter.  The new piece themed "Flatline 360" will be on display at the IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton this February.  The new ride replaces Casper's existing Inversion, "Nemesis 360" which the show recently sold to a show in Canada.  The new attraction has an updated LED lighting package and new software and will feature a similar color scheme to the Nemesis.

    Toward the end of the day, another Inversion sale was pending to a US based show.  As the deal is finalized, we will report more details.  Currently, KMG is selling with the closest delivery date of October 2016.

    Stay tuned to for continued coverage of the 2014 IAAPA Expo.

    2014 IAAPA Expo Media Coverage

  • Geren Legacy:  Faith, Family, Friends
    Whoever says that chivalry is dead has never met the Geren family.  Their four generations of carnival journeys have proven that home is not necessarily a fixed location, but can instead be found wherever faith, family and friends are.

    After Jerry H. Geren's sudden death on October 8th of this year, family members Joanna Geren (wife), Glenn and Diane Geren (son and daughter-in-law), and Hilary Geren (granddaughter) were left with a giant void in their lives, and with giant shoes to fill.  Fortunately, Jerry had  also left them with giant shoulders to stand upon.

    It was many years ago that William Robert ("W. R.") Geren, Jerry's father, took a mighty leap  of faith.  Glenn Geren reminisced, "My grandfather was orphaned at the age of 12.  He and his brother were living on the family farm when the orphanage came to get him."

    A less-enterprising young man might have been sheepishly taken against his will.  Not Jerry's father...  W. R. instead "ran through the cornfield to get away," then afterwards "came across  the traveling carnival."

    Glenn noted that W. R. "went to work for a family that had an Indiana-style cookhouse, making 21 meals and 50 cents per week.  He went on from that humble beginning to have one of the largest carnivals in the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee area."  

    "W. R. had several different names for his carnival over the years.  One of them was Bill Geren Shows (his name was William, but everyone called him Bill).  Upon moving to Greensburg, Indiana, he renamed it the The Mighty Hoosier State Shows."

    Glenn added, "W. R. stayed in Indiana until about 1965.  His good friend, Johnny Keefe from  Capital City Shows, lived in Valdosta, Georgia and talked my Granddaddy into setting up his winter quarters there.  We moved to Georgia about that time, and we've been there ever since."

    "After we moved, my grandfather dropped the "Mighty Hoosier State" name and just went to W. R. Geren Rides.  It remained W. R. Geren Rides until he died of lung cancer in 1969."

    Glenn concluded, "W. R. also ran traveling bowling alleys.  He had a limp all of his life from  an accident on a Motordrome.  He did about everything you could think of coming up in the carnival.  He'd get out and really hustle to make a dollar."

    W. R. passed on a great deal of confidence to his son Jerry, who in turn displayed a quiet type  of faith that could move mountains.  Glenn described his father Jerry in this manner:  "Daddy was of the Methodist faith and was very soft-spoken and spiritual.  He had a very strong code of ethics about doing the right thing."

    "I never knew my Daddy to ever lift a hand to my mother, and there was never any alcohol in our house.  People tend to stereotype carnival folks and think they're just rough-and-ready boozers, but I never saw my Mom or Daddy take a drop of alcohol."

    Glenn continued, "So we've always been a low-key type of family.  We don't have a lot of drama, and we're all very close.  That's been the greatest blessing in my life."

    Although Glenn did not have all the details about how his grandfather, William Robert Geren, and his grandmother, Jessie Lee Roe Geren, first met, Glenn did have plenty of heartwarming stories to relate about the great love between his parents. Jerry and Joanna Geren.

    Glenn began with these words:  "My Mom said that the first time she laid eyes on my Daddy, she was done.  After they first met, Daddy was drafted into the army.  When he got back out of the army, they got back together, got married, and were together ever since."  ("Ever since" being more than half a century...)

    Many an article has been written about the love that Jerry and Joanna shared.  In July 2008, Tamara Henderson of Alabama's Gadsden Times wrote these words:  "The Gerens met in the early 1950s when Joanna was just a sophomore in high school.  When she saw Jerry at the carnival in her town, it was love at first sight."
    "I never thought I would do anything like (travel with a carnival)," Joanna told Henderson.  "He [Jerry] was running the tilt-o-whirl, and I just thought he was the cutest thing.  I rode that thing a whole lot of times!"

    In December 2008, Frenchi Jones of Georgia's Coastal Courier asked Joanna what it was like to transition into the carnival world.  "It was sort of a culture shock.  You go from living in a house to living in much smaller quarters with no running water," Joanna told Jones.

    During this same interview, Jerry added, "There have been some hard times.  There are hard times in every business, but our love of family and our faith in God has always got us through."

    Loving Memories
    It is clear from memories communicated by family and friends just how beloved Jerry has always been.

    Larry Moyers of Superior Equipment Services LLC recently extolled Jerry's character and achievements.  He stated, "Jerry was a quiet gentleman who really helped to build this carnival industry."

    Lisa L. McNair of McNair Amusements expressed these heartfelt feelings:  "I can only smile when I hear the Geren name.  For the longest time I thought that Jerry was really my Uncle ‘cause he and my Daddy had the same interest, same type of business... each put family first... each had a Christian foundation, Jerry was a great teacher for my Daddy... we have been competitors for many years, always promised to never step on the other's toes, never to steal help or location, that tradition has lasted for over 45 years."    

    Granddaughter Hilary, who has taken on many Geren Rides management responsibilities, added: "He [Jerry] was the first person brave enough to take me out driving when I got my CDL permit...  He was still on the road, doing what he loved, on the day that he passed away."

  • Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest proves to be a hit at California's Sonoma-Marin Fair
    A North Carolina pooch recently traveled all the way to Petaluma, California to find fame.

    Peanut, owned by Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, won the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. The little dog was rescued as a pup from a Washington , D.C. animal shelter after having been abused and severely injured.

    The contest is recognized internationally and has been held for more than 25 years, said Sarah Cummings, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Twenty-nine potentially ugly dogs showed up at the contest from all over the country, she said.

    The owners of the doggie contestants are all kinds of people, said Cummings, from youngsters to senior citizens, each of them proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. The owners proudly walk both pedigreed pooches and "Heinz 57" mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowds.

    Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian's certificate assuring that they are healthy. The World's Ugliest Dog Contest follows up with a vet check on site just prior to the contest. The Sonoma Humane Society is also on site with information showcasing adoptable pets.

    Like Peanut, many of the doggie contestants have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills, and the contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions.

    And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans. One of the most popular features of the contest is the Beauty and the Beast Walk featuring Miss Sonoma County royalty walking adoptable pets from the Sonoma Humane Society, Rohnert Park Rescue and Noah's Bark.

    Peanut had been in a shelter for nine months before he was adopted. Chandler, his owner, said she entered the contest to raise awareness for animal rescue. She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals' veterinary bills.

    Peanut had been stuck in the shelter for months before Chandler fell in love and adopted him. He's a 2-year-old mutt whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality, a press release said. His teeth protrude because his lips were burned when he was abused.
    Peanut's owner said she wants to use her dog to raise awareness about animal abuse. Runners-up in the contest were Quasi Modo,  and Scamp, third place. Sweetie Rambo won the ugliest pedigree contest with Zoomer and Yoda in second and third place.

    The Sonoma-Marin Fair is operated and owned by the 4th District Agricultural Association, said Cummings. The organization is governed by a board of directors from the community it serves.

    The Sonoma-Marin 65-acre fairgrounds is located between Sonoma County and Marin County and takes its name from both counties it serves, said Cummings. Both Sonoma and Marin have their own individual fairs as well, she said, Marin in July and Sonoma in August.

    More than 65,000 people attended the 2014 fair, held from June 18 through June 22, said Cummings. That's an increase of 8 and one-half percent over any previous year, she said. The five-day fair celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, and there were displays and exhibits throughout the fair to celebrate the years since the fair first started in 1939.

    The emphasis of the fair since the very beginning has been on agriculture, said Cummings, fair CEO since last February. She was CEO of the Sonoma Fair for three years before she joined the Sonoma-Marin Fair. The agricultural emphasis continued in fine tradition this year, she said. Of special interest were the dairy replenishment exhibit and the heifer auction.

    "The Sonoma-Marin Fair promotes and showcases agriculture, while displaying the diverse talents, interests and accomplishments of the citizens of California, especially the youth of Sonoma and Marin counties," according to the fair's website. "This is achieved by providing education, entertainment and recreational opportunities for the general public, while continually striving towards enhancing the promotion and preservation of California's agricultural heritage."

    Sonoma-Marin youth had the opportunity to present the animals they've raised all year and got the chance to win the more than $37,000 in premium and prize money the fair awards each year to support youth in agriculture.

    Of those attending the fair, 38 percent are estimated to be over 13 years old; 24 percent are children 12 and under; 2 percent are senior citizens. The fair-goers enjoy family and spectacular  carnival rides, a separate section of fun and colorful kiddie carnival rides, headliner entertainment nightly, livestock exhibits, home and fine arts exhibits, wine tasting of award-winning wines from the North of the Gate Wine Competition, the ugly dog competition, a talent show and much more, the website said.
    Admission to the fair was $15, and the admission covered the price of almost everything but food – free concerts, free carnival rides. In addition to the Ugliest Dog Contest, there was entertainment galore. Cummings said there were several main acts this year.

    On June 18, Eddie Money rocked the house with his personal brand of rock and roll. Eddie (Mahoney) Money came onto the scene in 1977 and fans immediately went crazy for his sound. His first album went double platinum. The album featured hits like Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise.

    Brett Eldredge played on Thursday, June 19. On June 20, Credence Clearwater Revisited took the stage. Saturday, June 21, was time for Uncle Kracker, an act that has had several top 10 hits.

    Fiesta Latino led the way for the Latino fans, followed by La Sonora Santanera and La Marka de Tierra Calienta.

    If you weren't watching the shows and enjoying the music, you could wander the barns on the fairgrounds and follow the self-guided tour of the livestock walk to see close up the animals that live in Sonoma and Marin counties. There were beef and dairy cows, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits all getting ready for their big debut in the show ring.

    Farmer's Day events were held on Saturday, June 21 from noon to 4 p.m. There was team penning, the calf and pig scramble, mutton bustin' and the wild cow milking contest.

    Cummings said the fair was advertised through a marketing campaign that included radio, television and newspapers.

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IAAPA Coverage to begin Wednesday
Stay posted to all week for full coverage of the IAAPA Trade Show.  We will have interviews with exhibitors, show owners, and a full range of photos from the 2014 trade show.  The 2014 edition of the IAAPA Expo begins Tuesday, November 18 and runs through Friday, November 21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/17/2014
Rides 4-U to host party during IAAPA show

Len Soled's Somerville, NJ based Rides-4U announced that they will be hosting an after-hours party during the IAAPA trade show next week on Wednesday, November 19 from 7-9pm at Fun Spot Orlando.  Soled welcomes all former and current customers to attend the event for food, drinks, and access to the park.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/14/2014
Chance Rides Has Hired a New Sales Manager for the Carnival Market
Wichita, Kan. - Chance Rides recently hired Jeff Miller as Sales Manager for new rides in the North America carnival market. Jeff comes to Chance Rides with over 25 years experience in the amusement ride  industry. 

"We are very pleased to have Jeff on board as we grow our new portable ride production including our new one-trailer Freestyle ride as  well as old favorites such as the Zipper, Pharaoh's Fury and Century Wheel." said Chance Rides' President, Michael Chance. 

You will have the opportunity to meet Jeff at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, November 18 - 21st, booth #5124. And at the Showmen's League of America Exhibitors Lounge on December 8 - 9th, in Las Vegas. Chance Rides' long-time carnival and used rides expert, Duane Wiechman will continue to serve Chance Rides in his current role. So please be sure to stop by to say hello to him at the IAAPA Expo as well.

  Posted by Lisa Hargrove  on 11/11/2014
UPDATED: Wade Shows adds new rides for 2015
Wade Shows announced the addition of four new rides for 2015.  The show purchased a new Monster Truck kiddie ride from Wisdom as well as a Gravitron themed "Centrifuge".  Additionally, the show has added a Quasar themed "Music Express" from ARM and a Zamperla Barnyard themed "Beach Shack".  All four pieces are set to debut at the South Florida Fair this January and will also be featured at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.  The show will also be leasing (with an option to buy) ARM's new Frenzy Ride for both events.   Company owner Frank Zaitshik said "There are several other purchases pending including several more children's rides, other spectacular rides, and support equipment such as trucks and generators".

UPDATED 11/10/14 - Company owner, Frank Zaitshik announced over the weekend that the show also purchased four new Umbrella Rides from Dalton Kid Rides.  The four kiddie rides will rack on two trailers for easy transport and to help consolidate loads.  The show traded in their trailer mounted Hampton Whales and Hampton Dune Buggies.

  Posted by Matt Cook on 11/10/2014
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Wisdom Rides manufacturers some of the most profitable amusement rides in the industry including the Viper, Beetle Bobs, Starship 3000 / Gravitron, Dragon Wagon, and the new Looney Lagoon.  Visit for more info!

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