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  • IAAPA Day 4:  Majestic Coaster Set to Debut; Rides 4-U Wrap Up; Magic Money Introduces a Revolutionary Cashless Ticketing System
    The 2017 edition of the IAAPA Attractions Expo came to a close Friday at 4pm.  The 2017 expo proved to be a record setting show, with over 25,300 buyers in attendance, a 12 percent increase in attendance over 2016.  Over the five day period, an estimated $51.3 million was injected into the Orlando-area economy.  

    Majestic Manufacturing
    Majestic had an indoor booth and displayed a prototype ride vehicle of their new Back Spin portable roller coaster.  Chris Kudler was excited to announce that the prototype of the ride is near completion and they estimate that by mid December, the ride will be 100% operational.  The coaster was originally supposed to debut during the spring of 2017, however, additional design improvements and extensive testing set back the launch date of the new ride.

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  • IAAPA Day 3:  Audio Innovators Develops Midway Sound System; Myers adds new European Dark Ride
    A little after ten am on Thursday, February 16th, the third day of the IAAPA Trade Show, the parking lots at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando were nearing capacity.  The IAAPA show is always quite a spectacle, with attendees from all over the world, the latest in technology and new equipment for the entertainment business and the manufacturers and suppliers to amusement parks, FECs, water parks and carnivals.

    Sometimes you can find innovations for the largest of parks and facilities.  Zamperla for instance, had their Windstarz, huge park model ride with large swing-like seats.  But other times, some of the innovations are smaller as is the case with the Rockin 'Rollin' Video game Party Company of North Carolina.

    Rockin' Rollin' has been in business for the past seven year, outfitting cargo trailers into deluxe game rooms with 4 - 8 TVs, stadium seating , colored LED track lighting and advertising wraps.  The company makes units from 4 TV premier units to 8 8 tv virtual reality Extreme Units.  The colorful trailers come fully outfitted and range in price from $49,000 to $74,000.  

    The company has grown to 137 mobile units on the road with various owners. They don't charge a franchise fee or royalty fee but are now granting territory exclusivity.  Rockin' Rollin' provides full raining to owners after purchase and they even have a private support forum online and a national reservation system for parties.  

    The company takes pride in having launched many customers as independent business owners and encourages cooperation among its family of independent owners.  In fact, the owners have a gathering here at the IAAPA Show to discuss business practices, marketing strategies and just share some stories from the road.

    Rockin' Rollin' was created primarily as a business for birthday parties and celebrities but some of the owners have expanded into festivals and even branded sponsorship experiences.  In fact, the company has been expanding beyond the video game caters and has developed several new trailer experiences.  Laser Tag, a 14' trailer with 16 laser taggers, can be purchased for about $37,000, the Glamour party Theater with beauty stations, a dance floor, karaoke and lounge and craft area, all in a 32' trailer, can be purchased for $72,000 and the new 32' mobile escape room trailer, built completely turn-key with a 2 room puzzle, can be purchased for just under $100,000.  

  • ARM to build second Frenzy Ride; Wisdom to debut new Y-Factor
    The second day of the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo opened Wednesday to mild crowds, but by the end of the day, the trade show floor was filled with an assortment of buyers and attendees.  Overall, attendance seemed lighter then opening day, however, exhibitors expressed enthusiasm with the customers that they saw at the show.

    Wisdom Rides
    Wisdom Rides was set up in its regular corner location near many of the other carnival suppliers.  Victor Wisdom did not have any new sales to report as of mid afternoon Wednesday, but was optimistic that his company would come out of the show with several new orders.  He was pleased to announce that the company's new thrill ride, the Y-Factor is under development and on schedule to premier at this year's IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton.  The first model has already been sold to James Gang Amusements and there is a vast amount of interest in the ride from other show owners.  

    Wisdom will also debut its full size, one trailer, Flying Bobs-style ride, themed Fast and the Furious at the Gibsonton Trade Show.  The piece is currently in production and will feature 20 full size passenger cars.  The first model has been sold to Robert & Juanita Salerno's All Around Amusements of Chicago.

  • Rides 4-U Debuts New Mini-Break Dance at IAAPA
    The 2017 edition of the IAAPA Attractions Expo opened to large crowds on Tuesday at 10am.  Attendance figures for the first day of the trade show have yet to be announced, however, the floor was packed with industry buyers and attendees.  Due to the large volume of crowds, the convention center parking lot was at capacity as early as noon on opening day.  

    Rides 4-U
    One of the largest ride exhibitors at the trade show was Rides 4-U, representing SBF/Visa, Wisdom Rides, E-Works LED Packages, as well a broker of many used rides within the amusement park and carnival industry. 

    Rides 4-U was proud to introduce a new attraction, dubbed a Mini-Break Dancer, built by SBF/Visa.  Company President, Len Soled was happy to announce that his company sold three of the new rides to the family entertainment center / amusement park sector of the business.  "Its going to be a really strong piece for the FEC industry", said Soled of the new compact attraction.  The Mini Break Dancer on display is a park model, however, plans are in the works to develop a trailer mounted version.  "We have some interest from carnivals and hope to have the first portable model sold this week during the show", said Soled.  The portable version is available for a June 2017 delivery.  A park model of the ride will be on display in Gibtown, and Soled hopes to have an artist's rendering of the portable version available. 

    Also on display at the Rides 4-U booth is a SBF/Visa Drop N' Twist Drop Tower, which has been on display the last couple of years.  "The Drop N' Twist has been very popular because of its pneumatic drive and portability" said Soled.

    Another old but perennially popular attraction Soled hopes to have on display in Gibtown is a new version of the popular Frog Hopper kiddie ride, now built by Wisdom Industries.  The popular kiddie drop tower was previously built by S&S Power, however, the manufacturing rights were sold to Wisdom so that S&S could concentrate on building larger park attractions.  "We sold the first park model of the Wisdom Frog Hopper and are working on building the trailer mounted version", Soled said.

    "We sold several used pieces prior to the IAAPA Show.  We're planning on visiting with a lot of carnivals during the trade show.  I just hope we can produce it all in time", stated Soled.

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Broward County Fair kicks off Friday with a variety of midway operators
The resurrected Broward County (Fla.) Fair starts Friday at Gulfstream Park with a carnival midway consisting of about 60 rides and attractions. In addition to his own rides, fair producer Harlan Bast has booked equipment from Modern Midways, Rides of Utica, Michael's Amusements, Geren Rides, Deggeller Attractions and Oscar's Amusements, among others. In addition, independent ride owner Butch Van Hull has booked his Zyklon coaster. Independent concessionaire Nigel Carley is managing the food and game operation with 75 games set up for the event. Fair admission is $10 and the most expensive ride wristband is $25. For the two Midnight Madness specials on the fair's two Fridays, gate admission is free after 10 p.m. The fair runs through Nov. 26.   Posted by Don Muret on 11/15/2017
SLA Announces Annual Christmas Party
Chicago, IL - The Showmen's League of America (SLA) announces the annual Christmas Party at The Hanson Park Elementary School at 5411 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL on December 8th. Each year, SLA volunteers and donors partner up to entertain and provide two Christmas shows for hundreds of underprivileged and disabled students.

Santa, Rudolph, and Guy and Charlene Leavitt of Ray Cammack Shows will be there as well as many volunteers. Every child will receive a stuffed animal, cotton candy, and popcorn while they watch the showpeople perform on stage, this year headed by Tim Balster of Balster Magic Productions.

On December 7th, members and friends are invited to the SLA headquarters at 1023 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL for dinner and camaraderie.

The SLA would like to thank Christmas Party Chairmen Peter Kasin and Donnie Massie, III for coordinating the event along with all of the volunteers and stock donors. Special thank you's go to Dave Jaros and Patti Grillion for the dinner, Fundways of Illinois, Fare Foods, and Gold Medal.

  Posted by Cindy Henning on 11/8/2017
Firestone Financial Announces "Take Half The Season Off" Promotion
Needham, MA - November 6, 2017 - Firestone Financial, the leader of financing in the carnival industry, is offering customers the ability to only pay for half the season for new loans. Any carnival or amusement park that funds a new loan by Memorial Day of 2018 will only need to pay for half the season for the first year. For borrowers that have a seasonal schedule that runs from May to October, payments would only be made from August to October in 2018; payments for subsequent years would follow the seasonal schedule.

In additional to this program, Firestone Financial also offers lines of credit to qualified customers. A Firestone credit line may be used for new and used rides, light packages, bunkhouses, winter quarters, insurance and maintenance.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit Firestone Financial at IAAPA, booth 1813 or call 800-851-1001 ext. 42 for more information.

  Posted by Firestone Financial on 11/6/2017
Jeff Shuper of NAME passes away
Industry veteran Jeff Shuper passed away late Thursday evening in a tragic car accident.  Jeff was a friend to many and was an outstanding ride foreman for North American Midway Entertainment.  

Viewing will take place at 5pm on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at:
Dougherty Funeral Home
2615 First Avenue
Hibbing MN, 55746

Funeral service will be held at 10am on Friday, October 20, 2017 at:
First Lutheran Church
2201-3rd Avenue East
Hibbing, MN 55764

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of "Jeff Shuper" to the Showmen's League of America Scholarship fund.  Donate online at

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/13/2017
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