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  • In Memory of Jeff Shuper
    Jeff Shuper passed away in a tragic car accident at the age of 48. Known in the industry as an immensely talented ride foreman, he will be missed by many: especially by his long-time friend, Mike Williams. 

    Williams owned Farrow Shows before he consolidated 5 different amusement companies in 2004 to create North American Midway Entertainment. Williams recalls Shuper's humble beginnings in the outdoor amusement industry; he was playing a fair in Hibbing, Minnesota, Shuper's hometown. At the age of 15, Shuper showed up at the fair site to help with set-up and tear-down. "He was immediately enamored with the industry," says Williams. 

    Once he turned 18, Shuper began traveling on the road full time working for Farrow Shows and eventually for North American Midway Entertainment. "I could tell he was unique from the start; he was smart and a problem solver," says Williams. Shuper eventually became known as one of the top ride technicians in the industry. Williams liked to put Shuper in charge of the larger rides; he appointed Shuper as the foreman of the Giant Wheel just two years after he bought it. Williams recalls, "he was the guy you called in when you needed a piece of equipment moved and he always did a fantastic job." 

    Williams describes Shuper as a private man who was always very loyal, especially to Farrow Shows. Williams attributes his success in building a 250 ride show from a 15 ride show to talented team members and Shuper is definitely one of them. "He was a great asset and I don't know that I could've done it without him," says Williams. 

    Shuper continued working for North American Midway Entertainment even after Williams sold the show in 2010. One of Shuper's other talents was ride refurbishment. During the months in winter quarters, he would work on refurbishing rides and could get them looking as good as new. 

    Shuper's loyalty was replicated by him having a very loyal crew of his own. He treated them very well and would even take them on trips when they had breaks in the route. "He did all of that on his own dime to show his appreciation to his crew; he treated them very well," says Williams.

    When North American Midway Entertainment was originally created, they had quite a few units that were referred to based on their original show or family names. When asked which route Shuper primarily travelled with, Williams explained that Shuper mainly travelled with the Farrow Shows unit but he certainly would jump around from time to time when they needed work done on a larger ride on a different unit. According to Williams, Shuper truly was the best of the best. 

    In addition to his love for the outdoor amusement industry, Shuper loved to travel. During his off time in some of the winter months, Shuper would travel all over the world. Williams recalls him taking a journey to Iceland and loving it. 

    Shuper was a great man, and talented ride foreman, and he will be missed by many. Shuper's funeral will be held at 10am on Friday, October 20th at the First Lutheran Church in Hibbing, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Jeff Shuper to the Showmen's League of America Scholarship fund.

  • One day shorter but same attendance numbers for Washington State Fair
    The 2017 Washington State Fair was a successful one. Attendance was about 1.1 million, just about the same last the 2016 fair. This attendance consistency was a victory for the fair as they ran one day shorter this year than they did in 2016. 

    According to Stacy Howard, Public Relations Manager, 2016 was the first year the fair opened Labor Day weekend so the fair ran for 21 days and was closed on Tuesdays. "We closed on Tuesdays because most of the schools in the area started on the Tuesday after Labor Day," says Howard. This year the fair ran for 20 days: opening the Friday before Labor Day. 

    At the gate, admission prices for the Washington State Fair are $14 for adults, $10.50 for students 6-18 and seniors 62+, children 5 and under are free. The fair provides plenty of ways for Washington residents to affordably attend the fair. BECU sponsors opening day kids free weekend during which all kids get into the fair for free. They also sponsored this event the last weekend of the fair as well. On opening day, the Washington State Fair partners with the local ABC affiliate to sponsor a food donation on opening day; anyone who brings in a food item for donation gets free admission that day. 2017 was the Washington State Fair's second year sponsoring a school supply drive as well. Fairgoers could purchase discounted tickets through Val-Pak and Safeway. Local Costco stores sold fair admission season passes and O'Reilly Auto Parts sold discounted rodeo tickets. 

    There were quite a few themed days throughout the 2017 Washington State Fair. Each Thursday of the fair was dubbed "Pierce County Thursdays." Through some market research conducted by the fair when they re-branded in 2012, the fair team realized that many Pierce County residents did not come to the fair because it had gotten too big and was, in a way, overwhelming to have in their county. "We wanted to show our appreciation to Pierce County residents and get them back at the fair," says Howard. 

    Pierce county residents could print off 2 for 1 admission coupons from the website or get them from Val-Pak. This deal was also heavily advertised on television. The fair offered 2 for 1 concert tickets; the first 1000 people got a reusable grocery bag with the old, pre-2012 fair logo. "Attendance was up on Thursdays and we think these promotions definitely contributed to that," says Howard. 

    The last Friday of the fair is named "Blue Friday;" anyone wearing Seattle Seahawks gear and entering through the blue gate got a free admission ticket to come back Sunday for the ultimate tailgate party. The Washington State Fair screens all Seahawks games throughout the fair and the last Saturday of the fair, the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders: the Seagals, performed at the fair. On Labor Day, the fair hosts an End Of Summer Bash. Last year, they hosted a paid concert for fairgoers to enjoy but, according to Howard, it didn't work very well. This year they had a free concert in the grandstand featuring the Washington Legends tribute band. The concert featured the songs of HeArt and Jimmi Hendrix. Fairgoers could sample Washington wine, beer, and food. 

    Mondays of the Washington State Fair are military appreciation days during which military personnel, their family, and their dependents are admitted into the fair free. The fair also features an Asian Pacific Cultural day with asian-focused food and entertainment. Another huge hit is Fiesta: the fair hosts big Hispanic artists for free and they perform twice during the day. The fair also celebrated the 100th birthday of the antique carousel on the grounds. 

    The concert lineup for the 2017 Washington State Fair was certainly fantastic. This year the fair featured Nickleback, Lady Antebellum, Steven Tyler, Granger Smith, Easton Corbin, Melissa Etheridge, the Beach Boys, the I Love The 90s tour, Hank Williams Jr., Casting Crowns, Modest Mouse, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Jason Aldean among others. All of the concerts sold extremely well but Lady Antebellum, Hank Williams Jr., Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Jason Aldean were the best sellers with Earth, Wind, and Fire being the top act. 

    In addition to large concerts, the fair booked several ground and strolling acts for fairgoers to enjoy. This was the second year that the fair hosted a free superhero headquarters exhibit which featured DC and Marvel superheroes. The characters did meet and greets with fans and there were picture taking stations along the way so that waiting in line was little more enjoyable for fairgoers. The fair also featured two paid exhibits: a large insect exhibit with real insects and some giant animatronic ones for $7 and Big Washington's Imagination Station for $5. 

    Some other ground acts included a slapstick comedy act, street beat musicians, Meghan Lindsey from the Voice, Roberto the Magnificent's comedic show, hypnotist shows, a one-man band, stilt walkers dressed as unicorns, and costumed characters dressed as a chicken and a rabbit which entertained fairgoers son the people-mover and throughout the fairgrounds.
    The 2017 Washington State Fair featured lots of new and fan-favorite foods. The ever-popular Fisher scone created an ice cream this year which debuted at 9 locations around the fair. "They kept the ingredients a secret and sold little cups for just $2," says Howard. Puyallup River Brewing made a raspberry scone ale exclusively for the fair. Also new this year was Puyallup Pro which featured gluten free food and Stu's Fresh Fruit which sold smoothies and fresh fruit bowls. For the first time this year the fair had food stands which sold insects: scorpions, Chile-roasted grasshoppers, and BBQ crickets. The stand also featured exotic kangaroo sausage.

    The Washington State Fair uses Funtastic Shows as their carnival midway provider. This year, Funtastic Shows brought a new ride: Circus Jumbo which was extremely popular with all ages of fairgoers. Funtastic shows uses the Funcard System at the Washington State Fair and brought about 75 rides this year. The Washington State Fair ha about 9 rides that are on the fairgrounds permanently. 

    The fair also has a huge 4-H and FFA presence each year. Fine arts exhibits and contests are very popular; there are about 100 contests hosted at the fair for everything from food to photography to knitting. Livestock showing and competitions are held at the state level. Anyone competing in livestock competitions have to compete in Munroe at the Evergreen Fair before they can compete at the Washington State Fair. 

    The fair team advertises the Washington State Fair through most of the traditional advertising mediums. A large portion of their budget is spent on television advertising and they use radio to mainly advertise their concerts. The Washington State Fair also uses billboards and includes an 8 page insert about the fair in all the large local newspapers. Howard controls the fair's social media sites; they mainly use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Howard runs lots of contests through Facebook. "We have grown our social media presence tremendously in the past few years and we've found it to be immensely helpful," says Howard.

  • Hurricane Harvey poses challenges for Great Allentown Fair
    The 2017 Great Allentown Fair saw many successes despite challenges from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. This year, The Great Allentown Fair celebrated the 165th anniversary of its founding. In addition, the fair commemorated the 100 anniversary of the years 1917-1919 when the fair ceased operation to turn the Allentown Fairgrounds into a World War I training facility for the US Army Ambulance Service.

    This year's Great Allentown Fair ran from Tuesday, August 29th through Monday, September 5th. Overall attendance was 303,000: down 23% from the 2016 total. Overall Grandstand show attendance was 39,777 which was up 12% from 2016, a bright spot for the event. The fair's theme was "The Pick Of The Season."

    The fair offered several admission promotions throughout the duration of the fair. However, perhaps one of their most popular specials: Preview Night Dollapalooza, was negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey. Dollapalooza offers $1 specials on rides, games, and food. Additionally, the fair partners with the Second Harvest Food Bank drive to allow fairgoers into the fair for just $1 with a non-perishable item. The weather discouraged fairgoers/donators from attending so the collection numbers were down to a little over 3,000 pounds from last year's 9,000 pounds. 

    Other admission promotions included "Early birds under the wire:" those who attended the fair on Wednesday, August 31st, Thursday, September 1st, or Friday, September 2nd were given free admission into the fair from 12pm-2pm. On Wednesday, August 30th, seniors with identification were admitted for $4 after 2pm for American Bank Senior Citizens Day. Red, White & Thank You Military Day took place on August 31st and gave free admission to active military and veterans with ID. 

    The 2017 Great Allentown Fair Grandstand lineup included Thomas Rett with Dan+Shay, Keith Urban with Lindsay Ell, John Mellencamp with Carlene Carter, Rascal Flatts with Lauren Alaina, Pentatonix with Us The Duo, a Latin radio station sponsored a show with Tito Nieves, Ivy Queen, and Jose Alberto, and there was a J&J Demolition Derby on Labor Day. The last bit of Harvey's wrath poured down on Pentatonix fans at the sold-out Grandstand concert on Saturday, September 3rd. 10,536 fans braved the weather to watch Pentatonix perform.

    Ground act entertainment at the 2017 was also a huge hit according to Bonnie Brosious, fair spokesperson. New shows this year included America's Got Talent Season 6 quarter-finalist, Dan Mink: the Rhinestone Roper. Mink gave three shows per day which featured horse stunts, roping tricks, knife throwing, and more. This year's fairgoers also saw the return of the Nerveless Nocks who performed thrill acts such as the dual Sway Poe, WHeel of Destiny, and Wheel of Steel motor dome. Other ground acts included The Marvelous Mutts, Robinson's Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers, Scott's Future of Magic, and New Odyssey featuring "3 guys, 30 instruments." 

    In addition to grandstand acts, the fair featured other musical performers such as Grammy award winning King of Polka: Jimmy Sturr, regional tribute band: The Blues Brotherhood, and many other local bands and acoustic players. 

    Powers' Great American Midways provides the carnival rides, food, and games for the Great Allentown Fair. According to Brosious, they experienced negative consequences from Hurricane Harvey. Powers' Great American Midways featured two new kiddie rides this year as part of the 41 rides and 43 games they had at the fair. Advance sale unlimited ride wristbands were available for $15 online and at the fair box office prior to opening day.

    The fair's Agri-Plex featured 12 competitive exhibits this year and they each followed the fair's theme: "The Pick of the Season." Each area represented one of the 12 months of the year. Competitive exhibit participation rose 22%; 8,450 items were on display to be judged and a total of 950 animals were exhibited. Proceeds from the Lehigh County 4-H Livestock Sale were up 19%. 
    In order to honor the fair's participation in WWI, two men: George King III and Jeffrey Klinger of Massachusetts wore WWI uniforms and brought their Ambulance 255 Project to the fair on its Red, White, & Thank You Military Day. On Friday, fairgoers could observe the vehicle as it made runs around the grounds or attend one of the 5 presentations given in front of the WWI display. 

    Food is a huge part of the Great Allentown Fair as evidenced by its many food competitions and demonstrations. The fair features a Farm to Table series of chef demonstrations and culinary tips. This year, they offered Grain to Glass presentations from local distillers, giving fairgoers the chance to observe the distilling process. The fair's Iron Chef Competition is certainly a crowd favorite; it is a two day competition between 4 contenders who compete to cook against the previous year's champion. East Executive Chef Abe Lopez beat last year's champion by creating a dish from the following secret ingredients: double smoked ham shanks, roasted chestnuts, kale puree, farm kimchi, Louisiana alligator, dragon fruit, and "blue wave" kettle corn. 

    Fair concessionaires competed to win over fairgoers and the loving cup with fun and creative food recipes. This year, Maddalena's Cheesecake stand made a vanilla ice cream dish topped with cinnamon-spiced apple pie which took home the trophy. 

    While the fair was hit with some nasty weather, Brosious remained positive when reflecting on how the weather affected the fair; "We always hope for perfect weather to bolster our year-long efforts, but when you see what has taken people lifetimes to build destroyed or damaged by nature's fury, you deal with what we experienced without a wince," says Brosius. "Numbers were up in our competitive exhibit and livestock entries and the activities associated with the commemoration of Camp Crane (the WWI ambulance training base) were fabulous," she says.

  • Big E Breaks Attendance Records with New Marketing, Entertainment and Exhibits
    Revamped marketing, a top notch entertainment lineup, new exhibits and an improving economy are all tangible factors the Eastern States Expo can point to as contributing to a record number of visitors for The Big E, in West Springfield, MA, breaking the Fair's all-time high attendance figure, with a final tally of 1,525,553. The previous record,  1,498,605, was set in 2014. Closing day attendance was 137,208, a new record for the final Sunday of the 17-day Fair.

    In addition, the all-time highest single day attendance record was also broken when 171,897 visitors attended Saturday, Sept. 23. Three additional daily attendance records were set: Sept. 21, 85,019; Sept. 28, 89,905; and Sept. 29, 109,871. "I am humbled to see the incredible support of Eastern States Exposition by our loyal fair patrons," said Eugene J. Cassidy, president and chief executive officer of the Exposition. "The 2017, 101st edition of The Big E broke records again, recording for the first time in history over 1.5 million guests."

    Wholesome Americana 
    But there may also have been an intangible factor that helped the event shatter previous attendance records.  While the Big E did many things right this year, Cassidy pointed to an overriding factor - fairs themselves. "The fair is wholesome, Americana," he said. "Society is desperate to return to that. Of course, we feel we produce the best fair with the Big-E.  But the reality is that the economy is improving and consumer confidence is improving. People want to return to normal, and fairs represent that. I really believe that to be the case, that fairs are the place where you can bring the family and take a respite from all the problems in society."

    One thing that can certainly be ruled out when it comes this bigger than ever Big E is that 2017 weather may not have been horrific, but it was far from optimum. A late summer heat wave had temps in the 90s, and then a rainstorm caused temperatures to plummet into the low 60s.  "Patrons of New England's Great State Fair braved days of punishing temperatures that pushed the heat index to above 100 degrees, they endured a 55 degree drop in temperature accompanied by rain, and yet they came in great numbers to participate in, enjoy and support this organization and all it stands for." 

    Like other large fairs, challenging of course is the key word for booking entertainment at the Big E, but Cassidy feels he hit a sweet spot in terms of "diversity of talent," he said.

    The ambitious entertainment line-up this year included ticketed and free concerts at the Xfinity arena including: Cole Swindell, KING & COUNTRY, Grand Funk Railroad, Smash Mouth, Cam and Night Ranger. 

    Swindell and the other paid acts, "sold very well," said Cassidy. "I honestly feel that we met all  the challenges when it came to talent buying this year. We didn't really not get anyone who we didn't go after, and we wanted a real diversity of talent, and we are pleased to get the talent we did."

    Cassidy said there was a cut-off guideline in terms of paying for acts, which determined what acts the fair booked, "we stayed within that range," he said.

    The fair further diversified musical offerings with covered seating of a free stage, the Court of Honor Stage, creating what the fair called "a musical oasis" in the center of the fairgrounds, and featured such acts as Vintage Trouble, Village People, Ten Years After, the Lovin' Spoonful, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (a bagpipe ensemble), "American Idol" winner Nick Fradiani, with Carly & Martina and Machine Performs Pink Floyd.  "We had a big cross section of talent," said Cassidy. 

    Another musical feature at this year's fair was a mini-country music festival the Twin-E Country Fest, with the new "E" Stage, which hosted a Songwriters Series, up-and-coming artists and the Masters of Music competition, showcasing local and regional artists. "We want to think we are becoming  a music festival."

    Two new exhibits also grabbed fairgoer attentions as highlights of the 2017 Big E, A Walk Through History debuted in the Hampden County Building's auditorium, an outgrowth of last year's 100th anniversary of the fair, which featured memorabilia and other items for the century of Easter States Expositions. The building is now a permanent fair museum, featuring history of the fair as well rotating exhibits outlining the rich agricultural and educational history of the Exposition. "Last year was the first time we really had our own archive created, so we are now making that permanent part of the fair," said Cassidy. 
    Another new exhibit, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, sponsored by Uncommon USA, recreated one of the famed ceilings through photographic reproduction. The exhibit made a splash earlier in the year the Oculus/National 9-11 Museum & Memorial in Lower Manhattan. "It was a great exhibit," said Cassidy.

    New Mascot 
    The Big E also made a complete overhaul of its marketing, with a new theme - Free Bird, which accompanied a new mascot - "Chick-E" - a chickadee type creature who visited various scenes of the fair. Chick-E was used in some print and online ads, but was mainly the star of various animated spots. "We worked him into the advertising campaign, and you saw him playing among farm animals and having various fair experiences. He really acted as the fairgoer. He was a really fun image, very clever. 

    The fair media allocation for marketing in 2017 was: Television, 27 percent; Radio, 35 percent; Print, 8 percent; Out of Home, 15 percent; Online, 15 percent. "We redirected more money into social media, and we increased that budget by 25 percent.

    The new social media focus was primarily on ticket sales. "Social Media was driving a great deal of our ticket sales. We stole an idea from the Wisconsin State Fair were we ran a flash sale in June, which we discounted at $8 (tickets were usually $15). We sold 90,000 tickets in less than a day."

    He pointed out that the redemption rate for flash sale tickets were 80 percent. "There were a lot of them that went unclaimed, and so the deep discount wasn't as great, it was only $10 instead of $8."

    The social media makeover and heavier emphasis also reaped a stronger millennial following for the fair. "Our social media expanded substantially, and we really increased the 25-35 year old demo. With the music and the social media, there is really a party and festival atmosphere, and we had younger people, and our alcohol sales also increased."
    NAME Midway 
    The Easter States Exposition midway was operated by North American Midway Entertainment (NAME), and Cassidy said the revenue was a record, up 11 percent over last year. The midway featured 50 rides, with the debut of The Bullet Train Roller Coaster highlighting the ride selection this year." 

    The fair featured 145 food concessions, with the most popular seller being the signature item for the fair, the Big E Cream Puffs & Eclairs. The also had a two-level Bud & Burger Pub, featuring the specially created Big TastE Burger for the fair. "We found double decker tents," Cassidy explained, "It was a quite a big attraction, people could come and sit under the tent, and we had a small stage nearby, where local talent played. The tents had a great view of the fairgrounds." 

    Another food vendor The Deep South Company, whose specialty was Waffle Chicken Bites, also added a second floor with the new double decker tents.

    Other foods at the Big E included the Deep Fried Holy Cannoli, Gourmet Candy Apples and gourmet     tater tots at Tots-A-Lot. In addition, the "Spencer Trappist Beer Bar and Experience" featured a newly created Reserve Ale (a Trappist 'Quadrupel'), putting an old world spin on the hand-crafted bear movement. 

    "I talked to a lot of vendors whose sales were up as high as 20 percent compared to last year. I think people are feeling more confident in the economy, and they're less afraid to spend money. We also know more about our customer and did a better job reaching with our marketing and our programming. The weather was like a last gasp of summer, and people came out despite the heat."  

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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
Chuck Waterman Passes
Veteran show owner Chuck Waterman passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the age of 60.  Chuck owned and operated Calkins Midways for many years before selling the show to Alan and Barb Larkee in 2017.  Chuck still traveled with the show operating concessions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.  

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation:  OCT 14. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Funeral to follow at noon

St. Jacobi Ev. Lutheran Church
8605 W. Forest Home Av.
Greenfield, WI, US

  Posted by Matt Cook on 10/11/2017
Bob Coleman Passes
Bob Coleman, owner of Coleman Brothers Shows and OABA 1989 Trustee passed away at his home late this week at the age of 91 (two weeks shy of his 92nd birthday).

Funeral and visitation information is as follows:
The Wake will be held on October 12 from 5-8pm at:
Coughlin-Lastrina Funeral Home
491 High Street in Middletown, CT f

Funeral Mass will be held at on October 13 at 10am:
Pius Catholic Church 
310 Westfield St Middletown Ct

Burial will follow at Indian Hill Cemetery on 383 Washington St. in Middletown.

  Posted by Matt Cook / Obiturary on 10/7/2017
Former Delaware State Fair Manager, Dennis Hazzard passes
MILFORD - On Sept. 3, 2017, Dennis S. Hazzard passed away at The Country Rest Home in Greenwood.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1941, in Milford to Jean and Walter Hazzard.

Dennis graduated from Milford High School in 1959 and began his radio broadcasting career at the local station, WTHD. He then went on to other radio stations including WAFL. Dennis later switched careers to become the Assistant General Manager at the Delaware State Fair. He occupied this position for several years before being appointed General Manager. He retired from this position in 2007.

He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware State Fair. He was also a member of the International Association of Fairs and Expos and the Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs and Shows.

Dennis enjoyed listening to music, reading and watching movies, especially old movies. He also enjoyed going to Broadway shows and traveling. For several years he conducted bus tours to Nashville, Tenn. for the annual Fanfare.

Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vivian (nee Wilson); and his two children, Amy Slonacher and her husband Garrette, and Mark Hazzard and his wife Kim. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, Tristan and Brendan Slonacher. Also surviving are brothers, Roy, Walter, Dean and Richard Hazzard; sister, Jill Cohee; and several nieces and nephews.
  Posted by Obituary on 9/11/2017
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