November, 2001

Articles included in the November 2001 issue:

  • Funtastic Shows plays the King County Fair, the oldest fair in the state.
  • Texas-based Heart of America Shows  is another family-tradition show.  The show's route covers 12,000 miles, from Texas through Nebraska.
  • The History of Train Shows ( part XXIV)  features the growth of Cetlin and Wilson with the purchase of the North American Exposition equipment;  and a profile of Clifford Clarence "Specs" Groscurth.
  • The  Canadian show West Coast Amusements Ltd.,  was started during a time many years ago when animals were highlights of the show.  Follow Bingo Hauser and his wife, Jackie, as they travel across Canada and grow a carnival.
  • Do You remember the Grover C. Watkins' Heart Flip? Cars flipped in and out  and rotated "rhythmically" like many hearts on the midway!
  • Change is in the air in North Carolina as a result of the retirement of a long-time Commissioner of Agriculture and the election of a new team.  Up in the air is the contract for the 2002 state fair, and some insight into the selection process was offered by Bobby McLamb, the new Assistant Commissioner.
  • Deggeller Attractions offered a state fair quality midway at the Martin County (Florida) Fair.  One of the newer pieces to the Deggeller midway is the Flashback,  a technologically advanced version of the Whip.
  • Terry Portemont's All American Shows run pay-one-price all during their season.  No piece on the show is older than eight years old.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase features Gold Medal Products' Candee Fluff containers for cotton candy; and Gorham Fabrications' new Gravity Storm.
  • An editorial comment from Stephen Banks, Butler Amusements and the state of carnivals since September 11, and the continued need for them in the United States.
  • In addition to these interesting and informative articles, catch Direct From the Lots, Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner and classified ads.
  • Coming in December, an expanded Modeler's Corner will offer new pieces being built on scale model midways and construction tips from carnival modelers.