April, 2002

Articles included in the April 2002 issue:

  • Family owned and operated Kissel Rides and Shows of Moultire, Georgia, had a bout with rainy weather during their season, but optimism reigns as the show looks towards better times
  • In Michigan there was a change of venue for the state’s annual fair convention, and new shows made their appearance using hospitality suites to help sign fairs and events. Safety and new carnivals coming into the state and the demise of Pugh Shows were hot topics.
  • Do You Remember features the Star Wars fun house and its companion piece the Star Creatures dark ride, products of the inventive mind of Bruno Zacchini, Jr.
  • After filing for bankruptcy, a court has pushed Pugh Shows into history. A court ordered sale of assets, including event contracts, rides and equipment recently took place.
  • Gillette Shows is in the somewhat unique position of providing the fun zone for a World’s Fair that occurs every year. This World’s Fair is staged in the mountainous countryside near Tunbridge, Vermont.
  • After a contentious several months that could be likened to a baptism by fire for the new North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, a contract with Amusements of America has been signed for the 2002 State Fair, and peace reigns once more
  • The IISF Extravaganza is now history but exhibitors and attendees have many memories to share. View some of those who participated in and some of the product lines displayed at the Trade Show.
  • The History of Train Shows continues with stories about the World of Mirth Shows, Ralph Smith and Frank Bergen.
  • In addition regular magazine features include Manufacturer’s Showcase, Midway Talk, Direct From the Lots, and carnival modeling.