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JULY, 2002

Articles included in the July 2002 issue:

  • Bill Hames Shows played the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo, bringing in several new pieces, including a Hi-Miler coaster. The show's general manager feels that a philosophy of consistency is a primary key to their success. 

  • Midway Personality profiles Harry and Shirley Valentine, two independent concessionaires. Harry has an extensive sideshow background that dates back to the late 1930s and has been acquainted with numerous sideshow personalities, including Percilla the Monkey Girl, Grady Stiles, the Lobster Boy, and veteran owner Ward Hall.

  • Chance Rides Manufacturing (CRM), faces a positive future as it emerges from reorganization, and takes on new challenges.

  • Do You Remember Laff Land fun house that was built by King Amusement Company? The size of the unit offered a greater variety of "tricks," and the ease of operation required only one ticket seller. 

  • An extensive pull out section in CAROUSEL presents the 2002 route listings of over forty of the country's finest shows. This section is a definite keeper and excellent reference tool!

  • Amusements of Buffalo, created in the 1990s, started out by playing primarily church festivals. In less than 10 years, the show has shuffled out of Buffalo, maintaining winter quarters in Florida, and currently has a ride stable of about sixty rides that support three units.

  • Reed Expositions and Wrights Amusements participated in two events in the Houston, Texas area over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Also, regular features include Midway Talk, Direct From the Lots, Manufacturer's Showcase, classified ads, and Modeler's Corner.