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December 2005

In the December 2005 issue:


  • Although it is the largest regional fair in New England, the Eastern States Exposition, the Big E, put the focus in 2005 on the individual's experience at the event with the theme "Your Own Little E." The exposition showcases a variety of products, goods and services from the six New England states and more.
  • Texas-based Talley's Amusements totals it up for fun at the Fayette County Fair in LaGrange.
  • Midway Personality features show veteran Jerry Exum, who has had a multi-faceted career in the outdoor amusement industry, from building rides to owning his own show.
  • Do you remember the Whirly Bird? The portable piece was the only creation of Thomas Bros., a welding shop in Missouri.
  • There are two new entries in the world of games from Bob's Space Racers. The Whopper Water family water game and Dog Pounder, which can also be used as an arcade play, are featured in Manufacturer's Showcase.
  • Being a showgirl on a train show was a lot of hard work. Connie Smasal chose that as her career and performed on the Royal American Shows.
  • The expanded Modeler's Corner features the efforts of a number of carnival enthusiasts who take their fun into a different dimension.
  • Route Snapshots takes a look at New York-based Fun City Shows.
  • With a nod to history, Down Memory Lane offers photographs of the Dale T. Thomas Shows.
  • Rainbow Valley Rides plays a full slate of fairs and festivals during their season and keeps a busy schedule at their winter quarters.
  • Time to plan for next year and in line with that, Pack Your bags lists most of the annual state association meetings that are slated for the next several months
  • In the Now Booking for 2006 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Direct From the Lots, and Life's Flow.

November 2005

Coming in November 2005:

  • See what was new that thrilled the crowds at the 2005 Minnesota State Fair, which featured an independent midway complete with rides, attractions, games and food concessions from operators and vendors from across the country.
  • It takers a tremendous amount of fortitude to start a carnival today. Nancy Sprague and Robert Kelley exhibit just such stamina with Amyland Amusements, a new carnival playing dates in the New England area. In addition, the couple has also worked on refurbishing some of their classic purchases.
  • Catch a glimpse of Butler Amusements' new Fabbri Spinning Coaster, the first of its kind in North America.
  • From a showmen's ladies auxiliary cookbook comes a family recipe from Mrs. Carl J (Egle) Sedlmayr Jr., Royal American Shows. Yum! Yum!
  • Do You Remember provides a look at one of the classic Eyerly creations - the Roll-O-Plane.
  • Welcome a new CARNIVAL contributor, Elodie (Ellie) Wolfe. The young lady has a special working companion and a perspective from both sides of the midway.
  • Even though it is still a relatively new entity, North American Midways Entertainment (N.A.M.E.) has been active in making a name for itself. Check out several of the new ideas that the conglomerate has inaugurated this season.
  • Skinner's Amusements is the carnival for those who are young at heart, just ask anyone who attended the Young at Heart Festival in Love Park, Illinois.
  • Down Memory Lane profiles the carnival that started as the Mighty Page Shows and later became Page Combined Shows.
  • The History of Train Shows continues following Rubin & Cherry and the Model Shows through the early 1930s as the two carnivals travel through the South and the Midwest.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase puts the spotlight on a new product from Engine Technologies that is designed to help save on those rising fuel costs. Also Gold Medal Products is featuring a new funnel cake fryer designed to help meet the demand for this midway treat
  • In the Concessions section, veteran concessionaire Bobby Leonard IS the proverbial "run away with the carnival." Visit with the man with a sense of humor who has worked on over 30 shows during his career.
  • NICA has announced the appointment of a new executive Director, Dave Schlabach.
  • As the traditional fair season winds down, On the Road offers the route listings for a number of events during November
  • With the on-the-road season ending for 2005, it is time to plan for next year and in line with that, Pack Your bags lists most of the annual state association meetings that are slated for the next several months.
  • In the Now Booking for 2006 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Direct From the Lots, Life's Flow, and Modeler's Corner

 

October 2005

In the October 2005 issue:


  • It's the biggest and best ever!! It's CARNIVAL magazine's 2005 annual Buyer's Guide, the definitive resource for companies offering goods and services to the outdoor amusement industry. Hundreds of companies are listed, along with all pertinent contact information and a brief description of what is offered.
  • The theme for the 2005 Wisconsin State Fair was "Can't Wait," a feeling common to those who attend a fair each year! Reed Expositions, filling in for Murphy Bros., provided the fun zone for the mid-summer event.
  • A number of the long-standing carnivals on the East Coast are experiencing growth spurts. Newton Shows out of Long Island, New York, and Pennsylvania-based Oscar's Amusements and Shaw & Sons are representative of the American carnival scene, adding a new piece occasionally, refurbishing and retheming older pieces, adding a new date, trying to maintain the old ones, and doing everything they can to stay in business.
  • A walk Down Memory Lane takes in the Jack Thompson Shows, a Midwest carnival that was the forerunner to the contemporary Goldstar Amusements.
  • The conclusion to the history of Dick Carl's Crown Amusements details its passage to the Pugh Shows' umbrella and the subsequent events that that move precipitated
  • This year the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta will be the site of the Annual Trade Show of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Slated for November 16-19, the event offers a well-rounded program of exhibits, seminars, and workshops with the latest in amusement technology.
  • Do You Remember profiles the Hustler, manufactured by Grover C. Watkins, a fast action fun ride that was popular with the thrill-seeking public.
  • Out & About features employees of Texas-based E&B Funtime Rides.
  • Pack Your Bags offers a listing of many of the state fair associations that will be convening for their annual meetings; in addition, it also lists many of the upcoming industry trade shows.
  • Murphy Bros. Expositions is conquering the world, and their latest step was setting up to play a number of dates in China.
  • The ongoing series, History of Train Shows, covers the Rubin & Cherry Shows and their sister carnival the Model Shows, as they crisscrossed the country during the1930s.
  • As the traditional fair season winds down, On the Road offers the route listings for a number of events during October.
  • In the Now Booking for 2006 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Life's Flow, and Modeler's Corner.

September 2005

In the September 2005 issue:


  • For 2005 the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, California, featured a cinematic theme. The independent midway offered over 80 rides and attractions and did its best to quench the seemingly endless quest for thrills and excitement.
  • Down Memory Lane offers a profile of Dick Carl's Crown Amusements (part II), a carnival that grew into one of the country's largest with 53 office-owned rides and played over 75 dates a year.
  • One of the new additions to Powers Great American Midways this season is a Wave Swinger, a ride that was formerly set up at the Miracle Strip amusement park in Florida. The Powers' team refurbished the ride and converted it from a permanent piece to one that is transportable.
  • Reithoffer Shows again joined forces with local Watertown, New York, organizations to provide fun and thrills to a group of mentally and physically challenged individuals at the county fair.
  • Ever the romantics, North American Midway Entertainment (N.A.M.E.) offered a slightly different slant on weddings at a number of midways this season.
  • Allied Specialty Insurance continued its commitment to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), sponsoring a group of children at the annual MDA camp in Florida.
  • A proposal has been made for a three-year lease arrangement for carnivals for two state-run fairs in North Carolina, which, in effect, would eliminate the current year-to-year agreements.
  • The Chance Manufacturing Company's Astro Wheel is covered in the Do you remember section. The 72-foot tall wheel was produced in the late 1960s.
  • Following the death of show owner James Carl earlier this year, A. J. Carl Shows is now under new ownership and fulfilling its contracts.
  • The Concessions section details the lives of Debra Jackson and Ben Hall, two game agents with as many stories as their years in the business.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase spotlights the new canvas design from Waterloo Tent & Tarp that debuted on the Ray Cammack Shows' midway this season. It also details a new concession trailer by Hitch-Hiker Manufacturing that was fabricated for Dominic Palmieri, who books on the Ray Cammack midway.
  • The Minnesota State Fair features one of the country's most successful independent midways. A listing of the rides and games and their owners is offered.
  • The ongoing series, History of Train Shows, covers the Rubin & Cherry Shows during the early 1930s, a time of economic depression in this country.
  • Pennsylvania-based S&S Amusements is like a slice of classic Americana, a carnival that has a combination of classic and contemporary rides, long-term personnel and long-term dates.
  • As the traditional fair season starts to wind down, On the Road offers the route listings for several hundred events during the month of September.
  • In the Now Booking for 2006 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!

August 2005

In the August 2005 issue:


  • Crabtree Amusements was a bright light at the 2005 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. The carnival showed off some new pieces and also put the spotlight on several rides refurbished in-house.
  • Ray Cammack Shows hosted the midway at the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The midway featured a wide array of customer amenities. Also included is a sidebar with a brief history of Ray Cammack Shows.
  • The sideshow lives in America. One of the featured attractions at the Florida State Fair was the World of Wonders.
  • Take a tour Down Memory Lane and visit Dick Carl's Crown Amusements. The Michigan-based show evolved from a popcorn wagon purchased in 1966 as a means to supplement the income of schoolteachers Dick and Judy Carl.
  • Do You Remember profiles the Grover C. Watkins piece, Rocket Race, another ride that capitalized on the country's fascination with space and space travel
  • The Concessions section offers two for the price of one. Canadian born Heather Mackenzie, who works for independent concessionaire Travis Drescher, and Inez Rodriguez, who hails from Mexico and works for Bobby Miles, offer their views of the American carnival scene.
  • The History of Train Shows follows Rubin & Cherry Shows on their American and Canadian routes in the late 1920s.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase puts the spotlight on the new Zamperla Wave Blaster.
  • On the Road offers the route listings for several hundred events during the month.of August.
  • In the Now Booking for 2005 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Direct From the Lots, and Pack Your Bags, a calendar of upcoming industry events.
  • ***Coming in October ***
  • CARNIVAL's 2005 Buyer's Guide, listing hundreds of companies doing business with the traveling outdoor amusement industry

July 2005

In the July 2005 issue:


  • Reed Expositions brought in their ride arsenal for the annual Fiesta Celebration in San Antonio, Texas. Many of the rides have been refurbished with eye-catching and vibrant designs.
  • Deggeller Attractions started their 25th season at their hometown fair, the Martin County Fair in Stuart, Florida. The midway is also the stage for a routine undercover operation by the local sheriff's department.
  • Do you remember profiles another of the space-themed rides. This piece, from Grover Watkins, Inc., is the Satellite, a ride that was designed as a kiddie ride but had great appeal to teenagers and adults.
  • Down Memory Lane reviews Gopher State Shows, a carnival that through growth and time has evolved into Gopher State Expositions.
  • Midway Personality is an interview with Larry Davis, retired owner of Carnival Time Shows, who offers some thoughts on the current state of the carnival industry.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase puts the spotlight on National Ticket's Bill Alter, who has been tapped as the honored guest at the OABA"s Lunch with a Legend, to be held during the IAAPA convention this year. Also featured is Gold Medal's Sno Master Sno-Kone machine.
  • In The History of Train Shows, Rubin and Cherry Shows had grown and a second unit was contemplated.
  • Route Snapshots takes a look at Deggeller's Spectacular Magic Midway, the predecessor to Deggeller Attractions.
  • On the Road offers the route listings for several hundred events during the month.
  • In the Now Booking for 2005 section, check out the carnivals that may be available for booking your event.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Direct From the Lots, and Pack Your Bags, a calendar of upcoming industry events.

June 2005

In the June 2005 issue:


  • A compilation of over 50 carnival route listings covering the seasons of some of the finest carnivals in North America is presented. Find out who will be where, when, and who might be available for bookings.
  • It was time to be moovin' and groovin' at the 2005 Central Florida Fair in Orlando, which featured a midway provided by Wade Shows.
  • Powers Great American Midways has updated their Flying Bobs. The refurbishing, which was accomplished in-house, resulted in a ride that is topless and features a new illumination package.
  • Down Memory Lane includes photos from Smith Wonder Shows, a carnival originally known as Northern Expositions Shows.

  • The second in a series of old photographs from Tip Top Shows reveals how far the outdoor amusement industry has evolved in the last half century.

  • Murphy Expositions, complemented with rides and attractions from Reed Expositions, played the 2004 Wisconsin State Fair.

  • Do you remember offers a profile of Funni Frite's Screamboat attraction, a fun house themed like a colorful riverboat filled with hidden secrets.


  • Manufacturer's Showcase introduces one of the newest members to the staff of Norton Auctioneers; there is also a description of the urethane and nylon wheels offered by Uremet Corporation. In addition, the varieties of industrial hardware available from Moore Industrial hardware can make life on the road a little easier, as a one-stop source for many of those hard-to-find hardware pieces.

  • In the History of Train Shows, Annie Gruberg (Ruben & Cherry Shows) attended an auction in 1928, and bid for a quantity of rides to be added to the carnival.
    Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads

  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Direct From the Lots, and Pack Your Bags, a calendar of upcoming industry events.

May 2005

In the MAY 2005 issue:


  • The annual Carnival Directory features a comprehensive listing of North American carnivals with all pertinent information - including contact names, addresses, and phone numbers, number of rides and territory covered. An excellent resource that will prove to be invaluable all year long.
  • It was almost raining dates at the annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in Indio, California, where Butler Amusements supplied the sometime dampened midway.
  • Swyear Amusements brought out the fun at the Coles County Fair in Charleston, Illinois.
  • Johnson Fun Factory, a family run operation in New Jersey, is like the story of the little boy who ran off with the carnival, only this little boy didn't run off with one, he created one!
  • Down Memory Lane offers an overview of the late Bill Dillard's Bill Dillard Shows, a Midwest carnival that provided the midway at a number of state fairs.
  • The 2005 Florida State Fair was a hotbed of sideshows, from the debut of the new World of Wonders-Palace of Illusions & Wonders, to the tried and true (?), Gorilla Girl Show.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase puts the spotlight on SBF/Visa's Sky Glider ride and Technical Park's Formula 1 race theme ride.
  • Out and About found a number of bright, smiling faces on the employees of Texas-based Alamo Attractions.
  • Playing the game of life is what it is all about for Dave Dorman, Dorman's Concessions, who is profiled in the Concessions section.
  • Looking to fill a date slot or wondering where a favorite carnival will be in May, check out the On the Road section.
  • Many midway visitors feel that the fun zone is not complete without a Merry-Go Round. Do you remember describes some of the Merry-Go-Rounds produced by Kansas-based Theel Manufacturing Company.
  • A series of old photographs from Tip Top Shows reveal how far the outdoor amusement industry has evolved in the last half century.
  • The History of Train Shows continues its review of the Rubin & Cherry Shows and its march through the 1920s.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Direct From the Lots, and Life's Flow.
  • Coming in June, the annual compilation of route listings for dozens of North American carnivals. Find out who will be where, when, and who might be available for bookings.

April 2005

In the April 2005 issue:


Down Memory Lane puts the spotlight on the William T. Collins Shows. Collins was a man who brought foresight to the contemporary outdoor amusement industry.

Starting its second century, the Florida State Fair with its independent midway was certainly an event that was terrific in Tampa and outstanding for the industry. A lot layout and ride list are included.

A sure sign of the optimistic trend for 2005, Butch Butler - owner of Butler Amusements - signed on the dotted line for a new Spinning Coaster from Fabbri.

Do you Remember focuses on Theel Manufacturing Company's Kiddie Boat Ride.

In the wake of several accidents last year, the state of Massachusetts is eyeing changes in regulations governing amusement park rides.

Out and About takes a turn on the Rockwell Amusements' midway.

Independent ride operator Flight to Mars has acquired the Fighter, an unusual European-built thrill attraction that it is booking at fairs across the country.

Themed "It's a jungle out there," and offering a wide variety of animals, both stuffed and fiberglass, it was easy to see how the IISF Trade Show could be viewed as a jungle. Many of the offerings being made to the industry in 2005 that were showcased at this annual industry event are pictured. .

The Concessions section profiles two young men from the former Soviet Union who are taking advantage of the thaw of the Cold War and working on U.S. carnival midways.

The Booking Section features advertisements from dozens of carnivals looking to play dates in 2005.

The History of Train Shows looks at an industry workhorse, the Caterpillar tractor.

Manufacturer's Showcase targets the Sky Trail, a portable ropes course from Ohio-based A.R.M., and Gold Medal Products celebration of the American favorite - caramel corn.

Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads

Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Direct From the Lots, and Life's Flow.

Coming in the May 2005 issue, a comprehensive directory of North American carnivals with all pertinent information - including contact names, addresses, and phone numbers.

March 2005

In the March 2005 issue:


  • Both the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo and Crabtree Amusements found that change is the only constant. Both entities made several improvements to their operations, resulting in greater customer satisfaction.
  • Rhode Island-based Rockwell Amusements put its toe in the waters of North Carolina, trying its hand at providing the midway for the Burke County Fair.
  • There is a blend of classic rides with more contemporary offerings on the Inners Shows midway.
  • The 2004 Wisconsin Valley Fair was provided with all the thrills and fun a midway could muster courtesy of Farrow Shows.
  • A walk Down Memory Lane covers the Rogers Bros. Shows, a carnival established in the early 1900s.
  • When thinking of Myrtle Beach, one thinks of fun. However, the venue was a site for business for the North Carolina and South Carolina Fair Association meetings.
  • The Cleveland County (N.C.) Fair will have a change of management. After 28 years, fair manager Joe Goforth, who used to own a ride manufacturing company, is retiring.
  • Take a turn Out and About on Texas-based Kenny's Funland Midway.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase features Prairie Financial, a company that provides customized financing and leasing to the outdoor amusement industry.
  • Do You Remember profiles the Huss UFO, a ride created in response to the fascination with space transpor.
  • The Concessions section features profiles of two people involved in the industry with strong family ties and the important roles that these families have played in the business.
  • In November the International Association of Fairs (IAFE) held their annual meeting in Las Vegas. At the same time the Showmen's League also met there.
  • The History of Train Shows continues with Rubin & Cherry and some of the personnel that worked on the show in the 1920s.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, and Direct From the Lots

February 2005

In the February 2005 issue:


  • Featured in this issue is a complete listing of exhibitors that are participating in the 2005 IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza. Included in this comprehensive listing are contact names, phone and fax numbers, product listing, and booth spaces.
  • Orlando in November was the scene of the IAAPA Orlando 2004 Annual Convention and Trade Show. See what exhibitors and visitors from all over the world came to ooh and ahh over with the latest and greatest for the outdoor amusement industry.
  • Cumberland Valley Shows provided the midway at the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Hoosier event featured the show's new Zero Gravity ride.
  • Down Memory Lane highlights rides and attractions as well as the train that were part and parcel of the American carnival institution Royal American Shows; also pictured is the show's logo that was reminiscent of a royal crest.
  • Looking to help take Powers Great American Midways to their next level is Charlie Belknap. The former owner of Hollywood Stunt Show has taken on the task of helping market the show.
  • MAH Consulting will be conducting safety seminars February 9 & 10 at the Gibtown Trade Show.
  • The Minnesota State Fair successfully offers an independent midway. Who was there in 2004 and what did they bring - see it in CARNIVAL!
  • In response to the statements issued by the State of Massachusetts regarding the Sizzler incident that involved Jaro Amusements last year, the carnival has in turn issued its own statement.
  • CARNIVAL traveled Out and About with Franklinton, North Carolina-based Inners Shows
  • The Huss Ranger is in the spotlight in Do You Remember. Only one of these rides was ever available on the American carnival scene and it was on the Deggeller Attractions' midway.
  • The Concessions section profiles a veteran concessionaire who has managed to involve his family in his multiple concessions career.
  • There is news from upstate New York: photos show that Hammerl Amusements has refurbished its Tilt-A-Whirl and the show still offers rides on its truck-mounted Whip.
  • The History of Train Shows follows Rubin & Cherry Shows in the 1920s.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, looking to hire, or looking for a job - be sure to check out the Classified Ads!
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, and Direct From the Lots
  • See You in Gibtown - February 9-12, 2005!

January 2005

In the January 2005 issue:


  • Go Down Memory Lane with Homer Scott's Georgia Amusements, a carnival on which on a number of showmen cut their teeth.
  • It was the first year for Powers Great American Midways to hit the mountains of North Carolina, and to put on the show at the 2004 Western North Carolina State Fair.
  • Powers also provided the midway for the Rocky Grove (Pennsylvania) Fair, a small rural event, reminiscent of a bit of Americana in a fast-paced world.
  • Testing the waters in a new geographic milieu was Wisconsin-based Tip Top Shows that played under the Reithoffer Shows' umbrella at the Piedmont Interstate Fair in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Out and About takes a spin meeting employees and seeing rides and attractions on Michigan-based Playworld Amusements' midway.
  • Ingenuity can be made to turn a profit. R.D. Thomas, who works with Powers Great American Midways, purchased a Quadzilla from Eddie Powers and added a little bit of this and a little bit of that resulted in a new lease on life for the attraction.
  • In the Concessions section meet Arturo Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant who is working hard as a concessionaire, making the American dream come true.
  • Do You Remember features a slightly different offering from King Amusement Company. In addition to rides, the company also built a line of concession trailers.
  • Manufacturer's Showcase highlights a new piece from Italian manufacturer Zamperla, the Flying Tigers 8 family ride. Also, Gold Medal Products has introduced the Grrilla Hot Dog grill, capable of cooking to feed a crowd.
  • The History of Train Shows continues a profile of Rubin & Cherry Shows through the early 1920s
  • Route Snapshots offers a view of New York-based Wheelock Rides, and American Traveling Shows out of California
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, Modeler's Corner, Classified Ads, and Direct From the Lots
  • See You in Gibtown - February 9-12, 2005!