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December 2008

In the December 2008 issue:


  • Cover photo is the 2007 Bertazzon Swing, owned by J&J Amusements.
  • New York State Fair 2008 with James E. Strates on the midway, plus lot layout.
  • Do You Remember? Chance Mfg. Sea Dragon.
  • The Big E Fair in West Springfield. MA. North American Midway Entertainment was the carnival provider.
  • Smokey Mountain Amusements at Orangeburg County Fair in Orangeburg, SC.
  • C and C Pizza Company, an independent concession company.
  • Doug Barton of Pride of Texas Shows.
  • Photographs of carnival ride models for Christmas.
  • Continuing History of West Coast Shows
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, Manufacturing Showcase, Life Flows, etc.


November 2008

In the November 2008 issue:


  • Photo cover shows StarFlyer, a tower ride at the San Diego County Fair.
  • Do you remember? Venture’s Bicentennial Cobra, designed for Roger Hildebrand in 1976.
  • The 2008 San Diego County Fair. Midway provided by several carnival companies.
  • Puyallup Fair in Puyallup, Washington. Funtastic Travelling Shows provided 68 rides and attractions for the 2008 edition.
  • The Western Fair of London, Ontario, Canada. This year’s midway consisted of 68 rides provided by eight carnivals.
  • Fiesta Shows at the Franklin County Fair, Greenfield, MA.
  • History of Funtastic Shows of Portland, Oregon.
  • Continuing History of West Coast Shows.
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, Manufacturing Showcase and Carnival Trade Show listings, etc.

October 2008

In the October 2008 issue:


  • The cover shows the Spider ride that was trailer mounted with a new back-drop scenery package for Powers Great American Midways.
  • 2008 Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California. Ray Cammack Shows provided a spectacular midway.
  • 2008 Carnival Industry Buyers Guide Directory.
  • Coleman Brothers Shows at 163rd Rutland, Vermont State Fair.
  • Powers Great American Midways at Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
  • C&J Amusements at the Berkshire County Fair at Lee, Ma.
  • Photographs of the 2008 Minnesota State Fair.
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, etc.

September 2008

In the September 2008 issue:


  • Pennsylvania-based Snyder Amusements has a long-standing engagement for a firemen’s carnival in Maryland. The carnival lit up the midway with 16 rides and a variety of games and food concessions.
  • Helm & Sons Amusements had a busy May playing two successive dates that were fortunately only about 40 miles apart: the San Bernardino County Fair in Victorville, California, and the National Orange Festival in San Bernardino.
  • Crabtree Amusements unleashed an array of new rides and attractions at the Poteet (Texas) Strawberry Festival. New to the ride list – among others- were a Wisdom Genesis; an Owen Trailers’ Haunted Mansion; and a Larson Fireball.
  • Down Memory Lane views some of the artistic wagons that were once part of the Royal American Shows.
  • The 2008 Minnesota State Fair compiled an independent midway featuring rides, games, and attractions from many of the best shows in the country. A listing of all of the midway attractions, along with their owners, is presented.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on Amusement Sales, a company that represents the Fabbri Group in the United States; and Gold Medal, a concession supply company, has updated their web site.
  • Modeler’s Corner offers a look at several of the scale model carnival layouts that were set up at the Monroe County (New York) Fair this year.
  • The History of Train Shows continues its coverage of Bill Hames Shows through the 1950s and Bill Hames’ passing in 1960.
  • See how - like clockwork - the classic piece the Sky Wheel rises up on a midway.
  • Route Snapshots takes in the City of Fun Carnival at a date in Tucson, Arizona.
  • A History of the West Coast Sows details some of the concessions and attractions booked n the carnival during the 1930s and ‘40s and the impact World War II had on the show.
  • To facilitate looking for a company that does business with the outdoor amusement industry, an Advertiser’s Index has been added to the magazine.
  • On the Road is a chronological route listing for the month of September of dozens of carnivals traveling to events throughout the continent. This listing is a great resource for scheduling or finding a favored show.
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.

August 2008

Coming in August 2008:

  • Fiesta San Antonio (Texas) has a new home and Reed Exposition Midways, bringing in the carnival, made the most of it during the 2008 event.
  • An amusement industry veteran of more than 70 years, George Ellison spent most of those years as the Lot Manager for Strates Shows. A dedicated individual, George maintains a keen interest in the industry even today.
  • Amyland Amusements has a busy 2008 season planned, with the show adding a new in-house creation called the Mouse-A-Round.
  • The multi-thrill EOS Mind Blaster has joined forces with other rides on the Powers Great American Midways’ lot to bring new fun and excitement to midway visitors.
  • West Coast Shows started in 1927 under the name West Coast Amusement Company. The show’s roots were in three kiddie rides that were used to repay a debt; from there it grew to become a major California carnival.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on the Great American Frontier Show, a multi-faceted interactive attraction available for events and midways. Also, Gold Medal has introduced a new kettle for its poppers, the Unimaxx, helping increase efficiency and profitability.
  • Take a walk Down Memory Lane with King Reid Shows. The Vermont-based carnival was promoted as the “World’s Cleanest Midway.”
  • Sanitation on the midway is an increasing concern. Many fairgrounds and carnivals are seeking better ways to protect their visitors from dangerous bacteria like E. coli, and there are a number of new products on the market for that.
  • Robby Tucker owns and operates a ride inspection company called Ride Lynx, LLC. His background is industry-related, as the son of Terry Tucker, who formerly owned Terry’s Rides.
  • The History of Train Shows follows Texas-based Bill Hames Shows through the 1930s. The carnival continued to grow and expand; and in one deal added 35 railcars to the show.
  • To facilitate looking for a company that does business with the outdoor amusement industry, an Advertiser’s Index has been added to the magazine.
  • On the Road is a chronological route listing for the month of August of dozens of carnivals traveling to events throughout the continent. This listing is a great resource for scheduling or finding a favored show.
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.

July 2008

In the July 2008 issue:


  • The cover of the July 2007 issue represents a departure from the more traditional cover photograph. This cover depicts a copy of a postcard from Royal American Shows that was issued in 1970
  • Representative of many American carnivals, Pennsylvania-based Tropical Amusements, a family operation, plays their traditional route of fairs and festivals primarily in their home state.
  • Down Memory Lane offers a photo profile of the Johnny J. Jones Exposition, an extensive railroad show of years ago.
  • Not so very long ago there was at least one girl show on a midway. This form of entertainment has virtually faded from the carnival scene. Sandy O’Hara was a young girl of 17 when she got her start as chorus girl and appeared on a number of midways in the 1970s and 1980s. Her husband, David Hanson, was a show talker who also was heavily involved in creating the Gulf Coast State Fair & Exposition.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on a Mega Drop from Amusement Sales (Fabbri Group) that was delivered to North American Midway Entertainment N.A.M.E.); and Gold Medal Products has introduced six new games to the Whiz Bang Carnival game line, and a cotton candy machine, the Stainless Steel Econo Floss, that features Lock-n-Go handles.
  • New York State has taken a proactive role in ride safety, reminding those visiting midways throughout the state of their responsibilities; and also introducing a new website that focuses on those responsibilities.
  • Norton Auctioneers conducted a sale recently of rides and games owned by veteran showman Bill Dickey. Over 150 bidders from six states were in attendance.
  • Interacting with live stingrays is one of the display attractions with Joe Culver’s Live Stingray Encounter.
  • In conclusion, the Gooding’s Amusement Company commemorative booklet paid tribute to many of the individuals involved with the carnival; included is a listing of the many fairs and events in which the carnival participated.
  • The History of Train Shows covers the Bill Hames Shows as a railroad carnival during the 1920s and 1930s.
  • At a Fair/festival in California, a mechanical problem led to an accident involving a YoYo. About 18 riders required medical attention and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
  • Route Snapshots takes a look at the Mighty Thomas Carnival at the 2007 Montana Fair.
  • To facilitate looking for a company that does business with the outdoor amusement industry, an Advertiser’s Index has been added to the magazine.
  • On the Road is a chronological route listing for the month of July of dozens of carnivals traveling to events throughout the continent. This listing is a great resource for scheduling or finding a favored show.
  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.

June 2008

In the June 2008 issue:


  • It is THAT time of year – the 2008 CARNIVAL Route Listings! Dozens of shows, both large and small are listed with their season dates. Find out who will be where when. Contact information for each show is also included. This is a handy must keep resource!
  • When Pope Benedict visited the United States, he had a much bigger impact than expected on the American carnival, as evidenced by McDaniel Bros. Shows.
  • Texas-based show owners Larry and Kim Sankowski, Armstrong Amusements, were Subway restaurant owners and decided to take their business knowledge on the road. The show specializes in Power Jumps (Euro Bungys).
  • The History of Train Shows covers the beginning years of the Bill Hames Shows, a carnival that owes its existence to a carousel.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase highlights Gold Medal Products Ribbon Element Fryer that features a large oil capacity and a quicker recovery time. Also, Poly John Enterprises offers a solution to the problem of personal sanitation with several units designed for the traveling outdoor amusement industry.
  • Rob Berk, Berk Paper Company, is not your ordinary paper distributor. Rob, who has been involved with paper and plastic products for food concessionaires for over 30 years, listens, learns and offers innovative solutions for some of the problems that have been encountered.
  • Also, Arthur Rogers, is a Berk Company sales rep who has been with the company for almost 20 years. He started out as a temp worker in the warehouse, and was given an opportunity to grow with the company, an opportunity that has worked out well for both Arthur and Berk Paper.
  • Modeler’s Corner features several of the scale model coasters from Coasterdynamix and some comments on rising scale model kit prices.
  • The Gooding’s Amusement Company celebrated their 50 years in business with a commemorative booklet. In part, it paid tribute to many of the individuals involved with the carnival that helped it grow and prosper.
  • Get out those golf clubs – it is time for the12th Annual Bruce Sellner Memorial Golf Tournament. Players and sponsors are needed for this fun July event.
  • Down Memory Lane offers some scenes from the O.C. Buck Shows at a date in Menands, New York, in 1962
  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, and Direct From the Lots, and Life’s Flow.

May 2008

In the May 2008 issue:


  • Time to hit the road! CARNIVAL magazine has put together a comprehensive directory of carnivals doing business in North America. The listing encompasses hundreds of shows, big and small, offering safe fun zones to thrill and entertain. The information provided includes addresses, contact names, phones and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and websites, along with the number of rides and the geographical locations they route. An excellent year ‘round resource!
  • A large green snake was seen lurking at the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival – but it was unable to make a strike! Butler Amusements provided the midway at the annual event and brought in several new pieces, including a Wisdom Viper that was sidelined by the State of California.
  • Reality shows have breached the carnival world. A recent episode of Wife Swap featured Christine Gillette, Castlerock Shows, trading places with a more structured suburban mom. For two weeks the ladies lived each other’s life and snippets of it were portrayed on the small screen.
  • Do you remember the Chance Turbo? Its predecessor was the Caravel, the creation of Jerry Barber. Photos of the Caravel depict its fabrication.
  • The North Carolina Department of Labor, which oversees the inspection of midway rides in the state, has inaugurated a partnership program with events where carnivals and rides are set up, to help maintain a safe environment.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on bunkhouses for the help with new designs from CAPCO Custom Designs that help make living on the road more like living at home. Also, the musical tunes from Kromer’s antique carousel organ help in putting the fun into any event.
  • When Gooding’s Amusement Company celebrated their 50th anniversary, they issued a commemorative booklet that traced the history of that carnival and where it stood at the time, 1948. Floyd Gooding and his carnival still impact the traveling outdoor amusement today.
  • There were no spider webs in the winter quarters where Ronnie and R.D, Thomas, who work and book with Powers Great American Midways, trailer-mounted their Spider ride. Also, at the Powers’ winter quarters, the Wave Swinger was dressed up with a new floor.
  • Modeler’s Corner offers some scale model creatures that could do double duty as animals found on kiddie and spin rides.
  • Down Memory Lane features Lowell, Massachusetts-based Continental Shows at the fair in Chatham, New York, in 1957.
  • The History of Train Shows continues with a tornado-wrecked Cetlin & Wilson Shows; the formation of the O.C. Buck-Model Shows train show; and the World of Mirth and its 1953 season.
  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Also included in this issue are regular features: Midway Talk, and Direct From the Lots.

 

April 2008

In the April 2008 issue:


  • The IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza is a tradition for showpeople, and the 2008 event was again evidence of that. New rides and products and services geared for the industry were all on display and there was business being written. Evenings are always fun social times in Gibtown!
  • The Florida State Fair offered a variety to appeal to just about everyone, from a glitzy Las Vegas revue-style show to a horseshoe championship to an Elvis impersonator contest thrown in for good measure. The fair again fielded an independent midway that featured four coasters, including Wade Shows’ new Pinfari coaster named the Hydroshock.
  • Bowdoin Amusements is carving its own niche in New England. The carnival also is in the tent rental and inflatable rental business.


  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on the custom designed beverage containers from Sippers By Design, and the Sno Pro Snow Cone machine and Meister Bake Pretzel Warmer from concession supplier Gold Medal.

  • Down Memory Lane is a pictorial essay of the highly decorated trucks and trailers that announced the carnival was in town. Oftentimes these units were used as backdrops for the show.

March 2008

In the March 2008 issue:

  • Family involvement is a key to the success for Deggeller Attractions as they had a triumphant march through 2007. The carnival had the opportunity to play their hometown fair in Stuart, Florida, for the 21st consecutive year.
  • Talk a walk “Down Memory Lane” and view some of the highly decorated trucks that were used to transport Childress Shows.
  • Do you remember the Mack Hit in 2000? One of these thrill rides used to be part of the rides available on Nova Expositions and then it was acquired by Wade Shows.
  • IAAPA returned to Orlando in 2007 for the annual Attractions Expo. Over 1100 companies exhibited a broad array of products and services available to the amusement industry.
  • It might be cold outside, but the activity at the Gillette Shows winter quarters was at a frenzied pitch as the carnival prepped rides and equipment for the upcoming season.
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on a Gold Medal Products’ Pop About Popper, which features acrylic front and side panels. Fabbri Group has introduced the Vortex to the American market and one of its first appearances will be on the Powers Great American Midways’ lot this season. Also, C. Cretors and Company offers the Echols line of high-speed ice shavers, and The Broaster Company has announced the availability of pork loin back ribs in barbecue sauce.
  • Experiencing problems with ride equipment while on the road, then check out the listing provided by Tri County Services of some of the repair work done in 2007.
  • The North Carolina/South Carolina fairs associations combined annual meeting in Myrtle Beach benefited those involved with the industry; and an auction also provided needed monies for higher education.
  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event
  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.

February 2008

Coming in February 2008:

  • It is once again that magical time of year - the 2007 IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza in Gibtown, Florida! Manufacturers and suppliers to the traveling outdoor amusement industry will exhibit and demonstrate their goods and services. CARNIVAL features a listing of the exhibitors, along with pertinent data, giving attendees compact and comprehensive information. Also, included is a daily schedule and a listing of the various seminars offered.

  • It may be tough going for many carnivals and other businesses that employ seasonal labor. The government program that has allowed visa-permitted employees to work for up to ten months a year has been stalemated in Congress. How will this affect the 2008 season?

  • Rhode Island-based Rockwell Amusements serves up the thrills at the Three County Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts, an event that claims to be the “oldest fair in America.”

  • When not participating at fairs in the Northeast, Tim Coleman, Coleman Brothers Shows, is working on refurbishing some older rides to bring them back to the midway.

  • Local organizations complemented Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park when it provided the midway at the annual Dalton Community Fair in Massachusetts.

  • Two brothers operate two separate carnivals in Arizona and combine for a major date. The Mattfeldt brothers, Steve and Tim, bring Sun Valley Rides and the Great Northern A’Fair together for the St. Gregory Fall Festival in Phoenix.

  • One of California’s premier carnivals, Carnival Time Shows, is put in the spotlight in Down Memory Lane.

  • The History of Train Shows focuses on the 1940s and the World of Mirth, a large rail show, when it tried a variety of ideas to attract and to keep visitors on the midway.

  • The Orchestrophone, a mechanical band organ, is on display at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. The ornate piece is part of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of over 700 mechanical musical instruments

  • Brown’s Amusements, a recent recipient of the OABA Circle of Excellence Award, makes the sun shine even brighter in Arizona and the Southwest, where they set up their midway at county fairs and festivals.

  • Do you remember Wisdom Industries Magic Carpet ride? Versions of it can still be seen on contemporary midways. The thrill ride was designed to give passengers the thrill of riding on - what else - but a magic carpet!

  • Dreamland Amusements hosted a new fair in Vermont. Organized by the Knights of Columbus, the fair achieved an attendance of over 9,000 visitors in its debut run.

  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event

  • Pack Your Bags features a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events

  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions

  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.

  • See you in Gibtown- February 5-9, 2007

January 2008

In the January 2008 issue:


  • The State Fair of Minnesota fielded an independent midway. Find out what the Top Ten grossing rides were at the 2007 event.
  • There is no sibling rivalry between fifth generation showmen brothers Joe and Bill Skerbeck, who own and operate a carnival bearing their surname.
  • Do you remember the Seattle Wheel? Were there one or two or three of these unusual pieces?
  • The 2007 North Carolina State Fair, which featured Powers Great American Midways as the contracted carnival provider, posted several records, including one for the most number of rides on a midway.
  • Go Down Memory Lane with some of the decorative graphics used on vehicles belonging to the The Great James H. Drew Exposition
  • Manufacturer’s Showcase puts the spotlight on Dutch’s Welding, a company out of Florida that focuses on fabricating trailers, flatbeds, and custom marquees for the outdoor amusement industry. Also, Fred’s Tents manufactures and retails all styles of tents, canopies and sidewalls for the industry, and carries a full line of tent accessories.
  • Geren Rides fielded a midway of 30 rides at the 2007 West Tennessee State Fair. The show has added a number of dates in the last few years, including one brand new event in Memphis.
  • The History of Train Shows follows King Reid Shows in the 1950s and the World of Mirth as it fulfilled dates in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
  • Route Snapshots offers some photos of Brown’s Amusements at a date in Apache Junction, Arizona
  • Photos depict how shows create innovative racking for some of their pieces, an area always of interest to those looking to transport rides in an efficient manner.
  • Jane Baxter has finally gotten her Heartbreaker. The European piece made its debut in 2007 at several large events.
  • NAARSO will offer its annual ride inspection forum in Orlando, January 27 through February 1.
  • Midway Personality reads like a cookbook with a profile of Century 21 Shows concessionaires David and Tracy Duck, and Jake Bean.
  • Norton Auctioneers is not a company to let the dust settle on its gavel. The company has been busy with auctions in Florida, Massachusetts, and Indiana.
  • The Now Booking for 2008 section provides the opportunity to check out the carnivals and concessions that may be available for booking your event
  • In Pack Your Bags there is a list of a number of state and industry-related meetings, trade shows, and events
  • Check out the Carnival Exchange section that lists carnivals that need route help and have booking opportunities for rides and concessions
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, 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.
  • See you in Gibtown- February 5-9, 2007