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December 2009

In the December 2009 issue:


  • Cover Photo – The North Carolina Mountain State Fair – photo by Greg Marler.
  • Editor’s Note – A thank you to all of those who have helped make Carnival a new and improved magazine..
  • In spite of rain for seven of the ten days, the North Carolina Mountain State Fair was a success.
  • The Big E set an attendance record in 2009 and received an internationally known event award.
  • Talley Amusements plays the Fayette County Fair in Texas.
  • The Utah State Fair was plagued by rain and poor attendance.
  • The Indiana State Fair set an attendance record at the seventeen-day event.
  • Midway Personality – The Hansen family specializes in their roller-skating act.
  • The continuing history of the Train Shows.
  • The Heart of America Shows and Wagner’s Carnival play the Comal County Fair.
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, Manufacturing Showcase and Carnival Trade Show listings, etc.

November 2009

In the November 2009 issue:


  • Cover Photo – Vertigo by A.R.M. on PGAM Midway - photo by Bill Pfeifer.
  • Editors Note – The 2009 Fair season has been remarkably good considering that we are in a great recession.
  • Powers Great American Midways had a busy and successful season in New York.
  • Do You Remember? Help us identify the carnivals that played these fairs.
  • New Products – Wisdom has five new, exciting rides.
  • New York State Fair – Big crowds flock to one of the most successful New York State Fairs in history.
  • Midway Personality – Ron Thomas Sr. has been with PGAM for 27 years.
  • The continuing History of Train Shows.
  • Minnesota State Fair – The 2009 MN State Fair set an attendance record of 1,790,497.
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, Manufacturing Showcase and Carnival Trade Show listings, etc.

October2009

In the October 2009 issue:


  • Cover Photo by Jim Nelson & Son Photography.
  • Powers takes delivery of a brand new A.R.M. Vertigo.
  • Butler Amusements – Butler plays the California State Fair, the Eastern Idaho State Fair and the Evergreen State Fair simultaneously.
  • Do You Remember – Gasoline engines used to power most of the major rides.
  • Ohio State Fair – Amusements of America has a successful run at one of the largest fairs in the U.S.
  • Reithoffer Shows – Reithoffer has been providing a traveling amusement show since 1896.
  • Midway Personality – Jeff and Holly Swartz of Hitch-Hiker take great pride in their quality concession trailers.
  • The continuing history of Train Shows.
  • Model Construction.
  • 2009 Industry Buyer’s Guide.
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

September 2009

In the September 2009 issue:


  • Cover Photo by Tony Guadagno
  • Editor’s Note – We can all save gas by slowing down.
  • The San Diego County Fair sets attendance record at their seaside Del Mar location.
  • Do You Remember – Help us identify the carnivals that played these fairs.
  • Midway Personality – Arlene Altenburg and brother Norb Kedrowicz have interesting carnival stories.
  • Amusements of America at the Meadowlands, Saratoga and Ohio State Fair.
  • Merriam’s Midway Shows plays at San Antonio, Texas
  • John Doolan “With it and for it forever.”
  • Mark Fanelli’s Traveling Amusement Park experiences good weather and increased revenue at Dalton, MA
  • The continuing history of Train Shows
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

August 2009

In the August 2009 issue:


  • Cover photo “Broadway to Hollywood” courtesy of AB – Sandy O’Hara photo courtesy of D&S Productions
  • Editor’s Note – Things To Do During A Recession
  • Midway Stars – A look back at burlesque shows and their stars during the heyday of the business.
  • Do You Remember – The Caterpillar ride was one of the major rides of its time.
  • Meet Our Contributors – Dennis Gilli gave up his teaching career to become a show painter.
  • Gillette Shows has been in business for 62 years.
  • Myers Re-racks his Fajume Wacky Worm
  • Midway Personality – Butch Netterfield.
  • Tip Top Shows Experiences Rain at Santa Rosa Fair.
  • Kevin Exum of Century 21 Shows.
  • The conclusion of the series on Deggeller Attractions.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

July 2009

In the July 2009 issue:


  • Cover Photo by Jeff Berard
  • Editor’s Note – Now is the time to install LED lighting on carnival rides and shows.
  • Ray Cammack Shows at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is the world’s largest livestock show and provides patrons a grand experience..
  • In our “Do You Remember” column, the story of the Fly-O-Plane is detailed.
  • Frank Zaitshik’s interesting carnival story is told from his childhood to the present in our Midway Personality column.
  • Our second article on the Inners family’s 100th anniversary explains the origins of “Inners Shows.”
  • Majestic Midways photos.
  • The continuing history of Deggeller Attractions.
  • Reithoffer Shows plays the Hernando County Fair.
  • Alamo Attractions and Wade Shows provided over 55 rides at the Poteet Strawberry Festival in Texas.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

June 2009

In the June 2009 issue:


Cover photo by Rob Moorman

  • The Miami-Dade County Fair marks the official start of the season for North American Midway Entertainment.
  • Belle City Amusements announces the purchase of ten fair contracts and several rides from Mighty Bluegrass Shows.
  • Crabtree Amusements brought 48 rides to the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. Bad weather for four days reduced attendance.
  • The Inners family is celebrating 100 years of carnival business history in 2009.
  • A beginning of the history of Deggeller Attractions.
  • 2009 carnival route listings
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

May 2009

In the May 2009 issue:

  • Cover photo of the Gondola Giant Wheel & Sky Wheel at the Florida Strawberry Festival
  • Belle City Amusements provides excitement as Florida celebrates the 5,000 acres of strawberries in Hillsborough County
  • Ronald and Lorraine Kedrowicz have built their Rainbow Valley Rides into a beautiful Wisconsin carnival.
  • Meet Our Contributors – Bill Pfeiffer of New York and Dan Zapata of Texas.
  • Butler Amusements provides the midway for California’s Riverside County Fair and the National Date Festival.
  • Our Midway Personality, Fred C. Brown, CFE is the Director of the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
  • The last segment of West Coast Shows brings an ending to a long and colorful story
  • The fourth generation of the Nelson family now operates Cascade Amusements of Portland, Oregon.
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

April 2009

In the April 2009 issue:

  • Cover photo of Florida State Fair by Rob Moorman
  • The 105th edition of the Florida State Fair was a big success at Tampa. Lot layout included.
  • The New York Fair Association Meeting provided those in attendance with overtime and Independent Contractor laws.
  • J & J Amusements plays many events in New York State. See photos of the new Bertazzon Swing and the reconditioned Chance Sky Diver.
  • 41st Annual IISF Trade Show in Gibtown – See the new equipment and who made the purchases
  • Gordon Rupp of “Snowie” tells how shaved ice can be a profitable midway concession.
  • Continuing History of West Coast Shows
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

In the April 2009 issue: Cover photo of Florida State Fair by Rob Moorman The 105th edition of the Florida State Fair was a big success at Tampa. Lot layout included. The New York Fair Association Meeting provided those in attendance with overtime and Independent Contractor laws. J & J Amusements plays many events in New York State. See photos of the new Bertazzon Swing and the reconditioned Chance Sky Diver. 41st Annual IISF Trade Show in Gibtown – See the new equipment and who made the purchases Gordon Rupp of “Snowie” tells how shaved ice can be a profitable midway concession.

Continuing History of West Coast Shows Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen All between the covers of CARNIVAL magazine.

March 2009

In the March 2009 issue:

  • Cover photo is N.A.M.E. at the Calgary Stampede.
  • North American Midways Entertainment
  • Playworld
  • Ionia Free Fair
  • Holiday Winter CARNIVAL
  • Michigan Fair Association Meeting
  • James (Veto) Blake
  • Continuing History of West Coast Shows
  • Meet Our Contributors
  • Looking to buy, looking to sell, be sure to check out the Classified Ads
  • Plus our regular monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Carnival Transport, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen.

February 2009

Feb09 LRG

In the February 2009 issue:

 

  • Cover photo is the Pinfari RC-48 Roller Coaster.
  • Frank Zaitshik of Wade Show
  • New Carnival Contributors
  • New Products
  • Reithoffer Shows
  • Coleman Brothers at Vermont State Fair
  • Continuing the History of West Coast Shows
  • Los Angeles County Fair
  • Father John the Carnival Priest
  • 2009 Florida State Fair Ride List
  • 2009 IISF Trade Show Exhibitors List
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Midway Talk, Do You Remember, Now Booking, Concession Stands, Direct from the Lots and Marketplace for Showmen

 

January 2009

Jan09 LRG

In the January 2009 issue:

 

  • Cover photo is an unusual shot of the Chance Merry-Go-Round and Wave Swinger on the Powers Great American Midways.
  • PGAM at the N.C. State Fair
  • History of the N.C. State Fair
  • Switchback Railway
  • Skerbeck Brothers Carnival
  • Reithoffer Shows
  • Continuing History of West Coast Shows
  • Plus our standard monthly features: Direct from the Lots, Midway Talk, Manufacturing Showcase, Do You Remember and Carnivals of Yesteryears.