Midway Talk From August 2014 Issue
have reported to Carnival Magazine that there is a probability that the 2015
Florida State Fair will no longer be an independent midway. Our sources have also indicated that Wade and
Reithoffer shows are leading contenders to be the carnival provider next year. No further details were available at press
time but a full report will be published in the September issue of Carnival
ride/game concessionaire Chris Cristiani was involved in a highway accident
near Houston, Texas, in late June. Reportedly, an errant 18-wheeler
forced Chris off the road. He and his wife sustained minor injuries but
their "Fool the Guesser" concession, which they premiered this season and was
featured in the July issue of Carnival, was damaged and is back at winter
quarters, undergoing repairs. Despite this mishap, C and C Concessions
(Chris's company name), in true show business form, opened at their next spot
and have not missed an opening! -- Dan J. Zapata, Carnival Magazine.
Melendez, 52, wife of City of Fun Carnival President Bradley Melendez Sr., died
on June 12, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
City of Fun Carnival is located in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The CEO is Lois Melendez and the show is run
on a daily basis by her daughter, Pam Zoeller, vice president.
reached at the Taylorsville (Utah) Dayzz, also reported that the show's Wisdom
Clatterpillar has been re-themed to "JaydeBug."
Zoeller said that she designed the new look and named it for her
youngest granddaughter. The work and
painting was done in house by longtime City of Fun Carnival ride foreman Frank
Melendez, who recently suffered a broken hip from a fall during extremely high
winds, has recovered and returned to work on June 26, according to Zoeller.
introduced five innovative, new attractions at the recent Asian Attractions
Expo in China. The event, occurring for the first time in Beijing, will help
fuel the country's rapidly growing amusement industry. "Dynamic Attractions has
built rides on nearly every continent except Antarctica," explains Peter
Schnabel, Dynamic Attractions President. "The exploding growth of the industry
in Asia makes the Asian Attractions Expo an irresistible location to launch our
full product line."
Dynamic's new attractions
are: Flying Theatre™ - A theatre that flips up, suspending riders in
air as they 'ride' a movie; Immersive Transporter - A full
sensory experience that is so powerful, riders feel they are traveling on an amazing
adventure; Trackless Ride Vehicle - A nimble, 4-12
passenger vehicle that zips forward, sideways, vibrates, and turns on a dime; Circumotion
Theatre™ - A massive round motion base theatre that lifts, tilts, drops
and rotates inside a full dome immersive environment; and SFX Coaster™
- A combination roller coaster and dark ride that creates thrills through
advanced track engineering and high-tech media.
"All our dynamic media based
attractions place the rider in the middle of a thrilling experience," adds
Schnabel. "It feels like magic to them." The illusion is made possible by the
synchronicity of new projection technologies, advanced sound and precision
International Association of Fairs and Expositions introduces Find That Fair, a
tool to find all IAFE member fairs. Go
to see a Google map of every fair. The
general public can view the map with limited information about each fair. IAFE members can filter the results by date,
attendance, state, and more. Just click
the long red button above the map and login. Associate members, do you
have a gap on your route you need filled? Use the powerful Find That Fair
map to make a connection.
is building for the Evergreen State Fair (Aug. 21-Sept. 1) as world renown
comedian Bill Cosby will be performing on the grandstand stage on Aug. 27. Cosby's appearance is a stop on his "... far
from finished tour," and tickets for his concert are $33 to $58 and includes
fair gate admission. The Evergreen State Fair is held in Monroe, Wash. Butler Amusements will provide the midway for
the event and will offer an unlimited ride wristband for $25 (weekdays) and $30
(Saturday or Sunday).
Kvern, 77, died Oct. 8, 2013, in Fergus Falls, Minn. Kvern worked for "Mugs" Townsend concessions
during the 1960s. He had two hot dog
trailers and an ice cream concession with Al Merriam's Midway Shows. Kvern also worked with Murphy Bros. Shows and
by the 1970s, owned a truck stop in Fergus Falls. Kvern returned to the road in the 1980s,
running a souvenir and novelty trailer and sometimes as a unit manager for
Merriam's. He and Todd Merriam also
booked in five rides with Royal American Shows at the Kansas and Louisiana
state fairs, and with Link Shows at the Oklahoma State Fair.