October 2014 Midway Talk
OCTOBER 2014 MIDWAY TALK
Ind. – Showmen Supplies, a lighting and electrical products
distributor for the amusement
industry, has reached an agreement with the Fabbri
Group, an Italian manufacturer
of amusement rides, to be the exclusive distributor of
Fabbri amusement ride parts for
the United States and Canada.
Siefker, Vice President of Showmen Supplies, said, "Because our core
already revolves around the
logistics of component part supply, we felt we were ideally
suited to managing a ride parts
distributorship to service Fabbri ride owners." When
asked what would be the greatest benefit of this deal, Siefker stated, "We have 48 years
of customer service experience
in the amusement industry. This will be a great
advantage to owners of Fabbri
equipment whose business depends on having their rides
in operation and not out of
commission while they wait for shipments to arrive from
Europe. We know that when they
call they need replacement parts to be in stock and
shipped quickly and we have a
great history of doing exactly that."
in 1966 by the Siefker family, Showmen Supplies has long been servicing the
amusement industry by providing
specialty lighting, electrical, power distribution and ride
parts from their facility in La
Porte and from their mobile warehouses that travel across
the country to service major
fairs and carnivals on site. Along the way their business and
inventory has evolved in
response to the industry's needs. For that reason Scott Siefker
reasoned that, "handling
ride parts was a natural expansion for us."
month, Showmen Supplies acquired the existing US-based Fabbri parts inventory
from Amusement Sales, Inc. and
has embarked on an expansion of that inventory to
have the most commonly sought
parts readily available to Fabbri ride owners.
Confronting the task now before
them, Scott Siefker said, "We'll have lots of work to do
in expanding our parts database,
learning the equipment functionality, and familiarizing
ourselves with new mechanical
systems but I know we're up for the challenge and will do
a great job for our customers."
Powers Great American Midway
supplied the attractions for the 138th Schoharie County Sunshine
Fair, held in Cobleskill, N.Y., July 26-Aug. 2. Gillette Shows had previously played this date
for many years.
Six years ago, the fair went from
six to nine days in order to get in two weekends. The first two years saw a nice increase in
business but then two years of bad weather followed. The last two years, gross revenues were
The fair featured
agricultural-related activities, as Cobleskill is in the heart of a farm area.
Motorized grandstand events, rodeo and roll over derby were featured throughout
the nine days.
On the grounds were free
attractions and nightly music stars.
Maryland State Fair had a newly designed Kiddieland, featuring 17 tame but
exciting rides for children. The area
has its own new location, next to the Exhibition Hall. Among the new rides provided by Deggeller
Attractions were the Baja Buggie, Rockin' Tug, Monkey Maze and Happy Swing.
main midway was highlighted by the Mine Bender Roller Coaster.
Maryland State Fair, in its 123rd year, ran from Aug. 22 through
Steele County Free Fair (Owatonna, Minn.) concluded in August with an estimated
attendance of 339,671 visitors. Gold
Star Amusements once again provided the midway, with big crowds taking
advantage of the daily ride specials.
Fairgoers were treated to a wide variety of
great entertainment on three free stages, in the grandstand, and in the beer
garden. David Smith Jr., the Human
Cannonball, again thrilled thousands of spectators with two shots daily over
the Yo-Yo ride.
for the 2015 Steele County Free Fair are August 18-23.
In August, (Charles)
Leonard Martin celebrated his 80th birthday. A native Kansan, Leonard,
his preferred name, has resided for several decades in Corpus Christi, his
Martin is a
highly-respected arranger of large, independent midways. He owned/operated
20th Century Rides (1960-early 1980s) and, also since the early 1980s, has run
20th Century Independent Midways. His wife of virtually a half-century,
Irma, plus his children, were present for the celebration.
According to the Springfield,
Illinois-based newspaper, The State Journal-Register, NICA Member Pam's
Concessions was announced as the "winner of the People's Choice award in
the Golden Abes Fantastic Fair Food contest at the Illinois State
Fair." Their winning treat was
called "Mallow Madness, a campfire marshmallow dipped in funnel cake
batter, then deep-fried and topped with caramel and/or chocolate, pecans and
The IAAPA Attractions Expo will be held Nov. 17-21, at
County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. Preregistration is encouraged and is available
online until Nov. 12. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest conference and
trade show for the $24 billion global attractions industry and is owned and
produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 highlights: More than 27,000 attractions industry
professionals are expected to participate; more than 1,000 exhibiting companies
will fill more than 500,000 net square feet on the trade show floor; more than
125 product categories, including rides, live entertainment, midway games,
redemption games, inflatable attractions, ticketing, souvenirs, food and
beverage, and more.■