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LUMBERTON, N.C. — Edward Reiner, of New Milford, Conn., a 53-year-old
employee of Dreamland Amusements, died after being shot on Sept. 29. A 19-year-old Lumberton man was arrested and
charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous
weapon. The incident reportedly occurred
across the street from the fairgrounds.

Dreamland Amusements was in
Lumberton for the Robeson County Fair, Oct. 3-11.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- According to a story in The
Charlotte Observer, North Carolina's most recent gun law could allow concealed
firearms at this year's state fair (Oct. 16-26).

However, fair officials
are planning extra security and hope to continue a no-weapons policy.

Steve Troxler, the state's
agriculture commissioner and the head of the fair, said in a statement to The
Observer: "We're not changing any policy that we've had in the past. Hopefully ... we'll get the word out now – leave
them in the car."

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WINNIE, Tex. -- A woman who was part of a carnival work
crew was killed on Sept. 24 while setting up for the Texas Rice Festival.

The 30-year-old woman was struck by equipment about 4
p.m. on the job site in Winnie Stowell Park, the Chambers County Sheriff's
Office said. Her name was not immediately released, pending notification of her
family.

She was struck while removing a transportation brace as
the crew was setting up the carnival for this weekend's Texas Rice Festival
Barbecue Cookoff.

When Winnie Emergency Medical Service technicians responded to
the scene, they found the woman unresponsive and immediately started CPR, the
sheriff's office said. CPR continued as the woman was taken by ambulance about
one mile to Winnie Community Hospital, where medical staff
members were unable to revive the woman.

Chambers County investigators determined the accident was
not related to the carnival rides, which had not been assembled, the sheriff's
office said.

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WEST ALLIS, Wis.–
Wisconsin State Fair Park Officials announced that the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair,
presented by U.S. Cellular, once again celebrated a record-breaking year on
many levels.

Both
weekends brought out large crowds, including two of the highest paid attendance
days in the history of the fair.

On Saturday,
Aug. 2, attendance reached more than 128,000, and Saturday,
Aug. 9,saw an even larger crowd of nearly 137,000. While the weekends drew large
crowds, weekdays proved to be popular this year as well; each day of the fair saw
70,000 – 137,000people
come through the gates.

In the
end, 1,030,881fairgoers
celebrated the event together, the second year in a row that attendance has reached
over one million. The attendance in 2013 reached 1,012,552, which was the
largest reported overall fair attendance since 1969.

"Wisconsin
State Fair has long been considered one of the top Fairs in the United States
by many measures, and achieving attendance of over one million two years in a
row solidifies this even more," stated Rick Frenette, chief executive officer of
Wisconsin State Fair Park. "It is an honor to reach this landmark number again,
showing how much people truly enjoy

this historic 11 days that
celebrates Wisconsin."

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Mike Anderson,
well-known throughout the amusement and theme park industry as part of the
Interlink team, passed away at the end of August.

Anderson began his
career in the industry, somewhat by default, after he was asked to build a
monorail for the UK park, Flamingoland, in North Yorkshire in 1983. In that same year, he founded ride
manufacturer Mimafab Ltd. and subsequently went on to work for Interlink in
1986-87.

Anderson's particular
areas of expertise were in engineering and fabrication, in particular with
water-based leisure attractions, while he also had many years' experience in
the operation of rides in parks. He
managed Interlink's UK company, working as technical and commercial director,
and was also responsible for the company's rides installation division. He celebrated his 70th birthday on July 15.

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First Data has partnered with Apple
to create the Apple Payments. Consumers will now be able to securely
store their credit card information into their phone and use that phone as a
tap and go payment feature in lieu of swiping and carrying a credit card.

Clover has been a success in the
concessions industry, with food vendors and fairs using the Clover. First
Data has begun to get auditors approvals to use the Clover and it's reporting
in lieu of a basic register. By adding the FD40X pin pad to the Clover,
your Clover stations will now be able to accept tap and go and EMV payments
card (Chip Cards).

First Data
has reduced pricing for NICA members. To
get more information on Clover, go to www.Clover.com.
Questions can be found at www.help.clover.com
.

"Our mission is to help
our clients grow their businesses, and this collaboration helps us do that by
securing and facilitating a new payment instrument soon to be in the
hands of millions of consumers," said Frank Bisignano, chairman and CEO of
First Data.

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The Euro Attractions
Show (EAS) concluded in Amsterdam, on Sept. 25.
Over the last three days (Sept. 23-25), the event realized
the highest number of exhibitors, the largest amount of exhibit space, and a
record attendance by visitors. It is the
largest trade show for the attractions industry in Europe and this edition in
Amsterdam has been the most successful in the event's 11-year history.

EAS
is organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and
Attractions (IAAPA) and rotates every year over different European
countries. IAAPA Vice President of
European Operations, Karen Staley said: "Again Amsterdam has proven to be
the right place for our show. With numerous
projects going on in the northwest part of Europe and with a strong and dynamic
industry in the Benelux-region, we had high expectations but these figures are
really extraordinary." ■