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February 2015 Midway Talk

Reportedly,
Strates Shows has secured a contract
to provide the midway for the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vermont.

For more
than three decades, Reithoffer Shows
had the midway for the Champlain Valley Fair.

The August
date for the fair flows well with Strates' schedule, as the show is in Hamburg,
N.Y., at the Erie County Fair, early that month.  Strates has played the Erie County Fair for
90 years.

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Jimmy Drew reports that Drew
Exposition (Augusta, Ga.) has purchased a new 2015 "Black Forest"
Fun House from Ross Owen, and several trucks and trailers.  "And we've been doing a lot of hard work, as
the slow methodical restoration of the Space Wheel continues," said Drew.  "It's a magnificent machine."

Drew added that a 2015 utility flatbed trailer was purchased in
mid-December to serve as the fourth trailer for the Space Wheel.

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Brass Ring
Amusements (Fair Oaks, Calif.) is
adding an ARM Super Drop for 2015, as well as two kiddie rides from Dalton.  Also, the company bought several other kiddie
rides through assorted brokers.  Brass
Ring has also expanded its route a little, but has not released the news yet.

"We
have dramatically updated our promotion department with several very clever
marketing strategies that are working very well," said Harry Mason, CEO.  "Also, I have promoted some people and hired
some others, so I feel like we have the best team the company has ever had."

The staff includes: Joe
Mason, show manager; Manfred Neurohr, ride manager; Eva Mason, office manager;
Ron Schnieder, safety manager; Kelly Nelson, assistant manager; Milena Petkova,
business manager; Jennifer Mason, booking and promotions; and Nick Rosales,
food and beverage manager.

Brass Ring had added two new
rides in 2014, a Wisdom Viper and a Chance Zipper.

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Butler Amusements (Fairfield, Calif.) has added a new fair to its schedule for 2015:
National Orange Show in San Bernardino, Calif., April 22-26.

And as
reported in the January issue of Carnival Magazine, Butler purchased a Pirate
Jet and a Spinning Family Coaster, both manufactured by SBF/Visa, at the IAAPA
Expo in Orlando, Fla.  Butler also
pre-ordered an Inversion from KMG, for delivery in 2016.

"Butler is again investing in its
future with the KMG Inversion, an exciting, super spectacular ride," said
Andrea Owen of Butler.  "The Inversion
holds a total of 12 passengers and can reach a height of almost 80 feet."

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Rainbow Valley
Rides is
currently refurbishing its Merry-Go-Round and is in the final stages of
purchasing a Tivoli Remix 2 from Bobby Meyers. "The piece was booked in at the
Wisconsin State Fair this past summer and should be a very nice addition to our
show," said Chip Kedrowicz, owner. "I have had my eye on this piece for some
time."

Kedrowicz added that his show may have a few new dates in
2015, but nothing is inked yet.  There is
another reason that the Kedrowicz family is having a busy winter: "Our kids are
very active in high school sports, so we are hustling to basketball games and
wrestling meets, usually five days a week," added Chip.

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Maryland State
Fair &
Agricultural Society, Inc. General Manager D. Andrew Cashman has announced two
new members to the Maryland State Fair team.
Becky Brashear has been named Maryland State Fair assistant general
manager and Robert W. "Bobby" Fogle has been named agricultural education
director.  Brashear, formerly general
manager of The Great Frederick Fair and Fogle, its programs manager, are no
strangers to the fair and agricultural

The Maryland State Fair, located at
the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, originated in September 1879 when
a group of farmers held a four-day event designed to promote agriculture and
horse racing in Baltimore County.

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The
Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair will continue to expand the fairgrounds for 2015 with the addition of two
large outdoor arenas to the west of the Suburban Collection Showplace and a new
slate of horse, riding and pulling competitions during Labor Day Weekend, Sept.
4-7, 2015.

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Cory Hewitt,
the longtime general manager of the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, has
announced her retirement.

Hewitt told county commissioners she plans to resign her position as of
Jan. 30. Commissioners have not discussed how to fill the vacancy, said
commission Chair Jim Johnson.

Hewitt has served as Fairgrounds general manager and director of the annual
Fair & Frontier Days since June 1, 1997. She said Monday she didn't
envision being fairgrounds general manager for more than 17 years.

"When I took the job I only planned to be here seven years," she said. "But
I was having so much fun I found I couldn't quit."

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The Florida State Fair is increasing security for 2015,
especially on Student Day.

According to
Charles Pesano, Executive Director of the FSF Authority, there will be wider
midways to encourage crowd movement, more security cameras and more sheriff's
deputies on duty.  In addition, the fair
will require any student who enters the fair after 6 p.m. to be accompanied by
an adult over the age of 21.

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Gold Medal Products held its annual distributors' conference,
Dec. 2-4, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 2014
conference, entitled "Swinging for Success," saw over 350 in attendance,
representing more than 25 countries.

The main attraction was to introduce what's new for
the upcoming year.  Among the many new
items and improvements for 2015, Gold Medal is launching SunPop™ Select,
popcorn that's specifically designed for the more health-conscious
consumer.  It is whole grain, gluten-free
and non-GMO.  In addition, the company
will also release SunnyPop™.  It was
specially developed to give schools a popcorn that complies with the USDA Smart
Snacks in Schools nutritional standards.

Attendees had their choice of business-building
roundtables, addressing a variety of topics from sales, marketing, engineering
and business management.  In addition,
product demonstrations give the hands-on opportunity to experience the
equipment in action.■