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Midway Talk from the September Issue

Midway Talk

 

Corky Powers of Powers Great American Midways reports that the show has expanded its winterquarters to include an additional 100’ x 60’ building for sandblasting, truck maintenance, and a machine shop.  The show has also taken delivery of an Owen Trailers Dark Ride.

The 2013 North Dakota State Fair in Minot set a new attendance record with 320,485 guests this year.  The number is 3 percent higher than last year’s overall attendance number.  Weather was good for the event, which ran from July 19 – 27.  Murphy Bros. Expositions provides the midway at the North Dakota State Fair.  This year’s midway was comprised of 47 rides including a Wave Swinger, Drop Zone, Spin Out, Century Wheel, and Genesis.  Next year’s fair runs from July 18 – 26.

State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosted 420,000 fairgoers this year from June 21 – July 7.  The attendance figure is about 20,000 higher than last year’s number despite wet weather during this year’s event.  The 2014 State Fair Meadowlands will run from June 20 – July 6.

Coleman Shows’ new Moser Twin Flip debuted in July at the Boonville-Oneida County Fair in Booneville, NY (July 22 – 28).  It is one of only two Twin Flips in the U.S. and was acquired by Coleman Shows from an Australian operator.  The show spent some time working on the ride’s power conversion after it was delivered and, to lessen its weight on the road, has converted it from one trailers to two.  Tim Coleman says that the ride is doing very well, especially amongst teenagers and young adults.

Reithoffer Shows recently purchased brand new uniforms for their staff.  They were purchased from Chestnut Identity Apparel.  The show has been doing well this season with good weather at many locations.  See a photo of the Blue Unit in their new uniforms in September Magazine’s Direct from the Lots.

The Ohio State Fair in Columbus set a new overall attendance record as a 12-day event in 2013.  Over 900,000 fairgoers attended the July 24 – August 4 event.  The fair has operated for 12 days since 2004.  Prior to then it was 17 days.  The previous record since the fair became a 12 day event was set in 2004.  This year’s figure was 6 percent higher than the previous record.  Spending on food and beverages increased 10 percent at the fair compared to last year and midway gross was up 17 percent.  Amusements of America provides the midway at the State Fair of Ohio. 

Andy and Jamie Deggeller of Deggeller Attractions welcomed their second child, Garrett Lewis Deggeller on July 11.  Garrett is their second child.  His older brother is Gabe.  Garrett weighed 9 pounds and measured 20 inches tall.  Congratulations to Andy and Jamie as well as the entire Deggeller family!

Michigan’s Saginaw County Fair saw an attendance increase at this year’s event despite a rainout on Wednesday, July 31.  In total, the fair ran from July 30 through August 3.  Big Rock Amusements of Chesaning, MI is the fair’s midway provider.  Paid attendance this year was just over 20,000.  The event moved from Saginaw to Chesaning in 2002.  This year marked the fair’s 100th anniversary.

Brass Ring Amusements of Fair Oaks, California provided 6 new rides at this year’s Yuba-Sutter Fair in Yuba City, CA.  New this year included a spectacular ride themed Typhoon, a Ranger, Jumanji Fun House, water boat ride, Bumble Bees, and Convoy.  The event ran from July 31 through August 4.  Attendance reached 51,273 fairgoers, which was up from last year.  After the conclusion of the fair, CEO Regina Goody announced she was retiring from her position after 8 years.

The Union County Fair in La Grande, Oregon saw an attendance increase this year with 18,172 fairgoers compared to 15,846 in 2012.  The event ran from July 31 through August 3.  Cascade Amusements provided the midway.

SJ Entertainment’s Crazy Mouse Roller Coaster was the highest grossing ride at the 2013 San Diego County Fair.  The other top ten grossing rides included Ray Cammack Shows’ Grand Wheel (#2), Michael Wood’s Magnum (#3),  RCS’ G-Force (#4), RCS’ Sky Ride (#5), State Fair Spectaculars’ Fast Trax Slide (#6), Helm and Sons’ Olympic Bobs (#7), RCS’ Alien Abduction (#8), Bishop Amusements Sky Flyer (#9), and Bishop Amusements’ Tango (#10).  See last month’s issue for a complete article on the 2013 San Diego County Fair where attendance reached 1,425,000 fairgoers.

Midway Talk from the August Issue

Midway Talk

Allied International Holdings, Inc. (“Allied”) is delighted to announce that Tropic Capital Corp. (“Tropic”) recently sold the majority of its loan portfolio to Boulevard Bank. Prairie Financial (“Prairie”), a division of Boulevard Bank will service the loans on behalf of the bank. We think very highly of Prairie’s management team and are confident that the Prairie staff will service these accounts with the same courtesy and care that the Tropic staff has offered over the years.

While Tropic succeeded for many years in servicing the Outdoor Amusement Industry, the recent costly financing and regulatory environment made it non-economic for Tropic to meet the increased demand for lending. As such, Allied decided to discontinue extending financing for rides and equipment and to focus all efforts on what Allied does best for the industry we know and love. As an essential part of our industry’s fabric for over 30 years, Allied shares an expertise in understanding the risks and needs associated with the operations of these specialized entertainment businesses. This in-depth and comprehensive knowledge gives Allied a very special and unique ability to meet insurance needs which other providers simply do not possess. 

The exceptional combined team of Allied Specialty Insurance and T.H.E. Insurance look forward to many more years of utilizing our operational and risk management expertise to benefit customers and the industry we consider family with the services that have defined Allied. We are excited about your past business success and look forward to helping you to continue to grow.♦

IAFE announced the launching of their new website on June 15 at www.fairsandexpos.com.  The new design and features include many tools for IAFE members such as an online directory of other members, new video content, and account update tools.

The Showmen’s League of America is now offering an Associate Member Classification package to businesses and organizations that wish to support and participate in League activities.  “For $195/year your company will receive a $150 discount on a trade show booth in your name, a periodic logo ad in our monthly e-newsletter, 2 copies of our quarterly print newsletter, invitations for 2 to all League events (at member prices if there is a fee) and invitation for 2 to attend all member meetings (non-voting).  See rates and packages on the application.  Your support of the League supports our Scholarship Fund, our Christmas party for special needs kids and everything the League does.”  Contact SLA Executive Director Joe Burum at (319) 290-4490 for more information.

Helm & Sons Amusements is preparing their Technical Park Street Fighter for the midway this season.  The piece has only been in operation for three seasons.  Helm & Sons acquired the ride from a Venezuela showman.

Sky Attractions has sold their KMG Sky Swing to a U.K. based operator.  Tom McDonagh’s Sky Attractions premiered the ride in 2012 on independent midways across the country.  He continues to operate as an independent ride operator with his new Owen Big Bamboo Fun House and KMG Fun Factory.

Wade Shows will provide their Mondial Fighter at the Livonia Spree Fair in Livonia, Michigan for the first time this year.  This year’s fair runs from June 25 through 30.  Wade Shows has provided the midway since 2003 and likes to vary the rides offered at the event from year-to-year.

The Wisconsin State Fair is adding nine new rides to their independent midway, Spin City, this year.  Playworld Amusements will provide their new Air Raid.  Also new is a Super Shot, 1001 Nachts, Tilt-A-Whirl, Gondola Wheel, Monster Truck, the Big Bamboo, Riptide Rollercoaster, and Sky Flyer.  The fair runs from August 1 – 11.  Find out more information about the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair in next month’s issue of Carnival Magazine.

OABA reports that Kristen and Mike Featherston, Jr. are the proud parents of newborn Rosalie Hope Featherston.  Rosalie was born on April 17 and weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces.  She is the seventh grandchild for OABA Chair Mike Featherston and his wife, Connie.  Congratulations to the Featherston family.

Summer Adventures in Fair Park, the new event at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, is in full swing.  The event began in May and runs through mid-august with carnival rides, games, food, and entertainment.  Among the rides in operation are S.J. Entertainment’s Windstorm Coaster and Flipper as well as permanent pieces, the Texas Skyway and Texas Star Amusement Wheel.  The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on weekends.  The 2013 State Fair of Texas runs from September 27 through October 20.

The San Mateo County Fair, which ran from June 8 – 16 in San Mateo, CA, broke attendance records this year.  Attendance in 2013 was 20 percent higher than last year.  This year marked the 79th edition of the county fair.  The 2014 San Mateo County Fair will run from June 7 – 15.  Butler Amusements is the midway provider.

Press Release from Allied International Holdings, Inc.

TROPIC CAPITAL CORP. SELLS LOAN PORTFOLIO TO BOULEVARD BANK

Allied International Holdings, Inc. (“Allied”) is delighted to announce that Tropic Capital Corp. (“Tropic”) recently sold the majority of its loan portfolio to Boulevard Bank. Prairie Financial (“Prairie”), a division of Boulevard Bank will service the loans on behalf of the bank. We think very highly of Prairie’s management team and are confident that the Prairie staff will service these accounts with the same courtesy and care that the Tropic staff has offered over the years.

While Tropic succeeded for many years in servicing the Outdoor Amusement Industry, the recent costly financing and regulatory environment made it non-economic for Tropic to meet the increased demand for lending. As such, Allied decided to discontinue extending financing for rides and equipment and to focus all efforts on what Allied does best for the industry we know and love. As an essential part of our industry’s fabric for over 30 years, Allied shares an expertise in understanding the risks and needs associated with the operations of these specialized entertainment businesses. This in-depth and comprehensive knowledge gives Allied a very special and unique ability to meet insurance needs which other providers simply do not possess.

The exceptional combined team of Allied Specialty Insurance and T.H.E. Insurance look forward to many more years of utilizing our operational and risk management expertise to benefit customers and the industry we consider family with the services that have defined Allied. We are excited about your past business success and look forward to helping you to continue to grow.

Many well wishes for a healthy and prosperous season!

New Food Item at SD Fair, Del Mar

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