Midway Talk – July 30, 2009
The Salem Virginia Fair, held July 8-12 had a ten percent increase in attendance in spite of rain on the first Sunday and the second Saturday. Approximately 300,000 patrons came through the gates according to Manager Cary Harveycutter. Deggeller Attractions has provided the midway for all 22 years of the fair’s existence.
North American Midway Entertainment has signed a new three- year contract with the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls. Manager Rusty Volk reported that the fair experienced perfect weather for all five days, which resulted in a 20 percent increase in attendance. The fair was marketed as ‘Spend Your Vacation in Your Backyard.’
Griffin Gillette, independent concessionaire, has purchased a state of the art, two story, Hitch-Hiker Polar Bear Ice Cream Parlor. Jeff Swartz, owner of Hitch-Hiker says that the unit is a complete ice cream store on wheels. (See picture in the September issue of Carnival on the “Concession Stands” page.)
David Griffith of Fajume reports that a Crazy Chopper was purchased by Miguel Martinez of M & M Amusements. David indicated that several carnival companies have expressed an interest in purchasing Wacky Worms for the 2010 season.
James B. Ryan, 79, of Groveland, Florida died Monday, June 29, 2009 at his residence following an extended illness. James was in the amusement business for 30 years and was involved with the Cumberland Valley Shows for 23 of those 30 years. He was also a member of the OABA. He is survived by his wife, Della, four children and fourteen grandchildren.
The Gillette Shows will make their first appearance in Connecticut at Wethersfield, Connecticut’s 375 anniversary celebration at Cove Park October 16th – 18th. The sponsor will be the Richard M. Keene Foundation.