Midway Talk – July 23, 2009
Ronnie Lindekugel, 56, of Ruskin, Florida, longtime concessionaire in the amusement business (mainly with Wade Shows) for over 35 years, passed away on May 29, 2009. Ronnie and his longtime companion, Peggy King, were traveling through Hannibal, Missouri where he was stricken and died. Peggy wishes to thank everyone for their care and concern. He will be sorely missed.
Mike Szuder of Winter Garden, Florida, died on July 12, 2009. Mike was concession manager for Carol Stream Amusements until illness forced him off the road last winter. He is survived by his companion, Jerrie Outten, three children and ten grandchildren.
The OABA’s “Just Dance” competition and fund raiser has been moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and will be held during Jean Clair’s SLA’s President’s Ball on December 1.
The San Diego County Fair held in Del Mar, California set a new attendance record of 1,274,442 surpassing the 2007 record of 1,265,997. The highest grossing ride at the fair was Steve VanderVorste’s Crazy Mouse followed by Ray Cammack’s Grand Wheel. Coming in at number 3 was Mary & Tom Talley’s Fast Trax Slide. Number 4 was Cammack’s Sky Ride and number 5 was Michael Wood’s Magnum.
The 58th Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada had a total attendance of approximately 190,000 for the ten-day event between June 12th and June 21st. Tony Diaz, manager of North American Midway Entertainment reported that the carnival was up by eight percent and three percent overall. General Manager of the fair, Garth Rogerson, noted that food sales were off by one percent.
Tony Salerno Jr., president of Windy City Amusements reported that the season has been good up to this point. The show has added two new dates for the 2009 season: Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo in Douglas Park and a festival in the Chicago suburb of McCook, IL. Two rides added were a Wisdom Himalaya and a Carousel.