Midway Talk – July 9, 2009
McDonagh’s Amusements told Carnival that so far the season has seen a lot of rain with some spots up and some not so good. New rides that hopefully will be out soon are a refurbished Round Up and a used Orbiter that originally belonged to Crown Amusements.
Playland Amusements of Auburn, New York has acquired three kiddie rides for the 2009 season. They are an Eli Kiddie Scrambler, an Eli Wheel and an Eyerly Ladybug. Playland recently played the Barnard Firemen’s Carnival in the Rochester suburb of Greece, N.Y. for the first time, that was previously played by the Reithoffer Green Unit, Arbroo Shows and Carol Stream Amusements. The show fielded 19 rides at the 4-day event from June 24 – 27.
Strates Shows unloaded their train at Middletown, NY in early June and hauled the equipment overland to their mall spot at Danbury, CT for the June 19 – July 18 event. Several rides such as the heavy Huss Top Spin were left in Middletown. The show will return to Middletown to play the Orange County Fair July 23 – August 2. From Middletown the train will head to Hamburg, NY while 20 to 25 pieces of over the road equipment go to the Chemung County Fair in Horseheads, NY for the August 4 – 9 event.
Midway Rides of Utica, NY has refurbished a Hampton Combination Car Ride and added a Hampton Motorcycle Jump Umbrella Ride for 2009. The show has also purchased a new Sellner Dizzy Dragons that was on display at Gibtown. A new date for Midway Rides was the fair at Cayuga County, in Weedsport, NY, July 2 – 5. Prior to Weedsport, one unit of the show played the Rochester, NY Harborfest.
Fun City Shows has been renamed “Fun For Everyone Shows, Inc.” and is still run by Mike Robb. Fun City was originally started by Mike’s father, Dave Robb, in the early 1970’s. For 2009 the show acquired three new rides: A Zipper, a Venture Cobra and a Dizzy Dragons. In addition, the show’s Go Gator has been completely refurbished and the ARM Quasar was sold to make room for the new pieces. The show’s route is concentrated in the Buffalo, NY area and runs from late April to around Labor Day. A few pieces are booked independently in the south during the winter.
Many sources have reported to Carnival that all of the show dates in the northeast have been plagued by heavy rain and that as a result, business has been way down.
North American Midway Entertainment enjoyed perfect weather, a record ride gross and an attendance increase at the June 12 – 21 Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The top five rides were: The Niagara Falls Flume Ride, Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster, Polar Express, Fireball and the 130 foot Mega Drop Tower.
The nation’s largest high school fair, The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake, Michigan, held on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary Prepratory attracted over 110,000 people to the May 22 – 25 event. NAME provided 50 rides for the 38th annual fair.
A record 1,274,442 people attended the San Diego Fair this year breaking the previous record of 1,265,997 set in 2007. Food sales at the fair totaled $886,000.
Powers Great American Midways has taken delivery of a 109 foot A.R.M. Swing Tower (Vertigo) with a spectacular LED lighting package at the Big Butler Fair in Prospect, PA. The ride is purple, magenta and yellow. The riders are 76 feet off the ground when the ride is in motion. The Vertigo moves on one trailer with 3 axles and weights 87,000 pounds including the tractor.