Midway Talk – June 4, 2009
Butler Amusements experienced a 24 percent increase in their gross at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove, California Memorial Day Weekend. That was the highest gross ever at that festival. Earl “Butch” Butler reported that the show was experiencing very good crowds so far this season. From Garden Grove Butler moved to Palm Springs where the weather was hot during the day and the crowds sparse but the cool nights brought out large crowds.
The proposed history museum for carnivals and those who run them has been revived with a $1 million contribution from Jim Frederiksen, president of Frederiksen Industries. The museum, to be located next door to the showmen’s association offices in Gibtown, had been put on hold because of a lack of funds. According to Chuck Mayo, who is a voluntary archivist for thousands of photos to be exhibited at the museum, another $1 million is needed to get the project fully funded. Anyone wishing to contribute to this worthy cause should contact Chuck Mayo at 813-992-5012. A large contribution would entitle the donor to have his or her name placed on the building.
Kevin Dalton of Dalton Kid-Rides has sold a Quad Runner to Lon McQuarter of Mac’s Amusements. The ride has been booked for the Minnesota State Fair. Quad Runners have also been sold to: Tom Murray, Paul Murray, Billy Clark of Smokey Mountain Amusements and R. C. Cole of R. C. Cole Shows. Dalton now offers new style Sweep Runners for Hampton Jump Cycles. They have busy with orders for replacement vehicles, fences and gates. Kevin is optimistic about the upcoming fair season and believes that the carnival industry will have a good year financially.
Jim Frederiksen owner of Frederiksen Industries of Tampa, FL has sold a used 90 foot slide to Eagleswood Amusement Park in New Jersey. New 90 foot slides have been sold to the following: Z.D.T.’s Amusement Park in Texas, Mad-Jax Amusements of Minnesota and Gillians Amusement Park in New Jersey. Five new train trailers were sold to Rides-4-U. A new custom-made Ice Slide trailer was sold to Magic Run USA Ice Works. (This slide involves the use of a sled.) Jim reported that he hopes to close on the sale of a new five lane Slide to Bell’s Amusements of Australia. “The year has been a little slow, but not bad at all,” said Jim, adding, “We have four new slides in stock and three used ones.” This is Frederiksen’s 22nd year of making fun slides and his best customers have been the traveling carnivals here in the U.S.
Betty Gillette of Gillette Shows told Carnival that their early still dates have been ok and that the weather has been a lot better than last year when rain was a major problem. “People seem to be staying close to home and going to local events,” said Betty.