Midway Talk May 28, 2009
Interstate Amusements of New Smyrna Beach, Florida has been leased to Wayne James and Kelly Weaver. The new corporation will be operating under the name WK Events. The show has been playing many church dates in the Florida area this spring, carrying 16 rides. Wayne told Carnival that the gross has been off by ten to fifteen percent. The Majestic Bumper Cars was refurbished at the winter quarters. The Chance Phaeroe’s Fury and the Slide are their steady money-makers. The show carries 24 rides for the fair season.
Art Gillette, owner of Castlerock Shows of Pittsfield, MA will provide the midway at the Vermont State Fair, September 4 – 13, 2009.
Larson International, Inc. recently built a portable Fire Ball for Cliff’s Amusement Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are going to operate the ride for one season and trade it in for a large 22M Giant Loop. The Giant Loop stands 72 feet tall, has no guy cables and will carry 28 passengers in stainless steel trains.
Another Fire Ball was recently delivered to Powers Great American Midways. This was the 106th “Loop” produced but the first one with all LED lights. PGAM requested the lights that will reduce the electrical draw on the ride by 100 amps. LED lighting saves fuel for the generators, has smaller lead wires and smaller disconnects.
Barry Jamieson of World’s Finest Shows in Canada took delivery of a new Fire Ball last July.
Memphis entertainment mogul, Fred Jones, working with Ridgeland, Mississippi based North American Midway Entertainment (NAME), has approached the city of Memphis about holding a 10-day fair at the fairgrounds that would focus on an urban market. No date for the fair has been set, Jones said, but they are looking at a date in September. The new fair would focus on rides and entertainment and less on agriculture and crafts said Mike Williams, CEO with NAME. Organizers of the Delta Fair (Sept 4 – 13) see nothing wrong with another fair in Memphis since the area has over a million people.
Drew Expositions of Augusta, GA provided the midway for the Teenage Carnival May 5 – 10 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. Jimmy Drew has been providing this midway for almost 40 years. The midway had a lot of horsepower, offering more ride capacity than most major events, including the Huss Pirate Ship, the Super Himalaya, the Alpine Bobs, the Mega Drop and Cyclops. (the big version of the Freakout) The 2010 dates for the Teenage Carnival will be May 11 – 16. Drew will be returning to North Carolina for the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Asheville Sept 11 – 20 after a three year absence. In 1950 Mack McGough, Joe McKennon and James Drew, Jr. started a fair in Asheville, N.C. called the Asheville Inter-Mountain Fair that lasted only two years. Jimmy indicated that he and his staff will miss working with Frank Zaitshik of Wade Shows this season. “Zaitshik is known for his great management team,” says Jimmy.
Smokey Mountain Amusements of Robbinsville, N.C., owned by Billy and Sue Clark, has purchased two new kiddie rides: a Dalton Quad Runner and a Majestic Wiggle Worm. Billy indicated that he and Kevin Dalton have found the Quad Runner is usually the top grossing in kiddieland. The show has also added a used Popcorn trailer. Billy hopes that by the beginning of fair season, the monsoon will go away.