Midway Talk – December 10, 2009
After an investigation by the New York Attorney General, Dreamland Amusements has agreed to settle a complaint on behalf of H-2B employees for $325,000. Dreamland neither admitted nor denied the charges of making false statements to the State of New York regarding violations of the wage and hour law and treating Mexican workers in a disparate manner from domestic workers but agreed to the settlement anyway. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.
The “Heartbreaker” manufactured by Mondial and previously owned by Jane Baxter Vivona has been sold to Marcel Menges of Warendorf, Germany. Vivona had returned the ride to the manufacturer after owning it for two years. The “Heartbreaker” appeared as a loan unit on a number of Belgian fairgrounds in late summer and has recently also been presented by the manufacturer at the EAS exhibition in Amsterdam.
The dates for the Central Florida Fair in Orlando have been moved up to February 25 – March 7. The dates for the Strawberry Festival are March 4 – 14 so there will be some overlapping of days. The Florida State Fair will run from February 4 – 15.
Chris and Allison Walden have announced the birth of a daughter, Hadleigh Reese Walden on December 8, 2009. Hadleigh weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
Rides4U reported to Carnival that as a result of the IAAPA show they have many new orders from parks, carnivals, indoor entertainment centers and fun centers from foreign countries. Mona Doligosa said that they have written two new contracts for the Drop ‘N’ Twist Tower. Additionally, they sold an SBF/VISA Puppy Love to Beauce Carnival of Canada, 2 Mini Jets to the World’s Greatest Shows, a Fun Forest Galleon to Oscar’s Amusements, a Tornado to A & P Enterprises, an LED lighting package for a New Entrance for Butler’s Amusements and a Chance Century Wheel lighting package to a park in Mexico.