Midway Talk – December 4, 2009
The Orange County, California Board of Supervisors have asked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to cancel the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds. The state, in order to maximize the profit from the sale, has indicated that the fairgrounds would be sold to “anyone” and not necessarily as a fairgrounds. The Supervisors are afraid that the land could fall into private hands and developed.
Attendance at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, October 16 – November 8, reached 961,000, a decrease of around 130,000 from the 2008 figures. Fair organizers indicated that the numbers were ok, but Guy Leavitt, of Ray Cammack Shows was not pleased at all, indicating that there was not enough advertising to the Hispanic community, which makes up a majority of the population. Guy also placed some of the blame on the state for increasing the entrance fee and parking fees.
Chestnut Identity Apparel, usually known for supplying clothing, hats and other apparel is adding LED lights to its inventory. Officials indicated that the company had been using LED lights on their hats for years so selling the lights for carnival rides will be nothing new.
The Greater Jacksonville Florida Fair finished up over 2008 at the November 4 – 15 event in spite of 3 days of rain. Attendance was helped on opening day with a $2 gate, $2 rides and a $10 POP ride wristband. Admission for other days was $8 for adults, $6 for children and free admission for those five and under. The usual POP charge was $20 during the week and $25 on weekends. Belle City Shows provided the midway.
Attendance at the Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport was down only a little from the 2008 figures, although they had three days of monsoon-like weather. Around 400,000 fairgoers attended. Lowery Carnival Company and Crabtree Amusements provided the midway. Gate admission was $8 or $5 in advance. Lowery had POP unlimited ride wristbands for $24 including admission, otherwise, unlimited wristbands were $25 not including admission, or $28 including gate admission.
Approximately 24,000 people attended the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Las Vegas from November 16 – 20 including 14,700 buyers from 108 countries, representing an increase of 17% over the 2008 figures at the convention in Orlando, FL. This was the 91st IAAPA Expo convention.
Sellner Manufacturing Company of Faribault, MN has added a 12th version of their ever-popular tub ride. The new ride, that has not yet been named, will make its debut sometime in 2010. Tovah Sellner reported that their Tilt-A-Whirl continues to be a good seller and that she was very happy with the results of the IAAPA show.
Mrs. Shirley Brinkley, Mother of Bob Brinkley of Brinkley Entertainment passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at her residence. She is survived by her son Bob and his wife Bess of Walnut Cove, her sister, Betty Baldwin and husband Bob of Hillsville, Virginia and many nieces and nephews.