Midway Talk – November 19, 2009
The Georgia National Fair’s 20th edition in Perry, Georgia resulted in an attendance of 416,709. That was 9,573 over last year’s figures. The October 8 through 18, 2009 fair set four daily attendance records and attracted the convention of the Future Business Leaders of America, which brought around 8,000 high-school youths to the grounds on Thursday, October 15th. Reithoffer Shows has provided the midway for every fair since its beginning in 1988. The 2010 fair will run from October 7th through October 17th .
One of the most famous amusement parks in America, Coney Island, is being revitalized by the City of New York. The city has purchased the land and its investment in the park is expected to be in the multi-millions. The Coney Island Development Corporation will be in charge of the project and is expected to have the park completed by May of 2010.
At the IAAPA Expo in Las Vegas gave its “Best New Product Award” to S&S Worldwide of Logan, Utah for its Free Fly Rollercoaster. The best new Kiddie Ride award was given to Extreme Engineering of Newcastle, California for its Extreme Air Single Jumper.
The IAAPA awarded its Lifetime Service Award to Roland Koch, its Outstanding Service Award to Colin Dawson and its Meritorious Service Award to Tim Sorge.
Alan Exum of Century 21 announced that they are currently in the process of moving their winter quarters from Corpus Christi to Stockdale, Texas, a small town 30 miles southeast of San Antonia. Numerous break-ins and losses of equipment at the Corpus Christi facility prompted the move.
The IAAPA announced on November 17th that Chip Cleary would be the new Chairman of the Board of the IAAPA for 2010.
The IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament raised $45,000 for “Give Kids The World” charity program. The GKTW creates dreamlike experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses.