Midway Talk – November 12, 2009
Joe Bolchoz, Public Relations Chairman for The Coastal Carolina Fair near Charleston, S.C. reported total paid attendance of 231,272 for the 2009 fair, representing an increase of about 9,000 over last year. Concessions were up by as much as 20% over prior years and the ride gross was up by 1.8%. A total of 45,000 people attended the entertainment shows.
Freddy Miller of Miller Spectacular Shows of Greenbrier, Arkansas bought a Majestic X-Scream from Windy City Shows, an Eclipse from McDonagh and a Zierer Wave Swinger, which is being refurbished in winter quarters.
The Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia produced a record attendance of 416,709 for the October 8 – October 18 event. Reithoffer Shows provided the midway.
The New York State Department of Labor is now requiring that employers notify all new hires in writing of their hourly rate, overtime rate and payday dates and receive an acknowledgement in writing of such notification.
Five days of rain caused the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia to show a decrease in attendance of 4 % from the 2008 figures. Concession gross was also down by 4 % and the ride gross for North American Midway Entertainment was down by 8 % to $2,606,839.
Five days of rainy weather out of the eleven days at the Topsfield, Massachusetts Fair caused the attendance to decrease by 80,000 from 2008’s figure of 482,000.
The James E. Strates Shows’ midway gross was up by 6.25% at the Dixie Classic Fair in Winston-Salem, N.C. in spite of three days of rain. Total attendance was 321,728 for the October 2 – 11 event. Strates has held the contract for the Dixie Classic for the past 46 years.
Chance Ride Manufacturers has refurbished Zippers for both Talley’s Amusements of Fort Worth, Texas and West Coast Amusements of Langley, British Columbia.
The State Fair of Virginia was held September 24 through October 4, 2009 at its new Meadow Event Park site north of Richmond. A total of 247,958 patrons attended the event, representing an increase of 2.4% over the 2008 attendance. The new site, about twenty miles north of Richmond, was chosen to attract a larger crowd from Fredericksburg, Prince William and Stafford counties.
The Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul set a new attendance record of 1,790,497 for the August 27 – September 7 event, eclipsing the old record set in 2008 by 27,521. The record turnout was attributed to twelve days of beautiful weather. Among the major ride attractions was Zamperla’s Sky Flyer owned by Reithoffer Shows, Reverchon’s Crazy Mouse owned by S.J. Entertainment and KMG’s X-Treme owned by Demas Enterprises.
The city of Nashville, Tennessee has announced that the city will stop putting on the Tennessee State Fair because the fairgrounds are in the wrong place and the city has “other plans” for the area. The city contributed no funding for the fair since the fair was a self-financing organization. There may not be a 2010 fair unless new fairgrounds can be purchased in the near future.