7.14.10 Midway Talk
Deggeller Attractions featured their 50-foot tall roller coaster, The Riptide at the Salem Fair in Salem, Virginia. The five-trailer coaster made its first appearance at the Fair along more than 40 other rides. Other rides new to Salem were Deggeller's Wacky Worm, Rio, and Spin the Apple. This was the 23rd Salem Fair. It ran from June 1 - June 11. A full article by Neil Harvey about The Riptide and Deggeller Attractions at the Salem Fair appears online at www.roanoke.com.
The California State Fair kicks off today, July 14. The Fair was moved from late August/early September in order to accommodate summer recess for area schools. Fairgoers will find special deals on many food items at the fair with 25% off most prices. A special food feature this year will be deep-fried Moon Pies. The Butler Amusements midway will feature over 60 rides, including four Neverland Ranch rides previously owned by Michael Jackson. The Fair runs until August 1 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA.
Arkansas-based Miller Spectacular Shows, Inc. added the Heart of Illinois Fair in Peoria, IL to their 2010 schedule. The Fair began July 9 and runs through July 17. Among the rides featured at the Fair was the Eclipse thrill ride. The new ride is the only one in the United States at this time, with only three others in operation worldwide. For more information on the Fair and Miller Spectacular Shows, visit pjstar.com and read Karen McDonald's article on the event.
Joe Blash's Shamrock Shows is featured in an Lompoc Record article by Julian J. Ramos. The July 13 article is a preview of the 199th annual Santa Barbara County Fair. The Fair runs from July 14 through July 18 at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Shamrock Shows will feature their Mark-1 Roller Coaster among other rides. Shamrock Shows is based in Southern California.
The Lincoln County Fair in North Platte, Nebraska will host a carnival for the first time in twenty years. Sun Valley Rides of Arizona will provide the midway. The event runs July 22 - July 31.