Ride Purchases

Powers Great American Midways has purchased a new Wisdom Monster Truck ride.  They are expecting delivery for their Fourth of July event.

Gene Dean of Fiesta Shows has purchased a used Chance Falling Star from Helm & Sons Shows.  Gene partnered with Alan Safran--who will be moving the four trailer ride--on the purchase.  The classic ride is being refurbished and painted.  It will go out on the road 8-10 times per year.  While the Falling Star has already appeared on the midway, the ride complete with refurbishments will debut at the Skowhegan State Fair in Maine this August.  Fiesta Shows has also purchased a new Wisdom Starship 3000.  

4.23.10 Midway Talk

The 54th annual Conejo Valley Days will run from April 28 through May 2 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The midway for the event is provided by Shamrock Shows of Fontana, CA.  This year's midway will include a Mark 1 Roller Coaster and a number of new kiddie rides.

Also in California, the Lompoc Valley Spring Arts Festival at Ryon Park opens this weekend.  The 24th annual event runs April 23-April 25.  Butler Amusements is providing 19 rides for the midway, which opens today at 1:30 p.m.

Thomas D. Thomas Shows is featured in an article by Eric Freeman in the Columbus Telegram.  The carnival will be set up in the Union Pacific/City Parking Lots in Columbus, Nebraska this weekend, April 23-25.  New carnival rides to the Thomas midway this year are a Wisdom Tornado and a Paratrooper.

Opening in Rochester, New Hampshire this weekend is D & L Amusements.  The April 23-25 event will be held in front of the Community Center on Wakefield Street.  A portion of the carnival's proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.

The Westby Times of Westby, Wisconsin reports that the town will be hosting a carnival as part of its Syttende Mai celebrations May 14-16.  Celebrated in the US by communities with strong Norwegian ties, Syttende Mai (translated May 17) marks the day Norway signed its constitution in 1814.  The Westby celebration will be played by Chippewa Valley Rides and include 14 rides, plus kiddie rides.

Tom Gaylin, President of Rosedale Attractions and Shows was featured in an April 22 Baltimore Sun article by Chris Kaltenbach.  The article, entitled Carnival Rides = Summer Fun highlighted the anticipation for the carnival rides at the upcoming Our Lady of Mount Carmel Spring Festival in Essex Maryland.  The event, played by Rosedale Attractions, will be held April 30 through May 2.

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2010 Florida Strawberry Festival

The Tampa Tribune reports that Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival drew over 500,000 paying customers.  The festival's general manager, Paul Davis told the newspaper that a final tally of festival attendance was not yet available, but was on par with last year.  Davis also said that carnival receipts were up about 1 percent.

This was the 75th annual Florida Strawberry Festival.  The eleven-day event ran from March 4 - March 14.  Dates for next year have already been set.  The festival will be held March 3 - March 13, 2011.

The Florida Strawberry Festival's midway is provided by Belle City Amusements, Inc.  More information on Belle City and this year's festival will be in Carnival Magazine soon.

4.7.10 Midway Talk

Rockhouse Partners will run the 2010 Tennessee State Fair with the midway provided by NAME.  According to an article by Nate Rau of the Tennessean, three companies had submitted proposals to run the 2010 Tennesse State Fair.  Rau reported that, "Mayor Karl Dean wants to redevelop the 117-acre site, meaning this year's fair will probably be the last one at the Wedgewood Avenue location."  This is the Fair's 104th year.



Veronica Helgeland, marketing manager for the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival reports that this year's event set records.  In The Desert Sun, Veronica says 310,394 people came through the gates.  The number is an all-time record for the festival.  The Fair was played by Butler Amusements.  Read more about this event and Butler Amusements in this month’s feature article, Butler Amusements Plays the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.


Lauther Amusements of Gibsonton, FL will team up with Reithoffer Shows again for much of 2010.  Lauther traveled with Reithoffer to a number of events in 2009 including the Minnesota State Fair, West Virginia State Fair, and New Jersey State Fair.  The played the National Peanut Festival in Alabama for the first time in 2009 and will be returning this year.  Mike Lauther of Lauther Amusements says their most popular rides are the Jungle of Fun Funhouse, Haunted Mansion, and Tivoli Orbiter.


Congratulations to Gary Goodman, General Manager of the South Carolina State Fair.  Gary was recently inducted into the IAFE Hall of Fame.


Skinners Amusements celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010.  New rides on their midway this year include, a Tivoli Remix and Zamperla Lolli Swing.  They have also added “Watergame” and “Skeeball” to their games.  Skinners Amusements is based in Illinois and plays events exclusively in that state.


Hammerl Amusements of Willimasville, New York has purchased a Super Roundup from Henry T. Cole Amusements.  Hammerl also purchased a Dizzy Dragon from Rides-4-U and two San Antonio kiddie rides from Martin Di Pietro.


Janice Jessop Burton of Burton Bros. Amusements was named Associate of the Year at 2010’s Indiana Fair Convention.  Burton Bros. is a fifth generation company with over thirty rides.  They are based in Shirley, Indiana.


There is new progress on the Showmen’s Museum in Gibsonton, Florida.  According to Jim Frederiksen of Frederiksen Industries, contracts are secured for work on the museum.  Frederiksen is among the loyal supporters of the museum.  The official opening of the museum is slated to coincide with the 2011 IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton.


Charles Panacek of Belle City Amusements informed Carnival Magazine that they have purchased a Zamperla Lolli Swing to be delivered in June.


Deggeller Attractions has purchased a Fujume Helicopter ride, Wisdom Viper, and Zamperla Banana Kiddie Ride in time for the 2010 season.  Deggeller also bought a Wildcat Coaster from E.K. Fernandez Shows based in Hawaii.  Along with these purchases Deggeller prepared for 2010 with a new LED lighting system on their Scrambler, Tornado, ticket boxes, and guest relations booths. 


Ray Cammack Shows played a strong Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 2 – 21.  The 78th annual event shattered attendance records with 2,144,077 visitors.  The previous general attendance record was set in 2009 with 1,890,332 visitors.  The midway boasted 66 rides this year.  A feature article on Ray Cammack Shows and the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will appear in this June’s Carnival Magazine.


North American Midway Entertainment reports that their international unit signed a new five-year midway contract with Westerner Days Fair and Exposition in Red Deer, Alberta.  Westerner Days is central Alberta’s largest summer celebration.

3.9.10 Smokey Mountain Amusements Ride Updates

Smokey Mountain Amusements of Robbinsville, North Carolina has refurbished their Wisdom Tornado, Chance Thunderbolt, and Childress Slide in time for the 2010 fair season.