5.20.11 Midway Talk
Inners Shows of Franklinton, NC informed Carnival Magazine that they have purchased a Wisdom Dragon Wagon kiddie coaster, Zamperla Crazy Bus, and a Spacecraft 53’ office/living quarters trailer.
Carnival Magazine contributor, Dan Zapata, reports that longtime veteran of the South Texas carnival scene, Harvey Moore passed away recently. In his youth, Mr. Moore performed in “AT Shows” that his dad, Jake Moore, had on the Moore Shows midway. When Harvey inherited the show, he renamed it Moore’s Greater Shows.” Harvey continued to keep it based in the southern Texas valley region while playing a mostly Midwestern route. Harvey ran the show for several decades before handing over the reins to his son, Ricky Moore, who has run it for the past several seasons. Harvey stayed on the road for many years serving as special consultant to Ricky. He is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, two daughters-in-law and multiple grandchildren.
Fellow contributor, Mike Prelesnik, provided an update on memorial plans for Clara Lee “Charlie” Brott. As reported in May’s issue, Charlie passed away on February 23, 2011. She had been a veteran of the industry, working with Wade Shows, Elliott Amusements, and Ingall’s Amusements. Her memorial service will be held at the English Inn, 677 South Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. More information can be found at www.englishinn.com or by phone at 517-663-2500.
According to www.NJ.com, 10,000 tickets for this year’s State Fair Meadowlands (June 24 – July 10) will be donated to underprivileged children from Hudson County, New Jersey. The donation will be organized in partnership with local outreach professionals. This will be the 25th edition of the annual event located next to the New Meadowlands Stadium. Amusements of America is the midway provider for State Fair Meadowlands.
As part of the planning for the annual Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, officials will be testing the field conditions of Memorial Athletic Field. The field is the proposed midway space. Due to a long winter and recent rains there are concerns about wet field conditions. According to www.ptleader.com, “On May 11, a county dump truck partially loaded to the approximate weight of a carnival truck will be taken onto the field.” Midway provider, Funtastic Shows, will be on hand to witness the test. Depending on the results, the midway will either be set up completely on the field, only partially on the field, or in a different location. The festival will run May 19 – 21.
In a news release, David A. Norton, President and CEO of Norton Auctioneers, is pleased to announce the return of Daniel Satow and DARIN Spieth to the company. The two are taking over the day to day operations of the Michigan-based company while David Norton will continue as President and CEO. Dan and Darin will handle most listings, set-up and on-site work. “This is an exciting time,” says CEO David Norton. “The addition of Dan and Darin will ensure the professionalism of Norton Auctioneers, Inc. as we continue to play an important part of the amusement industry.”
Under the Electric Sky: The Legacy of the Bill Lynch Shows is a new book by Christopher A. Walsh now available through Pottersfield Press. The Canadian-based Bill Lynch Shows dates back to the 1920’s. The book is a mixture of show history and the author’s observations from travelling with the current show.
The Utah State Fair has hired a new Executive Director, Clark Caras. Mr. Caras has a strong background in marketing and worked in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development as marketing director for five years. The Utah State Fair will be held September 8 – 18. Mighty Thomas Carnival is the midway provider.
A new observation wheel manufactured by Nauta-Bussink is set to open at Myrtle Beach in late May. The massive attraction, themed “SkyWheel” carries 42 gondolas and allows for 25 mile distance views when at the 200-foot peak of the wheel’s journey. The wheel is decorated with 1-million LED lights and a special light show will occur every night. The wheel’s revolution takes about three minutes and each ride cycles through four revolutions.
In other wheel news, plans for a semi-permanent observation wheel in Seattle, Washington have been stalled. The project is planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair in 2012. After receiving city approval, the project is now delayed while liability insurance is secured. The 196-foot wheel was planned to run for an eighteen-month period and is managed by the British company, Great City Attractions.
The Miami Dade County Fair ran from March 17 – April 3 with North American Midway Entertainment providing the midway again in 2011. This was the 60th anniversary of the annual event. Attendance was up 4% from 2010 with 586,100 fairgoers in 2011. Ride gross was up 7% from 2010 as well as food concessions, which rose 4%. Another positive note was game concession revenue, which were up 16% from 2010. The midway was comprised of 90 rides, which included PBJ Happee Day Shows’ Nemesis 360, Playworld Amusements’ G-Force, Jane Baxter Vivona’s Space Roller, and Amusements of America’s Avalanche as well as N.A.M.E.’s pieces.
Poor Jack Amusements of Milton, Indiana purchased a new Zamperla Happy Swing prior to the start of the 2011 season. They have also refurbished their Sizzler and Hy Five Ferris Wheel. Poor Jack Amusements began their season in mid-April with rain. The carnival is planning for good weather at other upcoming events, which includes the Hartford City Heritage Days, the Dillsboro Homecoming Festival, and the Dunkirk Glass Festival.
Bonnie Tripses of D & B Shows says they have been busy with winter quarter work for their 2011 season, which begins the second week of June and runs through October. D & B Shows has repainted a number of rides and refurbished their Tilt-A-Whirl and slide. The show has also updated their cotton candy trailer, including new awnings. In addition to the carnival, the organization also owns a fiberglass shop and has been busy with orders from other carnivals this year. D & B Shows is based in Lone Tree, Iowa and has been in operation for 35 years. Early season events include the Farmington Strawberry Festival in Farmington, Iowa and the Riverside, Iowa Trek Fest that celebrates the future birthplace of Star Trek icon, James T. Kirk.
Among new industry products is Checkers Products’ FASTLANE® Drop Over Cable Protectors. This new cable protector offers added traction with an optional Carpet Kit with VELCRO® brand fasteners and/or anti-slip rubber pads for use on smooth surfaces. These interlocking cable protectors reduce trip hazards and can be extended to any length. Find out more at www.cableprotector.com.
Also new is Cretors’ OriginateAir. The OriginateAir pops kernels in a steady current of hot air, creating uniform popcorn with very little scrap. A built in sifter removes unpopped and undersized kernels, while a digital control panel allows the operator to set an exact temperature for the best popping efficiency depending on the grade and popcorn used. The stainless steel popper is a smaller version of Cretors’ original Model 80 Continuous Hot Air Popper, measuring in at 34”D x 59” W x 63” H. Customers can add the Cretors 50 pound Caramelizer for a complete popper and coater combination that creates consistently coated caramel popcorn. For more information, visit www.cretors.com.
Fantasy Amusement Company will take delivery of a new KMG Freak Out this June. The carnival also recently sold their Screamer to McDaniel Brothers Shows in a deal brokered by Rides 4 U. Read this month’s full article on Fantasy Amusement Company for more information.
Sadly, NICA reports that Mr. Anthony Gordon "Tony" Hill, Sr. age 54 a resident of Auburndale, Florida passed away May 2, 2011 at his residence. Tony was born May 2, 1957 in Winter Haven, Florida to Roy E. and Linda (Phipps) Hill. He was the owner/operator of Florida Food Specialties, a lifetime resident of Polk County. Anthony Hill began his concession about five years ago. He purchased his equipment from Glenn Morrison of Frostproof, Florida, who also worked the Strawberry Festival. He was preceded in death by his mother. Tony is survived by his; son - T.J. Hill of Mulberry, Florida; daughter - Megan Hill of Cummings, Georgia; brother -Mike Hill of Auburndale, Florida; brother - Sam Hill of Lake Alfred, Florida; sister - Angie Hill of Winter Haven, Florida and granddaughter - Autumn Hill.