Midway Talk from the June Issue
The National Independent Concessionaires Association released an update on H-2B litigation and reports steps towards success in Florida. A preliminary injunction on April 26 stopped the Department of Labor from implementing new H-2B rules set to become operative on April 27. Florida Federal Court Judge Rogers made the ruling to suspend the rules upon further investigation. A Joint Coalition is in the midst of litigation regarding DOL’s H-2B Wage Rules scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2012 in the Philadelphia federal court system. You may contact Bob Johnson, President of Outdoor Amusement Business Association, for more information or with questions.
Crabtree Amusements of Staples, Texas recently refurbished several rides in winter quarters, including their Fajume Wacky Worm, Tivoli Spin Out, Zamperla Looney Airport, Mini-Jets, Eyerly Spider, Pirate’s Cove, and KMG Freak Out. Many of the projects included a fresh paint job with an added step called “baking” to increase the durability of the paint. The show also overhauled all of their gen-sets. Arriving in May will be the show’s new Mulligan Gondola Wheel, which joins another addition to the midway from 2011—a Chance Giant Wheel.
Reithoffer Shows has installed LED lights on their Pharaoh’s Fury using Denny’s Electronics. The show also worked on their Super Himalaya’s tubs and their Wisdom Tornado this winter as well as a number of smaller rehab projects. They are also re-racking the second load of their new Technical Park Stinger. The new attraction was voted the #1 ride at the Florida State Fair reports Rick Reithoffer. The show had a great Florida route in 2012 with their best year ever at the Highland County Fair in Sebring, FL and the Collier County Fair in Naples, FL. They also had a very strong year at the Southwest Florida Fair in Naples.
Garcia Brothers Circus will be performing on Gold Star Amusements Giant Wheel at the Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna, Minnesota August 14 – 19. Three times a day one of the Garcia circus members will walk on the perimeter, 86-feet in the air, of the wheel while it is moving. The circus has performed a similar feat on television. This is Gold Star’s first year as midway provider at the Steele County Free Fair.
The property home to the State Fair of Virginia since 2009 in Caroline County might be sold prior to its scheduled auction set for May. There are currently four parties interested in purchasing the property and possibly a fifth party that may choose to submit an offer. “I think there is a better-thn-50-percent chance that we’ll find a buyer before the auction,” Mark T. Motley, president of Motley’s Auction & Realty Group, told WSLS television. While Mark Lovell and Universal Fairs is not one of the potential buyers, they are interested in operating the State Fair of Virginia either on the Caroline County property or at the fair’s old home at the Richmond International Raceway. Ideally, a large Virginia fair will be operated by Universal Fairs during the same dates set for the 2012 State Fair of Virginia—September 27 through October 3.
Mark Lovell and Universal Fairs also made news as the new operators of the Georgia State Fair in Macon. The fair ran from April 27 through May 6 with midway provided by Dixieland Carnival of Phenix City, AL. The midway was comprised of over 40 rides including a Wadkins Expo Wheel, Sea Ray, Music Fest, Spin Out, Himalaya, and Casino. About 20,000 people attended the first weekend, which contributed to a goal of 50,000 in attendance by fair’s end.
Ottaway Amusements of Derby, Kansas was struck by a severe storm and EF3 tornado while providing rides in Wichita, Kansas. Among the damage was a Chance Century Wheel, which was knocked on its side. The ride is now at the nearby Chance facility.
The Puyallup Spring Fair was attended by 126,165 people in 2012. It is the second highest attendance on count since the event began in 1990 and just 829 people shy of the all-time record set in 2010. The event was held in Puyallup, Washington from April 18 through April 21. Funtastic Shows provided the midway, which included a roller coaster, antique Merry Go Round, Extreme Scream El Nino, and Grand Wheel. There were over 40 rides in total. Funtastic Shows also provides the midway for the main Puyallup Fair that runs from September 7 through 23 in 2012.
Congratulations to fair consultant & game operator Chris Walden and his wife on a new addition to their family: Chris and Allison Walden of Mattoon are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hampton Christian, at 8:07 a.m. on April 10th, 2012. He was born at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. His grandparents are Al and Julie Krietemeier, Charleston; and Wayne and Mary Lou Walden, Mt. Carmel. Hampton’s great-grandparents are: the late Cecil and Inez Krietemeier; Florence and the late Ray Richards, Effingham; Leslie and Naoma Walden, Olney; and Theora and the late Eugene Stiff, Dundas. Hampton has a proud big sister Hadleigh. He also has infant twin sisters, Teigan and Tinsley, in Heaven.
Cody Casper of PBJ Happee Day Shows informed Carnival Magazine that Jayne Peters passed away on Wednesday, April 18. She was only 51 years old and had been fighting a battle with cancer. Jayne was the “J” in PBJ and had been a member of the show for 40 years. “She was known to the entire show as Aunt Jayne,” says Cody. She leaves behind two children—Justin and Jamie. “We have gotten a lot of support from everyone in show business and it’s a good feeling to know there are so many people who care,” expresses Cody.
Carnival Magazine is also sad to report that Bob Coil, owner of Dartron Rides from 1991 until 2009 passed away while on vacation in Italy on April 19. Bob was on a three week tour of the country with his wife, Wanda. He named Dartron after his son, Darren. You can read more about Bob’s accomplishments as a ride manufacturer in this month’s article, Ride Roots.