Midway Talk from the August Issue

Midway Talk

Smokey Mountain Amusements of Robbinsville, North Carolina is heading to the Bahamas this winter after their traditional season concludes. The show will spend eight weeks in Nassau and possibly another three in Abaco. “We’re going to leave for the Bahamas around the fifteenth of November and opens on the last day or two of the month,” says Billy. Smokey Mountain will provide between 25 and 28 rides. Among the rides will be the Thunderbolt, Sky Wheel, Wipeout, Zipper, MGR, Steeple Chase, and slide. Members of the show will be visiting the island prior to November to measure the lot and determine how many and which rides to bring. The show plans to provide about 20 concessions including about 15 games and food. “Pizza is popular over there,” says Billy.  The Bahamas have welcomed U.S. carnivals for many years including attractions from Cetlin & Wilson Shows many years ago and Crown Amusements most recently. “We’ve been working on it for about year,” explains Billy. The show is working on all the paperwork involved with the trip right now. Will be hiring Bahamians as well as bringing members of the show. “We’re excited about it,” says Billy. He has been to Nassau in the past and about three times in the last year. “We were over there a couple years ago on a cruise from the Showmen’s Club,” he says. The show plans to kick refurbishments into high gear after they return next year. In addition to cleaning salt from the rides after their island visit, Smokey Mountain plans to refurbish their Hurricane, a few kiddie rides, and likely the Paratrooper. In regards to this season, Smokey Mountain has battled hot and wet weather. “We’ve had a few very strong spots including the Catfish Festival in Ware Sholes, South Carolina,” says Billy. The event was a record-breaker. Popular rides this year include the Thunderbolt often taking the number one spot, the Round Up, Hurricane, and Tornado. The Sky Wheel has also been up near the number one spot.

The well-known State Fair of Texas Midway sign was damaged during a June hailstorm. The sign was introduced in 1948 and appeared in the 1962 film, “State Fair.” About 55 of the sign’s glass tubes were broken as well as the illuminated star that appears atop of it. The sign will be repaired, which will take about a month. The 2012 State Fair of Texas will run from September 28 through October 21. There will be 7 new rides on the independent midway this year. Construction of the fair’s new 500-foot observation tower will begin as soon as this year’s event concludes. The new attraction is projected to open for in May at the fair’s first ever Summer Adventures in Fair Park event.

In an update from Frank Zaitshik of Wade Shows the show owner told Carnival Magazine that they have finished winter quarters work on a new Tip Top themed Cheese It Up. The ride design is inspired by sponsor Kraft Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Also now operating on the Wade Shows’ midway is an Inverter purchased from Scott Fernandez of E.K. Fernandez Shows through Tommy Coffing and UsedRides.com. Wade Shows is finishing work on their Mulligan Wheel, redoing a bumper cars unit, and freshening up their Hit-in-2000. Frank also reports that spending on the midway has generally been good this season. Read more about Wade Shows and their implementation of the FunCard system in this month’s issue.

Registration is now open for the IAAPA Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, November 12 – 16. Key note speaker this year is Jim Reid-Anderson, CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. On the tradeshow floor, 1,100 companies will exhibit their products and services. On-site registration for the Expo costs $368, but those who take advantage of early registration before September 19 will receive a “super saver” rate of $218. IAAPA members will receive additional discounts and can register for $109 before September 19 or $184 on site. For more information visit click here.

Deggeller Attractions of Stuart Florida debuted their new Huss Flipper ride, themed Super Nova, at the Salem Fair in Virginia. According to Carnival Magazine contributor Hugh Shearin, the ride was purchased from The Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center in Coney Island. It is the second such ride of its kind to be owned by a U.S. carnival—Reithoffer Shows owns a Flipper themed Tornado. Deggeller Attractions prepared the ride for its midway this past winter. The Super Nova was part of a forty-plus ride midway at the 25th Salem Fair, which ran from July 3 – 15. See next month’s Carnival Magazine for a feature article on Deggeller Attractions and the Salem Fair. ■

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Jun 28-Jul 1          Summer Fun Fest, Oglesby, IL

Jun 29-Jul 7          St. Joseph Co 4-H Fair, South Bend, IN

Jul 2-7                    Shelby County Fair, Shelbyville, IN

Jul 3-8                    Stoughton Junior Fair, Stroughton, WI

Jul 4-8                    Frontier Days Festival, Arlington Heights, IL

Jul 4-8                    Bartlett 4th of July, Bartlett, IL

Jul 3-7                    Taste of Lombard, Lombard, IL

Jul 4-8                    Dixon Petunia Festival, Dixon, IL

Jul 5-15                  Calgary Stampede – The Greatest, Calgary, AB

Jul 8-22                  Waukesha County Fair, Waukesha, WI

Jul 9-14                  Koscuisko Co 4-H Fair, Warsaw, IN

Jul 9-14                  Howard Co 4-H Fair, Greentown, IN

Jul 11-15               Glendale Heights Summerfest, Glendale Hgts, IL

Jul 11-15               Railroad Days, West Chicago, IL

Jul 11-15               Northern WI State Fair, Chippewa Falls, WI

Jul 11-15               Sauk County Fair, Baraboo, WI

Jul 16-21               Delaware County Fair, Muncie, IN

Jul 18-22               Main Street Summerfest, Plainfield, IL

Jul 18-22               Waukesha County Fair

Jul 18-22               Westerner Days, Red Deer, AB

Jul 18-22               Dane County Fair, Madison, WI

Jul 19-29               Porter County Fair, Valparaiso, IN

Jul 20-29               Klondike Days – CapEX, Edmonton, AB

Jul 20-28               Elkhart County 4-H Fair, Goshen, IN

Jul 23-28               Lenawee County Fair – Adrian, MI

Jul 24-29               Rock County 4-H Fair, Janesville, WI

Jul 24-29               Dubuque County Fair, Dubuque, IA

Jul 30-Aug 4         Monroe County Fair, Monroe, MI

Jul 31-Aug 5         Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau, WI

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Midway Talk from July 2012 issue

Midway Talk


Frank Zaitshik of Wade Shows reported that his shows second unit has remained in winter quarters this year until July, allowing for more extensive work on rides and support equipment. More than a dozen rides were refurbished as a result of the extended time in the shop. Frank also indicated that Wade Shows is close to an agreement to go cashless along the midway.

Arnold Amusements will provide the midway for the first Great Lakes State Fair in Novi, Michigan. The new event comes after the Michigan State Fair in Detroit ceased to operate an event in 2010. The Great Lakes State Fair will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace from August 31 through September 3, encompassing the Labor Day holiday. The event is being organized by the Great Lakes Agricultural Board. In addition to the Arnold Amusements midway, the Detroit Shrine Circus will operate four shows each day of the fair. According to the Detroit Free Press, organizers look to bring in 10,000 to 15,000 attendees per day of the event. You can find out more about the Great Lakes State Fair at www.greatlakesstate fair.org.

Universal Fairs, LLC has purchased the assets of the Virginia State Fair. The State Fair had moved through bankruptcy and was available for purchase at auction. Universal Fairs is a Tennessee-based company headed by Mark Lovell. The company is a fair and festival operator. According to multiple sources, Universal Fairs purchased the VA State Fair’s 331 acre property at Meadow Event Park in Caroline County as well as the event’s trademark, name, and presence on the web for $5.35 million. “We love the fair…We’re going to put on a fabulous 10-day event in September,” Mark Lovell told NBC/WSLS 10. The event will start on September 28. Indications are that VA State Fair midway provider Deggeller Attractions will return this year, but a final determination has not been confirmed.

The 16th Annual Bruce Sellner Memorial Golf Tournament will be held July 19 at the Legacy Golf Course in Faribault, Minnesota. Proceeds from the event are donated to LifeSource, a nonprofit organization managing organ and tissue donation in the Midwest. The entry fee for the tournament is $100.00. Dinner Only guest tickets are $20.00. Other sponsorship options are available. You may contact Erin Sellner for an entry form or for more information at 507-291-0538 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alarming news from the State of New York, the Thruway Authority has proposed a 45% toll hike for commercial vehicles. The proposed increase will affect any vehicle with three or more axles. A date for the toll increase is not yet set and there is still time for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to influence the Thruway Authority’s decision.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced the addition of two new staff members. They welcome Ryan Strowger as Vice President of Exhibitions, Conferences, and Sales. He will be responsible for IAAPA’s trade shows, including the Attractions Expo. Strowger served as Director of Business Development for the International Consumer Electronics Show for a number of years. Also joining IAAPA is Amy Pepin who takes the role of Manager of Conference, Trade Show, and Meeting Operations. Among Amy’s duties she will oversee trade show and event registration, coordinate special events, and manage attendee service. Amy has several years of event planning experience.

Gold Medal Products has announced the release of new food item, Funnel Swirls TM. Funnel Swirls TM are easy-to-eat funnel cakes on 12-inch sticks. “Funnel Swirls TM are the ultimate walking food, freeing up one hand for increased beverage sales,” says Gold Medal. The mix is easy to use and can be poured into a Multi-Mold that makes three Funnel Swirls TM at a time in approximately 30 seconds. Sticks are available packed 5,000 per case and in Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake Mix or Old Fashioned Funnel Cake Mix. For more information visit Gold Medal Products online at www.gmpopcorn.com.


Several new food items will be available at the 2012 Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna, MN. Among the tasty treats are butterfly chips, sweet potato fries, battered mac and cheese wedges, and deep-fried peanut butter. Midway provider, GoldStar Amusements, has also announced they will be offering their Mega Ride ticket, which allows attendees unlimited ride access on all days of the fair for $45.00. The Steele County Fair runs from August 14 through 19. ■

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