Congratulations to the Walden Family

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.

Riding the Wall of Death

A Story About the American Motor Drome Company

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KMG XLR8 Premieres in Europe


KMG XLR8 Premieres in Europe


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The new KMG ride ‘XLR8’ appeared on its first midway on April 5.  It was delivered to its owner, Mr. Jarno Otten the day before.  According to Peter Theunisz of KMG, "The ride was received very well on its premiere day...Riders from 1.40 to 2.00 meters rode the 'XLR8' and there were several repeat riders.  The owner, Mr. Jarno Otten was very satisfied after the Easter weekend and said that the ride did very well considering the low numbers of visitors due to bad weather."

Peter notes that 'XLR8's easy setup system allowed it to be setup up in a matter of hours after it arrived. KMG describes the ride in a recent press release:

A great innovation to the amusement ride industry is that this prototype ‘XLR8’ is the very first transportable amusement ride with a self controlled ‘rechargeable’ power system. This power system will help to meet the demand for power in order to achieve the expected acceleration. During deceleration the returned energy will be stored in built in Super Caps (capacitors), so the ‘XLR8’ can use it’s own generated power time after time. This way the prototype can be connected to a 63 Amp and will use 80 Amps together with all LED’s instead of 400 Amps. This is world’s first ‘green’ ride!  The LED light package makes this ride a great eye catcher on every fairground and we all know environmental- and economical benefits of LED lighting, The ‘XLR8’ is set up in Velp (near Nijmegen) from April 11 till 15. After that the ride will play at the major Queen’s Birthday fair of Rotterdam from April 21 till May 6. Already some interested buyers reported to KMG that they will visit the Rotterdam fair to see the ‘XLR8’ in life.


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April 5, 2012: the brand new KMG amusement ride ‘XLR8’ made it’s first runs at the Easter Fair in Drachten, Netherlands.

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You can also watch some of KMG's videos of the ‘XLR8’ on Youtube.com:







Brochures and information on our website www.kmg.nl will be added soon.

Ottaway Amusements in the Path of Weekend Tornadoes

Ottaway Amusements in the Path of Weekend Tornadoes

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Midway Talk from April Issue

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The State Fair of Louisiana announced that they have selected a new midway provider. Crabtree Amusements of Staples, Texas will provide the event’s midway beginning in 2012. While the midway had been provided by Lowery Carnival for the past seven years, Crabtree Amusements has booked rides at the event in recent years. “We are pleased to partner with Crabtree,” said State Fair President and General Manager, Chris Giordano, in a recent press release. “It is a large carnival that will open up many possibilities for the fair. Plus, Crabtree values variety, affordability, and family fun, just as we do here at the State Fair of Louisiana.” This year marks the 105th edition of the State Fair of Louisiana, which will run from October 25 through November 11.

Beginning in 2013, Wade Shows will provide the midway for the Nebraska State Fair. Belle City Amusements is the event’s current midway provider. The 2012 Nebraska State Fair runs from August 24 through September 3. Wade Shows will provide a chair lift ride at this year’s event. The fair recently moved to new grounds at Fonner Park, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Herald Fera of Rockwell Amusements recently added two attractions to his ride lineup. He purchased an A.R.M. Full Tilt as well as an Eli Bridge, trailer-mounted Scrambler from Tom McDonagh.

Corky Powers of Powers Great American Midways announced the recent purchase of two new rides as well as four generators. PGAM will add a Wisdom Genesis and an A.R.M. Rock Star (Ali Baba). The Genesis is set for delivery in July of this year. The Rock Star will arrive on the show’s midway in Raleigh, North Carolina for the North Carolina State Fair. Also arriving at the NC State Fair will be four new generators provided by Gull Wing Industries. The generators will be divided between two pup trailers each carry a 500kW and 250kW unit. In addition to the purchases, PGAM has installed several new LED packages to rides including their Freak Out, Super Shot, Zipper, Cliff Hanger, and a number of kiddie rides.

Recreation by Design reported a number of recent orders while at the IISF Trade Show. In addition to the exhibited trailers—a bunkhouse set for delivery to Wade Shows, living quarters for Myers International Shows, and bunkhouse for Juicy’s—the trailer manufacturer has built a bunkhouse for Judy Otterbacher and both a schoolhouse and bunkhouse for Cynthia King.

Fun Rides of Sanford, North Carolina announced that they will provide the midway for the Stanly County Fair in Albemarle, NC beginning in 2012. Fun Rides is owned by Ron Turner. Jeff Brady’s Playworld Amusements will also provide rides at the late-September/early-October event.

The Steele County Free Fair in conjunction with midway provider Gold Star Amusements announced that the World of Wonders Sideshow will appear at this year’s event. The fair will be added to Ward Hall and Chris Christ’s route that also includes the Florida State Fair, Minnesota State Fair and Wisconsin State Fair. Gold Star Amusements was recently announced as the fair’s midway provider. Merriam’s Midway Shows provided the midway prior to this year. The 2012 Steele County Fair in Owatonna, Minnesota will run from August 14 through 19.

Joy C. Fleenor, 88, of Tampa, FL passed away February 25th, 2012, born September 16, 1923 in Whitefish, Montana. She was predeceased by her husband Dan Fleenor and brother Joel Cube. Her dancing career started at age 4 where along with her parents Al and Ella Cube they were members of Pop Aldrich's Hawaiian Show on the Royal American Shows. She was with a USO dancing troupe post-WW2. She produced and directed several road shows. Her last endeavor was Fleenor Productions. A business woman and mother all in one, liberated before it was fashionable. She was former president of the Greater Tampa Showmen's Assoc.; Ladies Aux. Survivors include a brother Alvin Cube; son Rick Fleenor; daughters Bobbie Moss and Linda Bennett; grandchildren Kelsey Gilland and Rusty Driver; great-grandchildren Logan Beyer, Ashlee Driver and Brendan Driver. Memorial Services were held Monday, March 5. ■