Mick Brajevich to Head Butler Amusements

Mick Brajevich is the new President and CEO of Butler Amusements reports show Marketing Director, Andrea Owen. Mick formally served as the Unit Manager for Butler Amusement’s second largest carnival unit. In addition to operating at many California fairs, his route also includes many of the largest fairs in Oregon and Washington.  Mick started his career in the carnival industry in 1976. His experience includes game concession management, lot layout specialist, assistant unit manager and unit manager. Mick also currently serves as a director on the Outdoor Amusement Business Association's board. Mick is the husband of Kris Brajevich who is the second youngest daughter of the company’s co-founder Earl “Butch” Butler. Kris and Mick both own rides and food concessions and have four children, Michelle, Dillon, Jake, and Sydney-Lou.

Coastal Carolina Fair Extends Its Run

The Coastal Carolina Fair in the Charleston area of South Carolina has extended their event to 11 days beginning in 2012. The fair will run from October 25 until November 4. Amusements of America is the midway provider.

State Fair of Louisiana Seeks New Midway Provider

The State Fair of Louisiana is in the process of selecting a new midway provider. Lowery Carnival had provided the midway for the past 7 years. Proposals were requested from six carnivals including Belle City Amusements, Crabtree Amusements, Deggeller Attractions, Goldstar Amusements, North American Midway Entertainment, and Wade Shows. Proposals from each show must be submitted by February 13 when the next phase of the review process begins. This year marks the 105th edition of the State Fair of Louisiana. The event will be held October 25 through November 11.

Orange County Fair President Retires

Orange County Fair president and CEO, Steve Beazley, recently announced that he will be retiring from his position this year. Mr. Beazley has worked at the OC Fair for 37 years and has been president for four years. He began at the organization as a fairgrounds sweeper when he was 12 years old. The 2012 OC Fair will be held July 13 through August 12.

Midway Talk from February Issue

Matt McDonagh of Big Rock Amusements has purchased McDonagh Amusements from his father, Tom McDonagh. Matt formed Big Rock Amusements in 2010. Both Tom and his wife, Jeanne, will remain active in the carnival industry and continue to own rides. See March’s Carnival Magazine for a feature story on Big Rock Amusements and McDonagh Amusements.

Jim Frederiksen has partnered up with Kenny Mulligan to build one-trailer Gondola Wheels for the traveling carnival industry at his Fun Slide factory in Tampa, FL. With Kenny Mulligan having 20 years of experience building Gondola Wheels, “it is a first class ride they are now building,” says Jim Frederiksen. The first wheel is being sold to Jimmy Otterbacher with Otterbacher Shows and will be on display at the IISA Trade Show February 7 – 11, 2012 in Gibsonton, FL. The wheel has Maxtron LED lights from Rides-4-U.

Ross Owen of Owen Trailers reports that the first unit produced for 2012 will be shipped to Tom Evans of Evans United Shows. The Owen unit that will be featured at the IISF trade show in Gibtown will be delivered to Dick Stewart of Stewart Amusements. Owen Trailers has also sold units to Bob Hauser of West Coast Amusements in Canada and the Jamieson Family’s World’s Finest Shows also out of Canada. Later in 2012, a unit will be delivered to Tom and Jeanne McDonagh.

Chris Walden has accepted a new position with the Wisconsin State Fair. In 2012, Chris will take up the role of Games, Guest and Operator Relations Team. He will be joining Rick Frenette, the fair’s Executive Director; Adam Heffron, Director of Event Services; and Tom Atkins, Attractions Team and Electrical Manager. Chris will continue on with his responsibilities for the Minnesota State Fair and other projects. The 2012 Wisconsin State Fair will be held August 2 – 12.

The Marion County 4-H Fair in Indiana has moved their dates up to June 22 – 30 in 2012. Traditionally, the fair has been held in late July. The organization has also contracted with North American Midway Entertainment for the first time. Drew Expositions had provided the midway for 26 years.

Rides4U announced that they will install a $1 million LED lighting system on the Dallas State Fair Space Needle. It will be the largest LED lighting package on an attraction in the U.S.

At the recent IAFE Annual Convention in Las Vegas, OABA recognized the following members with the Circle of Excellence award for 2011 through 2015: Mike & Connie Featherston (Gold Star Amusements); MN State Fair; Guy & Charlene Leavitt (RCS); E. James Strates (Strates Shows); Patrick Sheridan (Alamo Amusements); Gary Armstrong (Armstrong Concessions); Carmel Dyer (Australian Foods); Tony Cassata (Cassata Concessions); Jim & Nancy Bishop (Bishop Amusement Rides); Mike Demas (Demas Enterprises); Doug Dills (Dills Concessions); Fred Pittroff (Giant Slide); James Coffield (Jimmy’s Concessions); Brett Enright (Juicy’s Outlaw Grill); Mike & Connie Featherston (Lee’s Concessions); Richard Thomas (Little Richard’s Enterprises); Chris & Jody Lopez (Lopez Concessions); Brad Ribar (Loret Foods); Michael & Kristin Ousey (Mad Hatter Concessions); Bill & Deborah Morton (Morton Concessions); Butch Netterfield (Netterfield’s Concessions); Dominic & Kim Palmieri (Odyssey Foods); Nick Pelino (Showtime Rides); Bryan Creason (Sixth Generation Rides); Sam Raggath (Sun Side, Inc.); Rob & Tassie Jundt (T.J.’s Ice Cream); Ben & Joy Pickett (Trinity Concessions); Suzann Shorb (Wonderland Amusements); and Michael Wood (Wood Entertainment). Congratulations to all awardees.

Worldwide Ticketcraft officially moved all operations to Florida as of January 1, 2012. Their location in Merrick, NY closed and all equipment and services will now continue through their headquarters in Boynton Beach, FL.