Midway Talk

Peter Joseph of Jolly Shows in Annapolis, Maryland reports that the show has purchased a new Majestic Scooter that will be themed Rockin’ Cars.  The new ride will be decorated with LED lighting.  Among winter quarters projects are the major refurbishment of a trailer-mounted Scrambler, Zamperla Lolli Pop Swing, and Paratrooper.  Peter reports that routing plans for the 2013 season are going well and the show was pleased with the results of 2012.

Powers Great American Midways is having a number of rides wrapped in vinyl by Amusement Wraps this off-season.  The show’s Owen fun house, Quadzilla, Rainbow Rock, and The Claw (Spin Out) will be wrapped.  Those same rides will also receive fresh paint.  Other rides being painted include a Twister, Fabbri Chopper, and Merry-Go-Round.  An Allan Herschell Helicopter ride is undergoing refurbishments by the show and will be in operation at the Allan Herschell Museum in North Tonawanda, New York once completed.  The PGAM shop itself received a Wysong Shear and a Roto-die brake for the machine shop at the end of 2012.

The New York State Fair has selected Thomas Ryan as the new director of its organization.  Ryan has served as chief of staff for the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation.  He replaces Dan O’Hara whom served as NYSF director since 2007.  The mayor of Syracuse, Tom Young, who served as director from 1975 through 1985 will serve as a special advisor to Ryan.

Cody Casper of PBJ Happee Day Shows reports that they have purchased several new pieces of equipment for the 2013 season.  A Zero Gravity and the new Hog Rally kiddie ride have been purchased from Battech Enterprises.  The Zero Gravity will be enhanced with LED lighting from Denny’s Electronics and will be on display at the IISF Trade Show.  The Hog Rally is the first of its kind.  “It’s basically a motorcycle jump with sidecar for adults.  Each car raises on its own and the handle bars turn,” explains Cody.  A rendering of the ride appears in the November 2012 issue of Carnival Magazine.  Happee Day Shows has also purchased three new food trailers from Schantz Mfg.  They will also be on display at the trade show.

In time for the 2013 IISF Trade Show & Extravaganza, industry veteran and showpainter Doc Rivera has been named the year round curator of the Museum of the American Carnival.  A new partnership between the museum and OABA will also bring the OABA Hall of Fame to the museum by 2015.

Carnival Magazine contributor Dennis Gilli reports that Tropical Amusements had resigned a number of Pennsylvania events including the Clarion County Fair (New Bethlehem), Greene County Fair (Waynesburg), Westmoreland County Fair (Greensburg), and the Cambria County Fair (Ebensburg).

Shaw and Sons Amusements of Severn, Maryland has renewed contracts with the West Alexander Fair in Pennsylvania, Canonsburg Bavarian Festival in Pennsylvania, and the Preston County Buckwheat Festival in Kingwood, West Virginia.

Bill Swank of Swank’s Steel City Shows reports contract renewals for the Bedford County Fair (Bedford, PA); Tyler County Fair (Middlebourne, WV); Somerset County Fair (Meyersdale, PA); Great Stoneboro Fair (Stoneboro, PA); Jamestown Community Fair (Jamestown, PA); and the Albion Area Fair (Albion, PA).  The show also reports they are looking for two bunkhouse trailers during the off-season.

The Utah State Fair has named Michael Steele as their new Executive Director.  Michael is the former general manager of Rio Tinto Stadium and spent five years as the director of operations for Madison Square Garden training center in New York.  The 2013 Utah State Fair runs from September 5 – September 15.  Thomas Carnival is the midway provider.

In Memoriam:

Paul Kudler has passed away at the age of 92.  He was a member of IAAPA and IISF.  With Majestic Manufacturing he offered a variety of rides to the amusement industry.  Paul leaves two sons, Vincent and Jeff Kudler; sister, Stella; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Dustin, Brian, A.J., Kassie, Jason, and Sean; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Addison.

June Hardin of Wapello Fabrications passed Away at the age of 76.  In addition to her role at Wapello, she helped develop HARDIN Fun Time Kiddy Rides and served on the Board of Directors for AIMS Safety and ASTM.  Her family includes husband, Don; four sons, Randy, Kevin, Gordon, and Don; ten grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce; and stepfather, Arturo.