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Midway Talk

Frank Zaitshik informed Carnival Magazine that Wade Shows will take delivery of a third large roller coaster to premier on their midway in 2014. The 10 trailer Wildcat Coaster will be themed Comet II and measures 215-feet long by 75-feet deep. The piece joins two other large roller coasters in the Wade Shows ride inventory. It is set to premier at next year’s Florida State Fair. The show will also premier a Huss Rainbow next year at the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, FL.

Congratulations to Nick Elliott and his new wife, Kasey. The couple was married on Saturday, November 9. During the season the couple travels with Elliott’s Amusements in Michigan. Nick serves as ride manager on his family’s show and Kasey is the concessions manager. Food concession manager and customer service representative, Nate Rowe, was best man at the wedding.

Nick’s mother, Debbie Elliott, informed carnival magazine that 2013 was a good year for the show. They have acquired a couple of new events for next year and the show is currently looking at a couple of new ride purchases.

A tragic ride accident involving Josh Macaroni of Family Attractions’ Technical Park Vortex received national media attention while at the North Carolina State Fair. Five individuals were injured when the ride improperly started while riders were exiting it. The ride remains on location at the North Carolina State Fair while the investigation is carried out and more facts about the incident are determined.

Father John Vakulskas Jr. is organizing a Pilgrimage to Italy scheduled for February 18 – 28, 2014. The journey will include daily Mass and Papal Audience. A number of sightseeing destinations across Italy are also included with stops in Venice, Ostiglia, Florence, and Assisi as well as Rome. For more information, visit www.carnivalpriest.com or contact Father John directly at (712) 490-8047.

A recent film entitled “ZIPPER: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride” was featured in the schedule at the 11th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas. According to a press release from Chance Rides: “The film is an homage to one of Chance Rides most thrilling and well known carnival rides…the film is written and directed by Amy Nicholson.” The ride manufacturer proudly acted as presenting sponsor for the film.

James E. Strates Shows has been named as the new midway provider for the Lee Regional Fair in Sanford, North Carolina. Playworld Amusements was the previous midway provider. In 2014, the Lee Regional Fair will operate from September 10 through 15.

Billy Clark of Smokey Mountain Amusements has announced that the show will be operating one unit instead of two beginning with the 2014 season. Smokey Mountain Amusements is based in Robbinsville, North Carolina.

The Nevada State Fair will return for the first time since it was canceled in 2011. The re-launch of the Nevada State Fair comes as the state celebrates its 150th birthday in 2014. The event will take place in Carson City and is scheduled for July 30 through August 3. More details to come.

The Arizona State Fair, which began on Friday, October 11 and concluded on Sunday, November 3, reports that over 98,000 fairgoers attended this year’s event. The figure is up 23,000 higher than last year. The fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during its run. Ray Cammack Shows is the midway provider and offered several new rides including the Chance Freestyle, KMG Insanity, Mach 1, and four new kiddie rides.

Arnold’s Amusements has purchased a Mulligan Giant Wheel from Playworld Amusements. The show is also in the process of adding LED lighting to their Eyerly Roll-O-Plane.

North American Midway Entertainment has signed a four-year contract with the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair in Florida. The show has been the event’s midway provider for many years and the large event is a kick-off location for N.A.M.E.’s season. The 2014 Miami-Dade Youth Fair runs from March 13 through 30. The show has also extended their contract with the South Carolina State Fair for three years.

Attendance at the State Fair of Virginia increased 40% in 2013 compared to the year prior. The ten-day event ran from September 27 through October 6. A total of 229,000 fairgoers visited the event this year. This was the first time that the Farm Bureau Federation operated the event independent of a partner. Deggeller Attractions provides the midway at the State Fair of Virginia.

In Memoriam:

Carnival Magazine extends its sympathies to Pat Repp of N.A.M.E. and his wife Kristin, on the passing of their son, Matthew S. Repp. Matthew passed away on October 8, 2013 at his home in Kirkwood, IL at the age of 28.

Carnival Magazine contributor Dan Zapata sadly reports that Kenny Maples passed away on Friday, October 4 of this year. Mr. Maples founded Kenny’s Funland Carnival in Texas. He is survived by his children and grandchildren whom are all involved in the running of the show. ■