Midway Talk from the March Issue

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. 

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Midway Talk from the February Issue

Midway Talk


Ed Inners of Inners Shows reported to Carnival Magazine that the show has purchased an antique Allan Herschell car ride.  The ride will be restored to its original look with modern mechanical features “under the hood.”  During this year’s winter quarters the show will also work on their Hustler and Sidewinder.  In the upcoming season Inners Shows will travel in one main unit rather than two units.  They have recently signed a new event, the Moore County Fair in North Carolina.   After the dates of the Surry County Fair in North Carolina were moved up in 2012, event organizers and Inners Shows decided to remain at the new date on the calendar for 2013.  In other news from the show, a new website address and design is up and running.  It can be found at www.innersshows.org.  Inners Shows will take delivery of a new Wadkins Expo Wheel in 2013.  “It is going to be a beautiful showpiece,” says Ed.

Drew Expositions has purchased a new Fajume Wacky Worm Coaster set for delivery in mid-February.  The ride will have a unique green and yellow alternating track color.  During this year’s winter quarters the show will sandblast and install new lighting on their Sizzler and Kite Flyer.  They will also add LED lighting to their Enterprise and 720 (Fabbri Kamikaze).  Show owner Jimmy Drew reports that spending was strong along the midway in 2012.  The show fortunately was not confronted with many weather issues, either heat or rain related, throughout the season.  Jimmy was extremely happy with the KMG X-Factory, which was a new addition to the midway in 2012.

Playworld Amusements new Zamperla Air Raid is set for its second midway stop, this time on the independent midway of the 2013 Florida State Fair.  The ride was delivered to Playworld at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.  Show owner Jeff Brady reports that 2012 was up compared to 2011 with better weather and attendance throughout the season compared to the previous year.  In addition to the late 2012 ride purchase, the show has also updated trucks and electrical boxes.  Among the rides receiving attention during winter quarters will be the show’s Zero Gravity and Fire Chief.  Last year marked the first season for the show’s Tivoli Remix.  Jeff notes that the ride was built well and did great on the midway.

Matt McDonagh, owner of Big Rock Amusements, reports that 2012 was a phenomenal year for the show.  The transition went smoothly after purchasing the route of McDonagh Amusements prior to the season and season’s gross has doubled for the show since their inaugural year three seasons ago.  Equipment added in 2012 included a Wisdom Himalaya, a Recreation By Design bunkhouse, and a passenger van to transport staff.  The show also purchased a Larson Ring of Fire, a new office trailer, shaded umbrella tops for the midway, and aluminum benches.  Just recently the show purchased an LED light package from Denny’s Electronics for their Gondola Wheel.  Coming for 2013 is a new Freak Out style ride from Europe.  During winter quarters the show will work on their Dragon Wagon, Gondola Wheel, and possibly the Gravitron.  A multiyear contract has been resigned with the Armada Fair in Armada, Michigan and a new contract has been signed for 2013 with the Lenawee County Fair in Adrian, Michigan.

Midway gross was up 1% at the 2012 State Fair of Louisiana where attendance reached 431,000.  Crabtree Amusements provided the midway at the 2012 edition.  The 2013 State Fair of Louisiana will run from October 24 through November 11 with Mondays and Tuesdays closed.

Reithoffer Shows has purchased a new ARM Vertigo.  They are also reviewing a ride for purchase, this one from Europe.  The show is currently working on a number of rides in winter quarters and have repainted four pieces so far.  See next month’s issue for a feature article on Reithoffer Shows, reviewing their 2012 season and looking ahead to 2013.

Kaliff Insurance, based in San Antonio, Texas, has announced their recently established, expanded relationship with Lloyd’s of London, which includes insurance coverage for amusement rides for the carnival industry.  The new agreement is built upon an existing relationship between the two companies.  Mitchell Kaliff is the President of Kaliff Insurance.

In a recent press release, The National Ticket Company Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Keith Bax as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Keith joins National Ticket Company after a successful six year stint as Vice President of Marketing for Research Data, Inc., and Conquest Graphics.  He brings a wealth of marketing, business analysis, and complex solutions development to his new role at National Ticket.

Rick Pickering has been announced as the new General Manager for the California State Fair (Cal Expo) beginning in 2013.  Rick is filling the position after Norb Bartosik retired in 2012.  Rick has been the Alameda County Fair Chief Executive Officer for almost 14 years prior to taking his new position.