Midway Talk from June issue
Jeffery D. Pugh, 60, of Lancaster, Ohio, died on April 10,
at Fairfield Medical Center, in Ohio. He
was in the outdoor amusement business his entire life and will be missed for
his enthusiasm and joy for good food, his love and soft heart for animals, his
skillful hands and his love of life, his hard work ethic and love of his
family. Pugh was an inspiration to those who saw him fight with courage and not
a complaint against a terrible disease. He is survived by his wife of 39 years,
Beverly; children Jeffery, Matthew (Tracy) Alissa Clark (Mark); and
grandchildren, Marissa and Christopher, Kolson, Kylan, Addicyn Cox-Pugh; his
brothers and sisters Robert Pugh (Debby), Deborah Woodman (Pietro), Tom Pugh
(Debbie), Diane Huston (Danny), nieces, nephews and special sister-in-law, Judy
Bresler. The funeral was held on April
14 at Victory Hill Church, Carroll, Ohio. Memorials may be made to Victory Hill
Church, in Jeff's memory.
Amusements of America (Monroe Township, NJ) purchased a new
ride during the winter, a Technical Park Street Fighter. According to Dominic Vivona, the company also
obtained four refurbished Bates bunk houses.
Amusements of America opened the season in Charleston, SC, with a three-day
event in early April.
A Fantasy Amusement Company (Prospect Heights, Ill.) kicked
off its 2014 tour in Bourbonnais, Ill., at Northfield Square Mall.
Patrick Crabtree reports that the weather has been a big
issue since Crabtree Amusements Inc. (Staples, Tex.) began its 2014 season in
January. "The weather so far has just
been a killer for us ... seems like the weather pattern every weekend just keeps
knocking us out," said Crabtree, who was contacted in mid-April at the
Montgomery County Fair. Prior to that,
Crabtree Amusements was at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin (March
Brown's Amusements (Mesa, Ariz.) began its 2014 tour at a
rodeo in Sells, Ariz., during the first week of February. Brown's two units were together for a few weeks
in the spring but separate for the summer months. According to owner Danny Brown, the units
were together at Casa Grande, Yuma and Logandale, Nev. Danny and his wife, Sherry, founded Brown's
Amusements in 1995 and now have 38 rides in their show. "We have a good little niche in what we do,
playing the smaller and mid-size fairs," said Brown, when reached in Kingman,
Ariz. (Home and Garden Show), in mid-April.
The units are overseen by Pete Peterson and Phil Parrenti. Prior to owning Brown's Amusements, Danny was
an independent food and game operator on the west coast for 16 years. The Browns' daughter, Chelsea, who earned a
master's degree in communications at Arizona State University, works for a
public relations firm in Phoenix.
Peter Joseph of Jolly Shows (Annapolis, Md.) echoed the
weather woes thus far in 2014. "We
always open up in March and normally, you get a pretty good break in the
weather but not this year," said Joseph.
"People are coming out and spending money when the weather is good ...
with such a bad winter, people want to get out.
It doesn't have to be perfect weather for people but if it is just dry,
they'll come out and have fun."
Joseph reported that Jolly Shows was very busy in the
offseason, purchasing a used Wiggle Worm from Kevin Wilson for starters. Other winter projects included a new theme
and LED package for its Childress Super Slide – now renamed Surfin' Slide.
Jolly Shows also put LED lights from Denny's Electronics on a refurbished Fabre
Gondola Wheel and a little Eli Ferris Wheel.
Also, the show's ticket and coupon boxes were re-done with LED lights
and vinyl wraps during the winter. Jolly Shows, founded in 19xx by Frank Joseph
(Peter's grandfather), has 25 rides, five concession trailers and 15
games. Peter and his brother, Paul, are
third generation operators, following in the footsteps of grandfather Frank and
their father, Robert Joseph.
Michael's Amusements Inc. (Fayetteville, N.C.) opened its
2014 season in Miami in January will continue through November, according to
owner Michael Reisinger. During the past
winter, Michael's completely refurbished its Sea Ray and Musik Express, both
from the ground up. Reisinger decided to
not use LED lights on the projects. "The
Majestic Musik Express has thousands of lights and it's really pretty,"
explained Reisinger. "We started
changing it over and I really didn't like the look of it. Some things look better with the classic
lights." Reisinger added that the Sea Ray's pirate ship was taken down to the
frame and all new art work was done.
Reisinger and partner Joe Frankowski bought a Freak Out from Playworld
Amusements last fall and the ride will be "shuttled" between Michael's and
D&J Amusements. When reached in
mid-April, Reisinger said that his show was gearing up for the Dogwood Festival
Sherwood Amusements (Upper Falls, Md.) opened the season at
a church festival in Aberdeen, Md. (April 11-13) before going to Smyrna, Del.,
for Easter Weekend. Roger Wadkins Sr.,
who owns both Sherwood and Wadkins Expo Wheel (manufacturing), said that the
companies had a busy winter. Wadkins
sold three wheels at the Gibtown Trade Show, the first one "going out to
Stewart Amusements Company (Trumbull, Conn.) real soon." Wadkins added that refurbishment work was done
on their own Childress Super Slide and their combo and motorcycles kiddie
rides. Sherwood's Easter date was for
the Smyrna Fourth of July Committee, as the show plays there in the summer as
well. "It's beautiful here," said
Wadkins on April 19th. "We're
finally catching a break with the weather and looks like we'll have a great
More than 5,000 attractions industry professionals from more
than 60 countries will attend Asian Attractions Expo 2014, in Beijing,
China. The event, owned and produced by
the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will
take place June 17-20 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.
Fiesta Shows (Seabrook, N.H.) had a busy winter, according
to owner Eugene Dean. Fiesta Shows,
which has warehouses in New Hampshire and Gibsonton, Fla., refurbished a
Tornado, a Ferris Wheel, two slides and a Round-Up. Dean reported that his company also
refurbished two Pharaoh's Fury rides.
Also, a May 15 arrival date was expected for two new purchases, a Wisdom
Avalanch (with a Seven Seas theme) and a reconditioned Fireball from
Larson. And by August, Fiesta is
expecting a trailer-mounted SBF Spinning Coaster, purchased from Rides 4U. Fiesta Shows, which operates with 25 rides,
began 2014 in western Massachusetts.
"It's been cold, but we've been doing our normal business," said Dean.
Several new rides and games were on the bill when Penn Wood
Shows (Gettysburg, Pa.) opened its season in late April. Kitty Long of Penn Wood Shows reported that a
Wacky Worm and a Sky Race, both purchased at the Gibtown Trade Show, are up and
running. "We all rode the two rides and
it was a blast," exclaimed Kitty. Penn
Wood, which travels with 33 rides, has also added two new games – both clam
trailers, Long Range Basketball and Strike Zone. Kitty added that the Strike Zone would be
re-themed as a Break-a-Bottle game. Penn
Wood Shows, operated by Heidi, Derek and Kitty Long, began the 2014 season in
Hanover, Pa., at the High Ridge 4-A Club benefit event.
Powers Great American Midways (Corfu, N.Y.) worked on
several projects during the offseason, including work on its Stampede. Some
representatives from Wisdom paid a visit and assisted Powers on redesigning the
steps on the Stampede. Powers also
worked scenery and lighting as well as a new canvas for the Swing Buggy. R.D. Thomas of Powers also said that the
Swing Buggy's seats were converted from cushions to molded fiberglass. Thomas added that the company's Wacky Worm
was re-racked and received new paint.
All the work was done at Powers' winterquarters in Whiteville, N.C.
Reithoffer Shows (Gibsonton, Fla.) purchased a Wacky Worm
and a Clyde Mulligan Wheel from the now defunct Myers International Midways. Reithoffer also bought a Zamperla Air Race at
the IAAPA show in Orlando. The company
also rebuilt its Tilt-a-Whirl and Tidal Wave and refurbished its Grand