Midway Talk

Allied International Holdings, Inc. (“Allied”) is delighted to announce that Tropic Capital Corp. (“Tropic”) recently sold the majority of its loan portfolio to Boulevard Bank. Prairie Financial (“Prairie”), a division of Boulevard Bank will service the loans on behalf of the bank. We think very highly of Prairie’s management team and are confident that the Prairie staff will service these accounts with the same courtesy and care that the Tropic staff has offered over the years.

While Tropic succeeded for many years in servicing the Outdoor Amusement Industry, the recent costly financing and regulatory environment made it non-economic for Tropic to meet the increased demand for lending. As such, Allied decided to discontinue extending financing for rides and equipment and to focus all efforts on what Allied does best for the industry we know and love. As an essential part of our industry’s fabric for over 30 years, Allied shares an expertise in understanding the risks and needs associated with the operations of these specialized entertainment businesses. This in-depth and comprehensive knowledge gives Allied a very special and unique ability to meet insurance needs which other providers simply do not possess. 

The exceptional combined team of Allied Specialty Insurance and T.H.E. Insurance look forward to many more years of utilizing our operational and risk management expertise to benefit customers and the industry we consider family with the services that have defined Allied. We are excited about your past business success and look forward to helping you to continue to grow.♦

IAFE announced the launching of their new website on June 15 at www.fairsandexpos.com.  The new design and features include many tools for IAFE members such as an online directory of other members, new video content, and account update tools.

The Showmen’s League of America is now offering an Associate Member Classification package to businesses and organizations that wish to support and participate in League activities.  “For $195/year your company will receive a $150 discount on a trade show booth in your name, a periodic logo ad in our monthly e-newsletter, 2 copies of our quarterly print newsletter, invitations for 2 to all League events (at member prices if there is a fee) and invitation for 2 to attend all member meetings (non-voting).  See rates and packages on the application.  Your support of the League supports our Scholarship Fund, our Christmas party for special needs kids and everything the League does.”  Contact SLA Executive Director Joe Burum at (319) 290-4490 for more information.

Helm & Sons Amusements is preparing their Technical Park Street Fighter for the midway this season.  The piece has only been in operation for three seasons.  Helm & Sons acquired the ride from a Venezuela showman.

Sky Attractions has sold their KMG Sky Swing to a U.K. based operator.  Tom McDonagh’s Sky Attractions premiered the ride in 2012 on independent midways across the country.  He continues to operate as an independent ride operator with his new Owen Big Bamboo Fun House and KMG Fun Factory.

Wade Shows will provide their Mondial Fighter at the Livonia Spree Fair in Livonia, Michigan for the first time this year.  This year’s fair runs from June 25 through 30.  Wade Shows has provided the midway since 2003 and likes to vary the rides offered at the event from year-to-year.

The Wisconsin State Fair is adding nine new rides to their independent midway, Spin City, this year.  Playworld Amusements will provide their new Air Raid.  Also new is a Super Shot, 1001 Nachts, Tilt-A-Whirl, Gondola Wheel, Monster Truck, the Big Bamboo, Riptide Rollercoaster, and Sky Flyer.  The fair runs from August 1 – 11.  Find out more information about the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair in next month’s issue of Carnival Magazine.

OABA reports that Kristen and Mike Featherston, Jr. are the proud parents of newborn Rosalie Hope Featherston.  Rosalie was born on April 17 and weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces.  She is the seventh grandchild for OABA Chair Mike Featherston and his wife, Connie.  Congratulations to the Featherston family.

Summer Adventures in Fair Park, the new event at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas, is in full swing.  The event began in May and runs through mid-august with carnival rides, games, food, and entertainment.  Among the rides in operation are S.J. Entertainment’s Windstorm Coaster and Flipper as well as permanent pieces, the Texas Skyway and Texas Star Amusement Wheel.  The event runs from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on weekends.  The 2013 State Fair of Texas runs from September 27 through October 20.

The San Mateo County Fair, which ran from June 8 – 16 in San Mateo, CA, broke attendance records this year.  Attendance in 2013 was 20 percent higher than last year.  This year marked the 79th edition of the county fair.  The 2014 San Mateo County Fair will run from June 7 – 15.  Butler Amusements is the midway provider.