Midway Talk


Corky Powers of Powers Great American Midways reports that the show has expanded its winterquarters to include an additional 100’ x 60’ building for sandblasting, truck maintenance, and a machine shop.  The show has also taken delivery of an Owen Trailers Dark Ride.

The 2013 North Dakota State Fair in Minot set a new attendance record with 320,485 guests this year.  The number is 3 percent higher than last year’s overall attendance number.  Weather was good for the event, which ran from July 19 – 27.  Murphy Bros. Expositions provides the midway at the North Dakota State Fair.  This year’s midway was comprised of 47 rides including a Wave Swinger, Drop Zone, Spin Out, Century Wheel, and Genesis.  Next year’s fair runs from July 18 – 26.

State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey hosted 420,000 fairgoers this year from June 21 – July 7.  The attendance figure is about 20,000 higher than last year’s number despite wet weather during this year’s event.  The 2014 State Fair Meadowlands will run from June 20 – July 6.

Coleman Shows’ new Moser Twin Flip debuted in July at the Boonville-Oneida County Fair in Booneville, NY (July 22 – 28).  It is one of only two Twin Flips in the U.S. and was acquired by Coleman Shows from an Australian operator.  The show spent some time working on the ride’s power conversion after it was delivered and, to lessen its weight on the road, has converted it from one trailers to two.  Tim Coleman says that the ride is doing very well, especially amongst teenagers and young adults.

Reithoffer Shows recently purchased brand new uniforms for their staff.  They were purchased from Chestnut Identity Apparel.  The show has been doing well this season with good weather at many locations.  See a photo of the Blue Unit in their new uniforms in September Magazine’s Direct from the Lots.

The Ohio State Fair in Columbus set a new overall attendance record as a 12-day event in 2013.  Over 900,000 fairgoers attended the July 24 – August 4 event.  The fair has operated for 12 days since 2004.  Prior to then it was 17 days.  The previous record since the fair became a 12 day event was set in 2004.  This year’s figure was 6 percent higher than the previous record.  Spending on food and beverages increased 10 percent at the fair compared to last year and midway gross was up 17 percent.  Amusements of America provides the midway at the State Fair of Ohio. 

Andy and Jamie Deggeller of Deggeller Attractions welcomed their second child, Garrett Lewis Deggeller on July 11.  Garrett is their second child.  His older brother is Gabe.  Garrett weighed 9 pounds and measured 20 inches tall.  Congratulations to Andy and Jamie as well as the entire Deggeller family!

Michigan’s Saginaw County Fair saw an attendance increase at this year’s event despite a rainout on Wednesday, July 31.  In total, the fair ran from July 30 through August 3.  Big Rock Amusements of Chesaning, MI is the fair’s midway provider.  Paid attendance this year was just over 20,000.  The event moved from Saginaw to Chesaning in 2002.  This year marked the fair’s 100th anniversary.

Brass Ring Amusements of Fair Oaks, California provided 6 new rides at this year’s Yuba-Sutter Fair in Yuba City, CA.  New this year included a spectacular ride themed Typhoon, a Ranger, Jumanji Fun House, water boat ride, Bumble Bees, and Convoy.  The event ran from July 31 through August 4.  Attendance reached 51,273 fairgoers, which was up from last year.  After the conclusion of the fair, CEO Regina Goody announced she was retiring from her position after 8 years.

The Union County Fair in La Grande, Oregon saw an attendance increase this year with 18,172 fairgoers compared to 15,846 in 2012.  The event ran from July 31 through August 3.  Cascade Amusements provided the midway.

SJ Entertainment’s Crazy Mouse Roller Coaster was the highest grossing ride at the 2013 San Diego County Fair.  The other top ten grossing rides included Ray Cammack Shows’ Grand Wheel (#2), Michael Wood’s Magnum (#3),  RCS’ G-Force (#4), RCS’ Sky Ride (#5), State Fair Spectaculars’ Fast Trax Slide (#6), Helm and Sons’ Olympic Bobs (#7), RCS’ Alien Abduction (#8), Bishop Amusements Sky Flyer (#9), and Bishop Amusements’ Tango (#10).  See last month’s issue for a complete article on the 2013 San Diego County Fair where attendance reached 1,425,000 fairgoers.