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Shaw & Sons carnival was started by co-owner Roy Shaw’s grandfather Leroy Shaw in 1945, and a lot has changed since then. “He built a train ride, and he started with that,” Shaw says. “Now we have 27 rides, and we also have 4 food wagons and 20 games.” The original train ride was built in Leroy Shaw’s yard when he was a sheet metal worker in Baltimore. It ran on a circle in the backyard until word of mouth about the ride resulted in requests to use it at fundraisers. A kiddie airplane ride that he built ......[read more]

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The Nebraska State Fair may be somewhat bigger and longer than the previous fairs Lori Cox has led – most recently as General Manager of the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman, MT – but as the new Executive Director in Nebraska, she finds the larger scale not daunting. “Busy is Busy,” she told Carnival Warehouse.  As the late summer fair (August 24 – September 3) approaches, Cox is indeed very busy at the helm of a resurgent fair ......[read more]
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A severe thunderstorm left behind extensive damage to the Hudson Valley Fair in Fishkill, New York on Tuesday evening.  Luckily, the fair was closed and nobody on the midway was injured, however, property damage to the midway was extensive.  Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment co-owner, Ron Thomas, reported that the shows Sky Diver had tipped over in heavy winds.  After securing the ride to trucks using 5/8" thick cable, the heavy winds broke the cables in half and toppled the ride onto a nearby house trailer.  Other damage on the midway included five ticket boxes, one joint, three big umbrellas, and the wind flipped three cars on the circus train.

The fair was slated to be open May 18-20 for its final weekend, however, fair management decided to cut the final weekend due to the extensive damage.

Photos of the damage can be found in the MCW photo gallery by clicking here.

Posted by: Matt Cook on 5/16/2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the amusement industry lost one its younger show owners, Chad Edward Duchow, who together with his family, owned and operated Wisconsin based Mr. Eds Magical Midways.

Chad, loving son of Beverly Larkee, was born on June 16, 1973. 

Chad volunteered for 22 years for the North Freedom (WI) Fire Department and worked his way up to become a captain. He was an avid hunter, but what brought him the most joy was watching his daughters grow up. In 2003 he took over his grandparent’s carnival and renamed it Mr. Ed’s Magical Midways, LLC in honor of his grandfather. Chad was an avid lover and supporter of the outdoor amusement industry, and his early passing is a tragic loss for the industry as a whole.

Chad will be lovingly remembered by his partner and best friend of 29 years, Lisa, and his two daughters Mariah and Sierra. He will also be dearly remembered by his mother, Beverly. He will be missed greatly by his Labrador retriever, Kaya.

He is survived by his loving partner, Lisa Weiland; mother, Beverly Larkee; two daughters, Mariah and Sierra Weiland-Duchow; mother and father-in-law Darrell (Marilyn) Weiland; two brother/ sister-in-laws, Craig (Mindy) Schuett; Mike (Tracy) Weiland; Uncle Tracy Larkee; along with many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Edward and Irene Larkee.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home (401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913) with Andy Dear officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and then again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. 

Please keep posted to for a memorial story on Chad's life in the near future.

Chad Duchow

Posted by: Obituary on 5/7/2018
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