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Active Shooter Training: Due to Rising Gun Violence Trends, Fairs Implementing New Security Measures

On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a lone gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 ......[read more]

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Hop on Up to the Calveras County Fair and Frog Jump

According to Calveras County Fairground CEO Laurie Giannini, attendance hopped up this year over last at the annual Calveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. The event is one of the oldest in ......[read more]

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Gillette Shows Demonstrates Continued Success as a Family Affair

Known as a major player in the northeast, Gillette Shows of Pittsfield, MA, has been around since 1947 and has become a successful, family-run business with matriarch Betty Gillette at the helm. The ......[read more]

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Third Annual Horry County Fair up 10% from 2017

The 3rd annual Horry County Fair took place April 20th-29th at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Jennifer Willard, the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Myrtle Beach Speedway and NASCAR Racing ......[read more]

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Chicago area Concessionaire, Peter Kasin, Recovers from Surgery

Peter Kasin, one of the carnival industry's best-known concessionaires, is doing well seven weeks after having surgery to remove a softball-sized tumor from his colon. Kasin books games with ......[read more]

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2nd Empire State Fair Gets Rained Out, but Market Potential Remains Clear

Not a whole lot of positives can be said about a nine day fair that had eight days of rain, which included two rained outs when the gates never opened. The fact it was only the second edition of the ......[read more]

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Danny Huston acquires NAME from Townsquare Media Inc

North American Fairs LLC has purchased North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) from Townsquare Media Inc. for $23.5 million plus a 15% residual interest in any future proceeds of a sale of NAME in ......[read more]

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Skinners Amusements adds Downdraft for 2018 Season
Show puts extra emphasis on preventative maintenance

Skinners' Amusements is eager to showcase its new Downdraft ride. The piece was supposed to be delivered by Memorial Day, but officials with the Illinois carnival said it's been delayed until June. ......[read more]

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AG Department Engineer Named North Carolina State Fair Manager

The new manager of the North Carolina State Fair is Kent Yelverton, a civil engineer who worked 26 years with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Yelverton replaces Wesley ......[read more]

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Florida Federation of Fairs Convention: Security Workshops and Agricultural Commissioner Debate

An upbeat attitude and an uptick in attendance highlighted the annual convention Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows, Inc. Convention, held May 17- 19 at the The Hilton Buena Vista Palace ......[read more]

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BREAKING NEWS: Townsquare Completes Sale Of North American Midway Entertainment

GREENWICH, Conn., May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE: TSQ) ("Townsquare" or the "Company") announced today that it has completed the sale of North American Midway ......[read more]

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Shaw & Sons: A Family Carnival Business Continues to Grow

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 ......[read more]

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Lori Cox, Taking the Helm at Nebraska State Fair

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 ......[read more]

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The National Orange Reaches 103 Years of Citrus-Themed Entertainment

The National Orange Show celebrated 103 years of citrus-themed entertainment this year, and according to fair coordinator Tim Ellis, “attendance was up and the weather was ......[read more]

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Poor Jack Amusements Overcomes Setbacks with Help of Family

Poor Jack Amusements is based out of Milton, Indiana, and provides carnival rides, games and food to fairs and festivals throughout eastern and northeastern Indiana and western Ohio. Part of the ......[read more]

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Great Northern Carnival: A Tradition in the Southwest

With a home base in the greater Phoenix area, Great Northern Carnival traverses the southwest: Arizona, northern New Mexico, and southern Colorado are the states that host the family-owned ......[read more]

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Washington State Spring Fair: A taste of the State Fair in Spring

The Washington State Spring Fair entertained over 100,000 guests this April, and as one of two Washington State Fair events held annually, it offered guests a wide array of family entertainment. ......[read more]

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Joel Cadwell finds a niche for his carnival in Virginia

Jody Cadwell has been in the outdoor amusement industry for quite sometime. Throughout the years, he’s always had a few irons in the fire but has now settled on a couple of things he loves. His ......[read more]

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York Fair & Expo Center Welcomes Bryan Blair to Leadership Team
Blair to assume CEO duties on January 1 when current CEO, Mike Froehlich retires

(YORK, PA, MAY 8, 2018) -- The York County Agricultural Society is pleased to announce that Bryan Blair, General Manager, Elkhart County 4-H Fair and Agricultural Exposition, Goshen, IN, will be ......[read more]

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A Date to Remember: The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, ran February 15-24 this year, and is a long running event that’s really two events in one. Located in Indio, Calif., just east of Palm ......[read more]

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Poteet Strawberry Festival Guests Have a Berry Good Time

The 71st annual Strawberry Festival returned to Poteet, Texas, from April 13 through April 15. Though Poteet is a small town with under 4,000 residents, it is famously recognized as the ......[read more]

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Southwood Entertainment Starts Jacksonville Spring Fair
Amusements of America on the midway

Brian Ellsworth, the founder of Southwood Entertainment Group, just finished up his first event for the 2018 season: The Jacksonville Spring Fair. The brand new event took place in the Everbank Field ......[read more]

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A Few Changes At Yuma County Fair
Beer Garden & Popular Cinnamon Rolls Get An Upgrade

For 66 years, the Yuma County Fair has invited visitors to come together to celebrate the community's roots. It takes a lot of people to put on the fair – around 350 volunteers help out with ......[read more]

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Houghton Enterprises braves early snow, rising costs

Jim Houghton started out in the business in 1965 tearing down rides with his brother and brother-in-law. As he worked on the show, the owner, Phil Garrett, took Jim under his wing and mentored him in ......[read more]

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OABA Leaders Lobbied Congress Last Week in DC

Last Wednesday, some 25 mobile amusement industry leaders representing carnivals, independent ride owners, concessionaires and suppliers were in DC, following the Spring Board meeting, to lobby key ......[read more]

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