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Carnivals in New England: Tradition Triumphs

The New England area is home to a number of carnival operators, each family owned and steeped in tradition. Perhaps it’s the cold New England winters that brings out the quest for carnival fun ... [read more]

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Record-breaking Attendance at the 2018 Big E Fair

History was made at the 2018 Big E fair when a record number of visitors came out to the 17-day event, located in Springfield, Mass. There were a total of 1,543,470 visitors, with the highest number ... [read more]

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Super Heroes Save Rainy South Florida Fair

The 2019 South Florida Fair suffered from the one factor outdoor event organizers cannot control – rain. The final fair for retiring Rick Vymlatil, CFE, President/CEO South Florida Fair ... [read more]

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Improved Economy & Innovative Texas Pride Reduces Negative Impact of 12 Rainy Days at Texas State Fair

Weather plagued the State Fair of Texas this year. But losses were offset by a positive economy and a comprehensive marketing campaign that both connected with Texas pride and highlighted the ... [read more]

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Diverse Marketing and New Attractions boost Brass Ring Amusements Season

New Churro Ice Cream Cones prove to be a hit

Harry Mason, owner of Brass Ring Amusements: Midway of Fun, has purchased a great deal of new equipment and upgraded lighting and wraps this year, one in which he posted “record grosses” ... [read more]

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Colorado's New Manager Hosts Summer's Biggest Party

Scott Stoller had the rare position of managing two fairs in one summer. Stoller, who had been Fair Manager of the Silver Dollar Fair in Chico, CA since 2009, was named the new general manager of the ... [read more]

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Virginia and Michigan Fair Conventions Deemed a Success

The 2019 Virginia Association of Fairs convention took place Jan. 3 through 5 at the Homestead Omni Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. This year's theme was “Light's Camera, Action,” and ... [read more]

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For 50 Years, Hitch-Hiker Leading the Way for Concessionaires

Established in 1969, Hitch-Hiker Mfg. is a true third-generation family business providing custom concession trailers for the carnival industry. This year marks the 50th Anniversary for the company ... [read more]

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N.J. Fairs Scramble in Response to Nosey's Law

Are More Exotic Animal Bans Coming?

When Kevin Mitchell started as the new  Manager of  Sussex County Fairgrounds/New Jersey State Fair & Sussex County Farm & Horse Show this year he had to confront an issue other ... [read more]

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L.A. County Fair Travels Route 66

Attendance rose at the L.A. County Fair this year, which had a Route 66 theme. The 19 day event saw a boost of 1.6 percent in overall attendance and a paid-attendance increase of 5 percent over ... [read more]

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Wold Amusements: A Long Running Carnival Pays Tribute to a Partner

Industry veteran Rick Larson passes

Wold Amusements, Inc. located in Hanford, Calif. has been an on-going purveyor of amusement rides, games, and food to festivals and fairs for 35 years, or “many moons” as owner Jason Wold ... [read more]

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Kentucky State Fair Draws Crowds with Traditions & New Twists

The 114th annual Kentucky State Fair welcomed 614,470 visitors for 2018. The turnout was said to be the second highest attendance on record since 2009. Cody Patterson, director of communications for ... [read more]

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New Fair Funding Legislation Boosts Illinois Convention

Few things improve the attitude of local and county fairs than a new infusion of governmental financial support. That was exactly was the good news that the annual gathering of the Illinois ... [read more]

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Rocken Graphics Continues to Grow with Innovative Ideas

Rocken Graphics has been in business since 2000 and provides amusement industry graphics for tents, banners, ballys, signage, stickers and flags. With its work done in-house, the company conveniently ... [read more]

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New York State Fairs Reinvigorated by Statewide Support & Grassroots Lobbying

The Great New York State Fair had a record attendance and opened a new Expo Center, the capstone of a multiyear fairground improvement and renovation project. In the Empire State, a rising tide ... [read more]

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IISF Trade Show Wrap Up: Grim H-2B labor outlook leads some to hesitate in large purchases

You couldn't have asked for better weather during the 2019 IISF Trade Show.  Every day was sunny, warm, but not too hot, and there was certainly plenty to see and do at the show.  While the ... [read more]

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Thursday Highlights from the 2019 IISF Trade Show

News from Gosetto, American Earth Anchors, and the SLA

Thursday, day three of the annual IISF trade show, saw light crowds despite beautiful sunny weather for the third day in a row.  Many vendors claimed traffic was slow but several new sales were ... [read more]

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Fun Light Manufacturing Delivers new Four Story Fun House at the IISF Trade Show

Wednesday Highlights

Another beautiful day was in store for attendees of the annual IISF Trade Show on Tuesday, February 6th.  Sunny weather reached the 80s which was a nice treat for those traveling from up north ... [read more]

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2019 IISF Trade Show Showcases over 30 New Attractions

Show gears up for H-2B Educational Seminar and Update on Wednesday

The 2019 IISF Trade Show could not have started with better weather and hopefully the sunny skies will be indicative of the season to come.  Blue skies and beautiful weather met those attending ... [read more]

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KMG Showcases new Space Port at Gibtown Trade Show

The Dutch amusement ride company KMG was founded in 1989 and has been manufacturing amusement rides ever since. Located in Neede, Gelderland, Netherlands, KMG has constructed more than 300 rides to ... [read more]

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Galxy Amusement Sales to Debut New Products at Gibtown Trade Show

Galaxy Amusement Sales is a specialty distributor of industry-leading electrical, lighting, LED, sound, special effects, paint and ride parts. The company is located in Tampa, Florida, and boasts ... [read more]

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2019 IISF Trade Show: Carnival Industry Gets Serious On Eve of Fair Season

51st Annual Trade Show kicks off Tuesday

Networking, fellowship and the latest in rides, equipment, plush and other carnival products await attendees to the 2019 International Independent Showmen's Association's IISF trade show. The first ... [read more]

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Rides 4-U Continues to be the Hub of Activity in Gibtown

Founded in 1995, New Jersey-based Rides-4-U, Inc is one of the largest used ride brokers in the country. Not only serving as a ride broker, the company is known as a one-stop-shop for all its ... [read more]

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Teaco Amusements: 23 Years of Family Fun

Located in Patterson, Calif., for carnival operator Teaco, it’s all about family fun. In business for 23 years, owner Tom Eachus was joined by partner Hugo Dominguez two years ago, and the pair ... [read more]

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2018 Missouri State Fair Survives Extreme Heart & Rain Storms

Summer is heatwave season, to state the obvious. The 2018 Missouri State Fair was plagued by an intense heatwave – compounding the drought conditions that have negatively impacted the state's ... [read more]

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