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Information for the members of the Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association

President’s Message Wow! March is here already. Soon we will surge into spring season with the rebirth of fresh new colors and smells. The carnival life mimics the spring season in its own way. Everyone is busy cleaning and painting their equipment to put their best forward for the upcoming season.

This past weekend, we had our annual Hit the Road party. Special thanks to Donna Drake and Alex Sanborn for helping me to plan, organize, and host this year’s event. In April your board will represent the GOSA membership at all four of the OFMA spring dinners. We will present spring awards as nominated by YOU. We have only two more GOSA board meetings this spring before we head out for the summer. Contact the secretary to RSVP if you would like to attend—you are always welcome! Randy Kissel is organizing the annual Cleveland Indians baseball outing. You can RSVP by prepaying for your tickets ($25) each on the GOSA website. This link is available on the calendar page—scroll to June 25, 2019, and it is also available in this newsletter.

President, David Drake

The yearbook committee has been hard at work the past couple of months, and is revising final drafts of the publication. Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for your copy to come in the mail. As well, we have worked to improve this newsletter and our GOSA website. The scholarship committee is planning to Inside bring those applications online and have even added a place for students to upload documents. While you are at the website, check out the updated calendar page. You can add events directly from the site to your own calendar! Our news Announcements page has a fresh, new look, too. Visit the website often as we are now managing it “in-house” updates are frequent and often.


Your board of trustees is busy as well, working to develop better relations with groups that affect the outdoor mobile industry in a variety of ways. We strive to Photos from Florida stay ahead, and are always looking to better the industry we all love. We are exploring the possibility of sponsoring a ride safety seminar next spring at a convention center somewhere in Ohio. The trustees have continued to partner with Concessionaire’s Corner Eric German of the German Group to improve our outreach and membership benefits. The German Group also assisted with our very successful “Moving Upcoming Events Forward, Safely campaign in 2018, and we look forward to working with him again in this effort. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me or one of the other officers or trustees. Have a wonderful spring!

Health Code Updates Classifieds

GOSA OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES David Drake, President Randy Kissel, 1st VP Russel Clements, 2nd VP Brandy Daniels, Secretary/ Treasurer

Al Bozich Lori Frieling Doug Guinsler Drew Kissel Brian Linville Tim Lisko

Jasmine Otterbacher Karen Chicketti Jeromie Garn Bill Sterling Mike Tedrick


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Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association P.O. 43 Pataskala, Ohio 43062 (740) 739-9073 www.mygosa.net GreaterOhioSA@gmail.com

Membership Announcements G.O.S.A. INDIANS OUTING 2019

Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals Tuesday June 25th at 7:10 pm *The first 10,000 fans will receive an All-Star Game tote bag!*

NEW THIS YEAR! Tickets can now be reserved online via the GOSA website! Click the link below for more information & to reserve your tickets!


NEW! Sign up for text alerts, reminders and notifications from the GOSA! Text “GOSA” to 34444 to opt In!

We currently have MESSENGER BAGS for sale on our website! These are high quality bags, embroidered with the GOSA logo. For More Info: https://mygosa.net/member-resources/gosa-apparel/

NEW OFFER FOR GOSA MEMBERS! The Ohio Festivals & Events Association is now offering a discounted membership rate for all current GOSA members. Join OFEA for only $100 (a $115 value)! FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AT: http://www.ofea.org/documents/forms/ofea-assoc-membership.pdf


Meeting Minutes

Click below to review the most recent meeting minutes.

JANUARY 2019 MINUTES FEBRUARY 2019 MINUTES *For those still receiving a paper copy, you can find the minutes & legislative report at the back of this newsletter!

Legislative Report

Click below to read the most recent legislative report.

MARCH 2019 LEGISLATIVE REPORT Amanda Sines Government Advantage 17 South High Street, Suite 750 Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-221-7157 amanda@gov-advantage.com




BY: MIKE TEDRICK MARCH 2019 I’ve noticed a lot of concessionaires have missed all our wonderful weather here in Ohio while they are enjoying themselves in Florida. For all those in Florida, isn’t it terrible when it gets down to 60 degrees and you have to put on those heavy clothes and a winter coat (lol). There hasn’t been much activity on the Health Department rules and regulation side of the coin since my last article. At the Retail Food Safety Advisory Committee (RFSAC) meeting in late January, virtually nothing was said about mobile food codes except they (State Health and State Agriculture) would be forming a committee within the next three months to discuss new rules and regulations. Jeff Otterbacher was introduced to RFSAC as the new member representing mobiles units. Being on the RFSAC Board is a thankless job so please thank him for representing all of our members. On March 1 all new Food Codes will be enacted so I am going to include them in this newsletter. Although most of these new Codes don’t affect Concessionaires there are many members that either own or work for food service operations in the off season. As of March 1, 2019, there will be a new version of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code. While most of the changes are minor, we wanted to inform you of several major changes that may affect your food service operation or retail food establishment. Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Changes: Effective March 1, 2019 New Code Requirements: 1.




Latex gloves will no longer be permitted to be used. Types of non-latex gloves that are permitted for use in food service operations and retail food establishments include but are not limited to nitrile, polyethylene, and vinyl. Person-In-Charge (PIC) now means “the individual present at a food service operation or retail food establishment who is responsible for the operation at the time of inspection.” Each risk level III and risk level IV food service operation and retail food establishment shall have at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service obtain the level two certification in food protection according to rule 3701-21-25 of the Administrative Code. A new PIC section - 2.4(C)(9)- has been created. PICs are now required to ensure that Employees are properly maintaining the temperatures of time/ temperature controlled for safety foods during hot and cold holding through daily oversight of the employees' routine monitoring of food temperatures.


5. The person in charge shall demonstrate this knowledge by: (1) Complying with this chapter by having no critical violations during the current inspection; and; (2) Responding correctly to the sanitarian's questions as they relate to the specific food service operation or retail food establishment. 6. Wood is now permitted to be used in fermentation tanks, maturation barrels, and other items used in the alcoholic beverage making process. 7. Sanitizers and Cleaning agents must now be available onsite during all hours of operation. 8. A drain originating from equipment in which food, portable equipment, or utensils are placed shall contain an indirect connection as specified in the Ohio plumbing code. 9. Acidified white rice must now have a targeted pH of 4.1, but may not exceed a pH of 4.3. 10. The food code now requires equipment to be replaced when the equipment no longer comply with the following: (1) Are in good repair and can be maintained in a sanitary condition; (2) Have food contact surfaces that comply with the requirements of this chapter; (3) Have cooling, heating, and holding capacities that comply with the requirements of this chapter; or (4) Criteria upon which they were originally approved. (B) The facilities and equipment constitute a public health hazard; or (C) The food service operation or retail food establishment changes ownership 11. Person in charge must be able to show in a verifiable manner how employees are told what the employee illness policy is. 12. 3717-1-02.4(C)(16) – Facilities must have a written procedure for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events. I want to remind every concessionaire that although you currently don’t need the Person In Charge (PIC) food safety certificate you need to ALWAYS have a PIC within the concession. Please notice that the PIC has duties and responsibilities in the above stated new codes in addition to the current older code. Click the link below to review the older Code. 3717-1-02.4 Management and personnel: supervision. As you can see after reading the PIC Code there is a lot to be aware of that you are responsible for when it comes to food safety. As always, I welcome any questions you may have. Until next month, Mike Tedrick

Just A Carney “Just a carney!” did you say? Passing thru from day to day. Always on a summer night, Glimpsed, then entirely out of sight? Look once more with clear eye, It may be a priest going by. “Just a carney!” did you say? Look once more, As he passes by your store, Swift as time, a brief span, When the youth becomes a man. It may be the teenager tall, Is the doctor who will call. “Just a carney!” did you say? There are men of fame today, Artists, lawyers, surgeons wise, Leaders of great enterprise, Who were “carneys” did you know, Not so very long ago? “Just a carney!” further look, Someday you may buy his book, Call him to plead your case, Or, before life ebbs away, Ask him to your bed to pray. Henry Wd. Lewis (GOSA Past President, 1968-1971)

WELCOME! New GOSA Members! February & March 2019 Donna Drake Amy Bates Charlie Bauer Bryan Clawson Jeff Kline Robert Miller -7-

Best Wishes to all the newly married members of the GOSA!

Matt & Elizabeth Cappella January 12, 2019

Jon & Alex Sanborn December 29, 2018

Drew & Nicole Kissel January 26, 2019 -8-


GOSA Board Meeting

10 a.m.

Rhodes Center, Columbus, OH

MAY 9th

GOSA Board Meeting

10 a.m.

Rhodes Center, Columbus, OH

Update on Mobile Food Licensing & Person in Charge Requirements Hello everyone. I wanted to give you an update from the Mobile Food Service subcommittee meeting that I attended on Friday March 15, 2019 as part of Retail Food Safety Advisory Committee (RFSAC). The RFSAC works with the Ohio Department of Health by making recommendations to the Director of Health on a vast amount of topics.

because in the Ohio Revised Code a Mobile Food Service operation has to charge per sale. By adding this category, it would allow a Mobile Food Service operation to act as a catering service and charge per event instead of per sale. It would also allow a catering company to prepare food at an off-site event in a licensed High Risk Mobile Food Service operation.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wants to divide mobile food licenses into two categories, Low Risk and High Risk. Low Risk would be equivalent to a Risk Level I; selling pre-packaged, non-time/temperature controlled foods. High Risk would be everything else, equivalent to Risk Level II, III, and IV. What they want to accomplish by making two risk levels is to allow the people at farmers markets selling commercially prepackaged goods to not have to buy a normal mobile health license. Instead, they would by the Low Risk license for $50. It will also take the option away from the licensing county of whether or not the use of food grade equipment is required. Low Risk vendors would not be required to use commercial food equipment, such as freezers, to sell their items. Instead, it would allow them to use something such as a Styrofoam cooler with ice, as long as they were operating for less than four hours. This would also apply to ice cream trucks as long as they operate for four hours or less. If they operate for more than four hours, they would then be considered High Risk.

Finally, it looks as though ODH is very much in favor of the “Person In Charge” certification for all High Risk Mobile Food Service operations. They discussed the idea of having one “Person In Charge” per license instead of per shift, but the restaurant industry representatives did not agree. There will be an exemption for all brick and mortar food operations if in business before 2010. After pointing out that Mobile Food Services were not included in the current exemption, ODH stated they had overlooked this item and would change it before the next meeting. It appears that ODH is trying to push all of these changes through by the end of this year. If so, all will become effective on March 1, 2020. GOSA member, Jeff Otterbacher, currently sits on the Retail Food Service Advisory Council and will continue to keep the board informed on these important changes. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at: lfslenny@gmail.com.

ODH is also wanting to add a Mobile Catering Operation

Brian Linville



You can now list your classified ads both in the news and on the website... FREE! All GOSA members are now able to list items for sale right on the GOSA website! For more information, visit: https://mygosa.net/classifieds/ As always, send newsletter classified info to: katielinville@gmail.com -10-

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