August 2019 NICA News

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Contents • August 2019 Articles & Features

Events & Contests

04 This Month’s New & Renewal Members 05 President’s Message 05 Director’s Voice 07 Card’s Corner 07 Service: It’s an Honor! 07 Member Benefits Spotlight 10 Association Announcements 11 Thoughts from a CCE 15 West Council Gives Two Good Neighbor Awards 16 Ask the Candidates 20 This Year’s Scholarship Winners 31 From the Camera Roll... 35 Getting to Know Your Regional Council Members

13 Special Reduced Hotel Rates for 2020 37 Coca-Cola Membership Contest 38 2019 Events Calendar

AdvertiSers 37 A to Z Meats 24 Allied Specialty Insurance 12 Alpha Baking Co. 14 Berk Concession Supply 33 Brakebush Brothers 25 Corfu Foods 37 Cusumano & Sons 19 Dawn Foods 14 Fanestil Meats 12 Fare Foods 34 First Data 30 Heinkel’s Packing Co. 38 Hummel Group 33 JKJ Workforce

30 K&K Insurance 19 Lamb Weston 25 Lasco Foods 32 Member Classifieds 19 Mr. G’s Quality Cut Meats 09 Olé Mexican 02 Pepsi 34 Rio Syrup 06 Schantz Mfg. 25 Swanel Beverage 28 Sysco 24 Tastemaker Foods 09 Teti Bakery 36 Whirley DrinkWorks! 33 WNA

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This Month’s Newest Members! Christina Benner

Russell Kissel

Staci McGrew

Ania Delahoyde

Todd Lavigne

Chris Miladelaroca

Penn Valley Shows Middleburg, PA Extreme Food & Beverage Ukia, CA

Kissel Entertainment, LLC Clanton, AL Awesome Apple Crisp, LLC Glastonbury, CT

Nathan Vandewarker

Fun Times Inc. Ukiah, CA MK Concessions Pinon Hills, CA

Maverick Concepts LLC Escondido, CA Welcome to our 7 New Members! See page 37 for the 2019 Coca-Cola Membership Contest Leaderboard

This Month’s Member Renewals Barbara Adams

Mark Baugher

Art ‘Eagle’ Carroll II

Michael Davis

Vince Agnifili, CCE

Sherry Bechler

Clay Chester

Tommy Davis

Angelo Aldnini

Bruce Beck

George David Ciganovich

Shannon Dehn

Chris Conkle

Karlye Dennis

Clark Converse

Paul Dobos

B & S Concessions Clinton, MI (2013) Oasis Aqua Massage Nuevo, CA (2015) Leo’s Lunch LLC Torrington, CT (2018)

Bechler Family Concessions Dundee, MI (1998)

Deborah Amos

Professional Concessions, Inc. West Palm Beach, FL (2013)

Lee Amos

Becker Concessions, LLC Waterloo, IA (1996)

Big Onion Concession Nashport, OH (2002) Big Onion Concession Nashport, OH (2002)

Brent Bair

Bair’s Concessions, Inc. Lancaster, OH (1993)

Nikki Bair

Bair’s Concessions, Inc. Lancaster, OH (1996)

Rick Barcena

Bayshore Services, LLC Tampa, FL (1993)

Constance Barham

Hot Dog on a Stick San Marcos, CA (2007)

Mark Becker

Tracy Becker, CFEE

The Autumn Leaf Festival, Sponsored by the U.S. Army Clarion, PA (2003)

Cindy Bellew

Georgia National Fair & Agricenter Perry, GA (1997)

Daniel Bianco

Bianco’s Foods, LLC Anderson, SC (2005)

Raymond Bianco

Bianco’s Foods, LLC Anderson, SC (1995)

Gary Barham

Patricia Blomsness

Kim Barr, CCE

Chance Boeger

Hot Dog on a Stick San Marcos, CA (2007) Pacific Crest Concessions Yacolt, WA (2012)

Cliff Barton

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Baton Rouge, LA (1995)


Carousel Concessions Middletown, MD (1999)

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JPB Colleyville, TX (2011) Happy Day Pony Ride, Inc. Cherokee, CA (1998)

Michael Broetsky

Broetsky’s Family Ent. Ocean City, MD (2006)

Leon Carachilo

Carachilo, Inc. Hawley, PA (2009)

Eagle Food Service Connersville, IN (1993) Chester Foods South Vienna, OH (2005) Croessmann Wholesale, Inc. DuQuoin, IL (2012) Conkle’s Concessions Lakeport, CA (2016) Pasco County Fair Association, Inc. Dade City, FL (2009)

Zachary Corson

The Original Australian Battered Potatoes, LLC Fontana, CA (2017)

Daniel Cross

State Fair Foods Salisbury, NC (2004)

Terri Crutchfield

Terri’s Berries Inc. Encinitas, CA (2014)

Don Crutchfield

Toucan Enterprises Apple Valley, CA (2012) Tommy D’s Enterprises Cave Creek, AZ (2011) All About the Sugar Orchard Park, NY (2018) Two Guys Concessions Inc Penticton, BC (2018) Dobos Concessions, Inc. Linden, MI (1995)

Michael Doolan

Big Fun, Inc. Jensen Beach, FL (2012)

Leonard Dunford The Eatery Lenox, MI (2001)

Carmel Dyer-Pittroff

The Original Australian Battered Potatoes, LLC Balboa, CA (2007)

Joan Ehlers

McMeen’s State Fair Taffy Don Crutchfield Concessions Clinton, IA (2015) Brookston, TX (2007) Larry Fain

Erin Dale-Magdaleno

Fain’s Concessions / Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls Taylor’s Doughboys Coarsegold, CA (2015) Mayo, FL (2012)

Linda Davis

Connie Featherston

Mark Davis

Barry Floyd

Toucan Enterprises Apple Valley, CA (2012) Log Cabin Concessions Coarsegold, CA (2014)

Lee’s Concessions, Inc. Faribault, MN (2010) Stardust Drive-In Theatre Lebanon, TN (2008)

►► “Renewals” continued on page 8

President’s Message Kathy Ross, CCE, President

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Michelle Card’s transition as Executive Director of NICA to Comptroller, effective August 19, 2019. Since 2016, Michelle has played a critical role in the success of the organization. While we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we are appreciative that she will remain with the organization as Comptroller. We want to thank her for the three years of dedicated service, which involved many significant

accomplishments. Rey O’Day has graciously agreed to, once again, step in as Interim Executive Director and will work closely with Michelle and the Board of Directors for the foreseeable future. Rey has been a loyal and dedicated servant to NICA for over a decade and will continue to inspire and guide the organization towards continued successes. Again, we cannot thank Michelle enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given NICA over the past three years. She will be greatly missed by the Board, Staff, Members, and Partners alike in the role of Executive Director. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at ▲

Director’s Voice

Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, Director

early as you can. This year, NICA is giving out 14 scholarships. Congratulations to all recipients! It is hard to imagine that Last month’s edition with the hourly wages we are already receiving our was very informative; Concessionaires will August NICA News. I am definitely have to look into how we can save on excited to read who received labor, especially for us in California. It is true that the NICA Scholarships this looking forward we have alternatives, but is an month; I think this is one of the extra expense for our Concessionaires. most exciting editions! We appreciate the support that members give Usually there is always us in the many fundraising events we have in all someone I know who receives a parts of the country, along with Directors and scholarship, which makes us all so proud of these Council Members who juggle their businesses hard working students. Members: encourage and responsibilities to help fundraise for NICA your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews Scholarships and other programs. We hope you to start looking into how they can apply for are able to use as many benefits as possible to 2020 scholarships now. Contact other winning make the most of your membership. I would also recipients to get ideas. Usually it’s a last minute like to thank our advertisers; please support and rush as most of our seasons have started before thank them. I hope you all have a prosperous and the due date, but we encourage you to apply as safe season. “Together We Can!” ▲

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President: Kathy Ross, CCE 1st Vice President: Don Delahoyde, CCE 2nd Vice President: Sandy Class Treasurer : Jay “Rocko” Russell Secretary : Vincent Nelson, CCE


Kim Barr, CCE Andrew “Bruno” Broomfield Carmel Dyer-Pittroff Kevin McGrath, CCE Mike Pence, CCE Daryl Whicheloe, CCE

Immediate Past President Dan Lusenhop

Past Presidents’ Council Dominic Palmieri, CCE Paulette Keene, CCE Joe Potillo, Jr. Greg Miller, CCE Tom Sattler, CCE Russ Harrison, CCE Richard Busse, CCE Tom Hodson, CCE

Jim Hodson, CCE (Deceased) Tim O’Brien, CCE Ron Smith Adam McKinney, CCE Mike Pence, CCE Jack Woods, II, CCE Bob Hallifax, CCE Frank Parnell, CCE Larry Orme (Deceased) Larry Sivori Rich Wright Bill McKinney, CCE Arthur Pokorny, Jr. Gene O’Brien, CCE (Deceased)

OFFICE STAFF Executive Director : Michelle Card

Communications & Marketing Manager : Jesse Willard Office & Membership Manager : Linda Frisco

Northeast Council, Southeast Council & Social Media Coordinator : Jessica Gottsche

Northeast Council

Lindsey Constantine Kelly Grout Henry Mitchell Cameron Murray Vincent Nelson, CCE Joshua Nicholson Eddie Porcelli, III

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Jody Conklin Samantha Fairlie Thomas Hodson, CCE Mike Kramer Gentry Miller

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West Council

Executive Manager of Councils & West Council Coordinator : Rey O’Day

Jeff Ames Kim Barr, CCE Jan Gary Ryan Long Ryann Newman Erica Quintero Steve Vartanian Jay Wells April Wood

National Reps Duane Fischer John Harkey David Higginbottom Charles Ivory, CCE Mike McGrath Kevin McGrath, II Etta Pence, CCE David Spann R. Josh Stremmel George Wandrey, Jr. Ted Wentz Nick White

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Card’s Corner

“Transition Announcement”

entire NICA Board, Staff, and Members have accomplished during the past three years, and I hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built After three years with during my time as Executive Director. NICA, I recently submitted I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who my resignation to the NICA have been so supportive of the organization and Board of Directors in order of me personally over the years: Staff, Board to concentrate on my health. While I have a mix of emotions Members, and, of course, our partners IAFE, IFEA, as I move into this next chapter OABA, WFA, SLA, Mid-West Fairs, First Data, Fare of my life, as the Comptroller of Foods, Sysco, Source1 Purchasing, Coca-Cola, NICA, I will be able to continue and PepsiCo. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so in the work that has become so important to honored to have been the leader of this incredible me: helping Concessionaires and working in a organization and will watch with much excitement fantastic Industry. and anticipation as it makes strides in supporting The decision for my transition did not come Concessionaires. All my best! ▲ easily, as I am extremely proud of all that the

Michelle Card, Executive Director

SERVICE: It’s an Honor! Paulette Keene, CCE, Past President

at speaking to a large group of people and being on the Board of Directors forced me to stay up to par with ever-changing technology. I just recently I was just thinking about realized from a family vacation that I knew more being both a Director and about traveling by plane, using e-tickets, and President of NICA the other renting cars than some of my children. Yahoo! day. The experiences helped Most of all, I met a lot of people in all areas of the me step up and out in many Fair Industry, and brainstormed on how to improve areas of my personal life. and create benefits for the NICA Members. I really I learned a lot about the miss spending time with the other Board Members organization’s Bylaws as well and Staff who have became good friends. Step as Policies and Procedures. I can’t even remember how many times I referred to up and out and join the Board of Directors for them for making decisions. I became comfortable improving your knowledge of NICA and yourself! ▲

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“Renewals” continued from page 4 ►► John Ford

Ford Foods English, IN (1993)

Peggy Fraser

Walworth County Fair Elkhorn, WI (2000)

Chris Giordano, CFE

State Fair of Louisiana Shreveport, LA (2002)

Russell Goetz

Ice Kreme Mill, Ltd. Hanover, PA (1994)

Jana Granum

M and J Custom Engraving Sioux Falls, SD (1996)

Mark Granum

M and J Custom Engraving Sioux Falls, SD (1993)

Dale Greenzweig

Dale’s Concessions Kunkletown, PA (2010)

Becky Harmon

Harmons Concessions Mt. Olivet, KY (2007)

Mark Harvey

North Florida Fair Tallahassee, FL (2018)

Duane Hickman, CCE Quality Concessions Kiel, WI (1998)

Lori Hull

Hillsdale County Fair Hillsdale, MI (2004)

Betsy Hutchins

Rainbow Concessions Yucaipa, CA (2016)

Tasha Hyder

Clay County Fair Association, Inc. Green Cove Springs, FL (2009)

Andrew Imperati

Dutchess County Fair Rhinebeck, NY (2010)

Cathy Ivory

Famous Gabby’s, Inc. Brooksville, FL (2003)

Charles Ivory, CCE

Famous Gabby’s, Inc. Brooksville, FL (1993)

Brian Jones

BCSS Concessions Avon, IL (2003)


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Brian Jones

BCSS Concessions Avon, IL (2003)

Jeanne Keaton

St. Lucie County Fair Ft. Pierce, FL (2007)

Sheila Kedrowicz

Midway Sweets, LLC Custer, WI (2009)

Dan Keough

North Country Specialty Foods, Inc. Milton, VT (2017)

Laurie Keough

North Country Specialty Foods, Inc. Milton, VT (2017)

Tricia Kerrigan

Brooklyn Fair Brooklyn, CT (2006)

Mike Kinnear

Dawghouse Concessions Des Moines, IA (2000)

Scott Kolassa

Kolassa Enterprises, LLC Churchville, NY (1993)

Scott Kozelka

Steele County Free Fair Owatonna, MN (1995)

Christopher Krenzin CK Concessions Abilene, KS (2018)

James Kropp

Kropp Enterprises, Inc. Green Bay, WI (2000)

James La Fratta

Perfection Confections, Inc. Ruskin, FL (1993)

Siegrid La Fratta

Perfection Confections, Inc. Ruskin, FL (1996)

Carol Lundgren

Nikis Concessions Murrieta, CA (2017)

Gary McBrien

Crown & Associates, Inc. Claremore, OK (2007)

Kelly McDonagh

Big Rock Amusements Chesaning, MI (2011)

Shawn McKinney

McKinney Food Services Hughes Springs, TX (1995)

Ralph Mellard

Fred Pittroff

Letrice Midgett

Debra Poeppelman

Coastal Carolina Fair Ladson, SC (1997) North Carolina State Fair Raleigh, NC (1994)

Giant Ride, Inc. Balboa, CA (1995)

Saree Miller

Poeppelman Concessions, Inc. Wapakoneta, OH (1996)

Michael Miller

Fare Foods DuQuoin, IL (2007)

Rhonda Miller/Galen

Citrus County Fair Inverness, FL (2017)

Robert Monroe

Fare Foods DuQuoin, IL (1994)

Allegan County Fair Allegan, MI (2004) Miller Food Concessions, LLC Mauckport, IN (2017) The Pretzel Wagon Constantine, MI (2007) L.T. Concessions, Inc. Marion, IN (2007)

Phil Mostaccio

Completely Nuts, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL (2011)

Mickey Neck

Ormic Concessions Inc. Brownsville, TX (1998)

Ronald Netterfield

Netterfields Popcorn & Lemonade, Inc. Land O’ Lakes, FL (1994)

Audrey Poole

Hal Porter

Ron Porter

Alan Putter

Amusement Management International Lewisville, TX (2015)

Robert Riggs

CVP Palm City, FL (2017)

Sharon Rismiller

Rismiller Concessions, LLC Arcanum, OH (1997)

Mike Rutana

Karen Nicklas

Rutana Concessions New Springfield, OH (2003)

James O’Brien

K & R Concessions Harrington, DE (2014)

Jody O’Brien

K & R Concessions LLC Harrington, DE (2018)

Bill Olson

Source1 Purchasing Lake Worth Beach, FL (2015)

The Great Frederick Fair Inc. Frederick, MD (2018) Topsfield Fair Topsfield, MA (1995) O’Briens Food Service Valrico, FL (2018)

Kris Ryan

Soni Ryan-Hochmuth

Emma Ryder

Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Jacksonville, FL (2011)

Steve Sazama

Mick Orosz

Horst Schacht

Jim Pardini

Rosemary Scirrotto

Jaime Parr, CFE

Josh Seivers

Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe, CFE

Kate Sharpe

Hoover Concession Salem, OH (2009) Pardini’s Fair Ventures, L.P. Fresno, CA (2010) Nebraska State Fair Grand Island, NE (2011)

State Fair of Virginia Doswell, VA (1993)

Saz’s Hospitality Group Milwaukee, WI (1997) German Specialty Food Bennett, CO (2018) Scirrotto’s Cinnamon City Cape Coral, FL (2008) Three Rivers Concessions, LLC Grove City, PA (2008) Cabarrus County Fair Concord, NC (2003)

Steve Sazama

Janene Starks

Edgar Sivori, III

Randy Stephenson

Pristine Systems, Inc. DBA Gadgets and Neat Stuff St. George, UT (2012)

Greg G. Stewart, CFE

Hopkins Food Service, Inc. Thomasville, GA (2007)

Skinner’s Amusements Harvard, IL (1998)

Central Washington State Fair Yakima, WA (2006)

Jay Spicer

Scott Suchomski

R & J Concessions, LLC DBA Rick’s Concessions Sarasota, FL (2012)

Pat Sutton

Angela’s International Rotterdam, NY (2015)

Saz’s Hospitality Group Milwaukee, WI (1997)

Kansas State Fair Harvard, IL (1998)

Kentuckiana Specialty Caterers Sheperdsville, KY (1994)

Alabama National Fair Montgomery, AL (1994)

Renate Skinner

Martin County Fair Association Stuart, FL (2003)

Tennessee Valley Fair Knoxville, TN (1995)

Mark St. Jacques, CFE Washington County Fair, Inc. Greenwich, NY (2009)

St. Joseph County 4-H Fair, Inc. South Bend, IN (1995)

Jeff Thornberry, CCE

Daniel West

Jay Tyson

Matthew Wilson

Julie Ukmar

David Wilson

Tonio Viscusi

Funnel Cake Express, Inc. Orland, CA (2009)

Chris Walden

Martin Svrcek

Matt Wardlow

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Gaithersburg, MD (2010)

Manatee River Fair Association Palmetto, FL (1994) Backyard Canvas and Signs Gibsonton, FL (2018) Chautauqua County Fair Dunkirk, NY (2009)

Cheryl Wilson

Porter County Fair Valparaiso, IN (2011)

Kristi Worm-Hunter Indiana Ribeye Carmel, IN (1997)

Walden Concessions Mattoon, IL (2017)

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Announcements Do you have any announcements that you would like to share with the membership? The deadline is the first day of each preceding month for your target issue. Contact us at (813) 438-8926 or today!

Board of Directors Election Ballots Are Out Ballots were sent out on July 15th, so you should have received your ballot by now, or soon in case your mail is being forwarded. If you have not received your ballot for any reason by August 31st, contact the NICA Office at (813) 438-8926 or to be sent a duplicate. All votes must be sent in no later than September 30th, 2019 to be counted. See page 16 for more on each candidate. ▲

Apply for the First Timer’s Convention Scholarship Have you always wanted to attend the IAFE and/or WFA Conventions but just haven’t committed to it? Whether it be because of expense, timing or any other reason, NICA is here to help get you there! It is with much excitement that we share a new Scholarship Opportunity to NICA Members. Up to five current NICA Members will receive $500 towards travel expenses (transportation and hotel) to attend the IAFE or WFA Convention. Awardees will also receive basic attendee registration covered by the organization hosting the convention selected. For more requirements and the online application, visit ▲

Calling All Contributers—Submit Your Content! Were you here since the very beginning? Did you join recently but want to share your story too? We love to hear from our NICA Members on such subjects as life on the road, the work of the Concessionaire, member announcements (births, weddings, etc.), food trends, transportation issues, and more! Send your stories, photos, or anything you’d like to share to for consideration. You can also utlitize our submission tool at in case you don’t have access to email. ▲

Do You Use Pepsi? Send NICA Your Receipts! This year we are continuing our protocol when it comes to tracking your Pepsi purchases so the NICA Members who utilize the Pepsi pricing and rebate program can make sure they get their full rebate. Whenever you make a purchase, send a picture of your receipt/ticket/invoice to—we will assist you in case your receipts have degraded by the November due date. For more details, visit ▲

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Thoughts from a This month’s Statement of Communications & Management Philosophy is from NICA’s Past President and Board Member Bill McKinney, CCE and his spouse Linda McKinney, CCE, McKinney Food Services:

Bill McKinney, CCE CCE Earned in 2002

“One of the reasons it has taken me so long to submit my application for NICA’s Certified Concessionaire Executive award is that I have dreaded writing this Personal Management Philosophy. I have managed to sell millions of corn dogs to millions of people and have done so doing what my father taught me to do. He taught me to listen first and then speak. I have tried to remember this when dealing with my family (who are all members of McKinney Food Services), my employees, and especially when working with Fair personnel. Like my father, I have learned that if I really listen I might learn something valuable. My wife Linda and I have also learned that we need to attend as many Fair meetings as we can. We travel evey year to state, zone, and national meetings because we know we will always learn something important to our business. I found out (when I really thought about it) that my Personal Management Philosophy is really made up of two things: First, to really listen to what other people have to say. And secondly, to ‘keep it simple.’ If I do these two things, then making corn dogs will continue to be a fun way to make a living.” ▲

Linda McKinney, CCE CCE Earned in 2002

“In order to be successful in the Concession business, I believe you must be a ‘people person.’ I feel like you have to like people in order to properly serve the public. It is also important for you and your staff to project a clean and friendly image. My employees are required to wear clean uniforms, be clean shaven with

appropriate haircuts. I train my employees, and require them to offer, good customer service. I always make every effort to introduce myself to, and establish a relationship with, the entire Fair staff on a professional level. I continue to attend as many local, state, and national Fair industry meetings as possible. I always come away having learned something new. Keeping a positive attitude at these meetings is essential. It is also important to me to befriend my fellow Concessionaires and to help them whenever needed. I have always lived by the commandment, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ I take my Lifetime Membership with the National Independent Concessionaires Association very seriously. I believe what is accomplished by NICA will benefit not only me, but my family and my fellow Concessionaires.” ▲ The CCE Program was developed to recognize the professionalism of Concessionaires. The title of CCE represents a deep understanding and respect for the Fair and Festival business and indicates that the titleholder will perform with the highest level of professionalism. This prestigious designation is awarded only after a detailed application process has been successfully met. Applications are due this year by October 1st, 2019. Once approved, the official ceremony of presentation takes place during the NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods 2020 Food Show. If you are interested, visit CCE for more information on requirements and instructions on how to apply. ▲ August 2019 NICA News


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West Council Gives Two Good Neighbor Awards Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils

We are in “our” season and it is our culture to take care of each other. Sometimes there are people who surprise us and help us in ways that we never expected possible. Out of that concept the NICA Good Neighbor Award was born in December 2013 as a way to say thank you to a fellow NICA Member. Dale Smith, CCE, Cie Smith, Kim Barr, CCE, Judy Henbury, and Tony Trafton, CCE were the architects of this idea. The West Council awarded two awards on July 18, 2019 at the NICA/WFA Joint Member Mixer hosted by the OC Fair. Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Pristine Systems, nominated Mike Davis, Toucan Enterprises, in the following letter:

Industry Legend Fred Pittroff, Giant Ride, Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils, and Dale Smith, CCE, creator of the Good Neighbor Award concept

and realized that the San Bernardino County Fair was going on within a mile from where I broke down! I took a chance and called Mike Davis of “I was on a tight schedule, making a run on Toucan Enterprises (funnel cakes) who I knew Memorial Day from Saint George, UT to the San would probably be working that Fair. I asked Mike Diego County Fair, when I heard a loud pop and if he knew of anyone with a dually that I could hire lost power in Victorville, CA. This happened at to take me the last 140 miles of my trip. Without 6:01 pm on a Friday evening at the beginning of any hesitation Mike said, ‘No, and I am working a three-day weekend. As such there was little the fair right now, so I can’t take you, but you can chance that I would make my connection with use my truck.’ I was back on the road in less than Fair staff that following morning. As I pondered two hours and easily made the appointment the my options, I noticed a ferris wheel in the distance following morning! This is an Industry made up of moving parts and time critical moments. It is easy to become engrossed in our small part of it; however, it is at times like the one just described that I am reminded of how much talent, kindness and fortitude is required to keep this Industry moving. The San Diego County Fair never knew of the challenges that threatened their move-in schedule, nor did they need to. A Concessionaire just solved the problem. These are the type of people who make this industry so amazing. I am grateful to know Mike and Linda Davis and all the others in this Industry just like them. They set the example for all those who follow and because of them, this business will continue to thrive.” Michelle Card, NICA Executive Director, presenting the Good Neighbor Award to Mike Davis, Toucan Enterprises, while Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Pristine Systems, reads his letter of nomination

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Ask the Candidates Last month we looked at the nomination statements of this year’s candidates: Vince Agnifili, CCE, CFE, Oasis Aqua Massage, Jacqueline Bradbury, Sweet Cheeks, LLC, and Lee Stevens, Julees, LLC. This month we look at each candidates’ answers to four important questions regarding challenges facing Concessionaires, their solutions to these challenges, and NICA’s future.

Vince Agnifili, CCE, CFE

Oasis Aqua Massage • Nuevo, CA What is the single most important challenge facing Concessionaires today? “Adaptation may well be the best catch word to define today’s challenges facing Concessionaires. Concessionaires are having to adapt to changing government regulations and compliance demands, personnel issues, competition from online sources, decreasing margins, market uncertainty, rising expenses, management changes, and the ever present threat of the X-factor... adapting to adverse weather conditions.”

As a Board Member, how would you help overcome this challenge? “My background as both a Concessionaire and as a Fair CEO provides me with a unique perspective as I am sensitive to the challenges that each group faces. We should work collaboratively, Fairs, Festivals, Special Events, and Concessionaires, to insure the future success of each other. Since all groups face almost exactly the same challenges we should take a new approach to addressing how we can adapt, overcome, and thrive as business partners. I firmly believe we should examine how we can increase attendance at events, while controlling the costs for the event’s customer, which includes both the attendee and the Concessionaire. Education of Concessionaires and Fair decision makers is a critical component to this process and more needs to be available in this area.”

Where do you see NICA in five years? “Based upon historical trends, NICA’s relationships with the Industry, advocacy, programming, benefits and membership will continue to grow and flourish. NICA will continue to work in concert with related associations such as IAFE, OABA, and WFA to achieve its stated mission: Dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival and Special Events Industries through effective communication, education, benefits, leadership, and solutions.”

What would you plan to help NICA get there? “The mission of NICA is very well stated! Looking for solutions from a collaborative perspective, has the potential to yield valuable action steps for stakeholders to improve Industry practices. I believe that I can bring that unique perspective to the NICA Boardroom. ‘Together We Can’ achieve the mission!”

Attention Voting Members! Ballots have been sent out on July 15th. If you have not received your ballot for any reason by August 31st, contact us (813) 438-8926 or to be sent a duplicate. All votes must be sent in no later than September 30, 2019. Good luck to all Candidates! ▲ 16

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Jacqueline Bradbury

Sweet Cheeks, LLC • Maricopa, AZ What is the single most important challenge facing Concessionaires today? “In this complex world we are faced with more than one challenge; three come to mind: the scarcity of temporary labor and H-2B concerns that put our businesses in jeopardy, new Fair Managers that do not know the Fair business, and exclusive sponsorships for which the Concessionaire and Fair Guest pay.”

As a Board Member, how would you help overcome this challenge? “The only way challenges are overcome is through communication, education, and action. I would help build more Communication Committees, invite Fair Managers and Supervisors to visit more Fairs, and encourage all of us to continue attending roundtables, workshops, and conventions so we can better understand concerns from many viewpoints and find mutually beneficial solutions that we put into action.”

Where do you see NICA in five years? “NICA will gain New Members, collaborate with Fairs, provide benefits that improve our bottom lines, continue to be a bigger part of the Industry, and accomplish something that no one has even thought about today.”

What would you plan to help NICA get there? “I would plan membership drives, be open to new ideas, not fix what is not broken, listen to members, be able to answer questions about NICA programs, and work as a team where ‘Together We Can’ be a bigger voice in the Industry!”

Lee Stevens

Julees, LLC • Gibsonton, FL What is the single most important challenge facing Concessionaires today? “I feel that a major challenge, although there are several, is the aging out of many Concessionaires over the last few years and the hard and difficult time they have trying to sell or hand down their business that they have built up for many years.”

As a Board Member, how would you help overcome this challenge? “I would continue a dialog with Fairs and Committees to engage in an open discussion about the way or ways that they would and could be comfortable with a new ownership of an ongoing operation and ensuring that all parties agree that the business remains at least the same or improved upon.”

Where do you see NICA in five years? “I think that in five years, NICA will be more visible on the midways around the country.”

What would you plan to help NICA get there? “With the influx of new and younger members in NICA. We have the chance to educate them and have them get excited about being an active member. I see more get togethers and open discussions at our different events, and continuing our membership drive.” August 2019 NICA News


“Good Neighbor” continued from page 15 ►► Teresa Farnum, Giant Ice Cream Cone and Lemonade, and John Little, Wax Hands, nominated Mamadou Diop, Mamadu’s Village, with the following letter: “As most of you know John has been enduring issues with his health for the last three years. On December 25, 2017, he was diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma. Sitting in the room with the doctor, both of us trying to wrap our heads around the diagnosis, and by the grace of god we get a call from one of John’s dearest and closest friends, Mamadou Diop. Without even knowing, he could sense something was wrong and with his usual endearing pep and endless optimism talked us through our fears and gave us courage with just his words. Every couple of days, sometimes all the way from Africa, Mamadou would call and check in on us and it was everything we needed each time we all spoke. To hear his encouragement, his genuine care and concern for his friend gave us a loving hope we so desperately needed each time. You see, this is the magic of Mamadou: his joy for life is infectious, you can’t help but soak in the positive vibrations that ripple out from him, always smiling, always laughing but yet genuinely concerned for the welfare of others, and his selfless acts he committed for John and I over the next couple months would cement him as forever family in our hearts. There was a time when the Houston Livestock Show was coming up and my intention was to skip it to be home with John and care for his health, but our financial situation was quickly becoming an issue. Without any thought of how he would manage or what he was going to actually do, Mamadou volunteered to stay with John while I went to Houston. I was seriously hesitant, but he told me, ‘John will be good and if anything goes wrong, I will book you a flight immediately for you to come home, but I will take care of him.’ Those words still fill my heart with such a light! Is there someone you would like to nominate for a NICA Good Neighbor Award? If so, contact the NICA Office at (813) 438-8926 or for more information. ▲ 18

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NICA Good Neighbor Award Recipient Mamadou Diop, Mamadu’s Village with his two very grateful nominators: Teresa Farnum, Giant Ice Cream Cone and Lemonade, and John Little, Wax Hands

Time is the most precious gift we have and Mamadou gave that gift over and over again that month. He took John to all of his chemo treatments, made sure John took his medication and ate right, and genuinely cared after his friend with no thought for himself. Even throughout the rest of the Fair season Mamadou would call and check in, and when scheduling issues came up with work, he would tell me, ‘I got this. Go take care of business.’ Mamadou, we cannot truly express how deeply grateful John and I are for your care and friendship, you are genuinely a bright light in our life and your selfless acts of strength, friendship and love will never be forgotten. You deserve to be celebrated! Forever you will be a part of our family; we love you dearly brother.” The translucent plaque is titled “Good Neighbor Award of Appreciation.” It continues: “is presented to NICA Member (Recipient’s Name) by (Nominator’s Name) for voluntarily practicing the GOLDEN RULE: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!” It is important to be reminded that there are people who care about us and that we care about others. It is an honor for NICA to recognize the giving-choices of these two men. The celebration took place in the OC Fair Business Development Hospitality Area during a continental breakfast where Michelle Card, NICA Executive Director, and Sarah Cummings, WFA Executive Director, also spoke. Kathy Kramer, OC Fair CEO, said, “These stories gave me goose bumps; it was a joy to host the event at our venue with NICA and WFA, our sister-partner organizations.” ▲

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This Year’s Scho Investing in Our Future An often overlooked NICA Benefit is the group of Scholarships awarded each year. In 2019, NICA will award $26,000 in scholarships (up from 2018’s $25,000). In honor of NICA’s 25th Anniversary, we have added a $4,000 scholarship category. In addition, we strengthened the scholarship program with the addition of $4,000 for Gene O’Brien, CCE Vocational School Scholarships, and will continue to award one $3,000 scholarship with a donation from CocaCola in honor of NICA’s CCE Members. The remaining scholarships are provided using donations from the NICA Membership.

Three anonymous members of the Fair Industry were selected to be the Scholarship Readers. The copies that they received were redacted so there is no evidence of who the Applicant might be. The Readers work individually with each entry, allotting points for nine varied categories. Afterwards, they submit their results to the NICA Office. There were a total of 45 qualified applicants, but only 14 recipients. As you can imagine, it was very tough for them to decide. NICA wants to thank all involved in this process: the Applicants, the Office Staff, and especially the Readers. Congratulations to all!

$4,000 Scholarship Winner Isabella Barona

Attending College of St. Benedict

Isabella Barona, the daughter of Robert and Stacy Pittroff-Barona of Giant Ride, and granddaughter of Fred Pittroff, Giant Ride, and Carmel DyerPittroff, The Original Australian Battered Potatoes, has been awarded a NICA Scholarship worth $4,000 in honor of NICA’s 25th Anniversary. She will be attending the College of St. Benedict, continuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Business Leadership with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Since her “grandparents are successful inventors and owners of the Giant Slide as well as Concessionaires,” she has been “blessed to have traveled all around the world to experience the Concessionaire and Amusement Ride professions first-hand.” She is grateful of the Fair lifestyle for giving her real-life experiences that she will take with her “for the rest of [her] life.” In her own words, “I have always valued the idea of running my own business, and to strive to earn a living and know I truly earned it, because I myself, put the work into the company.” While in college, she was selected to be an Entrepreneur Scholar, Global Fellowship Intern, and is also serving in the Joint Events Council. She is described as a “future leader” with “endless potential” and a “dedicated, hard-working, and talented individual.” 20

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olarship Winners $3,000 Scholarship Winner Taylor Coffman

Attending Brigham Young University

Taylor Coffman is the son of Marie and Jared Coffman and grandson of Sam Coffman, Coffman Concessions / Red Barn Elephant Ears. He won the $3,000 Coca-Cola Scholarship, sponsored in honor of NICA’s CCE Members. He will be attending Brigham Young University to pursue his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry. Taylor has been involved in the Concessions business since he was young, having “done every position from turning elephant ears in the fryer to actually selling the ear to the customer.” He has learned “many lessons, among which are perseverance and patience” and hopes to apply them to his future goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. Regarding his career choice, he states “Spending long hours on my feet and pushing through the fatigue will be the everyday norm, just like at a Fair.” He is currently first in his graduating class, he has earned the Bausch and Lome Honorary Science Award, he is serving as the Vice President of the National Honor Society, and is active on multiple sports teams. Taylor has been described by others as a “capable, caring young man with good discipline and character,” “hard work[ing], honest and dependable,” and “responsible, kind, and determined.”

$2,000 Scholarship Winners Carly Baldwin

Attending Columbia College Sonora

Carly Baldwin, daughter of Dane and Dara Baldwin of D&D County Fair Cinnamon Rolls, was awarded a $2,000 Gene O’Brien, CCE Vocational Scholarship. She is currently attending Columbia College Sonora to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. Carly has been involved in the Fair Industry her whole life and is the third generation in her family’s Concession business, having “learned

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“Scholarship Winners” continued from page 21 ►► everything from managing a business, strong work ethic, management, food preparation, safety and sanitation and much more.” As she puts it, “This Industry is something I plan on rooting my career in and something I have been passionate about since I was a child.” With her education, she hopes to pursue “being a baker and business owner” and “continue to use all [her] knowledge of the Hospitality Industry to its full extent.” She states that she is “eager to work and go the extra mile in all aspects of life.” She is a Culinary Club member at her college and has earned President Honor Roll for her grades; while in high school she received the Culinary Student of the Year Award and played Varsity basketball. Carly has been described as “ambitious,” “hard working” and “a motivation and inspiration to others.”

Cameron Fairlie

Attending First Coast Technical College

Cameron Fairlie is the son of Samantha Fairlie, The Pretzel Lady, and has been awarded a Gene O’Brien, CCE Vocational Scholarship worth $2,000. He is attending First Coast Technical College to pursue a technical certification in Diesel Systems Technology. Cameron grew up working as a Concessionaire, being first “introduced to the customer service end” along with “money handling and book keeping,” and soon moving to His experience with the Fair Industry has taught him “that the best way to succeed in life is to keep your head down and keep your nose to the grindstone.” In his own words, he states “I’m a young, motivated, and mostly self-sufficient individual who is willing to put in the work and then some to achieve my goals.” His goal is to “become the best technician that [he] possibly can” in the “agricultural sector of diesel technology.” In high school, Cameron volunteered as a math tutor, a percussion instructor, and with his local Rotary Club. He has also won the 2017 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. Eventually he went on to create his own tutoring business as a senior high school student. Those who know Cameron share that he is a “gifted mentor and teacher,” a “person of impeccable character,” and “someone who never settles for average.”

Carmela Palmieri

Attending Southern Methodist University

Carmela Palmieri, son of Dominic Palmieri, CCE and Kim Palmieri of Odyssey Foods, was awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $2,000. She will be attending Southern Methodist University to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Biochemistry. Carmela’s family has been in the business for over 50 years, with “three generations before [her] teaching and guiding [her].” She has been working in her parents concession stands as a cashier and now as a manager at nine locations. In her own words: “Being in the Concession business and Fair Industry for my whole life has instilled in me many valuable characteristics” including “social interaction, dealing and speaking with people face to face, loyalty, dedication, work ethic, and business logistics.” With her degree, she wants to have “the background of a Business degree to one day open up [her] own naturopathic medical practice” and a major in Biochemistry “in order to apply to a naturopathic medical school to get a degree in homeopathic midwifery.” In high school, Carmela was a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society and very active in sports among other achievements. Her teachers know her as an “outstanding individual” with “extraordinary resiliency” and a “tenacious young woman with an inspiring sense of determination.” 22

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Gino Palmieri

Attending University of Southern California

Gino Palmieri, son of Dominic Palmieri, CCE and Kim Palmieri of Odyssey Foods, was awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $2,000. He is currently attending the University of Southern California to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Pre-Law. He has grown up in the Fair Industry, starting at the bottom with filling sodas, and has worked his way up into a managerial position among other experiences. He has learned that “you can’t earn something without hard work” and “that success does not come overnight.” The lessons he has learned will help him when he pursues his post-collegiate dream of owning an insurance business in the leisure industry. While in high school, Gino had internships in Europe and was active in many clubs and organizations as a volunteer, officer, and mentor. While in college, he has been the Treasurer of his Sigma Chi Alpha Upsilon chapter and Leadership and Organization Club Officer. Gino’s peers define him as “well rounded,” “confident,” and demonstrating “admirable leadership skills” with a “deep sense of personal responsibility.”

Alissa Rockwell

Attending Pensacola Christian College

Alissa Rockwell, the daughter of Christopher and Lori Rockwell, Charlie’s / Lori’s Sugar Shack, and granddaughter of Charlie Miller, Charlie’s Food Concessions, been awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $2,000. She will be attending Pensacola Christian College pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Math Education. Alissa is a sixth generation Concessionaire, having worked for her grandfather for as long as she can remember; she is now a manager of their cotton candy/popcorn stand and oversees many areas of the business. She reflects, “Working as a Concessionaire is really hard work and it not only made me a better employee, but also a better person.” The Fair Industry has “taught [her] how to be kind to others, how to act in stressful situations, and to not give up when times are tough.” Her career goal is to become a math teacher, so she can continue to work with her family during the summer months. “I’ve grown up in this business and I don’t think I will ever leave it.” Alissa was very active in her community while in high school, volunteering for her local Youth Group, and playing in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has been described as a “hard worker,” “valuable,” and “trusted.”

Jessica Swartz

Attending Youngstown State University

Jessica Swartz, daughter of Jeff and Holly Swartz, Hitch-Hiker Mfg., has been awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $2,000. She will be attending Youngstown State University, pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Graphic Design. Jessica was surrounded by so many of the influences in the Amusement Industry ever since she was young, mostly because of her experiences

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“Scholarship Winners” continued from page 23 ►► through her parent’s business, creating Concession trailers. After 19 years of observing her family’s business and now working with them herself, she has “learned so many valuable things from them and the Industry.” Her educational goals will give her the “basic knowledge of accounting, economics, ethics, finances, marketing, and management” to aid her in her eventual goal of owning her family’s business. In her own words: “My hopes through all of this is to keep the business that my grandpa started in the family, and to keep those standards and setting new ones while being a part of something much bigger than me, and give back to the Amusement Industry.” Jessica graduated with a 3.8 GPA and was active in drama, yearbook, marching band, and National Honor Society while in high school. Others regard her as “wise beyond her years,” “driven,” “amazing,” and someone who displays “an integrity and dependability that is admirable.”

Sierra Tessari

Attending University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Sierra Tessari, the granddaughter of Patricia Tessari of Layton’s Concessions, has been awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $2,000. She is currently attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a focus on Veterinary Medicine. She has been involved in the Fair Industry since a very young age and believes that the Industry has helped to shape her into the person she is today. Sierra states, “Some of my very first memories were made with my grandparents, helping them out in their food trailers.” She was also involved in the agricultural sides of Fairs as well, working with animals. This led to her decision to become a veternarian, specializing in large animal practice; she believes the lessons she learned while working in both sides of the Fair can be applied to her future career as they both deal with relationships and communication. While in high school, Sierra was on the Director’s List of Honors Students, member of the National Technical Honors Society, worked as a certified veternarian’s assistant, and graduated with high honors. Her peers describe her as “exceptional,” being “motivated,” and having a “strong work ethic,”

$1,000 Scholarship Winners Shelby Mogge

Attending Great Northern University

Shelby Mogge, the daughter of Wayne and Molly Mogge, Mr. M’s Foods, is the recipient of a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $1,000. She is currently attending Great Northern University to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Intercultural Studies. She has been “involved in the Concession Business ever since [she] could stand on a pickle bucket and take orders from [her] mom’s trailers.” She believes that her involvement in the Industry has changed her character drastically; she has learned what it takes to be a leader and how to be 26

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adaptable in demanding situations. Her anticipated career is to be a Community Health Educator in communities overseas; her professional goals are to gain new experiences that will further her in being equipped for serving in the missionary field. Shelby has been a Student Life Ambassador at her college for the past two years, as well as volunteering within her faith community, and belonging to AQHA, NBHA and 4-H in high school. She has been defined by others as “intelligent,” “generous,” having “excellent leadership skills,” a “great work ethic,” and a “positive attitude.”

Grace Owens

Attending University of Florida

Grace Owens is the daughter of Elizabeth Jo Owens, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park. She wins a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $1,000 and is attending University of Florida to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has worked every Summer for the Blue Moon Tavern at the Park at the Wisconsin State Fair for the past eight years. While working in the Fair Industry, she has learned more lessons than she could name that she applies to her life daily: how to work with a team, how to effectively communicate as a leader, and how to produce quality work. She aspires to be an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant. She states, “Just as in the Concession business, the quality of what you put out in the medical field is a direct representation of what you put into it.” While in high school, Grace was in the Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Team, elected as Freshman Class Vice President, and served in the National Honor Society, Beta Honor Club and La Sertoa Service Club. Most recently, she has worked as a Licensed Certified Nursing Assistant and has been a member of University of Florida’s Pre-Physician’s Assistant Association. She is known as someone with “tireless work ethic,” who has “compassion and desire to serve others,” and as an “integral leader.”

Callie Pfile

Attending Kent State University

Callie Pfile, daughter of Missy Pfile of Playland Amusements, was awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $1,000 and is attending Kent State University, pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with a minor in Healthcare Systems Management. She is a fourth generation Concessionaire in her family business; she states that right from the beginning, she learned how their business was directly correlated to their lives. “When business is not going well, it directly impacts our family.” Her experience in the Fair Industry allowed her to learn the “skills of perseverance, leadership, and communication” that will be imperative as she fulfils her desire to become a registered nurse. She states, “I am thankful to be who I am today as a result of growing up in the concession business. I have learned so many lessons that many have not, setting me apart from the rest to be successful throughout my lifetime.” She was on the Honor Roll for all four years of high school while playing multiple sports and serving as a reading mentor, and volunteer at organizations including the American Red Cross, all while still helping out with the family business. While attending college, she is also working at an assisted living facility where she cares for residents with dementia. Callie has a reputation of being “friendly,” a “great leader,” and having “amazing work ethic.”

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Joshua Schmidt

Attending Purdue University

Joshua Schmidt, son of Julie and Jeff Schmidt, Schmidt Concessions, has been awarded a $1,000 NICA Membership Scholarship and will be attending Purdue University, pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Systems Management. Joshua has been working in the Concession business for the last 10 years; interacting with people allowed him to learn crucial communication skills and he learned how to manage money by being a cashier. Working in the service Industry for so many years “greatly developed many of the interpersonal skills to not only help [him] be successful in college but in life” such as teamwork and responsibility. He aspires to have a job in the agricultural field. As he puts it, “I grew up with a passion for farming and I plan to continue to fuel my passion by investing my time for the betterment of the agricultural industry.” He graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was very active in sports, as well as 4-H and FFA, during all four years of high school. He has also been a member of both the Pennsylvania and National Hereford Associations as well as a member of various Fair Boards and Committees in his area. Joshua is known by others as “dedicated, compassionate, and hard working,” someone with “selfdiscipline, organization, and motivation,” and a demonstrator of “integrity in all areas of his life.”

Delaney Woods

Attending Miami University

Delaney Woods, the daughter of Jack and Denise Woods and the granddaughter of Jack Woods, II, CCE and Jackie Woods, CCE, Woods Family Concessions, has been awarded a NICA Membership Scholarship worth $1,000. She will be attending Miami University pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Capital Management and Leadership. Delaney’s family has been in the Carnival Industry since 1927 and she was raised on the Fairgrounds; she is a fifth generation Concessionaire. Her parents own Durant Amusements and Woods Games & Concessions, providing entertainment and food at Fairs and Festivals for six months out of the year. At 12 years old she wwas working as a game operator before moving into an office position after four years. She also translates for their H-2B workers from Mexico and is now working as Human Resource and Game Manager. From her point of view, “I have learned how to talk to people, how to resolve conflict, the value of a dollar, and most importantly how to be flexible.” Her career goals involve owning a business, human resources and management: “I would like to continue managing others and doing human resource activities like hiring, handling conflict, and encouraging a positive workplace.” Delaney graduated Valedictorian of her high school class and belonged to the National Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club, and Key Club, and was President of the Business Professionals of America among other activities. She has been described as a “young woman who has been taught the value of hard work, dedication, and attention to detail” and an “effective leader.” Congratulations to all of our Scholarship Winners! For those of you who were not selected, we urge you to apply again for the 2020 Scholarship Program. Call (813) 438-8926 or send an email to to be notified when 2020 Scholarship Applications will be available. August 2019 NICA News



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From the Camera Roll... Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, Director & Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils

Dave Wellman, Grinder’s, with a warm smile for everyone who walks by

Cathy and Ken McKnight, Reno’s Fish & Chips

Jordan Knight, Sysco MA, and Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils, at the San Diego County Fair

Joe Mestmaker, Diego Enterprises, out cruisin’ the avenue

Teresa Brander, Brander Enterprises, with Dara Baldwin, D&D County Fair Cinnamon Rolls, working out first day kinks with Teresa’s new Lillie B’s Mini Donuts operation

Kathy Kramer, OC Fair CEO, with Summer Angus, OC Fair staff, practicing their pre-Fair tradition where they spend hours personally Don and Candy Crutchfield, Don Crutchfield delivering cookies potato chips fruit water and soda to Vendors; this very Concessions visiting with Craig Sanders, kind gesture is so appreciated! Gingerbread House’s prior owner

Ryan Needham, the proud, new owner of Mackinac Island Fudge

Mamadou Diop, Mamadu’s Village, chatting it up at the San Diego County Fair

Brett Enright, Juicy’s, with his mom Sandy and Tommie Fomby, retired Orange County Fair

Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, Director, and Michelle Card, Executive Director

Terri Crutchfield, Terri’s Berries, spending time with Mom, Norma Crutchfield August 2019 NICA News


MEMBER CLASSIFIEDS Would you like to place a classified ad with us? Contact us at (813) 530-4750 or

Restaurant Building & Business For Sale Turnkey, well established, profitable yearly blue-ribbon winning state fair located business. Includes 2160’ air conditioned permanent building, equipment, supplies, inventory, indoor seating, and take-out window, servicing Fair and Special Events. All American Restaurant & Grill—call Theresa at (561) 386-1709 or email ▲

Concession Business For Sale Serving Fairs and Special Events. Beer stands, pizza stand, churro and pretzel carts, concession equipment and much more. L and L Concessions— ask for Don: (909) 596-5155 (Office) or (909) 732-5074 (Cell). ▲

Food Vendor Business For Sale Island Noodles is a unique Food Vendor for special events which specializes in “Hawaiian Style Wok-Fired Soba Noodles.” We, Brad and Monica Jensen, natives to Wisconsin, and owner of Island Noodles, present a healthy, entertaining and cost effective alternative for organizers of special events to offer their patrons. Island Noodles has proven to be extremely popular for over 20 years, especially among the health-conscious festival attendees. Currently we operate in over 30 venues annually providing enjoyable results for attendees and organizers alike. We have been operating and growing our business for over 12 years. We are at the point in our lives where we would like to retire and spend time with our children and grandchildren. We are looking to transfer ownership of our well established business to an entrepreneur who is looking to buy and run a mature, secure business with excellent growth opportunity. We have built up our route of events at many high-profile venues throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas—including some of the largest State Fairs and Music Festivals in the country. There is tremendous growth potential to augment our already impressive revenue streams. This is truly a turn-key opportunity—with an established customer base which only continues to grow—for a serious operator or investment group. Please go to to check it out. There you will find our booth creations, display of the making of our delicious product, our fan base and also schedule of events. You can also go to our Facebook page “Island Noodles WI & MN Inc.” to see for yourself! Photos and videos of the exhibition-style, interactive cooking process is showcased so you can see how Island Noodles comes to life. Please call with questions and to find out more details of owning this established business. An exciting opportunity awairs you! Ahola and Mahalo! Contact Brad at (715) 220-0173 or Monica at (715) 222-7292. ▲ 32

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August 2019 NICA News

Getting to Know Your

Regional Council Members Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils We had the chance to interview the West Council’s very own Ryann Newman, based out of Oroville, CA. Her responses are below:

How have your experiences in the Fair Industry influenced you both in life and business? My name is Ryann Newman and I grew up in the Fair business. My family has participated in Fairs with Happy Day Pony Rides since the early sixties and my brothers and I were raised on the Fairgrounds of Southern California. I purchased Ryann’s Happy Day Pony Ride when I was 21. I have a lifetime of experiences and memories that have made the Industry very important to me. In 2015, I was hired as the CEO of The Glenn County Fair in Orland, CA. My time in Fair Management created a greater understanding of the challenges that the Fairs face in the future: budget concerns and constraints, dilapidated infrastructure, and cumbersome bureaucracy, just to name a few. I realized that Concessionaires and Fair Administrations have more in common than most people realize. I held this position for three years until the opportunity to purchase a longtime family friend’s well established Food Concession

Ryann Newman, West Council, with her two daughters, Hayden Newman and Maysen Newman and her husband Mike Newman, Past NICA West Council Member; they are owners of Fruit Caboose and Ryann’s Happy Day Pony Ride

became available. In 2018, my husband and I bought the Fruit Caboose, a beautiful stand that focuses on delectable dessert items.

What inspired you to join the NICA West Council? The reason I decided to participate in the NICA West Council is because I believe, as Concessionaires, we have strength in numbers. It increases our buying power and gives us the opportunity to benefit from some discount programs. NICA also gives us a common, organized voice with which we have the ability to make changes within the Industry.

What do you hope the NICA West Council accomplishes during your tenure? I aspire to pass our business on to my daughters in the future. I hope that through our work with NICA they will benefit from the changes we are making today. “Together We Can!”

We appreciate your responses Ryann! What is the best way for a NICA Member to reach you? The Fruit Caboose’s elaborate presentation makes it a fun sight to see on the Fairgrounds

The best way for a NICA Member to get in touch with me is at or (530) 624-7069. ▲ August 2019 NICA News


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Board of Directors Kathy Ross, CCE................................................................. 10 Don Delahoyde, CCE............................................................. 6 Vincent Nelson, CCE............................................................. 6 Dan Lusenhop...................................................................... 5 Kim Barr, CCE........................................................................ 1 Andrew “Bruno” Broomfield................................................. 1 Kevin McGrath, CCE............................................................. 1

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2019 Events Calendar

Representing NICA & Its Industry Partners



8: Ventura County Fair Service Member Meeting • Ventura, CA TBA: Iowa State Fair Communication Committee Meeting • Des Moines, IA 13: 4th Annual Northeast Council Rally at the Erie County Fair • Hamburg, NY


2: Labor Day (Office Closed)

1: CCE Applications Due**

16: 13th Annual NICA West / Fairplex Tournament • Pomona CA

2-4: Wyoming Association of Fairs Convention • Cheyenne, WY

25-27: IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat • Williamsburg, VA

9: Big Fresno Fair Service Member Meeting • Fresno, CA

26: Kern County Fair Service Member Meeting • Bakersfield, CA

18-19: Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows Annual Fall Conference • Louisville, KY

21: Antelope Valley Fair Service Member Meeting • Lancaster, CA

25: First Timer’s Convention Scholarship Applications Due*

27-29: Alaska State Fair Feature Fair Tour • Palmer, AK

30: Director Election Ballots Due

24-26: Washington State Fairs Association Annual Convention • Spokane, WA

*See page 10 for application details.

**See page 11 for CCE information.

Although these dates are based on sources believed to be reliable and true, they are subject to changes throughout the year. Visit our calendar at or view upcoming NICA News for updates, changes, additional dates, and more!

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“One of the cool things that Phil Teague did was, he came out and actually worked in our business...” -Ryan Kuzma, Linn Enterprises Inc.

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Workers’ Compensation

National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc.

For Off ice Use Only

1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: (813) 438-8926 • Fax: (813) 803-8460 Email: • Website:

Date: #: q Member Renewal


First Name:

Last Name:

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NICA News Preference: q Mail q Email

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Annual Membership Fees Associate Membership

Regular Membership q

A person or entity who provides services to the concession industry.

Regular Member..............................................................$150


Fair / Festival (over 75,000 attendance)......................$150


Fair / Festival (under 75,000 attendance)...................$100

q Retired Member.................................................................$50


Manufacturer / Distributor / Supplier..........................$150

Business / Group Membership


Carnival / Circus Operator..............................................$150


Association / Special Services......................................$150

q Additional Member..........................................................$100 q Employee Member.............................................................$75

Includes five memberships in one: one Regular Member, one Additional Member, and three Employee Members ($475 value).


Business / Group............................................................ $400

Additional Member : _______________________________________ Employee Member 1: ______________________________________ Employee Member 2: ______________________________________ Employee Member 3: ______________________________________ Regular membership categories Check a category below and provide a detailed description of your company’s services in the next column under Business Description.

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Signature of Credit Card Holder q I authorize NICA to charge the agreed amount listed above to my credit card information provided above. I agree I will pay for this purchase in accordance with the issuing bank cardholder agreement.

Automatic Renewal Option q I authorize NICA to make automatic renewal payments for my membership using the credit card information above. I shall update NICA with all changes to payment information or my intent to cancel automatic renewal payments prior to my next renewal month.

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