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Contents • August 2022 Articles & Features 04 This Month’s New & Renewal Members 05 President’s Message 07 Director’s Voice 08 Riffing With Rey 10 Association Announcements 13 Member’s Voice 15 Thoughts From a CCE 16 NICA Marketplace, November 6-8: Together We Will Share Ideas, Networking, Products & Services 18 Thriving Partnerships with Entegra 20 Del Mar Golf Tournament Returns! 22 Awarding Food Safety at the OC Fair August is full of a multitude of food-filled days, but National Potato Day on August 19th is the one that resonates most on the Fairgrounds. How else would we have French fries, chips, baked potatoes, and more? We are proud to have over 300 members who serve potatoes in one way or another. “Together We Can!”

20 23 Shared Experiences with Read & Win 27 From the Camera Roll 29 2022 Membership Contest

AdvertiSers 21 Berk 11 Brakebush 25 Conagra 29 Cusumano & Sons 25 Dawn 12 Fanestil Meats 26 Fare Foods 19 Firestone Financial 02 Fiserv 14 Hummel Group 06 K&K

28 Member Classifieds 26 Mr. G’s 14 Perfect Stix 12 RIO Syrup 19 RJ Schinner 29 Soda Parts Express 28 TasteMaker 30 WhirleyDrinkworks! 25 WNA

NICA is a membership-driven organization dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, education, benefits, leadership, and solutions. National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc. is a Florida Corporation with an Editorial and General Office located at 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 • Off ice: (813) 438-8926 • Fax: (813) 803-8460 • Online: The information contained in this Publication is based upon sources believed to be reliable. Readers should not act without professional advice. Cover to Cover © 1993-2022 NICA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. “Communicate and Thrive!” August 2022 NICA News


This Month’s Newest Members Dan Ashby

Ashby LLC Roseburg, OR

Robert Groscurth

Sherri Self

Hani Jouni

Dennis Self

Vy Bui

Groscurth Equip DBA Super Dog Tampa, FL

Richard Castillo

Ad America LLC Upland, CA

Que Viet Concessions, LLC Fridley, MN Castillo’s Inc. Sante Fe Springs, CA

Meredith Renner

Renner Concession Auditing Loleta, CA

Redd Bush Inc. DBA Aspice Above-Vertical Amusements Surprise, AZ Redd Bush Inc. DBA Aspice Above-Vertical Amusements Surprise, AZ

Scott Shacklett OVG Hospitality Pomona, CA

Sam Zaffuto

Zaffuto’s Panini Stand Sykesville, PA

Welcome to our 10 New NICA Members! See Page 29 for the 2022 Membership Contest Leaderboard. “Together We Can!”

This Month’s Member Renewals Danny Alfonso

Manatee River Fair Association Palmetto, FL (1994)

Abraham Andrade

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds FMC San Jose, CA (2019)

Brent Bair µ

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

Nikki Bair

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

Dane Baldwin

D & D County Fair Cinnamon Rolls Oakhurst, CA (2009)

Gary Barham

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

Virgil Bartlett

Amarillo Tri-State Exposition Amarillo, TX (2011)

Cliff Barton

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

Mark Baugher

Carousel Concessions Middletown, MD (1999)

Bruce Beck

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


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Mark Becker

Becker Concessions, LLC Waterloo, IA (1996)

Christina Benner

Penn Valley Shows Middleburg, PA (2019)

Patricia Blomsness JPB Colleyville, TX (2011)

Frank Boeck

D & F Enterprises North Tonawanda, NY (1999)

Michael Broetsky

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

Ashley Brown

Georgia National Fair & Agricenter Perry, GA (1997)

Clark Converse

Pasco County Fair Association, Inc. Dade City, FL (2009)

Zachary Corson

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

Michael Curci

Soda Parts Express Annandale, NJ (2010)

Shannon Dehn

All About the Sugar Orchard Park, NY (2018)

Michael Demarco µ

Houston Livestock Show Houston, TX (1993)

Bob Dias

Leon Carachilo

Burger Bob’s Concession Fort Myers, FL (2017)

Art ‘Eagle’ Carroll II µ

The Delaware State Fair, Inc. Harrington, DE (2011)

George David Ciganovich

TC Dugan Enterprises Inc. Carlsbad, CA (2021)

Vicki Clements

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

Carachilo, Inc. Hawley, PA (2009) Eagle Food Service Connersville, IN (1993) Croessmann Wholesale, Inc. DuQuoin, IL (2012)

Triple Treat Shows, Inc. Cincinnati, OH (1996)

Chris Conkle, CCE

Conkle’s Concessions Lakeport, CA (2016)

William DiMondi

Tiffany Dugan

Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE

Tom Ferguson

Concessions LTD Key Largo, FL (2010)

Barry Floyd

Stardust Drive-In Theatre Lebanon, TN (2008)

Jennifer Fraser

Big Jim’s Concessions Firebaugh, CA (2007)

Chris Giordano, CFE

State Fair of Louisiana Shreveport, LA (2002)

Russell Goetz

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

Mark Granum µ

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

Dale Greenzweig

Dale’s Concessions Kunkletown, PA (2010)

“Rusty” Groscurth, Jr. µ Super Dog Tampa, FL (1993)

Teddy Gross

C S Concessions Craigsville, WV (2003)

Erica Haag

Emma’s Cookie Kitchen Kora’s Cookie Dough Greenbush, WI (2019)

►► “Renewals” continued on page 24 µ 1993-2002

2003-2007 2008-2012 2013-2021

President’s Message Daryl Whicheloe, CCE, President For the first time in many years all three of my children and both of my grandkids are with us on the road, traveling and working the Fairs for the season. They bring with them years of experience, skills and talents and I love it. Each of my kids have had other jobs but when the Pandemic happened they came back to work with us to help our business keep going and survive. They have stayed to continue working with us along with many of our employees that have been with us for years, who we also consider family. The success and strength of this Industry relies heavily on family and family businesses. We work closely with many other family businesses, employees, Fair Staff, and all of the other organizations involved to create what we call and consider our “Fair Family.” I truly believe that our Fair Family is the best group of people I have ever experienced. I really enjoy working with and spending time with these wonderful people. Collectively there are very few obstacles and challenges that we cannot overcome. I find it interesting, but not surprising, that after hours, days, and even weeks of stressful work and

One Big Family time spent together with our Fair Families, we then often also choose to go on vacation and spend our free time hanging out together. While sitting around the pool, campfire, or the bar, I know it’s best to not talk about COVID, politics, or religion, and to do our best to leave work at work. However, we still inevitably end up telling all of our favorite Fair stories, often with a great deal of laughs and enjoyment. It is in our DNA and impossible to avoid. With my involvement in NICA, I have been able to enlarge this extended family to many more parts of the country. The friendships and bonds I have made over the years due to being involved in this Industry are immensely satisfying. Although I realize it can be frustrating working with family and friends (just ask my kids), we are lucky to have the support from one another and fortunate to have the amount of quality time together. I am very blessed to have this extended family in my life. It is very comforting to know that I have the support of so many people, and it is also rewarding to be able to help others in so many ways. In this Industry we have a unique need to help each other, and we never fail to rise to this demand. We can’t all fix every piece of equipment or find the workers that we so desperately need. We don’t always have all of the product that we need, and we just can’t be everywhere at once. So many of my Fair Family are always just a phone call away and ready to help however they can. I hope you and your families are thriving this season. “Together We Can!” Especially as one big FAMILY. ▲

What is Your Fair Family Story?

Three generations of the Whicheloe family together

Your contribution will help make our “Fair Family” stronger, spark inspiration and strengthen the ties that bind us together into one big family! Send your story, photos, and/or videos to or utilize our Submit Your Content tool at today. We look forward to hearing from you! August 2022 NICA News


Joe Potillo, Jr. Greg Miller, CCE Tom Sattler, CCE Russ Harrison, CCE Richard Busse, CCE Officers Tom Hodson, CCE President: Daryl Whicheloe, CCE st 1 Vice President: Vincent Nelson, CCE Jim Hodson, CCE (Deceased) Tim O’Brien, CCE 2nd Vice President: Kim Barr, CCE Ron Smith Treasurer: Dan Lusenhop Adam McKinney, CCE Secretary: Jacqueline Bradbury, CCE Mike Pence, CCE Jack Woods, II, CCE Directors Bob Hallifax, CCE Brandy Arredondo, CCE Frank Parnell, CCE Phil Delahoyde Larry Orme (Deceased) Kelly Grout Larry Sivori Thomas Hodson, CCE Rich Wright Kathy Ross, CCE Bill McKinney, CCE Stacey Pittroff-Barona Arthur Pokorny, Jr. Jeff Thornberry, CCE Gene O’Brien, CCE (Deceased) Jay Wells, CCE

Past Presidents’ Council

Sandy Class, CCE Don Delahoyde, CCE Kathy Ross, CCE Dan Lusenhop Dominic Palmieri, CCE Paulette Keene, CCE


Executive Director: Rey O’Day

Office & Membership Manager: Linda Frisco

Communications & Marketing Manager • NICA News Editor: Jesse Willard

East Council Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator: Jessica Gottsche

Midwest Council Coordinator: Dennis Larson, CFE

east Council

Bary Bunts, CCE Ryan Collmer Ryan Hagy Thomas Hodson, CCE Patty Tessari Michael Zdebiak, Jr.

Midwest Council

Connie Boesen Sandy Class, CCE Paulette Keene, CCE Bruce Kozelou Foundation James McConnell President: Audrey Poole Matt Ribar Vice President: Greg Miller, CCE Brad Schroder Treasurer: Jennifer Giordano, CCE April Smith Secretary: Rey O’Day Trustees: Kim Barr, CCE Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE Mark Lancaster Don Kenna Vincent Nelson, CCE Larry Sivori

West Council

Brandy Arredondo, CCE Jodi Dirksen Irene Dugan Jan Gary, CCE Gigi Horowitz Ryan Long Kara Moederndorfer, CCE Ryann Newman Steve Vartanian

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Director’s Voice

Tom Hodson, CCE, Director

Although as an Industry we are traveling an unstable economic road, I am confident that we will come out stronger and more cohesive than ever before. Over the years, our community has come to understand the importance of hard work and dedication. And, as we matured, the value of communication, integrity, and character were woven into the fabric of our day-to-day lives. This philosophy continues to be cultivated by the many trade organizations that were formed to promote professional growth within the various focal points of our Industry. As a NICA Board Director, I have been gratified by this Spirit of Cooperation between NICA and OABA, WFA, SLA, IAFE and all the State Associations. It is because of this Spirit of Cooperation and Communication that I am so optimistic. Challenging times makes us stronger and force us to find common ground. In this Industry, we are wizards at adapting and reinventing ourselves, especially during times of adversity, and I am confident that we will not only survive, but we will flourish and thrive. My two annual events are the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in February and March and the Kentucky State Fair in August. In fact, this will be my family’s 59th year at Kentucky. I tried something new and challenging at both events: I built and debuted my new Red Barn Biscuits stand

Spirit of Cooperation & Communication

at Houston earlier this year, and since it was so well received, I built an identical version for Kentucky, too. Let’s see how it does! Anybody who has been involved in NICA for any length of time has benefited in one way or another through the camaraderie, fellowship, and overall respect we have for each other. “Together We Can!” We’ve heard that phrase a number of times over the years and the feeling is still there—we are a Family. But, what happens almost every day at an event? You get there and you don’t have an electric cord. You need a bag of onions. You are short on employees. NICA Members know who is out there that they can depend on, and from my experience, they have the tendency to take care of each other while they travel across the country to different events. NICA will be turning 30 years old in 2023, and this spirit of cooperation and communication, which this organization is built upon, is super strong and has continued to grow stronger every year. As a NICA Board Director, I take this opportunity to serve my fellow Concessionaires very seriously, and I consider it an honor to be your voice for our Industry. I have enjoyed working with each and every one of you, and as I get close to the end of my term, I would like to thank you for being an ardent supporter of NICA. Our presence is stronger than ever because of YOU! Thank you! On a side note, parts of this article are excerpts from an article I wrote for the IAFE in 2008! Some things never change. Until the next time. ▲

How’s Your Communication?

Tom Hodson, CCE, Director, debuted his newly built Red Barn Biscuits stand earlier this year at Houston

Communication is one of the most important values of NICA. Extend this value to your fellow Vendors and Events this season by forming or supporting a Communication Committee at your event. Learn more at or contact the NICA Office at (813) 438-8926. August 2022 NICA News


Riffing With Rey

Rey O’Day, Executive Director

Enjoy the Sunshine

It is the middle of summer and I am one more person which you can experience on Page 20. Besides recovering from COVID. I netting approximately $6,800 for NICA activities, remember when I did not our generous members at that event raised $1,000 know anyone who had it and for the Boys and Girls Club-South San Diego; now this new variant is so $2,000 for NICA Foundation Scholarships; and contagious that I know quite $7,000 for the care of Kristen Lancaster, daughter a few who have had it Twice. I of Mark and Jennifer Lancaster, Vista Mobility. am glad that vaccinations have When we went to press, Kristen had fallen from a kept me out of the hospital. I also am tired and 30’ cliff and was airlifted to an Iowa hospital where tired of coughing. Now, no more talk of darkness… she was in a coma. Today she is strong enough to it is time to have fun in the sun. Sunshine wakes up walk and talk, and is home with her family where our pleasure centers, provides us serotonin to keep she is working to rebuild her short-term memory. us calm and focused, and offers us light, Please hold the family in your thoughts warmth, and energy. Let’s enjoy the and prayers. sunshine of our summer events. Obviously, these fellowship “Sunshine The Midwest Fair season is events are the perfect place to in full bloom and the Midwest meet old friends and make wakes up our Council is hosting numerous new friends; learn how to pleasure centers, NICA gatherings. The first use NICA benefits with provides us serotonin one is hosted by Past Goodyear Tire, Fare Foods, to keep us calm and President Sandy Class, Sherwin Williams, Fiserv, focused, and offers CCE at the Wisconsin State AutoZone, or Sysco; and us light, warmth, and Fair on Tuesday, August refer New Members which energy. Let’s enjoy the 9th at 2 PM. I will be there enters you into the NICA/ sunshine of our to celebrate our members Coca Cola Membership Summer events.” and congratulate their new Contest where you can win CEO Shari Black, CFE. James a $2,000 travel package. Yet, McConnell plans to host one at Jennifer Giordano, CCE recently Iowa State Fair, Dennis Larson, CFE reminded me that in good times or bad is continuing the tradition at the Minnesota times, you are business owners that volunteer State Fair, and Matt Ribar is hosting one at Clay to share your time, resources, and talents because County Fair in Iowa. Watch the weekly NICA Now! you believe it brings value to what our President for dates, times, and places. Daryl Whicheloe, CCE calls our “extended Fair The West Council hosted the 15th Annual Mark Family.” I can tell you it brings me JOY to share life Neagles/NICA West Invitational Golf Tournament events with you, hear from you, and be part of your and Supper, held during the San Diego County Fair, caring, extended family. 8

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On that note, we are pleased to thank Jacqueline Bradbury, CCE, Sweet Cheeks; Bryan Enloe, Perfect Pie; and Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Pristine Systems, for successfully submitting their NICA Board of Directors Nomination packages. An organization like NICA cannot operate legally without mindful governance and cannot operate successfully without volunteer leadership. We also thank them for declaring if elected, “On behalf of NICA’s membership, I will guide the ongoing work of NICA to strengthen relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, education, benefits, leadership, and solutions.” Look for your ballots by September and meet the Nominees in September’s issue. NICA Foundation Scholarship applications were due on June 1st and now they have returned to the office from the Scholarship Readers. Once the scores have been totaled, the Foundation will begin calling the recipients who will be introduced in the September NICA News. You are generous folks! We thank you for the fundraising and charitable donations you make throughout the year that keep our educational and scholarship programs alive and well. We are also drafting the programming for NICA Marketplace where we will share ideas, networking, products and services at the Tuscany Suites and Casino on November 7th and 8th in Las Vegas for 48 hours at an unbeatable price. I know we all like to wait until the last minute, but please reserve your hotel room and register soon at so we can better plan space, food, finances, rooms, chairs… you know, all those things that go into organizing an event. Here is a peek at the draft of the Commercial Exhibits track of educational programming for this event. In 2018, we organized a Merchant Task Force that presented a content packed symposium at the 2019 IAFE Convention… then COVID stopped

us in our tracks. Shopping is very important to the income of our Fairs and the length of stay that drives the per-capita spending at rides, games, and food and beverage stands. We are planning five sessions for our Fair Space Managers and Commercial Exhibitors to reboot the Industries’ retail programs together. The 1st session, “The Ever, Ever Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits” will set the context, look at the business model, and suggest how new vendors will be cultivated. During the 2nd session “Location, Location, Location,” panelists will take a creative look at Commercial layouts, entrances, storage, safety, and places to sell inside, outside, and on line. The 3rd session will be “The Nuts and Bolts of Successful Selling.” This session will include booth display design, merchandising techniques, product lighting, pricing promotions, and a TikTok look at setting up a stand. It will also feature a hands-on component on the Trade Show floor. The 4th session will tackle “The Commercial Exhibits and Sponsorship Conundrum” with a panel of stake holders. The differences in rental pricing and exhibitors’ expectations can produce conflicting business behaviors that sometimes negatively impact the Fair Guest experience. The riddle is how can we maximize the blending of these two disciplines to achieve the ultimate win-win-win-win for Patrons, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and the Fair? The 5th and last session “Where Will We Go From Here?” will host candid discussions around what risks are we willing to take, how younger generations consume, how technology markets to target audiences, and are we selling 365 days a year or just during the Fair? How do we curate entertaining, social media, and socializing experiences that attract new generational buyers while offering personalized, easy, and comfortable shopping experiences for our senior purchasers? How do we develop Vendors with creative ideas for offering quality products and memorable experiences to choose to be at the Fair? All the educational workshops will be supported by a Trade Show, Roundtable Sessions, and Networking Discussions. TOGETHER Fairs, Vendors, and NICA CAN SHARE AND ACTIVATE SOLUTIONS that will move our Commercial Exhibit and Food and Beverage programs into the future in a directionally correct path. We have a lot going on and I am grateful we do it “Together!” You make me smile. ▲ August 2022 NICA News



Announcements Do you have any announcements you would like to share? Contact us at (813) 438-8926 or

Wishing a Speedy Recovery to Our Members We wish for a full and speedy recovery to NICA Members and their families who have recently undergone surgery or who have had health challenges: Dennis Larson, CFE, NICA Midwest Council Coordinator and Ramsey County Fair, Kristen Lancaster, Vista Mobility, Dawn Murray, M&M Marketing, Fred Pittroff, Giant Ride, Jim Sinclair, CFE, Minnesota State Fair, and Andy Yost, Hummel Group. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers during this time. ▲

Attention Voting Members! Ballots Will Be Sent Out On August 15th We will be sending out both electronic and paper ballots on August 15th to Voting Members. Members without email, non-working ones, or those with a shared email address will be sent a copy of the election ballot via mail. If you have a new email or mailing address, or you would like to fill out a mail-in ballot instead, contact us at (813) 438-8926 or by August 15th to ensure a timely and accurate delivery. Votes must be sent in by October 30, 2022 to count. Thank you for all who sent in their nominations this year. See the next issue for this year’s Nominees. ▲

The NEW NICA Sysco Marketplace Savings Tool is Now Available! We are proud to introduce the new NICA Sysco Marketplace Savings Tool. NICA, Sysco, and Entegra are committed to your success and believe that utilizing this tool will drive savings and increased profits for your business. We have matched similar items that would offer savings. The suggested items are very close alternatives and any that are not considered matches will have explanations to the far right. To start, choose the Sysco distribution house from which you will be purchasing and note the common items that are being purchased at that house. If you know that you will be attending a certain event, look ahead and see the items you may already be buying and make adjustments. This is a great way to take advantage of additional values available to you. Because we only look at valid, actionable conversions, there may not be a savings opportunity for every item. Although only in stock items are considered, you should always confirm availability through your local Sysco Representative. You should also make them aware of any item changes so inventories may be adjusted. How Does it Work? Login to your NICA Member Account at and access the Savings Tool under Benefits. Once you load the Savings Tool, sort to your distribution house in column “A,” see current items being purchased in columns “B-F,” and see suggested alternatives in columns “J-N.” If the alternative item is a fit for you, update your order guide to reflect the new item, and enjoy savings! Entegra will update this tool monthly to reflect the most recent purchases by Concessionaires. Keep checking back each month for more updates. ▲ 10

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Employees & Health Insurance Questions on the NICA Health Plan Due to the additional questions we received from Andy Yost’s article last month, “Thriving Partnerships with Hummel Group,” he has added some answers to frequently asked questions that may assist you when signing up. • •

Do I need to offer coverage to all of my employees? No, seasonal and parttime employees are not considered benefit eligible. In order to be eligible, an employee must work 30 or more hours per week. What is classified as a seasonal employee? A seasonal employee is defined by the ACA as “employees who perform labor or services on a seasonal basis as defined by the Secretary of Labor, including seasonal workers and retail workers employer exclusively during holiday seasons.” Pursuant to the IRS regulations, “employers are permitted to use a reasonable, good faith interpretation of ‘seasonal employees’” in their calculations. Do I need to pay for my employees’ health care premiums? Employers are required to cover a portion of employee premiums. The minimum amount businesses must cover is 50% of the employee single rate. The NICA Health Plan offers four, composite rated coverage tiers: Employee (a single employee), Employee/Spouse (the employee and their spouse), Employee/Child (the employee and their child[ren]), and Family (employee, spouse and child[ren]). Employers are not required to cover the premiums for dependents, but you must cover 50% of the employee single rate. I am a sole proprietor. Can I get health coverage just for me? Yes, on the NICA Health Plan we can write a health plan for a business even if there is only one person electing coverage.

In closing, regardless of your current view or perception of health coverage, as a business owner careful consideration must be given to its place in the overall vision of your company. Meeting your employees financial well-being through wages is primary. However, next to that, employers that also provide for their workers physical well-being, through offering health coverage, create more productive and loyal employees. Considering today’s labor market, it should be considered as a powerful tool to leverage employee retention. Many NICA Members have already started their coverage under the NICA Health Plan, and we encourage you to apply. Call (866) 569-1304 or visit to enroll. Afterwards, Hummel’s Andy Yost or Audrey O’Brien will contact you to take the next steps. ▲

Save the Date for NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods Food Show in Tampa: February 13-15, 2023

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The 2022 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show was a tremendous success and plans are already underway for 2023! The event will be held February 13-15, 2023 at the Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel. Stay tuned to NICA Now! and NICA News for additional updates, including exhibitor and hotel information, coming soon. ▲ August 2022 NICA News



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Member’s Voice The greatest part of NICA is the membership! The Member’s Voice influences where the organization is headed and what it can improve. The NICA Office has been continuing their survey of responses from Renewing Members. Chris Walden is based out of Mattoon, IL and has been serving up a variety of tasty foods to Fairgoers as Walden Concessions for the last eight years. His specialty? “Really, lemonade shake-ups. We also offer snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and fried oreos. We try and stay focused on just those items.” He has been a NICA Member for five years and described his relationship with NICA very positively. Chris shared, “I think it’s a good organization to stay connected with other Concessionaires. Everyone has the same concerns and it’s good to hear those other ideas like, ‘We all have this problem, but we are trying to do it this way!’ You need to hear what people are doing on the West Coast, the East Coast, and here in the Midwest. We try to take some of those ideas and see if we can make them work for our own business.” Before working in food, Chris and his family specialized in another facet of the Fairgrounds. He explained, “I’ve done rides and games in the past; my wife, Allison, and I traveled with Tinsley’s Amusements out of Missouri for almost 20 years. There I helped move rides, deal with committees, and lay out the lots.” According to Chris, the transition to Food Concessions went smoothly:

Chris and Allison Walden’s Big Al’s Shake-Ups stand

Chris and Allison Walden, Walden Concessions, with their children Hampton and Hadligh

“I know the work involved, and it wasn’t a bad transition. We are a small, 40-miler Concession, but we did about 140 different events last year! My Father-in-Law, Al Krietemeier, started the business almost 30 years ago, and in 2014, we took over. At that point we owned Carnival games and we had a few stands, but he had built such a good route himself that we felt we should keep that going for the community and ourselves.” Regarding his benefit usage, Chris said, “We do a lot of business with Fare Foods,” and he enjoys reading the NICA News each month: “I prefer it in print, but I enjoy the emails, too.” When it comes to the Fair Industry, Chris enjoys the people and the challenges the most. However, the last couple of years were more different than anything the Waldens had faced up to that point. Chris stated, “Since the Pandemic, we have done a lot of pop-ups in parking lots in different places. It changed our business model, that’s for sure! Instead of doing bona fide dates, we built a new clientile by going to these parking lots in various towns. When we first were opened up again, we had to put the safety markers out, all of our employees had to wear masks all the time, and that changed things.” He felt that the biggest challenge in the ►► “Voice” continued on page 14 August 2022 NICA News


“Voice” continued from page 13 ►► Fair Industry in 2022 has been the supply chain shortage. He said, “Once we solve one thing, then it is the next thing. One week sugar is no problem and the next week it is a problem. Then cups are the next week’s problem. It’s been challenging.” However, Chris is staying positive: “I think our events are back to normal and our parking lots are still hanging in there.” The Waldens are now teaching the next generation. Chris explained, “My Father-in-Law was a teacher and he actually started making lemonade shake-ups to teach his daughters a work ethic, and then it turned into a full-time business. Now that our kids are 10 and 12, they are starting to work in the stands as the third generation. My Father-in-Law’s plan to teach his daughters how to work inadvertently helped to teach his grandchildren how to work too.” The NICA Office plans to continue reaching out to our Renewing Members. If you hear from us, we’d love to know what’s on your mind! ▲


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Thoughts From a This month’s Statement of Communications and Management Philosophy is from 2006 CCE Inductee Randy Reichert, CCE, Past Director and Meggars Road Concessions dba Hot Wisconsin Cheese Throughout my journey of being a professional Concessionaire, I’ve been blessed with mentors who have helped me reach various levels of success. To them I’ll be forever grateful. My Management Philosophy is sprinkled with wisdom from these various mentors. My Philosophy centers around three principles: Discipline, Innovation, and Continuous Growth.

of change is where innovation takes hold. The question must continually be asked, “What can be done to improve the business?” Designer cups, computer usage, or air-ride hitches are just a few examples of innovations made to help improve the Concession business. It can be difficult and scary to be innovative because it is easier to be set in our successful ways. But by ignoring the changing business environment, the business can pass us by.

Continuous Growth

Continuous Growth refers to the professional growth of individuals and businesses. Education, Discipline business conferences, or interaction with various As with any business there are certain things areas of the Fair Industry are just some avenues that can be utilized to achieve professional growth. that must be done on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis. Tending to these tasks whether daily Continuous Growth also applies to our professional (stocking the trailer, leaving a spotless trailer at peers. It is important to share knowledge and ideas the end of the night, preparing products to be with others in our field. By communicating with sold); weekly (ordering stock, scheduling workers, others in the Fair Industry, it helps the Fair Industry as a whole become more successful. Continuous preparing for the next jump); or yearly (tax preparation, equipment maintenance, or completing Growth also applies to employees. The ultimate goal for my employees is to allow them to grow to a level contracts for upcoming events) must be fully completed. Without this foundation and attention where they are self-managed. In other words—they kick me out of the trailer because they can do the to these tasks, innovation and continuous growth will be limited. This also applies with employees. job. Each employee must learn the basics of their job Discipline, Innovation, and Continuous Growth to be more successful in the future. are the principles of my Management Philosophy. Individually, each principle has its own qualities and Innovation virtues, but combining the three together provides The business climate changes—that’s a fact me with guidelines for successful decision-making of life. To successfully meet the challenges today and in the future. ▲

What is a CCE?

of professionalism. Before applying, the applicant must have a minimum of seven years as a fulltime Chief Operating Manager of an Independent Concession Business and be a current member of The Certified Concessionaire Executive NICA, among other requirements. Program was developed to recognize the All you have to do to get started is visit the CCE professionalism of Concessionaires, with the title representing a deep understanding and respect for website online at to gain access to all versions of the application, whether the Fair and Festival business and indicates that you would like to print it or complete it online. ▲ the titleholder will perform with the highest level August 2022 NICA News


Dear Business Owners/Managers, Fair Industry Leaders, Trade Show Exhibitors, and YOU: we are proud to announce the upcoming NICA Marketplace Convention and Trade Show, taking place November 6-8, 2022 at the Tuscany Suites and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. In 48 hours you will network with colleagues, discuss practical solutions, enjoy storytelling, and return enriched. “Together We Can!” This inaugural event will feature a non-exclusive Trade Show, Educational Sessions led by hands-on 16 May August 2022 2022 NICA NICA News News

Event Industry Thought Leaders, and Networking Opportunities that are welcome and comfortable—a place where we all understand we are Customers of each other and “Together” we share a Fair Guest to serve. The event will be held at the beautiful Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. $79 Room Rate Sunday, November 6th through Thursday, November 10th with no resort fee ($39 waived), suite sized rooms with kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, and Free Parking! See you in Vegas!

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Thriving Partnerships Todd Patrick, Director, Client Services, Entegra


Hello NICA Members! My name is Todd Patrick and I am the Director of Client Services with Entegra Procurement Services. I’m happily married to Darci Patrick and have four children ages 19 to 30. We live at the base of the Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee. I enjoy anything outdoors including boating, snow skiing, motorcycling, cooking, and sometimes just relaxing. My first job was at the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN in 1982 with local restaurant chain Buddy’s BBQ, so you could say I have 40 years in some foodservice-related capacity. I’ve worked in healthcare, restaurants, distribution, broker networks, and finally with Entegra for the last 13 years in Customer Support, Sales, and National Accounts. Working with NICA has been a great learning opportunity. I have not been exposed to this type of business before and working with and getting to know some of the Concessionaires has been very enlightening. Every Industry has many unique traits that make it special. I have started to learn how this very tight group comes together with everyone’s overall success at the top of their mind. Entegra and I are glad to be a part of that. Simply keeping up with the ever-changing times is the greatest challenge the Industry is currently facing. While change is good, we all (regardless of business/segment type) face new and different challenges every day and many unique challenges that we have not faced before. Doing more with less is more important now than ever. Due to the Pandemic, we look at things much differently. While Entegra has always been focused mutually on our clients’ success, we understand that our Manufacturer and Vendor Partners also face new challenges. As a GPO, being a true partner to all parties is critical to success. We must look at how we manage price increases across the board and how we can mitigate this 18

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by creating additional value in other areas. It is more important than ever that the manufacturer, distributor, and end-user all succeed. If any one of these components breaks down, the entire foundation crumbles. Entegra has a complete portfolio of safety solutions from signage, PPE, and cleaning supplies that are beneficial to Concessionaires and Vendors. In addition, there are too many products to mention when it comes to supplies such as tools, condiments, housewares, and more! Our parent company, Sodexo, serves millions around the world in food, facilities, maintenance, and administration in all business segments including hospitality and events. Entegra can pass these national negotiated goods and services agreements on to the NICA Membership. If you have a need, just ask and our team will let you know the best solution to support your business. To get started, work with your NICA or local Sysco Representative, contact me directly at, or reach out to Entegra’s Support Center at (866) 368-3472. Next year will be NICA’s 30th Anniversary and Entegra hopes to be your partner for many years to come. Entegra’s Vision Statement is “Together We Bring Hospitality to Life.” NICA’s is “Together We Can!” Our Vision Statements align and TOGETHER we will aim for success. ▲

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Del Mar Golf Tournament Returns! Rey O’Day, Executive Director On June 27th NICA hosted the 15th Annual Mark Neagles/NICA West Invitational at the Oaks North Golf Course in San Diego, CA. This was a new course for this event which Donna Ruhm found and NICA volunteers Donna Ruhm, Jennifer Giordano, CCE and Irene Dugan, CCE registered and oversaw the event at the course. Nine foursomes played to honor Neagles and raise funds for NICA Foundation, San Diego Boys and Girls Club, and NICA. The foursomes included two of Neagles’ past employers: Goodsource Solutions (two foursomes) and Sysco Foods (one foursome), Scott Shacklett and Sherry Flores from Fairplex, and mashups of Concessionaires, Commercial Exhibitors, and Games. Following the Golf Tournament, the party moved to Chicken Charlie’s Table where supper was served and awards were given out. Supper included Beet Salad or House Caesar Salad; Fried Chicken Dinner, Crispy Shrimp, Maui Chicken with

Winning Team: Chandler Dove, Van Hooper, Jack McGinley, and Gil Hines with Goodsource Solutions

Rice and Pineapple Chunks, Good ‘Ol Burger, or Charlie’s Spaghetti, followed by Fried Oreos or Fried Cookie Dough. “Closest to the Pin” was won by Rich Brander, Brander Enterprises, and “Longest Drive” was won by Geoff Gray, Foote Photo. Both won complimentary golf rounds for two at Oaks North Golf Course. Third Place was won by the Couture Perfect Team of Justin Murray, O’Ryan Hats; Chris Swanson, Event Food Service; and Julie and Steve Vartanian, West Council and Vartanian Concession Management. Second Place was won by the Seasoned Guys Team of Chuck Giordano, C&C Concessions, and Mark Hill, CCE, Olde Tyme Ice Cream. First Place was won by the Good Source II Team of Chandler Dove, Gil Hines, Van Hooper, and Jack McGinley. Continuing the tradition of this event, Dale and Cie Smith, Family A Fair, provided a $50 consolation prize for each team member of “The Team That Had Nowhere to Go but Up” which included Jan Gary, CCE, West Council and Donna Ruhm, retired, San Diego County Fair, and Rey O’Day, Leap of Faith, James Greene, Yosemite Signs, Gigi Executive Director, enjoying the prizes after the tournament Horowitz, West Council and Fun Time Foods, and 20

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Second Place Team: Chuck Giordano, C&C Concessions, and Mark Hill, CCE, Olde Time Ice Cream

Third Place Team: Justin Murray, O’Ryan Hats, Julie Vartanian, Vartanian Concessions Management, Steve Vartanian, West Council, and Chris Swanson, Event Food Service

Casey Osborne, Lakeside Products. Though no one won it, we thank Gary Barham, Hot Dog on a Stick, for sponsoring the Hole in One Contest. The Opportunity Drawing was anchored by 12 incredible, themed baskets prepared and donated by Terri and Charlotte Crutchfield, Crutchee’s. A cornhole set, sports items, and Fourth of July pieces filled out the options. Premier Concessions provided a bicycle that Jennifer Giordano, CCE, Foundation Treasurer, successfully willed herself to win, along with sports and beer logo’d

Losing Team: Gigi Horowitz, West Council, Jan Gary, CCE, West Council, and Casey Osborne, Lakeside Products, with Prize Sponsors Cie and Dale Smith, CCE, Family A Fair

giveaways. Sysco provided the Goodie Bags with Sysco snacks and sports bottles to which NICA added golf and logo’d items. Over $20,000 was raised to pay the bills, support the care of Kristen Lancaster, Vista Mobility, add to scholarship funds, help the Boys and Girls Club, and provide for NICA educational activities. Ultimately, it is all about the fellowship and giving back to make the world a better place. Together we shout out THANK YOU to so many who generously share their time, talents, and treasures!!! ▲

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Awarding Food Safety at the As the summer season continues to shine, the Orange County Fair ran this year from July 15th to August 14th with the theme, “Feel the Sunshine!” This event is a great opportunity for many NICA Members to serve up food and products to Fairgoers in Southern California with a very large emphasis on Food Safety. OC Fair and Event Center’s Food Safety Program went into full swing with bilingual Food Safety training classes taking place during their pre-Fair week. Randy Larscheid, OC Fair Food Safety Supervisor, led the charge with his team, and leading the class in Spanish was Clementina Eley. They had a total of four classes and trained approximately 150 Fair Concession employees, with two sessions in both English and Spanish. Dominic Palmieri, CCE, Past President and OC Fair Vendor with Odyssey Foods, shared, “Safety is the number one priority at the OC Fair with the training covering all areas of sanitation, COVID, cooking, holding temperatures, storage and the relationship between animals and food at County Fairs.” As a way to reward those who practice Food Safety, the OC Fair also hosts an annual QSC Trophy Award Program, which is now in its 4th year. QSC stands for “Quality, Sanitation, and Cleanliness.” The QSC Awards are given out each year to the Mobile Food Concessionaires in two separate categories: High PHF and Low to Medium PHF (Potentially Hazardous Food). Low to Medium PHF includes ice cream, potatoes, corn dogs, sampling booths, shaved ice, and coffee. High PHF includes those with chicken, seafood, melon fruit, tacos, brisket, and hamburgers.

Tiffany Dugan, Crutchee’s, and Desteen Stoh, Destroy Productions, being presented the 2022 QSC Awards by Randy Larscheid, OC Fair Food Safety Supervisor


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Clementina Eley, OC Fair, leading one of the Food Safety training classes leading up to the event

Highest average score is given the award. In order to qualify for the award, there must be a minimum of two inspections per Concession done by a different inspector to determine the average score. Randy shared, “The majority of our Concessions receive the minimum two inspections but there are times when we go back and re-inspect for repeat issues (especially as they relate to Critical Factors). If there are issues with a Concession, we will go once a week until it’s resolved.” The amount of inspections are then divided and an average score is determined. They also give out grades that equate to each score. “We also issue up to four bonus points for a job well done (giving them a potential to score 104%),” said Randy. The bonus points are based on the following: 1. Perfect temperatures on everything (has to be hot and cold temperatures). 2. Perfect hand wash sink (accessible and stocked with soap and paper towels along with proper water temperature). 3. No employee food, beverage, or personal belongings mixed in with food preparation areas, fridges, grills, etc. 4. SOP (standard operating procedures) posted in trailer, booth or kitchen detailing the what, where, how and why of everything they do. This year’s QSC Winners were also NICA Members: Desteen and Troy Stoh, Hawaiian Chicken Bowls (High PHF), with a combined score of 102% and Tiffany and Chad Dugan, Crutchee’s Ice Cream (Medium PHF), with a combined score of 103%. Congratulations! Teaching Food Safety and awarding those who practice it is a great example of “Together We Can!” We are proud to announce that Randy Larscheid has agreed to present the session, “How to Build a Food Safety Program,” at NICA Marketplace this November. Stay tuned for more details! ▲

Shared Experiences with Read and Win! Lori Hart, CFE, IAFE Director of Education & Member Services & Kathy Ross, CCE, Director

The program works to attract the child to the Fair and encourages the Fair and its Vendors to provide an extra special day for the child. Through the support of NICA, The iconic Read and Win ribbon program, a the first 1,000 ribbons are provided cooperative effort of the National Independent to IAFE Members at no cost. IAFE Concessionaires Association (NICA) and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Members may place orders online (IAFE) is designed to unite Fairs with local schools, on the IAFE website. Each Fair that participates in this educational libraries, Concessionaires, Exhibitors, and Mobile program receives a survey to provide Amusement providers. us with their valued feedback. Here How does it work? The Fair works with the are some comments from 2021’s local school or library system to set up a reading Read and Win program: challenge, where local elementary students in grades one through eight are encouraged to Columbiana County Fair (OH): read books, with the reward being the Read and “Looking forward to a great program Win Ribbon and a Voucher for use at the Fair. presentation in 2022!” The final details are determined by these two Nebraska State Fair: “We had parties; depending on the Fair and Vendor(s) only a third of the Read and Win involved, these Vouchers can be redeemed for packets picked up compared to previous years. complimentary Fair admission, Carnival rides in People were being cautious because of COVID. the Midway, a soft drink or food item from their favorite Concessionaire, discounts on Commercial Usually we have close to 3,000!” items, a special prize, or something completely Sherburne County Fair (MN): “We’ll try this different like teaching a kid how to make a product, again next year!” such as putting powdered sugar on a funnel Washburn County Fair (WI): “We are a very cake, twirling cotton candy, or frying dough. The small fair and hope to continue this program in the possibilities are endless! future using our extra ribbons. The response of kids “This program continues to serve as a valuable redeeming their coupons for an ice cream cone was benefit for our members,” said Lori Hart, CFE, IAFE very positive. Thank you for offering this!” Director of Education and Member Services. “Our Williamson County Fair (TN): “Thank you for relationship with NICA allows our Industry to unite donating the ribbons!” together to serve our local communities and provide an unforgettable experience for young Fairgoers.” There are no two Read and Win programs So if your Fair does not know about the alike, except that those children create great program, how can a Vendor get this program memories! This partnership between IAFE and started? Encourage your Fair to reach out to IAFE NICA encourages reading and attending the Fair for ribbons, sponsored by NICA. The Fair then will to youngsters all over the country. IAFE Members provide their designated school/library with those may order their Read and Win ribbons online ribbons and the Fair and Vendors can decide on at or by contacting what the ribbon will enable the child at the Fair. ▲ August 2022 NICA News


“Renewals” continued from page 4 ►► Becky Harmon

Harmons Concessions Mt. Olivet, KY (2007)

Cheryle Hartley

Carolina Classic Fair Winston-Salem, NC (1997)

Siegrid La Fratta

Perfection Confections, Inc Ruskin, FL (1996)

James La Fratta

Perfection Confections, Inc. Ruskin, FL (1993)

Karen Nicklas

Bruce Short

James O’Brien

Jay Spicer

The Great Frederick Fair Inc. Frederick, MD (2018) Topsfield Fair Topsfield, MA (1995)

Bill Olson

Short’s Hardware Archbold, OH (2007) Martin County Fair Association Stuart, FL (2003)

Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Jacksonville, FL (2011)

David Strum

Jim Pardini

Scott Suchomski

Pretzel Factory Aurora, CO (2002)

Mark Harvey

Todd Lavigne

Duane Hickman, CCE

Ryan Long

Lori Hull

Brian Lynn

Marlene PiersonJolliffe, CFE µ

Martin Svrcek

State Fair of Virginia Doswell, VA (1993)

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Gaithersburg, MD (2010)

Tasha Hyder

Bob Matthews

Fred Pittroff

Anne Thompson

Andrew Imperati

Gary McBrien

Audrey Poole

North Florida Fair Tallahassee, FL (2018) Quality Concessions Kiel, WI (1998)

Hillsdale County Fair Hillsdale, MI (2004)

Awesome Apple Crisp, LLC Glastonbury, CT (2019) L & S Concessions, Inc. San Dimes, CA (2007) Victor Products Co. Richmond, VA (2016)

Clay County Fair Assoc., Inc. BJ’s Concessions Green Cove Springs, FL (2009) Groveland, FL (2004) Dutchess County Fair Rhinebeck, NY (2010)

Nathan Janousek

Fun Biz Concessions, Inc. New Braunfels, TX (2021)

Rick K. Pickering

California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento, CA (1997)

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

Shane McGrath

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW/Sydney Royal Easter Show NSW, Australia (2021)

Ron McKinney

Michael Kearney

McKinney Food Services Hughes Springs, TX (2003)

Dan Keough

Meigs Concessions Lisbon, NY (1993)

Coastal Carolina Fair Ladson, SC (1997)

John Meigs µ

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

Letrice Midgett

Laurie Keough

Saree Miller

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

Tricia Kerrigan

Brooklyn Fair Brooklyn, CT (2006)

Mike Kinnear

Dawghouse Concessions Des Moines, IA (2000)

Robert Kolar

North Carolina State Fair Raleigh, NC (1994) Allegan County Fair Allegan, MI (2004)

Rhonda Miller/Galen

The Pretzel Wagon Constantine, MI (2007)

Jim Molnar

Molnar’s Concessions Austintown, OH (2017)

Jennifer Murad

Kolar Specialties Inc. Eastlake, OH (2017)

Antelope Valley Fair & Event Center Lancaster, CA (2013)

Scott Kozelka

Mark Nichols

Steele County Free Fair Owatonna, MN (1995)

Uncle Buck’s Concessions Central Point, OR (2004)

Pardini’s Fair Ventures, L.P. Fresno, CA (2010)

Giant Ride, Inc. Balboa, CA (1995) Fare Foods DuQuoin, IL (2007)

Hal Porter

Citrus County Fair Inverness, FL (2017)

Ron Porter

Fare Foods Du Quoin, IL (1994)

Mary Prange

Emma’s Cookie Kitchen Kora’s Cookie Dough Greenbush, WI (2019)

Brad Price - ROC Mgm’t Godfather’s Pizza Spirit Lake, IA (2005)

Lynette Rawlings

Rawlings Concessions Atwater, CA (2000)

Sharon Rismiller

Rismiller Concessions, LLC Arcanum, OH (1997)

Mike Rutana

Rutana Concessions Columbiana, OH (2003)

Josh Seivers

Three Rivers Concessions, LLC Grove City, PA (2008)

Susan Sharp-Farias

Chillin & Grillin BBQ Paso Robles, CA (2004)

Tennessee Valley Fair Knoxville, TN (1995)

Carmel Dyer Concessions P/L Maroubra, NSW (2021)

Jeff Thornberry, CCE

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

Melissa Thum

Thum Insurance Agency, LLC Grand Rapids, MI (2014)

Jay Tyson

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

Jessica Underberg

Erie County Fair Hamburg, NY (2014)

Chris Walden

Walden Concessions Mattoon, IL (2017)

Matt Wardlow

Dick Wardlow Insurance Brokers Moorpark, CA (1998)

David Wilson

Chautauqua County Fair Dunkirk, NY (2009)

Cheryl Wilson

Porter County Fair Valparaiso, IN (2011)

Terry Young

JT’s Stovetop BBQ Company West Union, OH (2011)

Marty Zinder

Victor Products Co. Richmond, VA (2016)

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From the Camera Roll...

Congratulations to Vincent Nelson, CCE, 1st Vice President and Vinnie’s Fine Foods, who won a 2022 Vendor Award operating Pete’s Roast Beef at the Saratoga County Fair (pictured with Saratoga County Fair Staff)

Concessionaires Stacy and Silas Doane, Pony Espresso, enjoying the California Mid-State Fair

Vanesa and Joe Lewis, Mojo Sports, and their new baby girl Calli Jo

Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Director, Chuck Giordano, C&C Concessions, and Jan Gary, CCE, West Council, enjoying fellowship after the 5th Annual Mark Neagles/NICA West Invitational at Chicken Charlie’s Table

Jennifer Giordano, CCE, Foundation Treasurer, said “I’m going to win that bike just like Joe Lewis did two years ago” and she did! Pictured with her Father-in-Law Chuck Giordano, C&C Concessions

Carole Marcus, Marcus Concessions, looking excited and beautiful as ever with grandson JP Holmes, Third Generation

Taking a tour of the beautiful California Mid-State Fair: Paul Gillingham, retired Volunteer Support in the Vendor and Concessions office; Sabrina Sakaguchi, Vendor Manager; and Dominic Palmieri, CCE, NICA Past President

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August 2022 NICA News


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August 2022 NICA News

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:

Name of Business: Physical Address:

City :



Mailing Address:

City :



Primary Phone Number :

Cell / Secondary Phone Number :



Age Range: q 20-35 q 35-50 q 51-70 q 70+

q Other:

NICA News Preference: q Mail q Email

Referred by :

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.

Business Description Provide a detailed description of your business, products, and/or services below. This information will be used for your entry in the annual NICA Membership Directory and as keywords to search for your business on the NICA website.

________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________


Food / Beverage


Commercial Exhibitors / Retail / Merchants



Attractions / Entertainment


Cash q






Guest Services

Credit Card #:

General Routing Information List all states / provinces where you conduct your business.






Security Code:

Money Order q


American Express



Expiration Date:


___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance The NICA-sponsored $10,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance Policy is provided to Regular Members. List a beneficiary and a phone number below.

Beneficiary : _________________________ Phone : _____________

Applicant’s signature


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.

National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc. 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 Time Sensitive Mail • August 2022 Issue


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