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Contents • October 2021 Articles & Features AdvertiSers 04 This Month’s New & Renewal Members 05 President’s Message 05 Director’s Voice 08 Riffing With Rey 10 Association Announcements 11 Thoughts From a CCE 13 Have You Signed Up for the New Benefit? 14 Convention Season is Just Around the Corner 15 Don’t Miss Your Chance! Apply for the First Timer’s Convention Scholarship Today 16 Thriving While Surviving: 2022 NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods Food Show Information 20 Getting to Know Your Regional Council Members 22 End of Summer Gatherings 24 From the Camera Roll... 29 Membership Contest Leaderboard 30 2021 Events Calendar

07 Berk Concession Supply 02 Coca-Cola Refreshments 29 Fanestil Meats 19 Fare Foods 26 Fiserv 07 Heinkel’s Packing Company 12 Hummel Group Insurance

29 JKJ Workforce 27 K&K Insurance 28 Member Classifieds 19 McGowan Allied Insurance 27 Mr. G’s Quality Cut Meats 30 Rio Syrup 12 Schantz Mfg. 28 TasteMaker

October is National Pizza Month! Although this dish has existed in various forms since antiquity, the name “pizza” was coined over a thousand years ago in the year 997. Its modernday equivalent surfaced in the 1800s and it has since become one of the most popular foods in and out of the Fairgrounds. We are proud to have more than 125 members who specialize in this food each and every season. “Together We Can!”

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: www.nicainc.org The information contained in this Publication is based upon sources believed to be reliable. Readers should not act without professional advice. Cover to Cover © 1993-2021 NICA, Inc. All Rights Reserved. “Gathering Together Again!” October 2021 NICA News

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This Month’s Newest Members Eddie Barrera

Dan Leimon

Carolyn Dick

Rebecca Leimon

Hot Doggin Sacto, CA

Red Beards Hot Sauce Huntington Beach, CA

Jeff Parkhurst

JP’s Old West Cinnamon Rolls Arroyo, CA

Leimon’s Pizzeria, Inc. Harlingen, TX Leimon’s Pizzeria, Inc. Harlingen, TX

Secora Maurer

Maurer Concessions Huntington Beach, CA

Shane McGrath

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW / Sydney Royal Easter Show Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia

Catherine Mcknight

Reno’s Fish & Chips, Inc. Vista, CA

Wade Reiter

Block & Bridle Club at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA

Gerald Sapp

Triple T Concessions Dunnellon, FL

Anne Thompson

Carmel Dyer Concessions P/L Maroubra, NSW, Australia

Welcome to our 11 New Members! See page 29 for the 2021 NICA Membership Contest Leaderboard

This Month’s Member Renewals Mary Anderson

Charles Giordano

Randy Anderson

John Giordano

Ten Pound Buns / SDM Concessions, LLC Long Beach, CA (2011)

Jennifer Giordano, CCE

Mike’s Concessions Inglis, FL (1996)

Cathy Grout

Alpine Amusement Co., Inc. Naperville, IL (2010)

Paul Hansen

BJ’s Concessions Groveland, FL (2004)

Route 66 Pizza Puyallup, WA (2017) Route 66 Pizza Puyallup, WA (2017)

Bob Batista

Western Idaho Fair Boise, ID (2016)

Sherry Bechler

Bechler Family Concessions Dundee, MI (1998)

Bryan Blair

York State Fair York, PA (2019)

Paul Davis µ

Florida Strawberry Festival Plant City, FL (1993)

Donald Delahoyde, CCE Five Star Catering Ukiah, CA (1997)

Irene Dugan

Chuckwagon Alta Loma, CA (2007)

Chuck Dugan

Chuckwagon Alta Loma, CA (2007)

C & C Concessions, Inc. La Verne, CA (2015) C & C Concessions, Inc. La Verne, CA (2007) KC Concessions Ware, MA (2019)

Donnie Massie

Bob Matthews

Joseph Hendricks

Gentry Miller

Hendricks Concessions, LLC Torrington, CT (2016)

Chad Hughes

Allen County Fair Lima, OH (2000)

Reno’s Fish & Chips, Inc. Vista, CA (2014) Josephine’s Glazed Doughnuts North Liberty, IN (2010)

Shawn Miller

Miller Foods Mauckport, IN (2018)

Phillip Hull

Jennifer Murad

James Judkins

Ronald Netterfield

Hull Concessions, LLC Waco, TX (2007)

Mary Gambill

Norman Keene

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Stacia Markowitz

Ken McKnight

Robert Fulton

Staci’s Sales, LLC Wintersville, OH (2011)

Schuyler MacPherson

Hansen’s Festival Concessions Evansville, MN (2011)

JKJ Workforce Agency, Inc. Harlingen, TX (2017)

Fun Rides and Events Sanford, NC (2015)

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C & C Concessions, Inc. La Verne, CA (2007)

Paulette’s Food Service Pinckneyville, IL (2003)

Antelope Valley Fair Lancaster, CA (2013) Netterfields Popcorn & Lemonade, Inc. Land O’ Lakes, FL (1994)

Missy Pfile

Playland Amusements Garrettsville, OH (2009)

Callie Pfile

Playland Amusements Garrettsville, OH (2018)

Deborah Powers

Debbie’s Concessions, LLC Lumberton, NC (1994)

Jerry Price µ

Fiske Concessions, Inc. Brooksville, FL (1993)

Bruce Short

Short’s Hardware Archbold, OH (2007)

Nancy Smith, CFE µ

South Carolina State Fair Columbia, SC (1993)

Rodney Spivey

Spivey’s Southern Grill, Inc. Plant City, FL (2011)

Max Stabel

Ranch House Concessions LLC Menard, TX (2018)

Virgil Strickler

Ohio State Fair Columbus, OH (1995)

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President’s Message

Sandy Class, CCE, President

Happy Fall, YA’LL! October is one of my most favorite months of the year… It’s the changing of the leaves, crisp cool evenings, pumpkins, mum flowers, football season, Halloween, and my return to the South. Most of us are wrapping up the Summer season and reflecting on how picture perfect—or un-picture perfect—the summer was… I personally can laugh, smile, and cry all in one facial expression… but 2021 is just another chapter in my book I’m writing. FYI, I’m on chapter 101… Resilience, Patience, Understanding, COVID-19, Compassion, Groceries, Giving up a location, Gaining a location due to empty footage... All facets of just what this 2021 year was all about. And we did it… “Thriving While Surviving!” I would like to give a big thank you to the Hangar and Nate and Stephanie Janousek, Fun

Biz Concessions, for hosting a fantastic NICA Gathering at the Minnesota State Fair. Also a big thank you to Dennis Larson, CFE, Central East Council Coordinator, for organizing the event. It was well attended, good conversations and the prime rib and mashed potatoes, courtesy of the Hanger, was fantastic! See page 22 in this issue for more details on this event. We are beginning to gear up for Convention Season: IAFE Convention and Trade Show, “Grow Fair Strong,” is November 28 - December 1, 2021 in San Antonio, TX and our NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show, “Thriving While Surviving,” is February 14-16, 2022. As always, the Annual NICA General Membership Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 with the introduction of your newly elected Board Members. The current Board is working very hard to offer engaging workshops along with Audrey Poole, Fare Foods, to bring you the best ever ►► “Message” continued on page 6

Director’s Director’S Voice

Phil Delahoyde, Director

ways that kept us afloat during the unconventional COVID times. As a company we were able to This year has been anything produce some of the Drive-Thrus, and they worked but ordinary. We have finally out really well. All Drive-Thru locations were in started opening after the long cities where we have played their Fairs and have year and a half and this year a relationship with Fair Management and the came with many challenges. local Health Departments; we have played these Never in our lives or history Fairs for years. The customers would start at the have we seen the challenges beginning where they would order everything and this Pandemic has created. pay. Next, they would drive up to where the food Between Fairs and Events stands were located to pick up all of their items in canceling last year, at probably the worst time one shot. This worked very efficiently. We asked possible, it turned life upside-down. In the few the Fairs for traffic cones, electricity and water, a places where Fairs were able to open, it played place to park a couple of RVs, and to promote us havoc on routes, the supply chain for supplies, on their social media. Thankfully, when you have the need to wear masks, social distancing, and the traffic controlled you can make the experience everyone’s ability to make money and provide for service friendly and financially successful for their workers and families. everyone. We had to learn new ways around this Industry like the Drive-Thrus and Grab and Go’s. These ►► “Voice” continued on page 7 innovations were only some of the many amazing October 2021 NICA News

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

Immediate Past President

Don Delahoyde, CCE

Past Presidents’ Council

Kathy Ross, CCE Dan Lusenhop

OFFICE STAFF

Executive Director & West Council Coordinator : Rey O’Day rey@nicainc.org

east Council

Communications & Marketing Manager: Jesse Willard communications@nicainc.org

Office & Membership Manager: Linda Frisco nica@nicainc.org

East Council Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator: Jessica Gottsche

Bary Bunts, CCE Libby Class Ryan Collmer Thomas Hodson, CCE Gentry Miller Henry Mitchell Kelley Myers

West Council

Foundation

Brandy Arredondo, CCE Kim Barr, CCE Irene Dugan Jan Gary, CCE Ryan Long Kara Moederndorfer Ryann Newman Steve Vartanian Jay Wells

Trustees: Mark Lancaster Don Kenna Vincent Nelson, CCE Daryl Whicheloe, CCE

Do you have any questions or would like to get involved with NICA? Contact us at (813) 438-8926 or nica@nicainc.org today!

jessica@nicainc.org

Central East Council Coordinator: Dennis Larson, CFE dennis@nicainc.org

President: Audrey Poole Vice President: Greg Miller, CCE Treasurer: Jennifer Giordano, CCE Secretary: Rey O’Day

“Message” continued from page 5 ►► NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Show yet. Mark your calendars for a fun filled Florida Week! Stay informed with NICA Now! and the upcoming issues of NICA News for programming and workshop information. The $500 First Timer’s Convention Scholarship application is also available for those that would like to attend the NICA Business Expo and have not done so in the past. You can go to the NICA website to apply at www.nicainc.org/first-timers or contact the NICA Office at (813) 438-8926 or nica@nicainc.org for more information. The NICA Board is currently looking for 2022 Hall of Fame Nominations. The Hall of Fame award is presented to a special individual or individuals that have served this Industry and the NICA organization. Any NICA Member in good standing can nominate someone who meets the criteria. All nomination ballots must be received no later than November 10, 2021 to be considered. You may contact the NICA Office for more information. The Hall of Fame award will be presented at the Annual Gala evening event 6

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Sandy Class, CCE, President, and Libby Class, East Council, posing with the Minnesota State Fair Gophers Fairborne and Fairchild: “My favorite buddies!”

following the Annual NICA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Wishing all a successful October, it’s the home stretch… Be Kind, Laugh, Love, and Smile! As Margaret Mead once said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” ▲


“Voice” continued from page 5 ►► With the actual Fairs starting we got a better grasp on how challenging this year was going to be. There were many shortages in every form: labor, food, products, etc. When it came to the labor shortage, we found that no one wanted to work. Many were used to the free money from the government and did not want to take a step into reality. When it came to getting food and products it was crazy, especially on the West Coast. The shortage and the prices skyrocketed and made it very hard to do business. We had to raise prices or take items off the menu to adequately keep up with the cost of business. Due to everything going up, the cost of doing business went up just as much, making it even more expensive to be in this Industry. As we learned this information, we found ways to work with these challenges. We had to work with our resources and other Vendors in the Industry to pull together to make this season work. We will all get through this when we all work together! ▲

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Riffing With Rey

Rey O’Day, Executive Director

Hello---We are entering what I call the “Holiday Corridor” when we ask, “Trick or Treat?” and answer with “Boo,” we turn the clocks back so it is really dark at 5:00 PM, express gratitude for our many blessings, hope and pray for world peace, and toast to the adventure of a New Year. I can hardly wait to enjoy eggnog or candy cane flavored cotton candy! If you remember, I was quite proud that during COVID-19’s shelter-in-place I lost 15 pounds. which I attributed to me being my own chef. Well now that I have returned to meeting friends for meals and visiting Fairs, I have put half of it back on! You would think wearing a mask would help, but no, I just move it out of the way. Grazing season is back in full swing for me!

Mary Lee Ricketts, R&R’s Concessions; Don Long, CCE and Shelley Long, L&L Concessions; Ryan Long, L&S Concessions; Terri Crutchfield, Terri’s Berries; and Sherry Flores, Assistant General Manager, Spectra, enjoying Brunch at Rey’s home

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Grazing Season is Back in Full Swing

Rey O’Day, NICA Executive Director, visiting the LA Bite-Sized Fair at Fairplex with Barry Gillies, Director of Operations; Walter Marquez, Interim CEO; and Scott Shacklett, General Manager, Spectra

We have spent all year in a state of “I Don’t Knows.” For several weeks I received calls about a Fair that looked like it was going to cancel and yet today it opened. Those concerned had a good strategy: ask for what you want, which is we want the Fair to open; listen to the concerns and offer to help mitigate them in any way possible; and give support by adding if you choose to not open, we will be here for you next year. Thankfully, 2021 Fair re-openings have been happening all season: some full blown and some scaled down. The LA County Fair is down the street from me: it canceled in 2020; produced an outdoor “Bite Sized Fair” for three weekends in September with 25 Food and Beverage stands, 30 RCS rides, and 80 Commercial Vendors; and


has announced that after 100 years of playing in September, it is moving to May in 2022 to escape the heat. What a joy it was for our community to wander this Bite-Sized Fair on nine different evenings. It was also a smart way to begin rebuilding the team that will produce next year’s full-blown Fair. The cherry-on-top-of-the-sundae for me was inviting our members to my home for brunch, games, and some much-needed fellowship. For more photos, see page 26. At all these Fairs there are Fairgoers happy to be going somewhere, Fair staffs trying to figure out what the “guidelines” are today, and small Ryan Long, L&S Concessions; Lola Ramirez, JLQ business owners happy to be working. What will Concessions; Julie Vartanian, Vartanian Concessions that mean “going forward?” There are national, Management; and Irene Dugan, Chuckwagon, visiting state, and organizational conventions throughout still in business. Moreover, it was the first week the fall and winter season that will be analyzing that he felt he had enough labor to operate a stand that question by evaluating lots of data, sharing properly. anecdotal stories, and crystal-balling It has taken grace and a ton of new trends. You are the front line of courage to do business this year. those conversations; please attend, We are all trying new solutions. participate, network, learn, and “It has taken One of the memes floating enjoy each other’s company. It is around on the internet is “Never grace and a the season when families of all be afraid to try something new. kinds, including “Fair Families” ton of courage Remember amateurs built the gather to restore. to do business Ark and professionals built I like taking your calls. the Titanic.” We are all naïve During a recent call, one of our this year.” amateurs sometimes and we members observed he was still do not want to become closedropping a few locations due to his minded professionals. That is not the labor shortage; yet he was noticing entrepreneurial way… we know how to his net was better with fewer stands continuously pivot and from what I can tell some because he was putting efficiencies in place. He of you, though tired, have enjoyed the challenge. also mentioned that his search for products had The Pandemic has revealed our Resilience and taken him back to Suppliers he has not used in once again the truth in “Together WE Can!” ▲ years and was surprised and grateful to find were

Cie Smith, Family A Fair, with prizes and her delicious broccoli salad

Terri Crutchfield, Terri’s Berries, is working to win the Christmas Song game...

Or will it be Jan Gary, CCE, West Council, and Karen Gary, Dippin Dots, who win the game? October 2021 NICA News

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Announcements

Do you have any announcements you would like to share? Contact us at (813) 438-8926 or nica@nicainc.org

Wishing a Speedy Recovery to Heather Sattler, CCE Heather Sattler, CCE, Sattler’s Leather and Hats, has undergone surgery over the past month and we would like to wish her a full and speedy recovery. Please keep the Sattler family in your thoughts during this time. ▲

2021 Election Voting Results Being Counted Thank you to all who voted in this year’s Board of Directors Election. Our 2021 Voting Committee is currently counting the ballots that were sent in by September 30, 2021. As soon as the results have been tabulated, finalized, and made official, the NICA Office will send out an announcement of the election winners on NICA’s website, by email to the Membership, and in the next issue of NICA News. ▲

Apply for the First Timer’s Convention Scholarship Have you always wanted to attend the NICA 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 $500 Scholarship Opportunity to five current NICA Members. Visit www.nicainc.org/first-timers for the online application or see page 15 in this issue. ▲

2021 Hall of Fame Nominations Due November 10th! We are holding Hall of Fame Nominations until November 10th; this process is open to all NICA Members in good standing. Greg Miller, CCE, Past President (pictured), was the 2020 Hall of Fame Award Recipient. Each Hall of Fame Nominee must meet a level of criteria outlined at www.nicainc.org/halloffame and on page 28 of the September issue of NICA News. “Together We Can!” ▲

“Renewals” continued from page 4 ►► Stephen Swika III

Tina Tanner

Steve Taft

Jim Teece

Pies N Cakes Scott Township, PA (2014) Taft’s Mr. Ribeye Rochester, IL (2003)

BKE Concessions Muskogee, OK (2020) Jim Teece Ashland, OR (2019)

Rick Ukmar

Roger Westmoreland

Mary Wagner, CCE µ

Gary Willson

R & J Concessions, LLC DBA Rick’s Concessions Sarasota, FL (2012) Treat Truck, Inc. Hampton, MN (1993)

Roger Westmoreland Concessions Hughes Springs, TX (1996) Midstate-Cookers Wilson, KS (2015)

Wow! Thank you to all 48 Renewal Members for your continued support. “Together We Can!”

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Thoughts From a This month’s Statement of Communications and Management Philosophy is from NICA Past President Russ Harrison, CCE, Rudy’s Pizza & Slush, who earned his CCE in 2007:

Russ Harrison, CCE

decisions, and provide the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Inspire them and appraise them Rudy’s Pizza & Slush for good work. CCE Earned in 2007 It is very important to stay connected to current Industry news, events and changes in regulations. Communication with event A great way to do this is by being a member of management, purveyors, and Industry organizations. I believe the successful staff is key to a successful event is where the Independent Concessionaires, business. I believe everything Carnivals, and Fairs work together for the best in business comes down to customer experience. Whether traveling, meeting management, whether it be people, learning, understanding the business, or good or bad. overcoming the challenges, my wife Dede and As a business leader you must first recruit team members I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of this unique business. I truly believe in this association and and provide clear job description. Then you must what it stands for. ▲ delegate responsibility, let staff help in making

Q: “So, How Do I Get My CCE?” The Certified Concessionaire Executive Program was developed to recognize the professionalism of Concessionaires, with the title representing a deep understanding and respect for the Fair and Festival business and indicates that the titleholder will perform with the highest level of professionalism. Before applying, the applicant must have a minimum of seven years as a full-time Chief Operating Manager of an Independent Concession Business and be a current member of NICA, at least one State Association, and of one of the

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following associations: IAFE, IFEA, OABA and/or WFA. The applicant must then complete an 11page questionnaire, which uses a point system to determine their level of qualifications and Industry involvement. They are also required to submit a 150-200 minimum word personal philosophy of communication and management as it relates to the Fair Industry. The applicant must send the application, supporting materials, and $90 administrative fee to the NICA Office. Visit the CCE website today for more information: www.nicainc.org/CCE ▲

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Have You Signed Up for the New Benefit? We launched the Goodyear Tire benefit program during the Summer and over 30 NICA Members have already signed up! We spoke to a few about their positive experiences so far: Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, Director, shared, “I learned a lot about tires! Tim came and was very good. He checked my Food stand trailer that I had, two RVs, and a storage trailer. We don’t drive very far, so I thought my tires were fine, but the tires on my storage trailer were 11 years old! I signed up and was put into contact with a company that was close to the Orange County Fairgrounds, and they came and replaced the tires on my trailer. All you had to do to sign up was fill in the short form, including your NICA Membership number. Then it takes about two days before you can order your tires. It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. You don’t have to do the groundwork; they will do it for you. It’s one less thing you have to worry about because you’ve got experts dealing with it for you. The convenience of them coming to you makes you say, wow!” Marco Arredondo, Noel’s Foods, has already purchased 12 tires for two of his trucks. He stated, “It was a pretty easy process; the only thing I was wondering was if I could use my local tire vendor, and I could, so I’m definitely happy with it. I think we got the account number the next day, so not very

Steve Vartanian, West Council and Vartanian Concessions Management, Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, Director, and Tim Koenigsfeld, Goodyear Fleet Solutions Sales Manager

Marco Arredondo, Noel’s Foods, discussing the Goodyear Tire benefit program with Tim Koenigsfeld, Goodyear Fleet Solutions Sales Manager

hard at all. I got a good price on some Goodyear truck tires for my dually, and they are about $30-35 cheaper a tire. It was a good savings!” Steve Vartanian, West Council, remarked, “So far it has been really good. Tim is awesome and super responsive. I’ve called him probably 20 times and he always picks up the phone. If I have an issue he’s solving it in a heartbeat. I bought tires about a month ago in San Diego with this program and I didn’t have any issues at all. It was seamless! I can’t say enough good things about Tim. He’s top notch.” Tim Koenigsfeld, Goodyear Fleet Solutions Sales Manager, shared, “I would like to thank NICA for the opportunity to be part of such a great organization. I have enjoyed meeting and working with many members to register for the program and help select the correct tire for the job. So far there are 33 members signed up to the program. If there are any questions on the registration process or about the program, please give me a call. Thanks, and I look forward to working with you.” Sign up online by visiting the Goodyear link under the Benefits tab at www.nicainc.org or directly at www.nicainc.org/goodyear. You can also contact Tim by phone at (636) 234-5904 or email at tim_koenigsfeld@goodyear.com to learn more about the program and sign up. ▲ October 2021 NICA News

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Convention Season IS Just Around the Corner IAFE Convention & Trade Show

From November 28 - December 1, 2021, IAFE will be hosting their Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX at the Henry B. González Convention Center with the theme: “Grow Fair Strong.” NICA is a Silver Sponsor of complimentary notebooks for all convention attendees and will be presenting two workshops. The first workshop is Sunday from 3 - 4 PM in Room 221 C/D: “The Ever-Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits,” with Jeff Thornberry, CCE, Director. While Fairs and Expos have featured Commercial Exhibits from their inception, they are experiencing a business environment that requires help to “Grow Fair Strong” our Commercial Exhibit offerings. COVID closures challenged the very survival of our small businesses. Generational shifts in buying habits, coupled with direct competition from the internet, are altering the way patrons engage with Fair Commercial Exhibit programs. Session participants will share ways to reimagine and promote their Commercial Exhibit programs so they will thrive in today’s business context. The next workshop is Monday from 8 - 9 AM in Room 302: “How COVID Procedures Changed the Perception of Value,” with Rey O’Day, Executive Director, and Industry Panelists. Sounds like a riddle and it is… one with many questions about work environments, attendance capacity, money handling, wages, efficiency, public safety, cleanliness, personal distance, guest services, product sourcing, time prioritization, and of course, technology. This workshop will share answers and new viewpoints about the vital few and trivial many changes going on around us, and note which ones are within our sphere of influence. Together we are changing for good. Rey O’Day will also be teaching the Institute of Fair Management Course on Food and Beverage 14

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Sunday morning from 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM in Room 225, and will be a Panelist on the IAFE Commercial Exhibits and Concessions Committee workshop Monday from 1 - 2 PM in Room 302: “Expectations of Vendors and Fair Management.”

WFA Convention & Trade Show The WFA Convention and Trade Show is coming to Reno, NV from January 16 19, 2022 at the Grand Sierra Resort. The West Council and Source1 Purchasing will produce the NICA Sysco Marketplace Food Show and we will hold a NICA Membership Meeting.

NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods Food Show The 2022 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show will be held February 14-16, 2022 at the Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel in sunny Tampa, FL. This year’s theme is “Thriving While Surviving.” See pages 16-18 in this issue for more information.

NICA Together: A Marketplace of Ideas, Networking, Products & Services NICA Together’s inaugural event will be held at the beautiful Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, March 28-30, 2022, and will feature a nonexclusive Marketplace, Educational Sessions led by hands-on Event Industry Thought Leaders, and Networking Opportunities that are welcome and comfortable. ▲


Don’t Miss Your Chance! Apply for the First Timer’s Convention Scholarship Today Have you always wanted to attend a NICA Convention but just haven’t committed to it? Whether it be because of expense, timing, or any other reason, the NICA Foundation is here to help get you there! After a year filled with many challenges, it is with much excitement that we announce a renewed Scholarship Opportunity for NICA Members to attend a NICA Convention of their choice in 2022. Jan Gary, CCE, West Council, and Karen Gary, Leap of Faith Adventures, Inc. DBA JK Dots, were the first Recipients of the First Timer’s Convention Scholarship in 2020, and wrote about their experiences in the NICA News following the Convention: “Thank you for the opportunity to attend the NICA Business Expo. It was relaxing yet invigorating, educational yet not overwhelming. We enjoyed the smaller more friendly venue and opportunities to meet and share with Concessionaires from other parts of the country. The Food Show was delicious, plus we saw new ideas and products. The First Timer’s Scholarships definitely made it affordable at a time of year when we are watching the budget closely. We are oh so glad we applied and were accepted. It was a wonderful gift and a blessing to be in Tampa and meet new friends with the same focus and dedication to Fairs.” How does it work? Up to five current NICA Members will receive $500 each towards travel expenses. Below are the criteria required for each Convention:

First Timer’s Scholarship Application Criteria • • • • •

Must be a first-time attendee to the Convention. Must be a current NICA Member (annual dues must be satisfied if due). Must be available to assist NICA during the Convention. Must submit an article of Convention experience to NICA News. Must be currently active in the Outdoor Amusement Industry.

When is the Submission Deadline? The deadline is December 15, 2021 for the NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show and February 1, 2022 for NICA Together. Go to www.nicainc.org/first-timers or cut out and complete the form below to apply! Mail your completed form to the NICA Foundation at 1043 E. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, FL 33511 or scan and email it to scholarships@nicainc.org before the deadline to qualify. ▲ &

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Join us February 14-16, 2022 at the beautiful Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel, located at 10221 Princess Palm Ave. Tampa, FL, for the 2022 NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show. This year’s theme is “Thriving While Surviving,” which is a fitting description of how our Industry is emerging in the PostPandemic world. The NICA Business Expo will be held Monday through Wednesday, providing Workshops and Discussion Groups which cover the issues and the daily challenges our Industry is faced with today. The Fare Foods Food Show

will run Monday and Tuesday and will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest food trends and technology that defines the 2022 Fair Season. Stay tuned to NICA communications for important pre-registration announcements and programming information, coming soon.

Please pre-register by Sunday, February 13, 2022 to avoid an on-site registration fee of $10

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Getting to Know Your

Regional Council Members We had the chance to interview the East Council’s very own Libby Class, based out of Apollo Beach, FL. Her responses are below: What is the name of your business and what products do you sell? Libby’s Ice Cream & Co. I sell soft serve ice cream in a variety of flavors (approximately 21-plus total) in cones, milkshakes, and sundaes. My top three selling items are Blue Cotton Candy Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream. What is your annual route? Wisconsin, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. How long have you been a Concessionaire and a NICA Member? I have been in the Concession business all of my life. My Mom was pregnant with me while on the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in 1994. She flew home shortly after the Fair in mid-August 1994 and 10 days later I was born on August 25, 1994. My parents had been members the majority of my life and I wanted to contribute back to the Industry after I had finished school. After graduating high

East Council Member Libby Class, Libby’s Ice Cream & Co.

school in 2012, I attended college which took me in and out of the business until graduation in 2015 when I became a NICA Member. As they say, once it’s in your blood it’s all you know. How and why did you get into the Concession business? I did not choose the Concession business; it is something that I have been born into and a passion that will forever be laden into my blood. I am third generation in the business. Much like the drive of my Grandfather and Father, both have said that with hard work and compassion “one can achieve anything!” I have a true passion for the Concession business, and absolutely love what we do for a living. To get to step onto a Fairgrounds every morning knowing that every person walking in the gates is there to have fun brings a lot of joy to my heart! What do you like most about being a Concessionaire?

Libby’s Ice Cream & Co. operating on the East Coast and in the Midwest

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One of my most favorite things about being a Concessionaire is how big, but yet so small, our Industry is. This is a lifestyle that each and everyone of us live, not just a “job.” I also like the “fr-amily” aspect, and the willingness to help each other, because at the end of the day we are all in this together. It makes every other job in the world


seem minuscule in comparison. Is your family active in the business? My immediate family has been actively in the business for 25-plus years. Overall I am third generation, so my family has been actively in the business since approximately the 1960s. How has the Concession business changed since you first started out? What’s something you wish would change? The Concession business is ever-evolving to keep up with the times. The technology presented on the Midway for the consumer to ride rides, play games, or purchase food is probably the biggest change I have witnessed in our Industry. As a kid, I can remember standing in line at the ticket box, ready to pay for an armband and then simply showing that armband to the ride guy standing at the top of the ride deck. It is amazing to me how the ticket boxes have become automated, the advanced ticket purchases that are made and loaded onto your cell phone, and how Fairgoers are now able to transfer that dollar amount purchased in advance into an armband that is now scanned at the top of the ride deck. It is my wish that in my lifetime that barriers on the Midway between Carnivals and the Independent are broken down. For us to realize that we all need each other in order for the Midway to achieve the smiles it does is a huge step on everyone’s behalf. We all make up such a huge portion of the Fairgrounds, and without one there isn’t the other. What inspired you to become a Regional Council Member? I chose to become a Regional Council Member simply because I wanted to be more involved, and get to know the Industry even better. I feel that as Owner/Operators in the Concession business, we as a whole never finish learning. The more we can inspire and adapt our Industry to the everevolving times, the better we are represented on the Midway as Showmen. What do you hope the NICA East Council accomplishes during your tenure? It is my hope that during my tenure all of the organizations within our Industry are able to come together and be one. We are stronger and better together as one, and we are able to accomplish more as a whole when we are not divided.

Libby Class and her crew taking a selfie at a recent event

What is your most valuable NICA Benefit? I feel the most valuable benefit is the NICA Sysco Marketplace. In our Concession business, there are few variables that we actually have control over (i.e. weather, rent, labor), but the one thing we mostly have a choice in is where we choose to purchase certain stock items and for the price we desire. Source1 Purchasing and Sysco offer a competitive pricing outlet for Concessionaires and Vendors to price shop their stock items and have the consistent price across the country, no matter what region you are in. What’s something you like to do in your free time? My most favorite thing to do in my free time is spend time at the beach or on the boat. Anything else you would like to share with NICA Members? The biggest message I would like to convey to fellow Concessionaires is that in times like these we need to realize that we are all in this together. The word “fr-amily” has never meant as much to me as it does right now in our Industry. Each and every one of us are in one of the most unique Industries on the planet, making it look so easy day in and day out. We only have each other to look out for one another, and I’m so thankful that I get to experience it with fellow Concessionaires! We appreciate your responses Libby! What is the best way for a NICA Member to reach you? Please contact me on my cell (386) 288-2856 or email saltlifelib@me.com. ▲ October 2021 NICA News

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End of Summer Gatherings As events are reopening and NICA Members across the country have resumed a portion of their routes, the tradition of NICA Gatherings has returned. After this year’s NICA Business Expo, various gatherings were held during the Strawberry Festival, Florida State Fair, South Florida Fair, and San Diego County Fair, among others. As we entered the end of the Summer season, two gatherings returned from 2019: A Movin’ Forward! Gathering in St. Paul, MN, during the Minnesota State Fair, and a Brown Bag Bingo event in West Springfield, MA, held before the opening of The Big E. We appreciate everyone who was able to attend and support these two events, and we look forward Dennis Larson, CFE, Central East Coordinator, and Sandy Class, CCE, President, with Prize Winners Fran McLellan, to the next one! The Shrimp Shack, Samantha Bluhm, Solem Concessions,

Movin’ Forward! Gathering

and Kim Netterfield, Netterfield Concessions

NICA’s Movin’ Forward! Gathering took place on August 31st at the Hanger. Sandy Class, CCE, President, and Special Host Dennis Larson, CFE, Central East Council Coordinator, discussed NICA, Membership Benefits, Industry News, and more while approximately 80 attendees enjoyed some delicious food, beverages, and great fellowship!

Attendees were also able to meet NICA Board Candidates Jay Wells and Stacey Pittroff-Barona, as well as NICA Board and Council Members who were present. Attendees also learned about the Goodyear Tire benefit rollout and were the first to hear the announcement of the 2021 NICA Foundation Scholarship Recipients. OABA Government Relations Co-Chair Micheal Wood, of Wood Entertainment, was present and gave a brief update on OABA initiatives and legislation. Congratulations to Prize Winners Kim Netterfield, Netterfield Concessions, who won a NICA Membership; Fran McLellan, The Shrimp Shack, who won a $50 Amazon Card (Sponsored by Richie George, CCE and Judy George, George’s Fun Foods), and Samantha Bluhm, Solem Concessions, who won a Minnesota-themed Bag (Sponsored by Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, Director). Extra special thanks to our Sponsors (and proud new parents) Nate and Stephanie Janousek, Fun Biz Concessions, as well as Josefina Chavez and

Attendees in line for Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes, and Rolls at the Hangar for the Minnesota Gathering

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Jason Giandalia, Minnesnowii Shave Ice, Matt Ribar, Duke’s Poutine, Jeff Waterbury, Sunshine Concessions, Fran McClellan, The Shrimp Shack, Andy Chan, Chan’s Concessions, and Richie O’Neil, O’Neil Amusements

Jay Wells, Board Candidate, Dennis Larson, CFE, Central Council Coordinator, and Sandy Class, CCE, President, address the crowd at the NICA Gathering, including the happy Waldron family: Hampton, Chris, Hadley, and Allison

the staff at the Hanger for hosting! Dennis Larson, CFE, Central East Council Coordinator, posted a message on NICA Live! after the gathering that said, “An evening of prime rib and mashed potatoes with great NICA friends socializing on a perfect Fair evening at the Hangar at the Great Minnesota ‘Get Back Together.’ Great food, great friends, and a great time was had by all!”

Brown Bag Bingo Thank you to all who were able to attend the NICA East Council’s Brown Bag Bingo event on September 15th at Lattitude Restaurant, organized by Jessica Gottsche, East Council Coordinator. Our second annual Bingo Night was another huge success and remains popular with members while bringing out some spirited competition! Kelly Grout, Director, called bingo numbers during the event, so the players could compete for the mystery prize bags. East Council Coordinator Jessica Gottsche posted Kelly Grout, Director, a message of gratitude on calling bingo numbers the NICA Live! Facebook during the event Group’s page: “A huge thank you to all who came out last night for Brown Bag Bingo! We had a blast and even raised some scholarship money for the NICA Foundation! Thanks for the continued support!” A special “Thank You” goes out to Russ Harrison, CCE, Past President, and Dede Harrison,

The competition is heating up during Brown Bag Bingo

Josh Nicholson, Dr. Vegetable, Rhiannon Steiner, Charlie Cheese, Susan Fraleigh, Butcher Boys, and April Star, Dr. Vegetable, at the Brown Bag Bingo event

of Rudy’s Pizza and Slush, and Henry and Amy Mitchell, of Amy’s Sweet Treats, for being Prize Sponsors. East Council Members Ryan Collmer, Henry Mitchell and Kelly Myers made setup and teardown a breeze, brought more prizes, and sold bingo cards all night. Save the Date for next year’s Bingo Night: September 14, 2022. “Together We Can” continue gathering! ▲ October 2021 NICA News

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From the Camera Roll...

Richie George, CCE, George’s Fun Foods, Daniel Bianco, Bianco’s Foods, Judy George, and Molly George at the Minnesota Gathering

Wayne Decker, Future Vision

Harry Booth, Washington County Fair President, with Renée St. Jacques, New York Farm Bureau

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Fred Pittroff, Giant Ride, and Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, Director

Greg Chiecko, CFE, OABA President; Gene Cassidy, CFE, President/CEO of Eastern States Exposition and IAFE Chairman; Jessica Underberg, CFE, Erie County Fair CEO; Marla Calico, CFE, IAFE President; and Dennis Fraleigh, Butcher Boys

Dede Harrison, Rudy’s Pizzeria, Rebecca Breese, Washington County Fair CoManager, and Russ Harrison, CCE, Past President

Paul Gormley, New York Style Pizza, Kelly Grout, Director, and Paula Pote, Marion’s Fried Dough

Past Scholarship Recipient Isabella Barona, Anibella Barona, and Stacey Barona-Pittroff, 2022 Board Candidate, representing the Pickle Palace at the Minnesota State Fair

Bruce Kozleau, 3B Concessions, and Andy Chan, Chan’s Concessions


The Boys are back in town: Scottie Brandt and Rob Rogan with the Butcher Boys

Carolina and Rose Mary Scirrotto, Scirrotto’s Cinnamon City Bob and Karen Keylock, Pizzazz Unlimited

Brian and Kay Fairlie, KB Foods A tradition continues: Sharonne’s Concessions Owners Phillip and Candy Laws with the 2021 Winnabago County, IL Fair Queens Miss Aliah Lask, Little Miss Gracie Hammer, and Junior Miss Bailee Olson

Mike Davis, Toucan Enterprises, Lola Ramirez, JLQ Concessions, Ryann Newman, Fruit Caboose, Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, CCE, Director, Gigi Horowitz, Fun Time Foods, and Candy Crutchfield, Crutchfield Concessions, at an OC Fair prayer meeting

Dinner before the chaos begins: Kristin Whicheloe, Southern Oregon Food and Beverage, and Kim Barr, CCE, Director

Lindsey Constantine, Red’s Red Apples, and Andrew Alcantara, Leon’s Leather

Albert and Steve, proprietors with Timbo’s Licorice Ropes

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Gigi Horowitz, Fun Time Foods, and Chuck Dugan, Chuckwagon, at the Brunch

Steve Vartanian, Vartanian Concessions Management; Dale Smith, CCE, Family A Fair; and Mark Hill, CCE, Olde Tyme Ice Cream, gather around a NICA News at Rey’s house

Concessionaires Red Vehicle Convention: four of eight red vehicles parked at Rey’s

The Brunch menu rules: no deep fried or food on a stick and we must have Mary Lee’s chicken, gravy, and rice; Irene Dugan, West Council, Cie Smith, Family A Fair, Kern Fellows, and Rey O’Day, Executive Director, packing up food to eat tomorrow

Have you attended a NICA-related event? Send your photos or coverage to communications@nicainc.org

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2021 Events Calendar

Representing NICA, Member Fairs & Industry Partners October 1-30: Arizona State Fair • Phoenix, AZ 6: Association of Connecticut Fairs Annual Meeting and Banquet • Bristol, CT 7-17: Georgia National Fair • Perry, GA 6-17: Mississippi State Fair • Jackson, MS 8-17: Alabama National Fair • Montgomery, AL 13-24: South Carolina State Fair • Columbia, SC

14-24: North Carolina State Fair • Raleigh, NC 15-16: Kentucky Association of Fairs Annual Fall Conference • Louisville, KY 15-24: Arkansas State Fair • Little Rock, AR 21-23: Washington State Fairs Association Annual Convention • Spokane, WA

November 5-6: Colorado Association of Fairs & Shows Annual Convention • Colorado Springs, CO

8-9: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island Fairs Annual Joint Convention • Farmington, CT 10-12: Rocky Mountain Assoc. of Fairs Convention • Layton, UT 10: Hall of Fame Nominations Due 15-19: IAAPA Expo • Orlando, FL 17-20: Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Annual Convention • Regina, SK 18-12/5: Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition • Miami, FL 25: Thanksgiving (Office Closed) 28-12/1: 130th IAFE Annual Convention & Trade Show • San Antonio, TX

Dates are subject to changes throughout the year. Visit our calendar at www.nicainc.org or view upcoming NICA News for updates, changes, additional dates, and more!

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National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc.

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

Date: #: q Member Renewal

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION q Mr. q Mrs. q Ms.

First Name:

Last Name:

Name of Business: Physical Address: Mailing Address:

City :

City :

Primary Phone Number :

State:

Zip:

State:

Zip:

Cell / Secondary Phone Number :

Email:

Website:

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

q

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

q

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

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

q

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

Business / Group Membership

q

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

q

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).

q

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.

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Food / Beverage

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Commercial Exhibitors / Retail / Merchants

payment

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Attractions / Entertainment

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Cash q

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Games

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Visa

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Guest Services

Credit Card #:

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

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Check

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Mastercard

Security Code:

Money Order q

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American Express

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Discover

Expiration Date:

TOTAL:

___________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________ 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

Date

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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