September 2017 NICA News

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Contents • September 2017 FEATURES

Activities & Events

12 NICA Business Expo & Fare Foods 2018 Food Show Information 16 The Importance of Elections

07 Hidden Object Contest 33 Coca-Cola Membership Contest Leaderboard 34 2017 Events Calendar

Andrew Broomfield, Creamy Rich; Jan Gary, Leap of Faith Adventures; Kevin McGrath, CCE, The Best Around; Vinnie Nelson, Vinnie’s Fine Foods; Jay Russell, Russell Concessions


20 A to Z Meats 34 Allied Specialty Insurance 06 Berry Plastics 04 This Month’s New & Renewal Members 06 Brakebush 05 President’s Message Brothers Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE 02 Coca-Cola 05 Director’s Voice 29 Fanestil Meats Paulette Keene 32 Fare Foods 07 Association Announcements 31 First Data 10 Card’s Corner 33 Haas & Wilkerson Michelle Card Insurance 18 The Art of “Fun Raising” 25 Hummel Group Insurance 22 Electronic Logging Devices: Frequently

News & Articles

20 K&K Insurance 32 Mr. G’s Quality Cut Meats 29 Rio Syrup 25 Source1 Purchasing 21 Sugardale Food Service 23 Tastemaker 21 The Best Around 09 Valley / J & B Meats 21 & 30 WhirleyDrinkWorks!

Asked Questions Part 2 24 Getting to Know Your Northeast Council Members

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This Month’s Newest Members! Robert Lee W. S. Lee & Sons Duncansville, PA

Hal Porter Citrus County Fair Inverness, FL

Alex Simeonidis Santa Lucia Fargo, ND

Prentis Winkle Winkle Concessions Winnsboro, TX

Karen McGrath The Best Around Cape Coral, FL

Kelly Sanders Sanders Concessions Yucaipa, CA

Chris Walden Walden Concessions Mattoon, IL

Tom Wissinger Sarge’s Kettle Corn Leeton, MO

Michelle McGrath The Best Around Cape Coral, FL

We wish a warm welcome to all 9 of our newest members! Each new membership gets their referral one entry into the Coca-Cola Membership Contest for a chance to win cash prizes or even a cruise. “Together We Can!”

This Month’s Member Renewals Rodney Albers Rodney & Lisa “LTD” LLC Newcastle, OK (2013)

Bob Brinkley Brinkley Entertainment Walnut Cove, NC (2015)

Darrell DeRouin Sr. Red Barn Food Wagon Escanaba, MI (2002)

Ashley Jenks Jenks Concessions, Inc. Vale, NC (2009)

Brandy Arredondo Noel’s Foods, Inc Bakersfield, CA (2016)

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

Rick Barcena Bayshore Services, LLC Tampa, FL (1993)

Art ‘Eagle’ Carroll II Eagle Food Service Connersville, IN (1993)

Russell DiPasquale Family-A-’Fair’ Food Service, Inc. Hamburg, NY (1993)

Theresa Johnson All American Restaurant & Grill Loxahatchee, FL (2013)

Mark Baugher Carousel Concessions Middletown, MD (1999)

Mary Chambers American Food Service Gibsonton, FL (2005)

Dan Duggan Duggan’s Concessions Fresno, CA (2007)

Greg Kaupke Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Inc. Indianapolis, IN (2015)

Jeff Beaver Old Style Foods Salisbury, NC (2012)

George David Ciganovich Croessmann Wholesale, Inc. DuQuoin, IL (2012)

Leroy Hildebrand Classy Caboose Slaton, TX (2010) Lee Blanchette Lab Concessions and Catering North Grosvenor Dale, CT (2015)

Arizona Exposition & State Fair Wanell Costello Phoenix, AZ (2013)

Robert Fox, CFE Mississippi Valley Fair, Inc. Davenport, IA (1994) Judy Henbury J & M Concessions Nipomo, CA (2007) Leroy Hildebrand Classy Caboose Slaton, TX (2010)

Cecelia Kenna Dickerson & Kenna Concessions Lebanon, IN (2014) Denny Lang, CFE Erie County Agricultural Society Hamburg, NY (1999) Martha Leverock Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Jacksonville, FL (2011) Brian Lynn Victor Products Co. Richmond, VA (2016)

Chance Boeger Wanell Costello Happy Day Pony Ride, Inc. Arizona Exposition & Cherokee, CA (1998) State Fair Phoenix, AZ (2013) Todd Brauch

Lou Hoegsted Collier County Agricultural Fair & Exposition Naples, FL (2016)

Bess Brinkley McBride Concessions Walnut Cove, NC (2015)

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Happy D. Klown, LLC Lincoln, NE (2008)


Evan Colglazier Colglazier Enterprise North Liberty, IN (2015)

Brian Fairlie KB Foods Brandon, FL (2012)

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Mike Cruz Canadian National Exhibition Toronto, ON (2010)

Gigi Horowitz Funtime Foods Rialto, CA (2015)

Bob Matthews BJ’s Concessions Groveland, FL (2004)

President’s Message Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE, President

What an honor it was for me last month to do a NICA Presidential Tour of the Midwest. Michelle Card, our Executive Director, and the First Lady (my boss) Kim Palmieri did a tour of three Fairs from Milwaukee to Illinois to Indiana. The goal was to reach out to as many NICA members as possible and connect with them by letting them know I cared about their issues, was interested in them personally, and valued the importance of their membership to our organization. I also wanted to find potential new NICA members and engage some our of Fairs with a NICA presence on their grounds and inform them about the importance of them being NICA members as well and supporting

“Connecting NICA Nationally”

our organization. We talked about the importance of Fairs supporting NICA and encouraging all Concessionaires and Commercial Exhibitors to belong to a professional organization, like NICA, that supports its members through benefits, education, and connecting members with top quality suppliers. Doing so allows us to ALL sell the best and newest innovative food and commercial items to the MOST IMPORTANT ASSET WE ALL SHARE—THE CUSTOMER! The trip started very well with all three of us flying in from different cities and arriving relatively at the same time in Chicago. We jumped in the car and headed for a whirlwind ride to Milwaukee, WI.

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Director’s Voice

In 2016, the Board voted to hire a new Executive Director, Michelle Card. Many of the past responsibilities of the Board of Directors have been reallocated to Michelle, leaving the everyday Hi fellow NICA members. functions of NICA to her. The Board is now able to It is with a heavy heart that concentrate on providing direction to Michelle and this will be my last Director’s Voice article. In a few months, I her staff. It helps the Directors so they can attend step off the Board and join the and focus on their own businesses while still being able to contribute their time, knowledge, and talent NICA Past Presidents. I have to NICA. Additionally, these changes allow us to served NICA for over six years focus on working with the show owners and Fairs to and I have been evaluating grow the Fairs and keep our consumers entertained, the changes I have seen well fed, and leaving with a positive experience. Fairs throughout these years. NICA is strengthening are one of the favorite summer activities, whether as a National Organization as the new Councils attending their hometown or State Fair. are developing and growing. These Councils are I have gained a lot of knowledge from being on increasing membership activity by having more the Board and serving as the President. I try to share fundraisers and social events in new areas. Each Council member is dedicated to their position and this knowledge with my fellow Concessionaires and making great strides for the betterment of NICA as use it to improve our business with friendly and positive attitudes and good Fair food. a whole. They encourage the use of our benefits, Thanks to everyone for being a NICA member, so thus helping us save money. The more we use our we can continue to come together as small and large benefits, the better they work for us. I use a lot of businesses and have a Voice in the Industry. our benefit partners and hope you too are using “Together We Can!”▲ the NICA-provided tools to save.

Paulette Keene, CCE, Immediate Past President

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President: Dominic R. Palmieri, III, CCE 1st Vice President: Dan Lusenhop 2nd Vice President: Kathy Ross Secretary: Sandy Class Treasurer: Jennifer Giordano


Don Delahoyde, CCE Carmel Dyer-Pittroff Richie George Tim O’Brien, CCE Mike Pence, CCE Daryl Whicheloe, CCE

Immediate Past President Paulette Keene

Past Presidents’ Council Joe Potillo, Jr. Greg Miller, CCE Tom Sattler, CCE Russ Harrison, CCE

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Northeast Council

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

Coordinator : Jessica Gottsche

Council Members: Lindsey Constantine Kelly Grout Russ Harrison, CCE Cameron Murray Vinnie Nelson Eddie Porcelli, III Tonio Viscusi

West Council


Coordinator : Rey O’Day

Executive Director: Michelle Card

Executive Manager of Councils: Rey O’Day

Business Manager : Christina Arriaga

Communications, Marketing & Design: Jesse Willard

Council Members: Kim Barr Nate Janousek Ryan Long Ashley Murray Mike Newman Lisa Thompson-Baker Jay Wells Daryl Whicheloe, CCE April Wood

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

Are you Interested in becoming a National Representative or Council Member, starting a Communications Committee, or learning more about NICA? Contact the NICA Office by phone at (813) 438-8926 or via email at

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

Voting Deadline is Approaching The end of the NICA election season is coming soon! If you haven’t received your ballot by now, please contact us at (813) 438-8926 or and we will send you a duplicate copy. The deadline to request a duplicate ballot is September 15, 2017, due to the time it would take the voting member to receive and submit it. All votes must be in the NICA office no later than September 30, 2017. You can read each candidates’ statements on page 16. ▲

The NICA Office Has a New Fax Number In order to improve our communication with our membership and beyond, we have updated our fax service within the last few weeks. Effective immediately, our new fax number is (813) 803-8460. The correct fax number was printed on your directory updates in case you have already sent yours via fax. If you experience any problems with using our new fax service, contact us at (813) 438-8926 or ▲

Call for Stories and Photos from the last 25 Years To prepare for our 25th year coming in 2018, we want to focus on our members’ experiences during this period of history. Were you here since the very beginning? Were you part of NICA’s leadership during these years? Did you just join but want to share your story? We want to hear from you! Send your stories, photos, etc. to today. ▲

Save the Dates! NICA has some major events coming up just over the horizon. This includes the 25th Anniversary kick off at the IAFE Convention on November 26, 2017 and the 25th Anniversary Gala at the NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods 2018 Food Show on February 7, 2018. Stay tuned for more details! ▲

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So... What if you Find it?

Well, lucky reader, tell us where you found it by entering online at You may also call the NICA Office at (813) 438-8926 or send us a letter with the page number, and page location to NICA, Hidden Object Contest, 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511. Member entries must be sent in by September 30, 2017. September 2017 NICA News


points as for what they sell bottled water and to extend national pricing to all fairgrounds. I wanted them to know the importance of supporting their We were greeted by a plethora of great NICA customers, which is both the Concessionaire and members. Ironically, the first member we ran the Fair guest. 20 oz. bottles are not the answer into was Dennis Fraleigh, F & W Concessions. to serving the guest. Fairs’ days are usually hot As always, he was working the front counter like and sunny, so warm bottles of soda do not make he fell off the front cover of GQ Concessionaire it pleasant for the guests to drink the product at a Magazine. His tan was a little light, which tells temperature that alters the flavor profile. If we are me he has actually been working and not golfing going to sell products to any guest, they should be the past few months. Sandy Class, our NICA sold at the best quality and consistency. Secretary, hosted a wonderful NICA Benefits I loved the day to night-time transformation of Rally event. I was very impressed that the the Wisconsin State Fair. It had a sort of magical Wisconsin State Fair had every department of feeling to it. Not to mention I’ve never seen that their venue represented at the meeting. Fair many people drinking beer with BOTH hands and Manager Kathleen O’Leary, CEO, Steve Reinhardt, listening to the loudest, coolest music. The line Operations Manager, Chelsea Famularo, F&B for the cream puff stand was a sight to see. A 36 Director, and the rest of the staff from Exhibits, hours well spent. So off we raced to Boone County to marketing, etc. all attended. It showed the Fair in Belvidere, IL. importance of how a great Fair really embraces This was a quaint County Fair with a great our organization. I applaud Sandy in encouraging community presence. We immediately went for all that Fair staff to attend. The bonus treat was the gold and searched out the McKinney Boys. seeing Becky Brashear, IAFE Chair, at the event Sean, Ron, and Billy (their father Bill and brother as well. I just love the fact that she gets NICA and Adam both have served as NICA Presidents), were what we do to support our members. great hosts and took us around to introduce us to Sandy Class, who hosted the event, along with the vendors and the Fair Board. Duane Hickman— the help of Director Richie George had included who I have nicknamed “The Big Cheese”—hosted several purveyors and sponsors. Coke was a very nice NICA event. He brought fresh baked present and Sysco was in full force along with Fireman Donuts (a favorite staple from the Phil Teague, Hummel Group, and Luke Martin, grounds), hot coffee, and his beautiful family with Reinhardt Food service, among others. his son and daughter to help plan the event. I had very frank conversations with both Chairman of the Board, Lyle Lee, and the the Fair and sponsors about the importance Concessions Manager, John Henniger, attended of their continued service on the grounds, the our event and even joined NICA as a new member. types of products they should consider selling to They loved our Sherman Williams paint deal, and Concessionaires what is BEST for the customer, believe me, they will use it. I’ve never seen that and MOST IMPORTANTLY, that a true sponsorship many barns on a Fairground. It reminded me should be exactly that! Paid for by the Supplier/ what the Heartland really is when it comes to Sponsor—Not the Concessionaires. Fairs are agriculture. We forget how important all of that is starting to understand the dynamics of their to a community event and how it connects that negotiations with sponsors and the product community together all year. As for this President, mix that can be offered by drink companies. I most of the Fairs I play are in big cities and have think that both Coke and Pepsi have been great a much smaller agricultural presence. This was a supporters of our events but have strayed a bit treat for me. when it comes to customer service, national Once finished, we were off to Crown Point, pricing (across the country), repairs, and IN. Racing around the outskirts of Chicago was availability of parts. I wanted to emphasize the a challenge to say the least but The First Lady is importance of having service on the grounds Map Quest traffic avoider extraordinaire. to repair equipment and have parts to keep We landed on one of the greenest fairs I’ve down-times to a minimum. We touched on the ever seen. Lake County Fair takes place in a importance of fountain beverages and the price park that looks like the middle of a forest. My

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dearest friends (and really family since their son Rob married my sister-in-law Melissa) Jeff and Patty Blomsness had their NAME Carnival there and made the effort to take us around to meet everyone. NAME has had a very tough time this year, as have MANY of our NICA members with NOT getting their H2B workers. This has impacted the industry from coast to coast. This train wreck of government bureaucracy has hurt so many of us in the Industry. Many of our NICA members have had to drop out of Fairs because they didn’t have the proper help to get their equipment set up and staffed. I heard this over and over the entire week. Many Carnivals have had to park rides since there was not enough help to get their equipment set up. NICA has become more involved in the H2B process these past two years. We have contributed money to OABA to help with legal funds and have had our members sending letters to their Congressmen/women in support of fixing the H2B mess. There were more members I visited on this trip that didn’t receive their H2B workers and it has become a great concern for them. But more so, the Fairs are now starting to understand the consequences of H2B not running right and its impact on their events; they will hopefully use some of their influence to aid in our fight to get specialized skilled workers that will travel and perform safety sensitive jobs to get our equipment moved and set up every week. We visited with NICA Past President Tom Sattler, CCE, members Ted Wentz, Big Fun Enterprises, and David Belcher, The Eatery Huts and Footsie Wootsie. And my “princess in shining armor” was Tracy Reichert with Hot Wisconsin Cheese. She was gracious to stay in touch with me for the previous two weeks giving me updates as to what NICA members would be there and to line up some meet and greets. All in all, I would say that my Presidential Trip in continuing to “MAKE NICA GREAT” was a tremendous success. I appreciate all the time our members gave to help the cause and more important the time our fairs spent with us and our members. I can’t stress enough how important my cause has been to connect us nationally. I felt that our members in the Midwest really got what I have been trying to do and really appreciated the effort. Most everyone asked for extra NICA applications (which had been redone early in the year to

include a lot of benefits info on the brochure) so they could try to sign up new members. They all realized the importance of our grassroots organization and how critical it is to sign up new members. Michelle Card was instrumental in the organization of this trip and reaching out to potential new members at all the Fairs we visited. I can’t thank her enough for her efforts in making sure all the little, yet extremely important, details were handled before our trip started. As a matter of fact, she had several ideas that she immediately began to work on while on her flight home to Tampa. We were both emailing and texting from our different planes continuing the work. This led me to believe it was engaging for her as well. I’m pleased with the progress she has made this past year and want to personally congratulate her on a job well done from her 1 year anniversary. I encourage all of you to sign up at least 1 NEW member this season, get involved in a NICA event, or support your fellow NICA members in their efforts across the country. We can all be supportive of a job well done by our members. I wish you all safe travels and great events this season! ▲

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Card’s Corner Michelle Card, Executive Director

development of standard operating procedures, mass mailings, writing news articles, driving membership, organizing and awarding CCE’s, Next to every successful organizing NICA Scholarships, creating and man is an amazing, strong, mailing membership packets, mailing election talented, determined, smart, ballots, maintaining organization in the office, and steadfast woman. That assisting the office staff, assisting the Executive woman for NICA is SanDee Director and the Board of Directors, being a O’Brien, CCE. 25 years ago, consistent memory bank of NICA knowledge, and Gene O’Brien, CCE had the perfecting her role as the NICA Godmother. vision of an organization NICA has made incredible advances and that would bond nationwide Concessionaires to provide a united voice in the partnerships throughout the years. None of which Industry. Hence the birth of NICA: “Together We would have been possible without SanDee. Every Can!” NICA member has received the fruit of her labor With unwavering commitment, Gene’s and love of NICA. wife, SanDee, stood by her husband and his It is with a heavy heart that we wish her well in vision of a brighter future for all Independent her much-earned retirement. Concessionaires. Through all of the years, SanDee With gratitude and appreciation, I thank you was instrumental with Bylaws, Policies and for your 25 years of service and commitment to Procedures, NICA News, the NICA Directory, the NICA. ▲

Thank you SanDee O’Brien! Here are some words from the NICA leadership regarding SanDee’s dedication to the organization: “Thank you SanDee for the many hours of volunteer work you have given to this organization. Your support and dedication has meant so much to many, you will be missed but never forgotten! May all your future endeavors be happy and bright!”—Sandy Class, Director “SanDee, NICA’s associates and Board are forever grateful for the many years of service and your dedication to NICA. You have helped make NICA one of the leading organizations in our Industry. Thank you for your time, professionalism, and love of our organization; you are an inspiration to all of us, and you will be missed.”—Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, Director “SanDee, I have always admired your devotion to NICA’s scholarship program and am proud that I was able to play a small part in bringing the Gene O’Brien Vocational School Scholarship to fruition. It is a tribute to your family’s devotion to the future of our Fair Industry: young people. Thank you for your many years of service to NICA and best wishes in your retirement.”—Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils “I thank her for her years of dedicated service, love, blood, sweat and tears that we all know she has given to this organization. I have always appreciated her volunteer service. SanDee will be always be a part of what NICA is today.”—Dominic Palmieri, CCE, President “Thank you for your dedication and service to NICA. Your wealth of knowledge and understanding of our Industry has been instrumental to NICA’s success. Many blessings on your future.”—Kathy Ross, 2nd Vice President 10

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SHERATON TAMPA EAST 10221 Princess Palm Ave. Tampa, FL The NICA Business Expo will provide Workshops and Discussion Groups which will cover the issues and the daily challenges our industry is faced with today. The Workshops will be facilitated by experts in their fields. This year also marks NICA’s 25th Anniversary, join us in helping them celebrate this momentous feat. The Fare Foods 2018 Food Show will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest food trends and technology that will define the 2018 Fair Season.

FEBRUARY 5TH & 6TH, 2018 NICA Workshops and Discussion Groups Fare Foods Food Show: 5 pm - 9 pm (Vendor Setup: Feb. 5th, Noon - 4 pm)

FEBRUARY 7TH, 2018 NICA Membership Meeting and Evening Entertainment

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Sponsorship Opportunities q 25th Anniversary Gala Entertainment.................................................................$1500 q Opening Ceremony Champagne Toast.................................................................$1500 X 25th Anniversary Gala Open Bar / Cocktail Hour.................... Sponsored by OABA q q 25th Anniversary Gala Photographer..................................................................$1000 q Food Show Refreshments......................................................................................$1000 q Food Show Ribbon Cutting...................................................................................$1000 q Board Luncheon.......................................................................................................$800 q Past Presidents Luncheon........................................................................................$650 q 25th Anniversary Lapel Pins...................................................................................$500 q New Member Goodie Bag........................................................................................$500 q Welcome / Registration Refreshments (2 available)..............................................$500 q 25th Anniversary Gala Decorations.......................................................................$250 q Educational Workshops...........................................................................................$250 First Name: ___________________ Last Name: _____________________ Company: ____________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________ Email: ___________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ Payment Type: q Cash q Check q Credit Card CC #:________________________ Exp: ___ /___ Code: ______ Signature: ________________________________________ All Sponsors will receive company name and/or logo on the NICA Website, in the Convention Schedule booklet and General Membership Meeting program, and on the signage at the Registration Desk, Food Show Lobby, General Membership Meeting, and Hospitality Night. You can submit your sponsorship application online to, by fax to (813) 803-8460, or by mail to NICA, 1043 E Brandon Blvd. Brandon, FL 33511. Call (813) 438-8926 if you have any questions. September 2017 NICA News


The Importance of Elections September is here, marking the last month to vote for this year’s Board of Directors Election. Ballots have been sent out to Voting Members in July. All votes must be sent in no later than September 30, 2017. Each candidate has a final message to relay to the membership in efforts to secure your vote and emphasize the importance of elections within NICA. Their statements are below:

Andrew “Bruno” Broomfield Creamy Rich

“As a long time member and supporter of NICA, I have watched the organization grow and adapt in this ever changing environment, whilst benefiting from some of its great discount programs. I would like to continue this great effort by helping NICA and it’s members deal with all the new and old issues concerning the Independent Concessionaire, i.e. Employees, DOT, cost of doing business, selling the business, to name but a few. We as an organization have made great strides within this Industry and it would be my pleasure to continue the great work of the previous boards of directors in the continued growth and profile of NICA. ‘Together We Can!’” Contact: (863) 860-0990 or

Jan Gary

Leap of Faith Adventures, Inc. dba JK Dots “Serving the Food Concession business at Fairs, Festivals, wholesale, and retail distribution since 1991 has been my passion. My first summer in fairs started with San Diego County Fair, and the Los Angeles County Fair. During my tenure I have been invited to be on a number of industry committees as well as being elected to the Western Fairs Association Board of Directors as a representative from the food concession members. I am currently on the Dippin’ Dots Advisory Board to the President of Dippin’ Dots, LLC. I am currently the President of Leap of Faith Adventures, Inc. dba JK Dots, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream. Running for a NICA office is a serious decision to to make. Do I understand what the needs are? Do I have experience within those needs? Can I have an influence on addressing those issues? Am I able and willing to spend the time necessary to bring them to a point of settlement? The answer to all of these questions is that I am ready to serve this association and tackle the issues before us, one of which is the transfer of a business and still keep fair locations. Please read my biography and please vote for Jan Gary. I will do my best to represent you and your concerns for this great Industry we serve. May I also suggest that you vote for two other candidates: Jay “Rocco” Russell of Russell Concessions, and Vinnie Nelson of Vinnie’s Fine Foods. We will bring diversity to the NICA Board and we share similar views on the issues facing our industry in the next five years. Thank you in advance for your vote!” Contact: (760) 801-2301 or 16

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Kevin McGrath, CCE The Best Around

“As many of you know, I was a founding Board member 25 years ago. I served two terms. My focus then was on member issues. My focus today will be on member issues. NICA has addressed member concerns since its inception. I feel that it is important to revisit those we have not had enough impact on and address the new issues coming every year. Workshops at state, regional, and national meetings are a great place to be able to discuss issues. The NICA Business Expo can also be a good forum for open discussion. I hope to be able to develop a forum at our Business Expo in coming years that will give members an opportunity to discuss Industry-related issues with our Fair partners. Please stay involved and vote in this year’s election. I will appreciate your vote and will devote my time on the Board with your best interest in mind. You can call me anytime.” Contact: (239) 872-2798 or

Vinnie Nelson

Vinnie’s Fine Foods “I know a lot of you do not know me. I’m a small fish in a big pond, but in the background I have been working with the Northeast Council of NICA, working for you. I love the business that we are all in. I want to work to make it stronger for all us. There are several things that come to mind that if elected to the board I will work on such as Transfer of Ownership; we need more Fairs with policies on this. We also need more education on DOT and communication to our members and Fairs. We need to be heard with our concerns. As we are all in the prime part of our season, I hope you have time to vote. I will work hard for you if I get elected.” Contact: (845) 656-7647 or

Jay “Rocco” Russell Russell Concessions

‘Together We Can!’”

“Fellow NICA members, as a concessionaire with over three decades of experience as the owner of Russell Foods, I believe my insight would be beneficial serving on NICA’s Board. This experience would also allow me in assisting the officers to fulfill their duties. I am looking forward to helping my fellow Concessionaires with issues that are affecting us such as DOT regulations and H2B visa legislation. I would appreciate your support and vote. Please remember to vote by September 30, 2017 and always remember:

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The Art of “Fun Raising” Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils Our NICA members work hard and play hard. They come together to eat, socialize, win, exchange ideas, relax and raise money for our NICA organization and its projects like scholarships. Here are four that have recently happened out West.

Pima County Fair Poker West Council kicked off the “Fun Raising” season on April 25th at the 2017 Pima County Fair with a rousing Poker Tournament Thank you sponsors! where the generosity of our members was the shining light of the event. The Table Sponsors were Jerry and Debbie Phillips, Action Food Service; Craig Sawyer, JJ and Sons, Silas and Stacy Doane, Pony Expresso; and Mike and Sandy Bliss, Sleek Greek. Next, the Prize Sponsors stepped right up: Mike Coffee, Timbo’s; Jan and Karen Gary, JK Dots; Jay and Carol Wells, Wells Concessions; and Table full of prizes Lisa ThompsonBaker, Lisa’s Concessions. Every event has its in-kind donators, and this one was no different: Nathan Marcus, Marcus Concessions; Tucson Pepsi; Peddler and Sons, Stephanie and Nathan Janousek, Fun Biz Concessions; Justin Murray, O’Ryan Hat Company; Ann Marie Perry, Out of My Mind; and Aaron Mathews, Yosemite Sign Carving. The location was provided by the Pima County Fair.

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40 players and 15 observers ate, played and enjoyed the evening. Third Place went to Jason Stone, Second Place went to Jose Ramon, and the Winner was Joe Lewis, Mojo Sports. Interestingly enough, the winners from the last three tournaments were all present and The Winners: Jason Stone, Joe enjoying their Lewis, and Jose Ramon membership in “that special club of winners.” Let’s give a big “Thank you!” to Jay Wells and his team for a very successful event.

San Diego County Fair Poker Dominic Palmieri, CCE will remember June 12th as the day Enzo, his son, shattered his femur and had to be taken to the local children’s hospital. Dominic was also the Chair for the 2nd Annual Poker Tournament to be held that evening in the grandstand that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Fortunately, Dominic had already delivered and purchased all the raffle prizes and organized the delivery of dinner. As Concessionaires do, all pitched in and organized the prizes, set Prizes on display

up the tables, brought in the food, and made sure everyone was registered. The sponsors for the evening were The Fun in San Diego Original Australian Battered Potatoes, West Coast, Good Source Solutions, Fun Biz Concessions, and O’Ryan Hat Company. One of the fun stories from the evening was that Ann from The Original Australian Battered Potatoes really wanted to win the Apple Watch and Mike from Stuffies won it. Needless to say, the negotiations began immediately and all ended well. The Third Place Winner was Mike Lusk, the Second Place Winner was Barry Diggs, and the Tournament Winner was Michael Winchester. A big shout out goes to the people who took responsibility to make the event happen and to Dominic for putting the event together and deciding to be with his son, and that Enzo on was on the road to recovery. The joy of friendship Carmel Dyer-Pittroff, and prizes Director, shared, “the highlight was meeting other NICA members who we didn’t know before the evening. The event was lots of laughs and new friendships.”

since the inception of this event. It is also their home course. Nate and Stephanie once again provided Walter to be the Brett Enright, Juicy’s, Connie hole-in-one watcher. Barham, Hot Dog on a Stick, and Mark Hill, CCE, Old Tyme Ice The “goodie bags” Cream had items from Dale Davis, Touch of Purple; Sysco-San Diego; WFA; NICA; and Hot Dog on a Stick. Ashley Murray, M&M Marketing, sponsored the bags and added lottery tickets and essential golf items. Coca Cola donated a golf bag and golf accessories for this tournament and the upcoming one in Pomona (September 18th). Hotel Life and Good Source provided cash sponsorships. Jennifer Giordano, Sheryl Law, and Rey O’Day registered 36 players and six more dinner guests. The day’s activities started off with the putting contest, then the carts lining up, grabbing refreshments, hitting balls and end with bragging. The Putting Contest Winner was Justin Murray, the Longest Drive Winner was Jessup Crutchfield, and the Closest to the Pin Winner (1’10”) was Willie Madaus, who won the cornhole game! No one made the hole-in-one, but maybe someday! The coveted prize of the day was the 2018 San Diego County Fair Red Lot Pass won by Chuck Giordano. San Diego County Fair Golf After dinner we announced, the The 11th Annual NICA West Invitational Golf winning teams: Tournament took place at the Lomas Santa Fe Third Place team Country Club in Solana Beach on June 19th. This is always a beautiful day with a beach view and a was Mark Lancaster, Kristen Lancaster, The Winning Team: John course that is cooled by a beach breeze. Giordano, Chuck Giordano, Joe Lewis, and Jim Connie and Gary Barham, Hot Dog on a Stick, Ashley Murray, and Carson has graciously provided the hole-in-one insurance Parkhurst. Second Enright Place team was Jeremy Crutchfield, Jessup Crutchfield, Hyrum Allen, and K.C. Kasinak. The Winning team was John Giordano, Chuck Giordano, Ashley Murray, and Carson Enright. Ryan and Ashley did a great job of gathering players and sponsors.

Alameda County Fair Ball Game On June 26th, Don Delahoyde, CCE, Director, Ready to register: Rey O’Day, Executive Manager of Councils, Jennifer Giordano, Treasurer, and Sheryl Law, C&C Concessions

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“Fun” continued from page 19 ►► and Mike Newman organized a bus field trip to the San Francisco Giants game with 38 NICA members on board. Don is the “money-making, bus-game organizer extraordinaire.” He knows how to have fun! And this year’s seats were way better than last year’s seats. Sadly, the Giants lost, but gladly, NICA made money! Of course prizes and food were donated. Collectively these four “Fun Raising” NICA membership events brought in eight new members and netted $13,245. NICA members are a fun loving, generous bunch who know that “Together We Can” is the only way to work and play. ▲

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Electronic Logging Devices:

Frequently Asked Questions, Part 2 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration & Department of Transportation Picking up where we left off last month, we are continuing the overview of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) compliance-related frequently asked questions. We previously covered the topics “General Information about the ELD Rule,” “ELD Exemptions,” and “Voluntary Usage and Compliance Phases.” This month we are covering “Supporting Documents” and “Editing and Annotations.”

Supporting Documents

All motor carriers and drivers must comply with the supporting documents requirements starting December 18, 2017

documents; • Expense receipts related to “on-duty/not driving” periods (meals, lodging, fuel, etc.); • Fleet management system communication records; • Payroll records, settlement sheets, or equivalent documents showing payment to a driver.

2. How many supporting documents must be retained by motor carriers, and when must drivers submit them to the motor carrier?

Drivers using paper RODS must also keep toll receipts – which do not count toward the eightdocument cap.

Motor carriers must retain up to eight supporting documents for every 24-hour period that a driver is on duty. Drivers must submit their records of duty status (RODS) and supporting documents to the motor carrier no later than 13 days after receiving them. If a motor carrier retains more than 8 supporting documents, the motor carrier must maintain the first and last document generated during the regular course of business.

5. Are there specific categories of supporting documents that drivers can provide electronically?

1. When are motor carriers and drivers required to comply with the supporting document requirements?

3. How long must motor carriers retain RODS and supporting documents? Motor carriers must retain RODS and supporting documents for six months. 4. What are the categories of supporting documents? Given the diversity of the industry, FMCSA has identified five categories of supporting documents: • Bills of lading, itineraries, schedules, or equivalent documents that show the starting and ending location for each trip; • Dispatch records, trip records, or equivalent 22

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Two categories—electronic mobile communications and payroll records—are not documents a driver would have to physically retain. They may be part of a larger record that the carrier retains electronically or physically at the dispatch location or principal place of business. In applying the eight-document limit, all information in an electronic mobile communication record will be counted as one document per duty day. 6. Can supporting documents be limited to only those acquired at the beginning and end of the workday? No. Documents acquired throughout the day are important in enforcing the 60/70-hour rule—a crucial part of ensuring hours of service compliance. Compliance with the 60/70hour rule is based on the cumulative hours an individual works over a period of days. Supporting documents are critical to verify the proper duty statuses in assessing compliance

with the 60/70 hour rules. 7. What information should be in the supporting documents? Supporting documents must contain the following elements: • Driver name or carrier-assigned identification number, either on the document or on another document enabling the carrier to link the document to the driver. The vehicle unit number can also be used if it can be linked to the driver; • Date; • Location (including name of nearest city, town, or village); and • Time

9. What supporting documents should a motor carrier retain if a driver submits more than eight documents for a 24-hour period? The carrier must keep the first and last documents for that day, and six others. If a driver submits fewer than eight documents, the carrier must keep them all. 10. Are drivers required to show supporting documents during roadside inspections? Upon request, a driver must provide any supporting document in the driver’s possession for an authorized safety official’s review.

Editing and Annotations

1. What is the difference between “paper RODS” and printouts of RODS from ELDs? 8. Can a document with fewer than four required elements be used as a supporting document? “Paper RODS” means RODS that are not kept on If a driver has fewer than eight documents that include all four elements, a document that contains all of the elements except “time” is considered a supporting document.

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Getting to Know Your Northeast Council Members Jessica Gottsche, Northeast Council Coordinator This month’s installment focuses on the Northeast Council’s own Lindsey Constantine, based out of Valrico, FL. Jessica Gottsche: What is the name of your business and what do you sell? Lindsey Constantine: The name of my business is Red’s Red Apples, Inc. We have all the sweet stuff! Cotton candy, candy, caramel, and chocolate apples, popcorn, sno kones, fresh squeezed lemonade; basically everything that’s bad for your waistline. JG: What is your route? LC: I have mostly an East Coast route. I do shows in Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Florida.

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JG: Do you remember who recruited you to be a member? LC: Tom O’Reilly recruited me to join NICA, and JG: How long have you been a NICA member? Russ Harrison, CCE influenced me to truly get LC: I have been a NICA member for four years. involved. He is the one who nominated me to be JG: Tell us about your family. Are they active in the on the Northeast Council. business? JG: What is your most valuable NICA benefit? LC: I was not always in the Food Concessions LC: NICA keeps me up to date on the constantly aspect of this business. My father started his changing DOT regulations. business, Four C Productions Inc., in 1973. He had back end pieces. I spent the summers with him JG: What inspired you to join the Northeast learning everything I could and started taking over Regional Council? in 2008. I still have that business as well though LC: I believe in what NICA is trying to accomplish. my father passed away last year. We were the only It is important for Concessionaires to have a voice two from my family in the Industry. and I believe the Northeast Council will help all Concessionaires voice opinions and concerns and build relationships with Fair management. JG: What do you hope the Northeast Council accomplishes during your tenure? LC: It is my hope that the Council will help get the next generation involved so NICA can continue to expand and advance.

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JG: We appreciate your responses Lindsey! What is the best way for a NICA Member to reach you? LC: I can be reached at (813) 478-6610 or by email at ▲

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“ELD” continued from page 23 ►► (AOBRD), but that are either recorded manually (in accordance with 49 CFR 395.8(f)) or on a computer not synchronized with the vehicle or that is otherwise not qualified to be an ELD or AOBRD. Printouts of RODS from ELDs are the reports that ELDs must be able to generate upon request from an authorized safety official, per section 4.8.1 of the ELD rule. 2. What is the difference between an “edit” and an “annotation”? An edit is a change to an ELD record that does not overwrite the original record, while an annotation is a note related to a record, update, or edit that a driver or authorized support personnel may input to the ELD. Section 49 CFR 395.30(c)(2) requires that all edits, whether made by a driver or the motor carrier, be annotated to document the reason for the change. For example, an edit showing time being switched from “off duty” to “on-duty not driving” could be annotated by the carrier to note, “Driver logged training time incorrectly as off duty.” This edit and annotation would then be sent to the driver for approval. 3. Can a driver annotate the ELD record? Yes. A driver can use annotations to indicate the beginning and end of a period of authorized personal commercial vehicle use, or yard moves, as well as other special driving categories, such as adverse driving conditions (49 CFR 395.1(b)) or oilfield operations (49 CFR 395.1(d)). 4. Who can edit an ELD record? Both the driver and authorized carrier staff can make limited edits to an ELD record to correct mistakes or add missing information. All edits must include a note (annotation) to explain the reason for the edit. In addition, the driver must confirm (certify) that any carrier edit is accurate, and resubmit the records. If the driver chooses not to re-certify RODS, this is also reflected in the ELD record. The ELD must keep the original, unedited record, along with the edits. Example: a carrier edits a record to switch a period of time 26

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from “off-duty” to “on-duty not driving”, with a note that explains “Driver logged training time incorrectly as off-duty”. The edit and annotation are sent to the driver to verify. The edit is not accepted until the driver confirms it and resubmits the RODS. 5. Who is responsible for the integrity of records of duty status in regards to the editing and certification rights of drivers and motor carriers? Although the ELD reflects the driver’s RODS, the driver and carrier share responsibility for the integrity of the records. The driver certification is intended, in part, to protect drivers from unilateral changes. However, if the driver is unavailable or unwilling to recertify the record, the carrier’s proposed edit and annotation would remain part of the record. 6. Are the original ELD records retained after edits are made, and accessible to drivers? Yes, each original record is kept, even after any edits and entries are made. A driver has the right to access the records for six months, either through the ELD, or another means of access that the carrier must provide. 7. Can a user edit or change driving time that has been recorded by an ELD to non-driving time? No. An ELD automatically records all of the time that a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is in motion as driving time that cannot be edited or changed to non-driving time. 8. How can a driver record their on-duty not driving status, such as working in a warehouse, on an ELD, prior to operating a commercial motor vehicle equipped with an ELD? All of the driver’s hours of service must be accounted for when subject to the HOS rules. Prior to operating a commercial motor vehicle equipped with an ELD, the driver can manually add any on-duty not driving time accrued prior to. 9. Are drivers allowed to edit their RODS using

the ELD back office support systems once they leave the CMV? Yes. Drivers may edit their RODS using ELD back office support systems. While these edits or corrections are allowed to ensure an accurate record of the driver’s duty status, the electronic record must retain what was originally recorded, as well as the date, time, and identity of the individual entering the corrections or edits. 10. What procedure should be followed if multiple, compatible ELDs are used to record a driver’s record of duty status (RODS) within a motor carrier’s operation?

team driving operation failed to log in and his or her activities were assigned to the co-driver, can the motor carrier reassign the generated data? For team drivers, the driver account associated with the driving time records may be edited and reassigned between the team drivers, if there was a mistake resulting in a mismatch between the actual driver and the driver recorded by the ELD, and if both team drivers were indicated in one another’s records as a co-driver. Each codriver must confirm the change for the corrective action to take effect.

14. What must a driver do with unassigned If multiple, compatible ELDs are used to record a driving time when he or she logs into the driver’s RODS within a motor carrier’s operation, ELD? the ELD in the vehicle the driver is operating must be able to produce a complete ELD report A driver must review any unassigned driving for that driver, on demand, for the current 24time when he or she logs into the ELD. If the hour period and the previous 7 consecutive days. unassigned records do not belong to the driver, the driver must indicate that in the ELD record. 11. What procedure should be followed if If driving time logged under this unassigned multiple, incompatible electronic logging account belongs to the driver, the driver must devices (ELDs) are used to record a driver’s add that driving time to his or her own record. record of duty status (RODS)? 15. What must a motor carrier do with The motor carrier and the driver are responsible unassigned driving records from an ELD? for ensuring that all of the RODS information required by the HOS rules is available for review A motor carrier must either explain why the by authorized safety officials at the roadside. time is unassigned or assign the time to the If the driver uses multiple ELDs that are not appropriate driver. The motor carrier must compatible (e.g., the data file from one system retain unidentified driving records for at least cannot be uploaded into the other system), the six months as a part of its hours of service driver must either manually enter the missing (HOS) ELD records and make them available to duty status information or provide a printout authorized safety officials. from the other system(s) so that an accurate 16. If a driver is permitted to use a CMV for accounting of the duty status for the current personal reasons, how must the driving time and previous seven days is available for the be recorded? authorized safety official. 12. What procedure should be followed if an ELD is replaced or reset? For a reset or replaced ELD, the ELD rule requires data or documents showing the driver’s RODS history in the vehicle. This data would include the driver’s past seven days of RODS, either loaded into the “new” ELD or in paper format to be provided at roadside. 13. When a motor carrier discovers a driver in a

The driver must identify the driving time as personal conveyance on the device. ▲ Check out October’s issue for another installment of frequently asked questions on Electronic Logging Devices. There are many more topics to cover. For more information, contact Tracey McQuilken, Ion DOT Compliance, at or view the entire guide at electronic-logging-devices September 2017 NICA News


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Don’t Miss Our Two Council Events This Month! Our Councils have been booming this year, with many fun events and opportunities available to support NICA and the Councils while building great friendships and raising awareness about NICA. This month is no different, with two events on both sides of the country. First off, the Northeast Council is hosting a NICA Rally in West Springfield, MA on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 10 PM at Lattitude Restaurant. Come learn about the Northeast Council, meet NICA members, and join us for hors d’ouerves, entertainment, and prizes. There is no fee to attend. For more information, contact Jessica Gotsche at or (413) 454-4051. Additionally, the West Council is holding the 11th Annual NICA West / Fairplex CDC Golf Tournament in Pomona, CA on Monday, September 18, 2017 with Registration at 7:45 AM, Putting Contest at 8:30 AM, and Tee Off at 9:00 AM. For more information, please contact Ashley Murray at (310) 872-8337, Scott Shacklett at (909) 630-6654, or Ryan Long at (909) 732-4260. The fee per player is $125. Many prizes available, ranging from the top winners, closest to the pin, and more! ▲

“Renewals” continued from page 4 ►► Larry McConnell, CCE McConnell Concessions Indianola, IA (1993)

Tracy Reichert Meggers Road Concessions, Inc. Kiel, WI (1995)

David Sparks, CFE Dixie Classic Fair Winston-Salem, NC (1997)

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

Michelle Spivey Spivey’s Southern Grill, Inc. Plant City, FL (2004)

Ken Vose Vose Concessions Springfield, IL (2009)

Brian McKay Inland Empire Concessions Randy Reichert, CCE Meggers Road Spokane, WA (2013) Concessions, Inc. dba Hot Rodney Spivey Philip Miller Wisconsin Cheese Spivey’s Southern Grill, Miller-Graper Kiel, WI (1993) Inc. Concessions Plant City, FL (2011) Alice Rowlett Jefferson, OH (2005) D & A Silver Dollar Bakery Greg G. Stewart, CFE Mike Miller, Sr. Merryville, LA (1998) Central Washington State Miller Foods Fair Kris Ryan Mauckport, IN (1993) Yakima, WA (2006) K & R Concessions Jennifer Murad Harrington, DE (2014) Scott Suchomski Antelope Valley Fair Tennessee Valley Fair Dan Sher Lancaster, CA (2013) Knoxville, TN (1995) State Fair Mini Donuts Ken Nunn Minnetonka, MN (2013) David Sulmonetti Pet I.D. Tags Pronto Pup Co., Inc. David Spann Hudson, FL (1993) Portland, OR (2016) Fat Boys Concessions Marvin Perzee Melissa Thum Iroquois County AG & 4H Girard, IL (2001) Thum Insurance Agency, Sherry Spann Fair LLC Fat Boys Concessions Ashkum, IL (2001) Grand Rapids, MI (2014) Girard, IL (2005) Sharon Powell

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Matt Wardlow D & A Silver Dollar Bakery Moorpark, CA (1998) Eddie Westmoreland Westmoreland Concessions Queen City, TX (2005) Dave Williams Mr. G’s Quality Cut Meats Chillicothe, MO (2004) David Wilson Chautauqua County Fair Dunkirk, NY (2009) Marty Zinder Victor Products Co. Richmond, VA (2016)

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2017 Events Calendar

Representing NICA & Its Industry Partners September 4: Labor Day (Office Closed) 12: Northeast Council Rally • West Springfield, MA 14-16: IFEA Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat • Tucson, AZ 18: NICA West / Fairplex CDC Golf Tournament • Pomona, CA 30: Board of Directors election ballots due in the office


10: Directory Updates due in the office 11-13: Wyoming Assoc. of Fairs Annual Convention • Gillette, WY 14: Kentucky Association of Fairs Annual Fall Meeting • Louisville, KY 19–21: British Columbia Assoc. of Agricultural Fairs & Exhibitions Annual Convention • Victoria, BC 19–21: Washington State Fairs Assoc. Annual Convention • Vancouver, WA 21–23: MAAS Annual Convention • Brandon, MB

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September 2017 NICA News

November 13–17: IAAPA Attractions Expo • Orlando, FL 15–17: CAFE Annual Convention • Montreal, QC 23: Thanksgiving (Office Closed) 26–29: 127th IAFE Convention & Trade Show • Las Vegas, NV 27: NICA Industry Appreciation Reception at the IAFE Convention • Las Vegas, NV

Although these dates are based on sources believed to be reliable and true, they are subject to changes throughout the year. Additional or revised dates may be announced in future issues of NICA News or at on our calendar.

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26–28: Oregon Fairs Association Annual Convention • Albany, OR

National Independent Concessionaires Association, Inc. 1043 E. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: (8130 438-8926 • Fax: (813) 803-8460 Email: • Website:

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Name of business: Physical address: Mailing address:

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

NICA News Preference: q Mail q Email

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Annual Membership Fees Independent Concession Membership

Associate Membership

q Independent Concessionaire............................................$125 q Additional Member...............................................................$75

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



q Employee................................................................................$50 q Retired....................................................................................$50 five Year independent Concession Membership

Pay for five years up front and save $50.


Independent Concessionaire............................................$575

Concession Business / Group Membership

Includes five memberships in one: one Independent Concessionaire, one Additional Member, and three Employee Members ($350 value).

q Concession Business / Group..........................................$300 Additional Member : _________________________________________ Employee Member 1: ________________________________________ Employee Member 2: ________________________________________ Employee Member 3: ________________________________________ Check a category below and provide a detailed description of your company’s services below:

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Commercial Exhibitors / Retail Attractions / Entertainment Services

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Fair / Festival over 75,000 attendance.......................... $125 Fair / Festival under 75,000 attendance...........................$75 Manufacturer / Distributor / Supplier............................ $125 Carnival / Circus Operator................................................ $125 Special Services................................................................ $125

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 Games

Mail Check or Money Order to NICA’s Office at 1043 E. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, FL 33511

Concessionaire General Routing Information

q Visa q Mastercard q American Express q Discover

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Credit Card #:

List all states / provinces where you conduct your concession business:

Fairs and Festivals

List three Fairs or Festivals worked in the past year :

1. __________________________________________________________ 2. __________________________________________________________ 3. __________________________________________________________ I understand that my application is subject to final approval by the NICA Board of Directors. I also understand that if my application is not accepted, the amount paid will be refunded to me. If accepted for membership in NICA, I hereby agree to abide by its by-laws and rules.

Security Code:

Expiration Date:


Signature of Credit Card Holder I authorize NICA to charge the agreed amount listed above to my credit card provided herein. I agree I will pay for this purchase in accordance with the issuing bank cardholder agreement. The NICA sponsored $10,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Policy is automatically provided to all Independent Concessionaire Members.

Applicant’s signature


Beneficiary ________________________________________ Phone ___________________

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