Page 1

April 2017

&

OA B A R E CO G N I Z E S N EW I N D U C T E E S

TO

Hall of Fame

Indu1stry1 Pioneer Leaders for 2017

Also in this issue: Annual Meeting & Chairs Reception ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 1

3/14/17 4:39 PM


ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 2

3/14/17 4:40 PM


Contents The Official Publication of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association

Features

OABA Recognizes New Inductees to Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer Leaders for 2017 OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund 2017 Scholarships The Future is Now!

10 12 14

April 2017

ASSOCIATION 4 FROM THE OABA CHAIR

20 SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

Celebrating at the OABA Annual Meeting

2017 Contribution Fund Kick-Off!

6 ASSOCIATION BUZZ 52nd OABA Annual Meeting Highlights

8 ON THE EARIE

CIRCUS MEMBERS 24 FROM THE CENTER RING Rodney Huey follows circuses around the country.

Tom Powell reports on the industry’s shows, fairs, colorful show folks and amusing events.

16 PHOTO GALLERY The OABA catches members in action.

Facebook facebook.com/oabainfo

Twitter @oabainfo

Instagram @oaba51

Read with Smartphone Bar Code Scanner

Our Mission: To promote the preservation and growth of the

outdoor amusement industry through leadership, advocacy and education.

All advertisements appearing in this ShowTime publication are paid by the advertiser and the OABA reserves the right to refuse any advertising. The ads are provided on an “as is” basis and do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the OABA. In addition, the OABA does not guarantee, warrant, or endorse the information, products, or services of any corporation, organization, or person contributing to this publication.

ShowTime PUBLISHER|MANAGING EDITOR Robert Johnson 407.681.9444 H bobj@oaba.org EDITOR Dee Dee Alford 407.681.9444 H deedeea@oaba.org GRAPHIC DESIGN Avic-Versi Creative Jen Burge H 817.602.7254 H avicversi@att.net ADVERTISING SALES Dee Dee Alford 407.681.9444 H deedeea@oaba.org ASSOCIATION OFFICE Outdoor Amusement Business Assn., Inc. 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 1045A Winter Park, FL 32792 407.681.9444 H fax 407.681.9445 © Outdoor Amusement Business Assn. 2017

OABA OFFICERS

OABA TRUSTEES

CHAIR E. J. Dean 1ST VICE CHAIR Jay Strates 2ND VICE CHAIR Larry Yaffe 3RD VICE CHAIR Debbie Powers TRUSTEE 2016 Thomas J. Gaylin, III TRUSTEE 2015 Michael Wood TRUSTEE 2014 Chris Lopez TREASURER Mitchell Kaliff PRESIDENT Bob Johnson

OABA DIRECTORS Michael Brajevich Steven Broetsky Doug Burtch Tony Cassata Brad Dallman Andy Deggeller Michael Doolan Blake Huston Stacey Jamieson

Marc Janas Mary Johnson Michael Lauther Charlene Leavitt Ron Morris Lance Moyer Ben Pickett Rick Reithoffer Lorelei Schoendienst

Patrick Sheridan Scott Siefker Mary Chris Smith Greg Stewart Holly Swartz Rob Vivona

Mike Featherston-2013 Jeanne McDonagh-2012 Bill Johnson-2011 Dominic Vivona, Jr.-2010 Wayne McCary-2009 Andy Schoendienst-2008 John Hanschen-2007 Guy Leavitt-2006 Ron Burback-2005 Don Deggeller-2004 James E. Strates-2003 * Jackie Swika-2002 Danny Huston-2001 Jeff Blomsness-2000 Sam Johnston-1999 Buddy Merten-1998 * Richard Janas-1997 Jean Clair-1996 James Murphy-1995 Dominic Vivona-1994 * Bill Dillard, Sr.-1993 Tom Atkins-1992 * Red Wood-1991 * Deceased

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 3

* Billy Burr-1990 Bob Coleman, Sr.-1989 * Milt F. Kaufman-1988 * Andy Andersen-1987 * John Vivona-1986 * Mike Farino-1985 James H. Drew, III-1984 Gerald L. Murphy-1983 * John A. Campi-1982 * Buster L. Brown-1981 * Hub Luehrs-1980 * Lloyd J. Hilligoss-1979 * Hal F. Eifort-1978 * Alfred H. Kunz-1977 * P.E. Reithoffer, Jr.-1976 * Bernard P. Thomas-1975 E. James Strates-1974 * Rod Link-1973 * C.J. Sedlmayr-1972 * John Portemont-1971 * William T. Collins-1966-70 * W.G. Wade-1965

3/14/17 4:40 PM


ASSOCIATION H MESSAGE FROM THE OABA CHAIR

Celebrating at the OABA Annual Meeting E. J. Dean, OABA Chair 2017

L

et me start by saying thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Banquet. I hope that everyone enjoyed the night as much as I did. We honored some great people into our Hall of Fame and a Pioneer; received news of a $500,000 pledge to our scholarship fund; and I was able to celebrate my birthday with nearly 400 OABA members at the Annual Meeting. I look forward to leading your OABA this year. The OABA staff and board are constantly working on behalf of its membership, “fighting the good fight,” to promote and guide operators, patrons and regulatory officials on the best practices for our industry. Millions upon millions of people will be visiting us from local community fundraisers to state fairs and exhibitions, and with safety at the top of EVERYONE’S mind, we must remember that it’s not any one thing that can get us there. Over the past few months, members of the mobile amusement industry have spent countless hours attending safety seminars to learn and re-educate its workforce on the importance of safety. Manufacturers, suppliers and industry leaders share their knowledge and expertise for the masses at events hosted by NAARSO, Northwest Showmen and AIMS. Whether you are the teacher of the class or one of its students, you have become vested in its importance, understand its necessity, and realize the gravity of our responsibilities in achieving it. I had the privilege last month to attend the Northwestern Showmen’s Club Safety Seminar and seeing the amazing work and care that association and its teachers have for the amusement industry. Ron and Beverly Burback were generous hosts and I was happy to have experienced it. I would strongly

4

recommend anyone debating on going to attend. It’s the best educational value in our industry, and they do NAARSO testing. As many shows are still gearing up to head out on the road, now is the time that we need to review our policies and procedures to ensure that we have a safe season. We review the training process that our operators will go through, ensure that our staff have the proper tools to perform their duties, and that the operator performs his or her obligation as required. For many, the H-2B program has allowed us to do just that and bring our “A-game” to the consumer. A stable and steady workforce, year in and year out, helps to ensure that we continue to be at our best at every moment of every day. These individuals, regardless of nationality, take pride in their jobs and understand the responsibilities they have to our patrons. Since joining the OABA board in 2008, I have witnessed how much time, energy and resources have gone into maintaining this vital program for our industry, but the few can’t be its only voice. The only way that we can make a strong, long-term, positive impact on the H-2B program is for everyone to be engaged; and it’s not all about money! Of course that is an important part, but so is talking to your Congressional Representatives and Senatorial offices, letting them know what the program means to your company, your committees and the communities you serve. The only way we will truly succeed is if we can increase the participation from ALL our membership. Hopefully many of you completed our survey sent in March, which will give our lobbyists the tools they need, with your friends in Congress. H

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 4

3/14/17 4:40 PM


BERRIES GOING BAD? We’ll Fix Them!

If your Berry-Go-Round, Barrel-of-Fun, Dizzy Dragon or any other Sellner Spin Ride has rotted or soft floors, or needs a complete makeover, give us a call. Our new technology offers a permanent, affordable alternative to replace your floors. Plus, our state-of-the-art paint and fiberglass departments can refurbish your old spin rides to look and perform like new at a price much less than replacement.

507-209-1940 515 Fowler St. | Faribault, MN

Available by the Week s l a t n e ? R Why Buy? A turnkey , cashless , ticketless experience!

Automating the Carnival Industry!

Apps include: Ticket Booth, Rides, Gaming, Food Booth, Employee Time Clock, Service Tech Log, and a Customer Experience Survey

Meet

Lucy

the Kiosk! Card Reader Cash Mechanism Barcode Reader Receipt Printer NF—Applepay, etc. Pin Pad Apple Pay Module Card Dispenser

For details contact Mike Hallahan @ 800-489-0048 Email @ mike@idcard.com • Visit our website @ www.vts123.com Like us on Facebook Visit https://www.facebook.com/virtualticketsolutions123/ to see live video of the system in action APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 5

5

3/14/17 4:40 PM


ASSOCIATION H ASSOCIATION BUZZ

52nd OABA Annual Meeting Highlights Bob Johnson, OABA President

W

ith 2016 Chair Tom Gaylin at the helm welcoming some 400 OABA members and special guests, including his family members, all were treated to a fast-paced 52nd OABA Annual Meeting. After Tom’s review and accomplishments by the board and others in 2016, he conducted a short business meeting including requisite reports such as finance/ audit from Treasurer Mitchell Kaliff. Tom will continue to serve the OABA as a member of the executive board for the next three years. Second Vice Chair Jay Strates presided over several special awards handed out to worthy recipients, including the coveted Circle of Excellence recognition for carnivals, independent ride owners and concessionaires who achieved this honor in 2016. This was followed by the Mobile Amusement Industry, Inc., dba OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Scholarship, report highlighted with Lisa Cummings and Annie Shugart presenting Allied’s generous annual donation to this fund and awarding the $3,000 David Smith Memorial Scholarship to Cole MacNeill who is graduating from high school this year. Chair Gaylin announced that Carnival Magazine founder Chuck Dabbs was donating $500,000 from his family trust to our scholarship foundation, thus receiving a rousing standing ovation. Always a highlight at the OABA’s Annual Meeting were the recognition of our Hall of Fame and mobile amusement Industry Pioneer recognition by Co-Chair John Hanschen, OABA Trustee 2007, and still very active with the OABA. This year, OABA Sr. Vice President Al DeRusha and industry attorney Wayne Pierce were inducted into the Hall of Fame after viewing their interesting and entertaining lifetime videos. Denny’s Electronics owner and LED light pioneer Denny Bartosik received the Industry Pioneer recognition, after seeing his life story video by Denny himself. Their families and guests were on hand to celebrate.

6

During the trade show, Chair Gaylin presented IIS Museum Foundation President Ivan Arnold and curator Doc Rivera with our fifth installment of a five-year pledge of $25,000 to the museum, where the OABA’s history, Hall of Fame and industry Pioneer inductees’ videos, and memorabilia are housed. The OABA’s touch screen TV system displays each of the inductee’s contributions and life in the mobile amusement industry. A champagne reception and toast were given to the 2017 recipients being honored on Friday evening. Chair Gaylin then recognized Trustee Mike Featherston with his leadership award after serving 15 years on the OABA board, noting his many accomplishments to make this industry better for everyone. We hope Mike will continue to attend board meetings and that his family’s show, GoldStar Amusements, as well as his GoldStar Manufacturing company will continue to be OABA contributors. After receiving his gavel from now Trustee Gaylin, our 2017 Chair, E. J. Dean with Fiesta Shows introduced his family members attending and gave a great presentation about his plans and goals for the OABA with his leadership of the board. It was also cause for his birthday celebration with a rousing chorus of our favorite birthday song. Congratulations to our new OABA directors, officially joining the board after being elected by the membership at the annual meeting. They are Steven Broetsky, Mary Johnson and Lance Moyer. New Directors-at-Large are Nate Janousek, Tammy Kissel, Niki Skerbeck and Charlie Smith. Again, a big thank you to over 400 members who attended our 52nd Annual Meeting and enjoyed a wonderful reception honoring 2017 Chair E. J. Dean. Before adjourning the meeting, he thanked the reception sponsors: Allied Specialty Insurance, A.R.M., Inc., CocaCola, Fare Foods, Firestone Financial, Gold Medal Products, Hitch-Hiker Mfg., Rides 4-U and Waterloo Tent & Tarp. H

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 6

3/14/17 4:40 PM


Masters in the art of insuring amusement risks. Since 1983, we’ve crafted risk management solutions solely for the Amusement, Entertainment and Leisure industries. That’s expertise we bring to your business. We find the perfect mix of innovative and affordable insurance programs for each and every individual client, then add 24/7 claims service to give you peace of mind.

Call and see how we can help:

800.235.8774 www.alliedspecialty.com XL Group and Allied Specialty Insurance are global brands used by XL Group Ltd’s insurance subsidiaries. Coverages are underwritten by the following XL Group Ltd insurance companies: Greenwich Insurance Company, Indian Harbor Insurance Company, XL Insurance America, Inc., XL Specialty Insurance Company and T.H.E. Insurance Company. Coverages not available in all jurisdictions.

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 7

3/14/17 4:41 PM


ASSOCIATION H ON THE EARIE

On The Earie Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

A

fter attending the Tennessee Association of Fairs convention in Nashville, and before we went to Gibsonton for the 49th annual trade show and extravaganza of the International Independent Showmen’s Association, Christine and I were privileged to be present at a Sam Lovullo Tribute. For those who aren’t aware of Sam, he created and produced the Hee Haw syndicated television show for 25 years. Lovullo died at his home in Encino, California on January 3 at the age of 88. Regular cast members included Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl, Archie Campbell, Gordie Tapp, The Hagar Twins, Roni Stoneman, Charlie McCoy, Junior Sample, George (Goober) Lindsey, Lulu Roman, Grandpa Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys, Irlene Mandrell, Jana Jaye and Misty Rowe. If you’re anywhere near my age, those names are certain to illicit fond memories. Sam had become good friends over the years with Johnny Hobbs, and through visits to his restaurant and bar we got to know him on a personal basis. Sam brought me a copy of his book, Life In The Kornfields, once when I was in the hospital, and we wined and dined at his home in California. Through his friendship with Hobbs and me, Sam met Monsignor Robert J. McCarthy, the retired Carny Priest from Watertown, NY, and had him as a guest on the show several times, standing in the Kornfield. One of Sam’s sons is Torey Lovullo, who is the current manager of the National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He was bench coach the last three years for Manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. Another of our mutual friends, Joe West, who has been a Major League Baseball umpire for 39 years — longer than anybody in history — also came in to speak during the Lovullo tribute. He pointed out that when Farrell took a leave of absence due to health reasons and Lovullo took over as interim manager, he refused to use Farrell’s office, wanting to

8

save it for when he returned. Speaking to Torey later that night at Hobbs’s establishment, he almost converted me into being a Diamondback fan. I told him my favorite player of all time was Ted Williams. He said his was Steve Garvey, part of Tommy Lasorda’s Dodgers infield of Garvey, Dave Lopes, Ron Cey and Bill Russell that stayed basically intact for 17 years — an unheard of feat in the big leagues. Barry Adelman, executive vice president of television for Dick Clark Productions, the man who wrote speeches for presidents and the eulogy for Elvis Presley, sent a tape on which he referred to Lovullo as the Yogi Berra of the entertainment world. “Sam once saw a movie starring Steve McQueen and noted he must have made that when he was still alive. On another occasion, he insisted the cue cards be placed in the right spot for Stevie Wonder, who, of course, was blind.” West, who started his 40th season by umpiring a spring training game at the Detroit Tigers Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland on February 24, told a good joke worth repeating. He said Lovullo was such a promoter that he was probably already in heaven arranging a baseball game between a team managed by the devil and another by God. God asked the devil why he would do such a thing, knowing he had no chance to win. God says, “I have Williams, DiMaggio, Musial, Mantle, Feller, and all the other big stars. The only one you could possibly have is Ty Cobb, and you probably lost him when he gave all that money to a children’s hospital.” The devil replied, “Yes, but I have all the umpires.” As the late John (The Peddler) Curtis would say, “Case closed.” Among the many highlights of attending the 49th annual IISA trade show and extravaganza was visiting at the NICA and Gibtown shows with Phil Tomber, his wife, Annie, and son, Billy, of Rio Syrup Co., St. Louis. As president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Showmen’s League of America,

Tomber said he hoped to make the OABA Chairman’s Reception honoring E.J. Dean of Fiesta Shows. “E.J. and I were classmates at Notre Dame, Class of 1964. Nine of us classmates were drafted by the National Football League. The other 1,191 ended up being drafted by the Selective Service. I fooled them and joined the Marines before the Army could get me. They made me a private and sent me to Parris Island. With my education and background, they made me an infantry rifleman. I spent eight years with the Third Battalion, 24th Marines, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, formed for Iwo Jima in 1943 and disbanded in 2013. I was a staff sergeant at the end. We will present a donation from our club in honor of Ed Murphy.” That, of course, was a reference to Ed Murphy of Belleville, Illinois, the beloved owner of Modern Motors for 56 years, who helped so many people in the business. Andy Schoendienst, who worked for Murphy before marrying Lorelei Luehrs and joining Luehrs’ Ideal Rides, had informed OABA President Bob Johnson about Murphy’s death on January 26 at the age of 88. Johnson aptly captured the spirit of Murphy, “A wonderful compassionate man who loved the carnival industry and helped many shows not only with their trucking needs, but with their finances. The first time I met him I knew he was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back.” Responses included this from Charlene Leavitt of Ray Cammack Shows: “Guy and I are on that list of people he helped when we first started. He was a caring man who adored our industry and the people in it. He was one of my dad’s (Ray Cammack) closest friends.” Jean Clair of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides commented, “Add Joe and me to that list. Ed and Shirley were my parents’ best friends. Ed was a magnificent story teller. Some are quotable. Rest in Peace, Uncle Ed!” Danny Huston of North American Midway Entertainment said, “Ed was a wonderful man! I was another one that he helped get

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 8

3/14/17 4:41 PM


Enjoying the Gibsonton trade show, from left, are Bill Johnson, A Fantasy Amusement Co.; Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines; and food concessionaires Kim and Ronnie Netterfield.

Concessionaires at the trade show who work for Evelyn Deggeller and also book with R. C. Cole Amusement Company of Covington, VA are Todd Desgranges, left, and Joe Blume.

Checking the outside exhibits at the Gibtown trade show, from left, are Terry, Sandy, Josh and Kyle Schmidt of Schmidt Amusement Company, and Courtney and Shawn Exum of Superior Equipment.

Two members of North American Midway Entertainment’s management staff, John Anderson, left, and Wayne Kunz, were enjoying the sunshine during the trade show in Gibsonton.

Tommy Murray of Tommy’s Midway, The Bronx, New York, left, visits the booth of Karen and Gary Otterbacher’s Lifetime Products Group at the Gibsonton trade show.

Lee Stevens, left, past president and new third vice president of the IISA, congratulates outgoing club President Jo Ann Arnold for a job well done.

The Outstanding Outdoor Exhibit Award in Gibsonton went to Bob’s Space Racers of Holly Hill, FL. With the company, from left, are Tony and Bobby Cassata, Jennifer Hutchins and Bobby Myles.

From left, at the OABA board meeting, are Holly Swartz, Hitch Hiker Mfg.; Marla Calico, IAFE; Becky Brashear, Maryland State Fair; Wayne McCary, retired president and CEO of The Big E (Eastern States Exposition), and new OABA Chair E.J. Dean of Dean & Flynn Fiesta Shows.

OABA board members, from left, are Andy Deggeller, Deggeller Attractions; Lorelei Schoendienst, Luehr’ Ideal Rides; Ben Pickett and Guy Leavitt, Ray Cammack Shows.

Mary Christine Smith of Allied Specialty Insurance greets new OABA board member Steve Broetsky of Frazier Shows, Scottsdale, AZ.

started in this business. He made it so easy. What a gentle giant he was.” My wife’s immediate reaction, as a former food concessionaire, was, “He sure helped a lot of people. I wonder how many times he got burned.” We both agree he knew the risks, but that’s who he was. Murphy is a member of the OABA’s Hall of Fame. Again, I want to congratulate this year’s recipients for that award — Al DeRusha and Wayne Pierce — plus Pioneer Award recipient Denny Bartosik. Murphy, who was a fun guy to be around, came to Nashville every year for a lavish Christmas party thrown by his friends Ed and Jo Gregory of United Shows of America. I loved what his wife, Shirley, who pre-deceased him, used to say about dinner, “I make the same thing every night — reservations.” Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615-319-1258. Have all great days, and God Bless! H

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 9

9

3/14/17 4:41 PM


H FEATURES

&

OA B A R E CO G N I Z E S N EW I N D U C T E E S

TO

Hall of Fame

Indu1stry1 Pioneer Leaders

D

for 2017

uring the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s 52nd Hall of Fame recipient for 2017 attorney Wayne Pierce Pierce, Annual Meeting, three industry leaders were added to the owner of the Pierce Law Firm in Annapolis, Maryland, has legacy of the mobile amusement industry’s Hall of Fame worked tirelessly, supporting many different segments of the and Industry Pioneer recipients in Tampa, Florida. These individuamusement industry, ASTM F 24 Committee and with industry als were selected by the OABA’s Board as being worthy of becoming training and safety programs such as NAARSO, AIMS and PA industry legends. The OABA recognized Industry Pioneer Denny Bartosik, highlighting his career achievements in the development of new, innovative games, trailers and LED lighting, which has revolutionized the amusement industry. His LED lighting packages have provided ride owners, concessionaires and others with programmable light displays that have added to both the appeal and the promotion of carnival midways and amusement rides. His most recent accomplishment was lighting the world’s tallest portable wheel, 2016 OABA Chair Tom Gaylin, pictured with 2017 Hall of Fame 2017 recipient Wayne Pierce and 2016 OABA owned by Michael Wood and Industry Pioneer recipient, Denny Bartosik. Chair Tom Gaylin. Frank Zaitshik, which debuts at the Florida State Fair. Bartosik’s business is located in Nokomis, Florida. Hall of Fame 2017 recipient OABA Senior Vice President Al DeRusha, having served the OABA for 27 years, was recognized by the Board of Directors for his dedication and creativity with membership, advertising, sponsorship and fundraising over the years. After growing up in the carnival games business, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marlene, his life took a turn to the colorful world of wrestling and sports television career, meeting many celebrities along the way. His primary focus with the OABA has been and continues to be raising funds through OABA Jammin’ Jamborees with many carnivals in the U.S. and Canada each season. With the assistance and participation of everyone at a jamboree, carnivals have raised over $4 million for the OABA that benefits OABA’s legal and government advocacy programs, protecting our members and their generational family businesses. Al is thankful and he feels blessed to be a part of this exciting, fun-filled event. Hall of Fame 2017 recipient Al DeRusha, flanked by OABA President Bob Johnson and 2016 OABA Chair Tom Gaylin

10

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 10

3/14/17 4:41 PM


Denny Bartosik pictured with his son and Bob Johnson.

Showmen’s Safety certification programs. As a sole practitioner, his amusement legal practice has helped insurers, associations and government agencies to insure the highest level of rider safety and limit frivolous lawsuits. His reputation as the “good guy lawyer” is well respected and he’s sought after by many mobile amusement industry H-2B stakeholders, lobbyists and the OABA

Wayne Pierce with his family and Bob Johnson.

leadership to protect and defend when confronted by labor activist groups, the Department of Labor, USCIS and Department of State.

The OABA board congratulates these well-deserved amusement industry legends on their recognition as Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients. H

Hall of Fame recipient Al DeRusha’s entire family traveled from Minnesota to celebrate.

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 11

11

3/14/17 4:41 PM


H FEATURES

2O17 Scholarships OA B A - D U K E S M I T H M E M O R I A L E D U C AT I O N F U N D

A

t the OABA’s Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in February, OABA First Vice Chair Jay Strates announced that 30 deserving students would receive scholarship awards in 2017. Several of the applicants have received scholarship funds in the past and were awarded again this year in recognition of their hard work in maintaining their excellent grades. Jay also recognized the $15,000 given annually by Allied Specialty Insurance, an annual contribution of $5,000 from Gold Medal Products, and Firestone Financial’s $1,000 scholarship for five years in honor of its 50th anniversary in 2015. Several OABA board members made generous pledges at the meeting the previous day to fund all 30 scholarships this year. Allied’s Lisa Cummings and Annie Shugart announced that Cole MacNeill was selected by Mary Chris Smith as this year’s recipient of the $3,000 David H. Smith Memorial Scholarship and presented an award on his behalf to his brother, Scott MacNeill (pictured in photo). All other students will receive $1,000 for fall tuition. H

2016 RECIPIENTS

12

Doug Balster

Isabella Barona

Branden Bogue

Alyssa Bossman

Bridget Bossman

Jacqueline Bossman

Karisa Brake

Kelly Jean Brake

Noah Brewer-Houghton

Brady Cummings

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 12

3/14/17 4:41 PM


INSIDE:

es 4-13 `Best Parks...Pag ..Pages 14 & 15 race. `Landscaping & 17 ts...Pages 16 `Shows, Even 18-20 Picks...Pages `Publisher’s ...Pages 21-25 `Best New Rides es 26-33 `Best Rides...Pag .Pages 34-42 ters.. en Coas den Wood `Woo .Pages 44-47 `Steel Coasters..

NEW JER SEY PIERS HIT HARD BY SAND ` AT’s exc lusive cov Y erage inside

y.com

enttoda www.amusem

Today, Inc.

Ticket Awards 2014 Golden

Subscribe Today $50 for 1 year 14 issues (817) 460-7220

6.2

n Diego hosts

Amusement TodIn 1964, George

8.2 Vol. 15 • Issue

1 NOVEMBER 201

s 100

NEWSPAPER

Dated material. POSTMASTER: PLEASE RUSH! 2014 September 8, Mailed Monday,

carousel turn h Boardwalk’s Santa Cruz BeacBSCRIBE TO SU DAY AMUSEMENT TO (817) 460-7220 of-ium that of gigantic natator largest heated fered one of the ever created. saltwater pools folsoon fol Other attractions a miniature lowed including same year, a steam train that Railway in Thompson Scenic Carousel in 1908 and the Looff

enttoday jseifert@amusem

Calif. — SANTA CRUZ, at the Santa The oldest ride alk passed Cruz Beach Boardw earlier this the century mark PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID TX FT. WORTH PERMIT # 2069

Today, Inc.

Issue 3 June 2014 | Vol. 18 •

books: For the looks and the for stars High Roller reaches

eCelebrating the simultan of ous early-April debuts ion the High Roller observat Caesars wheel at The Linq, $550 Entertainment’s new and million outdoor retail de entertainment promena r in Las Vegas, and “Summe d new Nights,� her acclaime adjaresidency show at the Vegas cent Flamingo Las Olivia hotel, singer-actor took adNewton-John also ride’s vantage of the scenic already-popular libations policy. welcomed-onboard of See complete coverage wheel the record-breaking on pages 48-50.

(TOP); AT/DEAN LAMANNA TRUSCELLO / COURTESY DENISE NMENT CAESARS ENTERTAI

NEWSPAPER

COURTES

Y MARIO

Extra! Extra!

com

TAMA / GETT

Y IMAGES

NEWS

Daily Ed Get FREE news deliv ition ered your inbo x EVERY DA to Y! Sign up now at: enttoday.com

www.amusem

The historic Santa BoardCruz Beach Board Carouwalk Looff Carou 100 sel celebrated ion years of operat this summer. At owner left, park d Charles Canfiel of touches up one a with the horses little paint. Below, of a unique view build buildel the carous ing interior.

INSIDE:

Industry le

gend, rolle

r coaster

designer

Ron Toom

er dies at

81

m

www.amusementtoday.co

king thrillers roll ning, looping and soa

Spin

-31

Novembe r IAAPA Pre-C onvention Issue 2011 AMUSEM ENT TOD AY 33 BEDFORD, Texas — The ment indu amuseCOURTESY SANTA stry lost one e of stars BEACH its on Sept. brightest CRUZ Prior to his ing of Rona 26, 2011 with the pass BOARDWALK / deat ted h, ld he Valen that when admittine Toom it died peac BOTTOM PHOTO it comes er who efully in his sional achie to professleep follo JEFF DAL PORTO a four-mon vements, wing he proud of th battle with canc his contribut was most was 81. er. He developm ion to the ent Born in Pasa cal upside-do of the first prac dena, Calif ti31, 1930, wn coaster . on May Ron spen (The Cork elements t his early screw the Golden life in into the Inter ) and his induction State befo re being draft ed into the national Asso Amuseme U.S. Army ciation of Toomer nt 13 months in 1952. After ing Hall of Fame Parks and Attraction in continue his Germany, he retur s in the year Texas drought not stopp17-18 ned home 2000. education Caro lyn to Worldwid University . Wea ver, e, who work of Nevada-R As a graduate of the Castaway Cove — Pages S&S worked for eno (1961, Toomer at ed many the Hercules Arrow, told years with B.S.), he a mechanica Amuseme had such Powder Com nt grea l engineer Toda t years toge y, “We of the seco on the nozz pany as was such ther at Arro a good man nd stage le section w. Ron Minutema motor. For and thing did so many s for so many n solid rocke Thermatest good of the emp t kind and served as loyees. He a mechanica Laboratories Inc., he have stayecompassionate. He was for research l engineer is the reaso responsibl and testin n I e industry. d and have been succ materials g of high for use in temperatu essfu He was not re friend the aerospac including only a men l in this as well. Anyw the e industry tor but ay, this is a facturing of design, development of us that sad time for a knew Ron. the heat shiel and manu all I Apollo spac am him d sensors for certainly think and his famil e prog NASA’s y.� ing of Privately, Ron ram. Cedar Fair’s enjoyed work CEO, He hand carve on Ron’s ing with wood passing tellinDick Kinzel reflected . was not bling wood d waterfowl and enjo only an outst g AT, “Ron Toom en yed assem - outstandin er enjoyed cross car kits. He was an anding engi avid reader, g individual neer, but an cooking and word puzzles, pictu . He cont mously to Ron Toom ribut the growth re puzzles, gardening er he most enjo and developm ed enor. In industry. (and in seco as seen through the I always cons yed the days his younger years, ent of our years at Arro nd photo and camp idered and more when he could Zamorano) with Arro w in impo Dyna the rtantly, I cons him a colleague w’s Alan hike sona High Sierr mics nation’s and Harris and l friend.� as and visit idered him at home with various functions National Park Melree , the IAAP a the pers. his IAAP Publicly, Six Flags’ AT FILE PHOT A A Hall of though, Ron Fame awar trade show and OS a well know Toomer durin Pat Hoffman work is perh d. n for his g his early ed work in the aps most saying, industry with days at Ceda with “I first met amus Arrow Deve r Point Ron Dynamics) lopment (aka ement installation and of the Ceda in 1969 during the Arrow of attraction the creation of a vast number later on both the Cork r Creek Mine Ride s, particular swing and roller coas screw and ers. Througho ly the mod a 130-foot tall Vertigo ter. While Gemini coas ern steel ut all ride. See opened the Wind Rider, has popular Park his the tArro ent of testin first w was tackl model assignme g and initia the construction Top left: Cliff’s Amusem supplier’ss first park ing water phases, times on the l openings Pirates of Rides. It is the supplier’ issues at Disn nt with there to take upside down multiple he the flipping ride from A.R.M. (USA) was are Giant care eyland’s up. Caribbean tall always Mine Train Elitch Gardens guests ’s massive 73-foot I was youn of anything that migh at Six Flags ride, the Runaway page 31. Top right: ride is the company t come first roller but Ron alwa g and just starting onal Brain Drain. The coaster proje Over Texas was new Larson Internati my career, ys took time his tions. Karl Bacon, ct. Working to answer He beca he Loop. See page 4. along my queshelped prod me my men side grea ELITCH GARDENS paved the COURTESY ELIT uce a coas tor t guy who way for an CLIFFS/AT GARY SLADE; will be misse and was truly a coaster and amazing colle ter that National d by many ride proje .� designed cts. In 1975 ction of Richard Mun Roller Coaster Muse and um Historian , Toomer ch said, “His ers. His desig opened four Cork industry can screw coas n for the Ceda be measured importance in the t- quantity one year r Point by the quali of later, inclu ty and ded a verti Corkscrew, direction, rides produced by missed the Arro cal from w coas loop under his 1966 to his ter record . He most opening of retire ly with Karl books for a modern-e Bacon, Toom ment. Working the his guid cal loop, ra coas er excelled ter with a ance creat when Mag vertiunder ing some ic Mountain Anton Schw of the most opened the tant coasters of the arzkopf-de impormod signed Grea Revolution, corkscrew just seven element, impr ern era, including the t American days elem ovem During his earlier. ent and the ents of the suspended loop ers became tenure at Arrow, Toom was instru coaster. men the must-have er’s coastArrow the world cessful attra tal in providing all at parks . His track types of sucdesign woul all around to an asso ctions, from coas way beyond ters to flum d lead the rtme Corkcrews es, loops and to include draw for millio nt of rides that boomeran prov interlocking g elements. took coas during that ns who visited the natioided the ter In period. Ride n’s parks the creation technology to a new 1981, he Monster, s like the Mag of level with Loch Ness first suspende The Bat at Kings Islan Rides, have num XL-200 and the d, Arrow’s thrilled millio fun Mine partner with d coaster. In 1989 continue to ns of rider , he woul Cedar Poin gain new s, and will surrounded Intamin, d from coas t fans, long to flume ter to brea build the first er high-tech ive log even as taller massive this mass steel e drop followed by rides corn and Phantasialand opens with the Mag k the 200-foot-tall Ron is survi er the mark five levels and a 53-degre Top left: Germany’s WaWa height limit et.� ved by features three lifts, added a Zamperla term Hype num XL-200. With years, four Six Flags Over Texas that ride, by a new section. Chiapas 11 & 12. Top right: Six rcoaster was children and his wife, Betty of the and 54 pages teamed up 38. their spou ushered in. a camelback hill. See Blasters. Blasters. See page with ses: He also Jeffr Christie Toomer of as Daffy Duck Bucket sive seven-inv Six Flags to creat Darien, Ga.; Gregory JEFFREY SEIFERT ey Thornton termania ride themed e three ersio Carol and FLAGS OVER TEXAS/AT TIM BALDWIN; SIX All total, Toomn coasters from 1988 mas- Alana Mitchell of Bedford, Texas; FANTASYLAND/AT Gary and -90. of Keller, er would 93 steel and Texas; Chris be credited Kristi Toom roller coas topher er of Park with gran ters. He countless 5-7, 2014 er, Colo. dchildren. ber assis othe Septem | ted S r and nine amuseme with AWARD initial layou A memorial t for the hillsid nt rides including the 2014 GOLDEN TICKET service for Magic Mou was held e setting of family and ntain’s log on Oct. Six Flags friends 1 at the flume. Methodist Mart Church in Bedford, Texa in United s.

PRINT WEB DIGITAL EMAIL material. POSTMASTER: Dated PLEASE RUSH! 2014 Mailed Friday, May 23,

SUBSCR AMUSEMENIBT ETOTO (817) 460-7220DAY amusemen ttoday

1911.

summer. one of in love Charles I.D. Looff, Americans fall most successsel’ the earliest and with the ‘Carou deliv ls delive. back to ful builders of carouse Roundâ€? come a popular pastim Though dating Go opened centu16th centu ered the “Merry John Leibrandt France in the mid in August of EDWKKRXVH RQ the late 1800s to the Boardwalk WKH Ă€UVW SXEOLF ry, it wasn’t until Santa The 1865. tion of a steam in 1911. and the adapta ated the beach with its southcarousels became Looff, who immigr beach, that Cruz engine of as a young on the north side from Denmark ed popular. carousels ern shore g protect become buildin was ey Bay man, began Americans had new J KLV Ă€UVW DW Monter harsh waves typical the LQ  LQVWDOOLQ ted with these earear veer’s Bath- from offered a enchan the late 1800s and Mrs. Lucy Vander the west coast and with rides in age of Coney Island, of ul and serene area ing Pavilion at 1900s and the golden in 1876. Be- beautif considswimming. ly ly consid New York City, safe, open-water carousels is general to 1925. Ă€UVW PDQ\ RI uses soon fol1905 LQJ RQH RI WKH ered to be from Island Other bathho ants, PDQ\ Coney restaur WKH uent  WR along with the subseq 9LVLWRUV Ă RFNHG learned their lowed scattered photo stands and parks shops, ent carousel carvers curio amusem Looff. In to take out the country skills from Charles carousel hotels. his W. Swan- through the “painted ponies.â€? 1910 he moved In 1904, Fred spin on g factory to 6DQWD &UX] a ors alike and ride buildin WRQ ZKRVH Ă€UVW Riders and spectat carved nia. HG LQ D Ă€UH ul Long Beach, Califor KRWHO ZDV GHVWUR\ e casino loved the beautif calliope music and opened the Neptun he pro pro- horses, the relatively new alk that A bathing beach the of boardw glow and ent City the lights. Like many amusem20th moted as the “Atlantic was incandescent of the that as West.â€? That too parks at the turn It is estimated WZR alk began of the were HG LQ D Ă€UH MXVW 3,000 carousels century, the Boardw stop many as Americans GHVWUR\ pe peas a bathing beach. prosper- years later, but that didn’t ed in this short time the Santa produc more 175 of those were becoming Swanton. He formed in 1906 riod but less than dependent on on today. Company operati Beach ous and less in Cruz r remain They realized page 5 an even grande constant work. See CAROUSEL, See a a good and opened with was on in 1907, along that recreati ing had be- casino thing, and swimm

TM & Š2014 Amusement

PRSRT STD US POSTA GE PAID FT. WORT H TX PERMIT # 2069

L. Seifert STORY: Jeffrey .com

NEWSPAPER

15th Year

POSTMASTER: PLEASE RUSH! Dated material. Mailed Friday, November 16, 2012

V.I.P.

Celebrating Our

T

2014

, Calif. — bringbring SAN DIEGO San Diego, ed SeaWorld ien Millay debut to the experiencand personal g ing us up close rk. Incorporatin park. of a marine life es found in g it the focus tions and makin T! ve to be a prove sea life attrac THE BES would ery BEST OF of discov ualuallentua would event an entire day ing this, Millay Over Follow rs and their ss. parks. winners winne in of succe our industry orld into a chain of parks weekend park has sakes honoring ly expand SeaW family the ceremony orld tu tuSeaW mov accomplishments, but ing and movthe years, the networking oppor e this ting, entertaining of anima an enjoyable ls e educa an — as a chanc 0th anniversary becom d has er evolve rating its 50th and fun, as well s, presented come. The numb park. Diego, celeb Bring nity full of laughter and of each host inspiring. Bringing those that n Tickets Award attendees ths en SeaWorld San been streng has ted ent pour pourd the 2014 Golde 6, 2014. Event encounters to experience the or musicians saved and protec season, hoste Sept. ls together in es in training and marineanima parks t Today, on peo peoathlet and e many man ries Like nimall shows , the memo ing peopl by Amusemen mix of anima into their songs , these are life ment iindus- were treated to the park’s ing their soul day. amuse and interactions ORLD the every SEAW within TESY par with them en and water parks at the park ent of end rides. COUR ple take home guests’ days , vice presid ue theme the try strive to make their mi Rick Schuiteman be and to contin to welcoming can possibly be best looks forward orld San Diego the best they tertainment, r to make the so cool for SeaW Ticket Awards to push themselves harde con ctions n industry. “It’s making conne this year’s Golde nott only have even better. Or perhaps, berr long remembe to be hosting n will remem an honor! We s that childre lives t they touch beau iful park within familie ceremony‌what showcase our beaut way a is grown to Awards salute k industry, it after they are the opportunity the theme park The Golden Ticket atulations s of io go the wonders day after day. to the leader Congr to experience the industry. but bu Fin the finest in taken top prize, also allows them known as America’s Finest not only have , also to rank on to those that of San Diego worked hard Sea also to those that have who each er for SeaCity!â€? especially those general manag rty on a the charts, and even re with their John Reilly, future prope the this in , enjoys the day try to make it there ce. World San Diego AT asked what he feels is s of excellence. tation of rty, expec When pa panel pro continual Diego prope daily basis. our experienced te of the San Their With each year, grow worldwide. AT has e defining attribu “Our team members. ues to voter twice. experts contin Reilly responds, wow me everyy day.â€? group of voters talent host never had the exact same glob have d to be hostd the globe passion and Today is thrille Awards at people aroun along us along with Amusement Hundreds of tise Ticket n collective exper in the parks to annual Golde attendees enjoy shared their ing its 17th arned dollars Diego. Here, ride and with their hard-e made their lives nters, rides SeaWorld San those that have of shows, encou Today pa park, give back to Amusement a dynamic mix al SeaWorld pleasurable. in at the origin siastic inTM a little more rsary. beauty — all those enthusiastic its 50th annive does the is indebted to the fan, this industry now celebrating industry visitors leave “getâ€? what parks when inspired by dividuals that “I hope our with parks so nd ates celebr Awards weeke nt tak action day after day, and Golden Ticket 100 percent. that they take than orld more in it SeaW ,â€? ns,â€? they’ve given ations — Tim Baldw populatio popul the animals at nce for wild to make a differe by Amusesays Reilly. s presented The annual award e prized keepnot only becom ment Today have

KE GOLDEN TIC AWARDS

| Pages 29

9

gories SeaWorld Sa rds in 29 cate ay presents awa

16, ISSUE

e | Vol. 18 • Issu September 2014

1

2012 • VOL.

Amusement

2012 AMU SEMENT TOD AY

DECEMBER

TM & Š2014

December

out summer start

ers...

The spinners and loop

The soakers...

SUBSCRIBE TO AMUSEMENT TODAY (817) 460-7220

PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID FT. WORTH TX PERMIT # 2069

AMUSEMENTTODAY.COM ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 15

3/14/17 4:42 PM


ASSOCIATION H PHOTO GALLERY

Photo Gallery Annual Meeting and Chairs Reception

16

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 16

3/14/17 4:42 PM


APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 17

17

3/14/17 4:42 PM


ASSOCIATION H PHOTO GALLERY

Photo Gallery

continued

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

OABA 2016 Chair Tom Gaylin, far left, and OABA President Bob Johnson, far right, thanked the sponsors of the Chairman’s Reception, from left: Zack Risen, Coca-Cola; Samantha Keller and Tony Costanza, Firestone Financial; Ron Porter, Fare Foods; Len Soled, Rides 4-U; Pete Downs, Waterloo Tent & Tarp; Eric Bates, ARM, Inc.; and Holly Swartz, Hitch-Hiker Mfg. Not included in the photo are Allied Specialty Insurance and Gold Medal Products, who were also sponsors.

OABA Director Recognition

OABA recognizes Joe Skerbeck for his years of service as a director on the board. Accepting a gift for him was his daughter, Niki, who has recently been elected to the board.

Florida Federation of Fairs

OABA Director Recognition

Two circus producers seen at the OABA booth in Gibsonton: Lee Stevens, left, IISA past president and HOF recipient who produces the IISA circus event Jo Ann Arnold, IISA club president in every year; and Wayne McCary, OABA trustee and HOF 2016, with Jane Vivona, Phil’s wife, with recipient. Wayne is still active as OABA’s vice chair of Amusements of America, wandering the the International Circus Federation in Monaco. He IISA trade show floor looking for deals! produces the Utah State Fair Circus.

Michael Wood Addresses Committee Members Wade Shows owner Frank Zaitshik addressing Florida Federation of Fairs audience at the Florida State Fair about his midway operations.

18

OABA Trustee Michael Wood, who was appointed by Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture to the state’s Amusement Device and Attraction Advisory Board, tells other committee members about the safety technology of the Wade/ Wood-owned Midway Sky Eye Wheel. It’s the largest portable wheel in the world!

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 18

3/14/17 4:42 PM


“OABA’s scholarships to AIMS and NAARSO safety seminars helps the RCS ride team make safety our #1 priority. OABA WORKS FOR ME.”

Chris Lopez RCS

Put

to work for you!

Join today at www.oaba.org/join-us

For more information on member benefits or questions contact the OABA at: oaba@oaba.org or 800-517-6222.

Don’t delay. Support your industry today!

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 19

3/14/17 4:43 PM


ASSOCIATION H SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

OABA Contribution Fund Program 2017 Kick-Off! First drawing end of April! PROGRAM

• Get Your Contribution Fund Tickets Now • This is deductible as a business expense

OABA Contribution Fund Program THE OABA’S CONTRIBUTION FUND offers three different plans to meet your show’s contribution to the OABA and in turn rewards the show and concessionaires for these donations. WHAT IS IT? Fund-raising for the OABA has always been based on the generosity of its members and depends on members to pay their fair share, the theory being that the organization belongs to the members who raise relevant issues and in the belief that they will also underwrite activities. Support and participation of enough members will provide the revenue necessary to continue and improve on membership services. WHAT IS THE MONEY USED FOR? The funds collected for this program are earmarked for legal, legislative and lobbying

issues. Also, funds are used to continually upgrade member services. CAN’T I JUST CONTRIBUTE? Sure, but then you lose out on the opportunity to participate in winning cash incentives. WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE? You will be given the opportunity to receive cash prizes for your contributions to this program and help the OABA protect the carnival industry. HOW IS IT HANDLED? This OABA program advises member carnivals to collect funds from all office-owned and independent concessions and rides, side shows and arcades. When the show owner collects the money, they need to give or complete a receipt. The show or concessionaires then send the receipts to the OABA office, which will be eligible for monthly and annual

Gull Wing Industries Working with the Carnival Industry since 1989 Contact us at:

www.gull-wing.com

Pack-Man 175 kw or 250 kw Quiet Power Tractor or Trailer Mounted

GFlex 400 Amp

20

309 N.E. 1st Street P.O. Box 128 Alta, IA 51002 Toll Free: 800-838-1482 Fax: 712-200-1936

incentive prizes. Please note that it is important to include your phone number on your receipt, as we want to be able to contact you when you win! SEND IT ALL IN! Funds are solicited and contributed in the name of the

OABA. Once money is collected, please send it monthly to the OABA office in form of a check or money order. You may check ShowTime magazine where the contributions and monthly winners in each plan will be published monthly. H

Bronze Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $5 per event Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $300 First Prize $3,000 Second Prize $200 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $100 Third Prize $1,000

Silver Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $10 per week Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $400 First Prize $4,000 Second Prize $300 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $200 Third Prize $1,000 Bronze and Silver Plans: If the carnival contributions exceed $5,000, OABA dues are waived for carnival.

Gold Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $5 per day Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $500 First Prize $5,000 Second Prize $400 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $300 Third Prize $1,000 Gold Plan: If the carnival contributions exceed $10,000, OABA dues are waived for carnival.

Final 2016 OABA Contribution Fund Ray Cammack Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powers Great American Midways . . . . . . . . . . . Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North American Midway Entertainment . . . . . . Luehrs’ Ideal Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S&S Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rainbow Valley Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Skerbeck Entertainment Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosedale Attractions & Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . GoldStar Amusements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elliott’s Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doolan Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carousel Family Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . Calkins United Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOTAL

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . 57,800 . . 31,510 . . 18,920 . . 15,770 . . . 9,440 . . . 7,100 . . . 5,150 . . . 2,715 . . . 2,500 . . . 2,420 . . . 1,655 . . . 1,500 . . . 1,160 . . . 1,000 . . . . . 800 . . . . . 570 . . . . . 500 $160,510

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 20

3/14/17 5:03 PM


ASSOCIATION H SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

Insurance Programs for Members of

Health Insurance Options Available to You for the Balance of 2017!

GROUP INSURANCE

If your company has a minimum of two employees, you can enroll in a group plan at any time throughout the year. There are no Open Enrollment periods. Unlike Individual Policies, PPO’s are available under Group Policies in most states which will allow in- and outof-network benefits. Therefore, you can go to any doctor or hospital.

INDIVIDUAL POLICY 1. The Open Enrollment period for anyone wishing to apply for an Individual Policy ended January 31, 2017. Therefore, you are unable to enroll in a health plan unless you have a Qualifying Event (i.e., involuntary loss of other health

22

coverage, marriage, becoming a U.S. Citizen, permanent move to another state). 2. Short Term Policy –If you missed the Open Enrollment deadline you don’t have to be uncovered; consider Short Term Medical Insurance to help bridge your coverage gap until the next Open Enrollment period. Ed Sterczek Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants 14616 John Humphrey Drive Orland Park, IL 60462 Toll Free: 800-349-1039 Toll Free Fax: 877-349-0105 Website: www.mmicinsurance.com

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 22

3/14/17 5:03 PM


ASSOCIATION H CIRCUS MEMBERS

From The Center Ring Connecting & Protecting the Circus Industry!

Rodney Huey, RAH PR Strategies OABA Circus Media Consultant

S

pring is upon us, and the American circus is “on the road again!” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey continues to wind down a 146-year history of entertaining untold millions of circusgoers. Out of This World opens the month in Washington, DC, then moves to Fairfax (VA) on April 6 before ending the month in Baltimore (MD) playing April 20–30. Circus Xtreme is in Hampton (VA) and then treks to WilkesBarre (PA) on the 6th, Worcester (MA) on the 14th, Manchester (NH) on the 21st and closes out April in Hartford (CT). Universoul is in the New York City area throughout the month; first at the Aviator Sports & Event Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, then opens at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on April 16. Also in New York this month is Circus 1903 — The Golden Age, the throwback stage circus that features an animated baby elephant puppet and David Williamson as Willy Whipsnade, the show’s “charismatic and likable Ringmaster.” Circus 1903 plays The Theatre at Madison Square Garden April 5–16, then heads to Schenectady (NY) on the 25th. Circus Vargas’ Steam Cirque continues to heat up the West Coast, first in Hesperia (CA) before opening in Ontario (CA) on the 6th, and then spends the second half of April in Burbank (CA). Kelly Miller Circus is in Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois this month while Carson & Barnes fulfills its traditional tour of Midwestern states. Florida State University’s Flying High Circus kicked off its 2017 on March 31 and will present weekend shows through April 22 at the Haskin Circus Complex Tallahassee (FL). Sarasota’s youth Sailor Circus presents its annual Spring Show April 11–15, and

the Egypt Shrine Circus will appear at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa April 27–30. The opening of the 20th Anniversary edition of Circus Sarasota was marred by an unfortunate mishap on the high wire. The Wallendas, headed by Nik Wallenda, fell 25 feet while practicing an eight-person human pyramid on February 8. Five troupe members were taken to a local hospital with “nonlife threatening” injuries, the most serious being Nik’s aunt Rietta and sister Lijan. In “the show must go on” tradition, Nik hurriedly put together a smaller troupe and performed throughout the show’s run. Ironically, the Gerlings Troupe from Columbia fell during a similar eight-person pyramid walk on January 22 during a performance of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. The best circus news of 2017 is that Big Apple Circus is back in business and promises to return to Lincoln Center in October. BAC auctioned off its equipment and intellectual property on February 7 and Big Top Works came out the big winner with a $1.3 million bid (subject to approval of the bankruptcy court). Big Top Works is a newly-formed partnership operating under the auspices of Compass Partners, L.L.C. of Sarasota (FL), a “merchant banking and advisory firm that specializes in middle market companies and corporate restructuring.” Key investors include Neil Kahanovitz, “an orthopedic surgeon, theatrical producer and former circus performer,” and Larry Solheim, “a 30-year circus veteran” and former BAC Veep and General Manager. Circus Flora, St. Louis’ (MO) hometown tented circus that turned 30 last year, announced plans to build a permanent Grand Center home, aided by the Kranzberg Arts

Puppy Roll Faribault, MN

24

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

24-28_Circus-BC_ShowTime_Apr2017_L5.indd 24

3/15/17 11:59 AM


What do you need to take your show to the next level?

BIGGER? TALLER? BRIGHTER?

OA Finance has the capital you need to make it happen. Let OA Finance make next season your best season.

Financing Your Outdoor Amusement Dreams Since 2000. Wade Muller wade@oafinance.net

Mark Walker mark@oafinance.net

Paul Muller paul@oafinance.net

Pam Muller pam@oafinance.net

816-581-0033 • 839 NE Woods Chapel Road • Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 • www.oafinance.net ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 27

3/14/17 5:04 PM


ShowTime

PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #9 MANASOTA FL

Outdoor Amusement Business Assn. 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 1045A Winter Park, FL 32792

Seems that everyone these days advertises their product as being... “The Best”

We Would Rather Show You! If you are in the market for a New Concession Trailer that will make a huge impact to your Show, Carnival, Route or Special Events’ bottom line. Let us show you first hand with a factory production tour, examples of what we have designed and produced for others and discuss what we can do for you. Literally, we want to show you the nuts and bolts of our units and why our loyal customers have chosen, love and profit from their Hitch-Hiker Trailers.

YOU’RE INVITED... AND WE’LL PAY FOR YOUR FLIGHT! Offer valid for pre approved customers with an individual ticket value up to two hundred fifty US dollars.

CALL US TODAY! ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 28

330.542.3052 3/14/17 5:04 PM


April 2017

&

OA B A R E CO G N I Z E S N EW I N D U C T E E S

TO

Hall of Fame

Indu1stry1 Pioneer Leaders for 2017

Also in this issue: Annual Meeting & Chairs Reception ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 1

3/14/17 4:39 PM


ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 2

3/14/17 4:40 PM


Contents The Official Publication of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association

Features

OABA Recognizes New Inductees to Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer Leaders for 2017 OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund 2017 Scholarships The Future is Now!

10 12 14

April 2017

ASSOCIATION 4 FROM THE OABA CHAIR

20 SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

Celebrating at the OABA Annual Meeting

2017 Contribution Fund Kick-Off!

6 ASSOCIATION BUZZ 52nd OABA Annual Meeting Highlights

8 ON THE EARIE

CIRCUS MEMBERS 24 FROM THE CENTER RING Rodney Huey follows circuses around the country.

Tom Powell reports on the industry’s shows, fairs, colorful show folks and amusing events.

16 PHOTO GALLERY The OABA catches members in action.

Facebook facebook.com/oabainfo

Twitter @oabainfo

Instagram @oaba51

Read with Smartphone Bar Code Scanner

Our Mission: To promote the preservation and growth of the

outdoor amusement industry through leadership, advocacy and education.

All advertisements appearing in this ShowTime publication are paid by the advertiser and the OABA reserves the right to refuse any advertising. The ads are provided on an “as is” basis and do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the OABA. In addition, the OABA does not guarantee, warrant, or endorse the information, products, or services of any corporation, organization, or person contributing to this publication.

ShowTime PUBLISHER|MANAGING EDITOR Robert Johnson 407.681.9444 H bobj@oaba.org EDITOR Dee Dee Alford 407.681.9444 H deedeea@oaba.org GRAPHIC DESIGN Avic-Versi Creative Jen Burge H 817.602.7254 H avicversi@att.net ADVERTISING SALES Dee Dee Alford 407.681.9444 H deedeea@oaba.org ASSOCIATION OFFICE Outdoor Amusement Business Assn., Inc. 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 1045A Winter Park, FL 32792 407.681.9444 H fax 407.681.9445 © Outdoor Amusement Business Assn. 2017

OABA OFFICERS

OABA TRUSTEES

CHAIR E. J. Dean 1ST VICE CHAIR Jay Strates 2ND VICE CHAIR Larry Yaffe 3RD VICE CHAIR Debbie Powers TRUSTEE 2016 Thomas J. Gaylin, III TRUSTEE 2015 Michael Wood TRUSTEE 2014 Chris Lopez TREASURER Mitchell Kaliff PRESIDENT Bob Johnson

OABA DIRECTORS Michael Brajevich Steven Broetsky Doug Burtch Tony Cassata Brad Dallman Andy Deggeller Michael Doolan Blake Huston Stacey Jamieson

Marc Janas Mary Johnson Michael Lauther Charlene Leavitt Ron Morris Lance Moyer Ben Pickett Rick Reithoffer Lorelei Schoendienst

Patrick Sheridan Scott Siefker Mary Chris Smith Greg Stewart Holly Swartz Rob Vivona

Mike Featherston-2013 Jeanne McDonagh-2012 Bill Johnson-2011 Dominic Vivona, Jr.-2010 Wayne McCary-2009 Andy Schoendienst-2008 John Hanschen-2007 Guy Leavitt-2006 Ron Burback-2005 Don Deggeller-2004 James E. Strates-2003 * Jackie Swika-2002 Danny Huston-2001 Jeff Blomsness-2000 Sam Johnston-1999 Buddy Merten-1998 * Richard Janas-1997 Jean Clair-1996 James Murphy-1995 Dominic Vivona-1994 * Bill Dillard, Sr.-1993 Tom Atkins-1992 * Red Wood-1991 * Deceased

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 3

* Billy Burr-1990 Bob Coleman, Sr.-1989 * Milt F. Kaufman-1988 * Andy Andersen-1987 * John Vivona-1986 * Mike Farino-1985 James H. Drew, III-1984 Gerald L. Murphy-1983 * John A. Campi-1982 * Buster L. Brown-1981 * Hub Luehrs-1980 * Lloyd J. Hilligoss-1979 * Hal F. Eifort-1978 * Alfred H. Kunz-1977 * P.E. Reithoffer, Jr.-1976 * Bernard P. Thomas-1975 E. James Strates-1974 * Rod Link-1973 * C.J. Sedlmayr-1972 * John Portemont-1971 * William T. Collins-1966-70 * W.G. Wade-1965

3/14/17 4:40 PM


ASSOCIATION H MESSAGE FROM THE OABA CHAIR

Celebrating at the OABA Annual Meeting E. J. Dean, OABA Chair 2017

L

et me start by saying thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Banquet. I hope that everyone enjoyed the night as much as I did. We honored some great people into our Hall of Fame and a Pioneer; received news of a $500,000 pledge to our scholarship fund; and I was able to celebrate my birthday with nearly 400 OABA members at the Annual Meeting. I look forward to leading your OABA this year. The OABA staff and board are constantly working on behalf of its membership, “fighting the good fight,” to promote and guide operators, patrons and regulatory officials on the best practices for our industry. Millions upon millions of people will be visiting us from local community fundraisers to state fairs and exhibitions, and with safety at the top of EVERYONE’S mind, we must remember that it’s not any one thing that can get us there. Over the past few months, members of the mobile amusement industry have spent countless hours attending safety seminars to learn and re-educate its workforce on the importance of safety. Manufacturers, suppliers and industry leaders share their knowledge and expertise for the masses at events hosted by NAARSO, Northwest Showmen and AIMS. Whether you are the teacher of the class or one of its students, you have become vested in its importance, understand its necessity, and realize the gravity of our responsibilities in achieving it. I had the privilege last month to attend the Northwestern Showmen’s Club Safety Seminar and seeing the amazing work and care that association and its teachers have for the amusement industry. Ron and Beverly Burback were generous hosts and I was happy to have experienced it. I would strongly

4

recommend anyone debating on going to attend. It’s the best educational value in our industry, and they do NAARSO testing. As many shows are still gearing up to head out on the road, now is the time that we need to review our policies and procedures to ensure that we have a safe season. We review the training process that our operators will go through, ensure that our staff have the proper tools to perform their duties, and that the operator performs his or her obligation as required. For many, the H-2B program has allowed us to do just that and bring our “A-game” to the consumer. A stable and steady workforce, year in and year out, helps to ensure that we continue to be at our best at every moment of every day. These individuals, regardless of nationality, take pride in their jobs and understand the responsibilities they have to our patrons. Since joining the OABA board in 2008, I have witnessed how much time, energy and resources have gone into maintaining this vital program for our industry, but the few can’t be its only voice. The only way that we can make a strong, long-term, positive impact on the H-2B program is for everyone to be engaged; and it’s not all about money! Of course that is an important part, but so is talking to your Congressional Representatives and Senatorial offices, letting them know what the program means to your company, your committees and the communities you serve. The only way we will truly succeed is if we can increase the participation from ALL our membership. Hopefully many of you completed our survey sent in March, which will give our lobbyists the tools they need, with your friends in Congress. H

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 4

3/14/17 4:40 PM


BERRIES GOING BAD? We’ll Fix Them!

If your Berry-Go-Round, Barrel-of-Fun, Dizzy Dragon or any other Sellner Spin Ride has rotted or soft floors, or needs a complete makeover, give us a call. Our new technology offers a permanent, affordable alternative to replace your floors. Plus, our state-of-the-art paint and fiberglass departments can refurbish your old spin rides to look and perform like new at a price much less than replacement.

507-209-1940 515 Fowler St. | Faribault, MN

Available by the Week s l a t n e ? R Why Buy? A turnkey , cashless , ticketless experience!

Automating the Carnival Industry!

Apps include: Ticket Booth, Rides, Gaming, Food Booth, Employee Time Clock, Service Tech Log, and a Customer Experience Survey

Meet

Lucy

the Kiosk! Card Reader Cash Mechanism Barcode Reader Receipt Printer NF—Applepay, etc. Pin Pad Apple Pay Module Card Dispenser

For details contact Mike Hallahan @ 800-489-0048 Email @ mike@idcard.com • Visit our website @ www.vts123.com Like us on Facebook Visit https://www.facebook.com/virtualticketsolutions123/ to see live video of the system in action APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 5

5

3/14/17 4:40 PM


ASSOCIATION H ASSOCIATION BUZZ

52nd OABA Annual Meeting Highlights Bob Johnson, OABA President

W

ith 2016 Chair Tom Gaylin at the helm welcoming some 400 OABA members and special guests, including his family members, all were treated to a fast-paced 52nd OABA Annual Meeting. After Tom’s review and accomplishments by the board and others in 2016, he conducted a short business meeting including requisite reports such as finance/ audit from Treasurer Mitchell Kaliff. Tom will continue to serve the OABA as a member of the executive board for the next three years. Second Vice Chair Jay Strates presided over several special awards handed out to worthy recipients, including the coveted Circle of Excellence recognition for carnivals, independent ride owners and concessionaires who achieved this honor in 2016. This was followed by the Mobile Amusement Industry, Inc., dba OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Scholarship, report highlighted with Lisa Cummings and Annie Shugart presenting Allied’s generous annual donation to this fund and awarding the $3,000 David Smith Memorial Scholarship to Cole MacNeill who is graduating from high school this year. Chair Gaylin announced that Carnival Magazine founder Chuck Dabbs was donating $500,000 from his family trust to our scholarship foundation, thus receiving a rousing standing ovation. Always a highlight at the OABA’s Annual Meeting were the recognition of our Hall of Fame and mobile amusement Industry Pioneer recognition by Co-Chair John Hanschen, OABA Trustee 2007, and still very active with the OABA. This year, OABA Sr. Vice President Al DeRusha and industry attorney Wayne Pierce were inducted into the Hall of Fame after viewing their interesting and entertaining lifetime videos. Denny’s Electronics owner and LED light pioneer Denny Bartosik received the Industry Pioneer recognition, after seeing his life story video by Denny himself. Their families and guests were on hand to celebrate.

6

During the trade show, Chair Gaylin presented IIS Museum Foundation President Ivan Arnold and curator Doc Rivera with our fifth installment of a five-year pledge of $25,000 to the museum, where the OABA’s history, Hall of Fame and industry Pioneer inductees’ videos, and memorabilia are housed. The OABA’s touch screen TV system displays each of the inductee’s contributions and life in the mobile amusement industry. A champagne reception and toast were given to the 2017 recipients being honored on Friday evening. Chair Gaylin then recognized Trustee Mike Featherston with his leadership award after serving 15 years on the OABA board, noting his many accomplishments to make this industry better for everyone. We hope Mike will continue to attend board meetings and that his family’s show, GoldStar Amusements, as well as his GoldStar Manufacturing company will continue to be OABA contributors. After receiving his gavel from now Trustee Gaylin, our 2017 Chair, E. J. Dean with Fiesta Shows introduced his family members attending and gave a great presentation about his plans and goals for the OABA with his leadership of the board. It was also cause for his birthday celebration with a rousing chorus of our favorite birthday song. Congratulations to our new OABA directors, officially joining the board after being elected by the membership at the annual meeting. They are Steven Broetsky, Mary Johnson and Lance Moyer. New Directors-at-Large are Nate Janousek, Tammy Kissel, Niki Skerbeck and Charlie Smith. Again, a big thank you to over 400 members who attended our 52nd Annual Meeting and enjoyed a wonderful reception honoring 2017 Chair E. J. Dean. Before adjourning the meeting, he thanked the reception sponsors: Allied Specialty Insurance, A.R.M., Inc., CocaCola, Fare Foods, Firestone Financial, Gold Medal Products, Hitch-Hiker Mfg., Rides 4-U and Waterloo Tent & Tarp. H

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 6

3/14/17 4:40 PM


Masters in the art of insuring amusement risks. Since 1983, we’ve crafted risk management solutions solely for the Amusement, Entertainment and Leisure industries. That’s expertise we bring to your business. We find the perfect mix of innovative and affordable insurance programs for each and every individual client, then add 24/7 claims service to give you peace of mind.

Call and see how we can help:

800.235.8774 www.alliedspecialty.com XL Group and Allied Specialty Insurance are global brands used by XL Group Ltd’s insurance subsidiaries. Coverages are underwritten by the following XL Group Ltd insurance companies: Greenwich Insurance Company, Indian Harbor Insurance Company, XL Insurance America, Inc., XL Specialty Insurance Company and T.H.E. Insurance Company. Coverages not available in all jurisdictions.

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 7

3/14/17 4:41 PM


ASSOCIATION H ON THE EARIE

On The Earie Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

A

fter attending the Tennessee Association of Fairs convention in Nashville, and before we went to Gibsonton for the 49th annual trade show and extravaganza of the International Independent Showmen’s Association, Christine and I were privileged to be present at a Sam Lovullo Tribute. For those who aren’t aware of Sam, he created and produced the Hee Haw syndicated television show for 25 years. Lovullo died at his home in Encino, California on January 3 at the age of 88. Regular cast members included Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Minnie Pearl, Archie Campbell, Gordie Tapp, The Hagar Twins, Roni Stoneman, Charlie McCoy, Junior Sample, George (Goober) Lindsey, Lulu Roman, Grandpa Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys, Irlene Mandrell, Jana Jaye and Misty Rowe. If you’re anywhere near my age, those names are certain to illicit fond memories. Sam had become good friends over the years with Johnny Hobbs, and through visits to his restaurant and bar we got to know him on a personal basis. Sam brought me a copy of his book, Life In The Kornfields, once when I was in the hospital, and we wined and dined at his home in California. Through his friendship with Hobbs and me, Sam met Monsignor Robert J. McCarthy, the retired Carny Priest from Watertown, NY, and had him as a guest on the show several times, standing in the Kornfield. One of Sam’s sons is Torey Lovullo, who is the current manager of the National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He was bench coach the last three years for Manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. Another of our mutual friends, Joe West, who has been a Major League Baseball umpire for 39 years — longer than anybody in history — also came in to speak during the Lovullo tribute. He pointed out that when Farrell took a leave of absence due to health reasons and Lovullo took over as interim manager, he refused to use Farrell’s office, wanting to

8

save it for when he returned. Speaking to Torey later that night at Hobbs’s establishment, he almost converted me into being a Diamondback fan. I told him my favorite player of all time was Ted Williams. He said his was Steve Garvey, part of Tommy Lasorda’s Dodgers infield of Garvey, Dave Lopes, Ron Cey and Bill Russell that stayed basically intact for 17 years — an unheard of feat in the big leagues. Barry Adelman, executive vice president of television for Dick Clark Productions, the man who wrote speeches for presidents and the eulogy for Elvis Presley, sent a tape on which he referred to Lovullo as the Yogi Berra of the entertainment world. “Sam once saw a movie starring Steve McQueen and noted he must have made that when he was still alive. On another occasion, he insisted the cue cards be placed in the right spot for Stevie Wonder, who, of course, was blind.” West, who started his 40th season by umpiring a spring training game at the Detroit Tigers Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland on February 24, told a good joke worth repeating. He said Lovullo was such a promoter that he was probably already in heaven arranging a baseball game between a team managed by the devil and another by God. God asked the devil why he would do such a thing, knowing he had no chance to win. God says, “I have Williams, DiMaggio, Musial, Mantle, Feller, and all the other big stars. The only one you could possibly have is Ty Cobb, and you probably lost him when he gave all that money to a children’s hospital.” The devil replied, “Yes, but I have all the umpires.” As the late John (The Peddler) Curtis would say, “Case closed.” Among the many highlights of attending the 49th annual IISA trade show and extravaganza was visiting at the NICA and Gibtown shows with Phil Tomber, his wife, Annie, and son, Billy, of Rio Syrup Co., St. Louis. As president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Showmen’s League of America,

Tomber said he hoped to make the OABA Chairman’s Reception honoring E.J. Dean of Fiesta Shows. “E.J. and I were classmates at Notre Dame, Class of 1964. Nine of us classmates were drafted by the National Football League. The other 1,191 ended up being drafted by the Selective Service. I fooled them and joined the Marines before the Army could get me. They made me a private and sent me to Parris Island. With my education and background, they made me an infantry rifleman. I spent eight years with the Third Battalion, 24th Marines, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, formed for Iwo Jima in 1943 and disbanded in 2013. I was a staff sergeant at the end. We will present a donation from our club in honor of Ed Murphy.” That, of course, was a reference to Ed Murphy of Belleville, Illinois, the beloved owner of Modern Motors for 56 years, who helped so many people in the business. Andy Schoendienst, who worked for Murphy before marrying Lorelei Luehrs and joining Luehrs’ Ideal Rides, had informed OABA President Bob Johnson about Murphy’s death on January 26 at the age of 88. Johnson aptly captured the spirit of Murphy, “A wonderful compassionate man who loved the carnival industry and helped many shows not only with their trucking needs, but with their finances. The first time I met him I knew he was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back.” Responses included this from Charlene Leavitt of Ray Cammack Shows: “Guy and I are on that list of people he helped when we first started. He was a caring man who adored our industry and the people in it. He was one of my dad’s (Ray Cammack) closest friends.” Jean Clair of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides commented, “Add Joe and me to that list. Ed and Shirley were my parents’ best friends. Ed was a magnificent story teller. Some are quotable. Rest in Peace, Uncle Ed!” Danny Huston of North American Midway Entertainment said, “Ed was a wonderful man! I was another one that he helped get

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 8

3/14/17 4:41 PM


Enjoying the Gibsonton trade show, from left, are Bill Johnson, A Fantasy Amusement Co.; Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines; and food concessionaires Kim and Ronnie Netterfield.

Concessionaires at the trade show who work for Evelyn Deggeller and also book with R. C. Cole Amusement Company of Covington, VA are Todd Desgranges, left, and Joe Blume.

Checking the outside exhibits at the Gibtown trade show, from left, are Terry, Sandy, Josh and Kyle Schmidt of Schmidt Amusement Company, and Courtney and Shawn Exum of Superior Equipment.

Two members of North American Midway Entertainment’s management staff, John Anderson, left, and Wayne Kunz, were enjoying the sunshine during the trade show in Gibsonton.

Tommy Murray of Tommy’s Midway, The Bronx, New York, left, visits the booth of Karen and Gary Otterbacher’s Lifetime Products Group at the Gibsonton trade show.

Lee Stevens, left, past president and new third vice president of the IISA, congratulates outgoing club President Jo Ann Arnold for a job well done.

The Outstanding Outdoor Exhibit Award in Gibsonton went to Bob’s Space Racers of Holly Hill, FL. With the company, from left, are Tony and Bobby Cassata, Jennifer Hutchins and Bobby Myles.

From left, at the OABA board meeting, are Holly Swartz, Hitch Hiker Mfg.; Marla Calico, IAFE; Becky Brashear, Maryland State Fair; Wayne McCary, retired president and CEO of The Big E (Eastern States Exposition), and new OABA Chair E.J. Dean of Dean & Flynn Fiesta Shows.

OABA board members, from left, are Andy Deggeller, Deggeller Attractions; Lorelei Schoendienst, Luehr’ Ideal Rides; Ben Pickett and Guy Leavitt, Ray Cammack Shows.

Mary Christine Smith of Allied Specialty Insurance greets new OABA board member Steve Broetsky of Frazier Shows, Scottsdale, AZ.

started in this business. He made it so easy. What a gentle giant he was.” My wife’s immediate reaction, as a former food concessionaire, was, “He sure helped a lot of people. I wonder how many times he got burned.” We both agree he knew the risks, but that’s who he was. Murphy is a member of the OABA’s Hall of Fame. Again, I want to congratulate this year’s recipients for that award — Al DeRusha and Wayne Pierce — plus Pioneer Award recipient Denny Bartosik. Murphy, who was a fun guy to be around, came to Nashville every year for a lavish Christmas party thrown by his friends Ed and Jo Gregory of United Shows of America. I loved what his wife, Shirley, who pre-deceased him, used to say about dinner, “I make the same thing every night — reservations.” Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615-319-1258. Have all great days, and God Bless! H

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 9

9

3/14/17 4:41 PM


H FEATURES

&

OA B A R E CO G N I Z E S N EW I N D U C T E E S

TO

Hall of Fame

Indu1stry1 Pioneer Leaders

D

for 2017

uring the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s 52nd Hall of Fame recipient for 2017 attorney Wayne Pierce Pierce, Annual Meeting, three industry leaders were added to the owner of the Pierce Law Firm in Annapolis, Maryland, has legacy of the mobile amusement industry’s Hall of Fame worked tirelessly, supporting many different segments of the and Industry Pioneer recipients in Tampa, Florida. These individuamusement industry, ASTM F 24 Committee and with industry als were selected by the OABA’s Board as being worthy of becoming training and safety programs such as NAARSO, AIMS and PA industry legends. The OABA recognized Industry Pioneer Denny Bartosik, highlighting his career achievements in the development of new, innovative games, trailers and LED lighting, which has revolutionized the amusement industry. His LED lighting packages have provided ride owners, concessionaires and others with programmable light displays that have added to both the appeal and the promotion of carnival midways and amusement rides. His most recent accomplishment was lighting the world’s tallest portable wheel, 2016 OABA Chair Tom Gaylin, pictured with 2017 Hall of Fame 2017 recipient Wayne Pierce and 2016 OABA owned by Michael Wood and Industry Pioneer recipient, Denny Bartosik. Chair Tom Gaylin. Frank Zaitshik, which debuts at the Florida State Fair. Bartosik’s business is located in Nokomis, Florida. Hall of Fame 2017 recipient OABA Senior Vice President Al DeRusha, having served the OABA for 27 years, was recognized by the Board of Directors for his dedication and creativity with membership, advertising, sponsorship and fundraising over the years. After growing up in the carnival games business, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marlene, his life took a turn to the colorful world of wrestling and sports television career, meeting many celebrities along the way. His primary focus with the OABA has been and continues to be raising funds through OABA Jammin’ Jamborees with many carnivals in the U.S. and Canada each season. With the assistance and participation of everyone at a jamboree, carnivals have raised over $4 million for the OABA that benefits OABA’s legal and government advocacy programs, protecting our members and their generational family businesses. Al is thankful and he feels blessed to be a part of this exciting, fun-filled event. Hall of Fame 2017 recipient Al DeRusha, flanked by OABA President Bob Johnson and 2016 OABA Chair Tom Gaylin

10

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 10

3/14/17 4:41 PM


Denny Bartosik pictured with his son and Bob Johnson.

Showmen’s Safety certification programs. As a sole practitioner, his amusement legal practice has helped insurers, associations and government agencies to insure the highest level of rider safety and limit frivolous lawsuits. His reputation as the “good guy lawyer” is well respected and he’s sought after by many mobile amusement industry H-2B stakeholders, lobbyists and the OABA

Wayne Pierce with his family and Bob Johnson.

leadership to protect and defend when confronted by labor activist groups, the Department of Labor, USCIS and Department of State.

The OABA board congratulates these well-deserved amusement industry legends on their recognition as Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients. H

Hall of Fame recipient Al DeRusha’s entire family traveled from Minnesota to celebrate.

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 11

11

3/14/17 4:41 PM


H FEATURES

2O17 Scholarships OA B A - D U K E S M I T H M E M O R I A L E D U C AT I O N F U N D

A

t the OABA’s Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL in February, OABA First Vice Chair Jay Strates announced that 30 deserving students would receive scholarship awards in 2017. Several of the applicants have received scholarship funds in the past and were awarded again this year in recognition of their hard work in maintaining their excellent grades. Jay also recognized the $15,000 given annually by Allied Specialty Insurance, an annual contribution of $5,000 from Gold Medal Products, and Firestone Financial’s $1,000 scholarship for five years in honor of its 50th anniversary in 2015. Several OABA board members made generous pledges at the meeting the previous day to fund all 30 scholarships this year. Allied’s Lisa Cummings and Annie Shugart announced that Cole MacNeill was selected by Mary Chris Smith as this year’s recipient of the $3,000 David H. Smith Memorial Scholarship and presented an award on his behalf to his brother, Scott MacNeill (pictured in photo). All other students will receive $1,000 for fall tuition. H

2016 RECIPIENTS

12

Doug Balster

Isabella Barona

Branden Bogue

Alyssa Bossman

Bridget Bossman

Jacqueline Bossman

Karisa Brake

Kelly Jean Brake

Noah Brewer-Houghton

Brady Cummings

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 12

3/14/17 4:41 PM


2017 RECIPIENTS

(continued)

Lexi Dills

Justin Galante

Will Hockett

Andrea Huston

Bowen Kedrowicz

Hampton Kedrowicz

Dustin Kenna

Cathrine Landsinger

Cole MacNeill

Dean Netzler

Hailey Ousey

Mary Ousey

Michael Ousey

Gino Palmieri

Sara Ann Pope

Ryan Rothstein

Spencer Ruda

Christopher Sheridan

Taylor Stonerock

Matthew Wood

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 13

13

3/14/17 4:42 PM


H FEATURES

The Future is Now!

F

air season in Florida is a sign that the new year has begun. It is always used to gauge what lies ahead in the upcoming year. If the attendance at the fairs and IISA Gibsonton, Florida trade show are a forecast of the future…things are definitely looking up! I have been attending the IISA trade show almost every year since its inception in many different capacities. Sometimes as a buyer placing or firming up an order or taking delivery of new equipment. Other times representing our food or game concession company, with Powers Great American Midways, or most times acting on behalf of my family’s show or on behalf of OABA and its education programs or SLA showmen’s club meetings. In recent years I became concerned, as it seemed attendance at the trade show and its familiar saying, “See You In Gibtown!” might have timed out. Had people’s focus and attention changed? Did

they not need or want to attend the show itself as a buyer, vendor or just for the camaraderie of seeing friends? In the last few years, it’s become known as “Florida Week” with the many NICA, OABA and Florida Federation of Fairs events that are taking place every year. I began to fear that the internet and evolution of virtual trade shows would change this great week and it would be diluted to extinction. Was it another dinosaur that had its heyday and great memories but whose time had passed? Was this a sad foreshadowing of the mobile amusement industry’s future, with each generation showing less and less interest? However, always being optimistic in life and this great show business that is near and dear to my heart and livelihood, I was hoping for a miracle. So after parking and walking across the street, getting my name tag and entering the trade show this year I was very, very pleasantly surprised. I felt the buzz, excitement and

Financing your exciting

by Marc Janas, OABA Director Powers Great America Midways masses of show folks from many facets of our industry represented! Vendors, manufacturers, volunteers, multiple family generations of show people, all buyers and sellers, were all there. Every square foot of space inside and out full and laid out perfectly. Great energy and new rides, food stands, games, RV’s, plush, uniforms and gorgeous printed vinyl tops everywhere! All signs of a strong economy the outdoor amusement industry has to offer and is continually reinventing itself. With a renewed enthusiasm, business was definitely on the upswing. I got caught up in the emotion that’s instilled in all of us from our prior generation. There is no doubt the outdoor, mobile amusement industry is positioned very well for 2017 and for many, many years into the future. H

moments.

800-851-1001 | firestonefinancial.com Firestone Financial is an affiliate of Berkshire Bank (Member FDIC).

14

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 14

3/14/17 4:42 PM


INSIDE:

es 4-13 `Best Parks...Pag ..Pages 14 & 15 race. `Landscaping & 17 ts...Pages 16 `Shows, Even 18-20 Picks...Pages `Publisher’s ...Pages 21-25 `Best New Rides es 26-33 `Best Rides...Pag .Pages 34-42 ters.. en Coas den Wood `Woo .Pages 44-47 `Steel Coasters..

NEW JER SEY PIERS HIT HARD BY SAND ` AT’s exc lusive cov Y erage inside

y.com

enttoda www.amusem

Today, Inc.

Ticket Awards 2014 Golden

Subscribe Today $50 for 1 year 14 issues (817) 460-7220

6.2

n Diego hosts

Amusement TodIn 1964, George

8.2 Vol. 15 • Issue

1 NOVEMBER 201

s 100

NEWSPAPER

Dated material. POSTMASTER: PLEASE RUSH! 2014 September 8, Mailed Monday,

carousel turn h Boardwalk’s Santa Cruz BeacBSCRIBE TO SU DAY AMUSEMENT TO (817) 460-7220 of-ium that of gigantic natator largest heated fered one of the ever created. saltwater pools folsoon fol Other attractions a miniature lowed including same year, a steam train that Railway in Thompson Scenic Carousel in 1908 and the Looff

enttoday jseifert@amusem

Calif. — SANTA CRUZ, at the Santa The oldest ride alk passed Cruz Beach Boardw earlier this the century mark PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID TX FT. WORTH PERMIT # 2069

Today, Inc.

Issue 3 June 2014 | Vol. 18 •

books: For the looks and the for stars High Roller reaches

eCelebrating the simultan of ous early-April debuts ion the High Roller observat Caesars wheel at The Linq, $550 Entertainment’s new and million outdoor retail de entertainment promena r in Las Vegas, and “Summe d new Nights,� her acclaime adjaresidency show at the Vegas cent Flamingo Las Olivia hotel, singer-actor took adNewton-John also ride’s vantage of the scenic already-popular libations policy. welcomed-onboard of See complete coverage wheel the record-breaking on pages 48-50.

(TOP); AT/DEAN LAMANNA TRUSCELLO / COURTESY DENISE NMENT CAESARS ENTERTAI

NEWSPAPER

COURTES

Y MARIO

Extra! Extra!

com

TAMA / GETT

Y IMAGES

NEWS

Daily Ed Get FREE news deliv ition ered your inbo x EVERY DA to Y! Sign up now at: enttoday.com

www.amusem

The historic Santa BoardCruz Beach Board Carouwalk Looff Carou 100 sel celebrated ion years of operat this summer. At owner left, park d Charles Canfiel of touches up one a with the horses little paint. Below, of a unique view build buildel the carous ing interior.

INSIDE:

Industry le

gend, rolle

r coaster

designer

Ron Toom

er dies at

81

m

www.amusementtoday.co

king thrillers roll ning, looping and soa

Spin

-31

Novembe r IAAPA Pre-C onvention Issue 2011 AMUSEM ENT TOD AY 33 BEDFORD, Texas — The ment indu amuseCOURTESY SANTA stry lost one e of stars BEACH its on Sept. brightest CRUZ Prior to his ing of Rona 26, 2011 with the pass BOARDWALK / deat ted h, ld he Valen that when admittine Toom it died peac BOTTOM PHOTO it comes er who efully in his sional achie to professleep follo JEFF DAL PORTO a four-mon vements, wing he proud of th battle with canc his contribut was most was 81. er. He developm ion to the ent Born in Pasa cal upside-do of the first prac dena, Calif ti31, 1930, wn coaster . on May Ron spen (The Cork elements t his early screw the Golden life in into the Inter ) and his induction State befo re being draft ed into the national Asso Amuseme U.S. Army ciation of Toomer nt 13 months in 1952. After ing Hall of Fame Parks and Attraction in continue his Germany, he retur s in the year Texas drought not stopp17-18 ned home 2000. education Caro lyn to Worldwid University . Wea ver, e, who work of Nevada-R As a graduate of the Castaway Cove — Pages S&S worked for eno (1961, Toomer at ed many the Hercules Arrow, told years with B.S.), he a mechanica Amuseme had such Powder Com nt grea l engineer Toda t years toge y, “We of the seco on the nozz pany as was such ther at Arro a good man nd stage le section w. Ron Minutema motor. For and thing did so many s for so many n solid rocke Thermatest good of the emp t kind and served as loyees. He a mechanica Laboratories Inc., he have stayecompassionate. He was for research l engineer is the reaso responsibl and testin n I e industry. d and have been succ materials g of high for use in temperatu essfu He was not re friend the aerospac including only a men l in this as well. Anyw the e industry tor but ay, this is a facturing of design, development of us that sad time for a knew Ron. the heat shiel and manu all I Apollo spac am him d sensors for certainly think and his famil e prog NASA’s y.� ing of Privately, Ron ram. Cedar Fair’s enjoyed work CEO, He hand carve on Ron’s ing with wood passing tellinDick Kinzel reflected . was not bling wood d waterfowl and enjo only an outst g AT, “Ron Toom en yed assem - outstandin er enjoyed cross car kits. He was an anding engi avid reader, g individual neer, but an cooking and word puzzles, pictu . He cont mously to Ron Toom ribut the growth re puzzles, gardening er he most enjo and developm ed enor. In industry. (and in seco as seen through the I always cons yed the days his younger years, ent of our years at Arro nd photo and camp idered and more when he could Zamorano) with Arro w in impo Dyna the rtantly, I cons him a colleague w’s Alan hike sona High Sierr mics nation’s and Harris and l friend.� as and visit idered him at home with various functions National Park Melree , the IAAP a the pers. his IAAP Publicly, Six Flags’ AT FILE PHOT A A Hall of though, Ron Fame awar trade show and OS a well know Toomer durin Pat Hoffman work is perh d. n for his g his early ed work in the aps most saying, industry with days at Ceda with “I first met amus Arrow Deve r Point Ron Dynamics) lopment (aka ement installation and of the Ceda in 1969 during the Arrow of attraction the creation of a vast number later on both the Cork r Creek Mine Ride s, particular swing and roller coas screw and ers. Througho ly the mod a 130-foot tall Vertigo ter. While Gemini coas ern steel ut all ride. See opened the Wind Rider, has popular Park his the tArro ent of testin first w was tackl model assignme g and initia the construction Top left: Cliff’s Amusem supplier’ss first park ing water phases, times on the l openings Pirates of Rides. It is the supplier’ issues at Disn nt with there to take upside down multiple he the flipping ride from A.R.M. (USA) was are Giant care eyland’s up. Caribbean tall always Mine Train Elitch Gardens guests ’s massive 73-foot I was youn of anything that migh at Six Flags ride, the Runaway page 31. Top right: ride is the company t come first roller but Ron alwa g and just starting onal Brain Drain. The coaster proje Over Texas was new Larson Internati my career, ys took time his tions. Karl Bacon, ct. Working to answer He beca he Loop. See page 4. along my queshelped prod me my men side grea ELITCH GARDENS paved the COURTESY ELIT uce a coas tor t guy who way for an CLIFFS/AT GARY SLADE; will be misse and was truly a coaster and amazing colle ter that National d by many ride proje .� designed cts. In 1975 ction of Richard Mun Roller Coaster Muse and um Historian , Toomer ch said, “His ers. His desig opened four Cork industry can screw coas n for the Ceda be measured importance in the t- quantity one year r Point by the quali of later, inclu ty and ded a verti Corkscrew, direction, rides produced by missed the Arro cal from w coas loop under his 1966 to his ter record . He most opening of retire ly with Karl books for a modern-e Bacon, Toom ment. Working the his guid cal loop, ra coas er excelled ter with a ance creat when Mag vertiunder ing some ic Mountain Anton Schw of the most opened the tant coasters of the arzkopf-de impormod signed Grea Revolution, corkscrew just seven element, impr ern era, including the t American days elem ovem During his earlier. ent and the ents of the suspended loop ers became tenure at Arrow, Toom was instru coaster. men the must-have er’s coastArrow the world cessful attra tal in providing all at parks . His track types of sucdesign woul all around to an asso ctions, from coas way beyond ters to flum d lead the rtme Corkcrews es, loops and to include draw for millio nt of rides that boomeran prov interlocking g elements. took coas during that ns who visited the natioided the ter In period. Ride n’s parks the creation technology to a new 1981, he Monster, s like the Mag of level with Loch Ness first suspende The Bat at Kings Islan Rides, have num XL-200 and the d, Arrow’s thrilled millio fun Mine partner with d coaster. In 1989 continue to ns of rider , he woul Cedar Poin gain new s, and will surrounded Intamin, d from coas t fans, long to flume ter to brea build the first er high-tech ive log even as taller massive this mass steel e drop followed by rides corn and Phantasialand opens with the Mag k the 200-foot-tall Ron is survi er the mark five levels and a 53-degre Top left: Germany’s WaWa height limit et.� ved by features three lifts, added a Zamperla term Hype num XL-200. With years, four Six Flags Over Texas that ride, by a new section. Chiapas 11 & 12. Top right: Six rcoaster was children and his wife, Betty of the and 54 pages teamed up 38. their spou ushered in. a camelback hill. See Blasters. Blasters. See page with ses: He also Jeffr Christie Toomer of as Daffy Duck Bucket sive seven-inv Six Flags to creat Darien, Ga.; Gregory JEFFREY SEIFERT ey Thornton termania ride themed e three ersio Carol and FLAGS OVER TEXAS/AT TIM BALDWIN; SIX All total, Toomn coasters from 1988 mas- Alana Mitchell of Bedford, Texas; FANTASYLAND/AT Gary and -90. of Keller, er would 93 steel and Texas; Chris be credited Kristi Toom roller coas topher er of Park with gran ters. He countless 5-7, 2014 er, Colo. dchildren. ber assis othe Septem | ted S r and nine amuseme with AWARD initial layou A memorial t for the hillsid nt rides including the 2014 GOLDEN TICKET service for Magic Mou was held e setting of family and ntain’s log on Oct. Six Flags friends 1 at the flume. Methodist Mart Church in Bedford, Texa in United s.

PRINT WEB DIGITAL EMAIL material. POSTMASTER: Dated PLEASE RUSH! 2014 Mailed Friday, May 23,

SUBSCR AMUSEMENIBT ETOTO (817) 460-7220DAY amusemen ttoday

1911.

summer. one of in love Charles I.D. Looff, Americans fall most successsel’ the earliest and with the ‘Carou deliv ls delive. back to ful builders of carouse Roundâ€? come a popular pastim Though dating Go opened centu16th centu ered the “Merry John Leibrandt France in the mid in August of EDWKKRXVH RQ the late 1800s to the Boardwalk WKH Ă€UVW SXEOLF ry, it wasn’t until Santa The 1865. tion of a steam in 1911. and the adapta ated the beach with its southcarousels became Looff, who immigr beach, that Cruz engine of as a young on the north side from Denmark ed popular. carousels ern shore g protect become buildin was ey Bay man, began Americans had new J KLV Ă€UVW DW Monter harsh waves typical the LQ  LQVWDOOLQ ted with these earear veer’s Bath- from offered a enchan the late 1800s and Mrs. Lucy Vander the west coast and with rides in age of Coney Island, of ul and serene area ing Pavilion at 1900s and the golden in 1876. Be- beautif considswimming. ly ly consid New York City, safe, open-water carousels is general to 1925. Ă€UVW PDQ\ RI uses soon fol1905 LQJ RQH RI WKH ered to be from Island Other bathho ants, PDQ\ Coney restaur WKH uent  WR along with the subseq 9LVLWRUV Ă RFNHG learned their lowed scattered photo stands and parks shops, ent carousel carvers curio amusem Looff. In to take out the country skills from Charles carousel hotels. his W. Swan- through the “painted ponies.â€? 1910 he moved In 1904, Fred spin on g factory to 6DQWD &UX] a ors alike and ride buildin WRQ ZKRVH Ă€UVW Riders and spectat carved nia. HG LQ D Ă€UH ul Long Beach, Califor KRWHO ZDV GHVWUR\ e casino loved the beautif calliope music and opened the Neptun he pro pro- horses, the relatively new alk that A bathing beach the of boardw glow and ent City the lights. Like many amusem20th moted as the “Atlantic was incandescent of the that as West.â€? That too parks at the turn It is estimated WZR alk began of the were HG LQ D Ă€UH MXVW 3,000 carousels century, the Boardw stop many as Americans GHVWUR\ pe peas a bathing beach. prosper- years later, but that didn’t ed in this short time the Santa produc more 175 of those were becoming Swanton. He formed in 1906 riod but less than dependent on on today. Company operati Beach ous and less in Cruz r remain They realized page 5 an even grande constant work. See CAROUSEL, See a a good and opened with was on in 1907, along that recreati ing had be- casino thing, and swimm

TM & Š2014 Amusement

PRSRT STD US POSTA GE PAID FT. WORT H TX PERMIT # 2069

L. Seifert STORY: Jeffrey .com

NEWSPAPER

15th Year

POSTMASTER: PLEASE RUSH! Dated material. Mailed Friday, November 16, 2012

V.I.P.

Celebrating Our

T

2014

, Calif. — bringbring SAN DIEGO San Diego, ed SeaWorld ien Millay debut to the experiencand personal g ing us up close rk. Incorporatin park. of a marine life es found in g it the focus tions and makin T! ve to be a prove sea life attrac THE BES would ery BEST OF of discov ualuallentua would event an entire day ing this, Millay Over Follow rs and their ss. parks. winners winne in of succe our industry orld into a chain of parks weekend park has sakes honoring ly expand SeaW family the ceremony orld tu tuSeaW mov accomplishments, but ing and movthe years, the networking oppor e this ting, entertaining of anima an enjoyable ls e educa an — as a chanc 0th anniversary becom d has er evolve rating its 50th and fun, as well s, presented come. The numb park. Diego, celeb Bring nity full of laughter and of each host inspiring. Bringing those that n Tickets Award attendees ths en SeaWorld San been streng has ted ent pour pourd the 2014 Golde 6, 2014. Event encounters to experience the or musicians saved and protec season, hoste Sept. ls together in es in training and marineanima parks t Today, on peo peoathlet and e many man ries Like nimall shows , the memo ing peopl by Amusemen mix of anima into their songs , these are life ment iindus- were treated to the park’s ing their soul day. amuse and interactions ORLD the every SEAW within TESY par with them en and water parks at the park ent of end rides. COUR ple take home guests’ days , vice presid ue theme the try strive to make their mi Rick Schuiteman be and to contin to welcoming can possibly be best looks forward orld San Diego the best they tertainment, r to make the so cool for SeaW Ticket Awards to push themselves harde con ctions n industry. “It’s making conne this year’s Golde nott only have even better. Or perhaps, berr long remembe to be hosting n will remem an honor! We s that childre lives t they touch beau iful park within familie ceremony‌what showcase our beaut way a is grown to Awards salute k industry, it after they are the opportunity the theme park The Golden Ticket atulations s of io go the wonders day after day. to the leader Congr to experience the industry. but bu Fin the finest in taken top prize, also allows them known as America’s Finest not only have , also to rank on to those that of San Diego worked hard Sea also to those that have who each er for SeaCity!â€? especially those general manag rty on a the charts, and even re with their John Reilly, future prope the this in , enjoys the day try to make it there ce. World San Diego AT asked what he feels is s of excellence. tation of rty, expec When pa panel pro continual Diego prope daily basis. our experienced te of the San Their With each year, grow worldwide. AT has e defining attribu “Our team members. ues to voter twice. experts contin Reilly responds, wow me everyy day.â€? group of voters talent host never had the exact same glob have d to be hostd the globe passion and Today is thrille Awards at people aroun along us along with Amusement Hundreds of tise Ticket n collective exper in the parks to annual Golde attendees enjoy shared their ing its 17th arned dollars Diego. Here, ride and with their hard-e made their lives nters, rides SeaWorld San those that have of shows, encou Today pa park, give back to Amusement a dynamic mix al SeaWorld pleasurable. in at the origin siastic inTM a little more rsary. beauty — all those enthusiastic its 50th annive does the is indebted to the fan, this industry now celebrating industry visitors leave “getâ€? what parks when inspired by dividuals that “I hope our with parks so nd ates celebr Awards weeke nt tak action day after day, and Golden Ticket 100 percent. that they take than orld more in it SeaW ,â€? ns,â€? they’ve given ations — Tim Baldw populatio popul the animals at nce for wild to make a differe by Amusesays Reilly. s presented The annual award e prized keepnot only becom ment Today have

KE GOLDEN TIC AWARDS

| Pages 29

9

gories SeaWorld Sa rds in 29 cate ay presents awa

16, ISSUE

e | Vol. 18 • Issu September 2014

1

2012 • VOL.

Amusement

2012 AMU SEMENT TOD AY

DECEMBER

TM & Š2014

December

out summer start

ers...

The spinners and loop

The soakers...

SUBSCRIBE TO AMUSEMENT TODAY (817) 460-7220

PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID FT. WORTH TX PERMIT # 2069

AMUSEMENTTODAY.COM ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 15

3/14/17 4:42 PM


ASSOCIATION H PHOTO GALLERY

Photo Gallery Annual Meeting and Chairs Reception

16

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 16

3/14/17 4:42 PM


APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 17

17

3/14/17 4:42 PM


ASSOCIATION H PHOTO GALLERY

Photo Gallery

continued

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

OABA 2016 Chair Tom Gaylin, far left, and OABA President Bob Johnson, far right, thanked the sponsors of the Chairman’s Reception, from left: Zack Risen, Coca-Cola; Samantha Keller and Tony Costanza, Firestone Financial; Ron Porter, Fare Foods; Len Soled, Rides 4-U; Pete Downs, Waterloo Tent & Tarp; Eric Bates, ARM, Inc.; and Holly Swartz, Hitch-Hiker Mfg. Not included in the photo are Allied Specialty Insurance and Gold Medal Products, who were also sponsors.

OABA Director Recognition

OABA recognizes Joe Skerbeck for his years of service as a director on the board. Accepting a gift for him was his daughter, Niki, who has recently been elected to the board.

Florida Federation of Fairs

OABA Director Recognition

Two circus producers seen at the OABA booth in Gibsonton: Lee Stevens, left, IISA past president and HOF recipient who produces the IISA circus event Jo Ann Arnold, IISA club president in every year; and Wayne McCary, OABA trustee and HOF 2016, with Jane Vivona, Phil’s wife, with recipient. Wayne is still active as OABA’s vice chair of Amusements of America, wandering the the International Circus Federation in Monaco. He IISA trade show floor looking for deals! produces the Utah State Fair Circus.

Michael Wood Addresses Committee Members Wade Shows owner Frank Zaitshik addressing Florida Federation of Fairs audience at the Florida State Fair about his midway operations.

18

OABA Trustee Michael Wood, who was appointed by Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture to the state’s Amusement Device and Attraction Advisory Board, tells other committee members about the safety technology of the Wade/ Wood-owned Midway Sky Eye Wheel. It’s the largest portable wheel in the world!

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 18

3/14/17 4:42 PM


“OABA’s scholarships to AIMS and NAARSO safety seminars helps the RCS ride team make safety our #1 priority. OABA WORKS FOR ME.”

Chris Lopez RCS

Put

to work for you!

Join today at www.oaba.org/join-us

For more information on member benefits or questions contact the OABA at: oaba@oaba.org or 800-517-6222.

Don’t delay. Support your industry today!

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 19

3/14/17 4:43 PM


ASSOCIATION H SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

OABA Contribution Fund Program 2017 Kick-Off! First drawing end of April! PROGRAM

• Get Your Contribution Fund Tickets Now • This is deductible as a business expense

OABA Contribution Fund Program THE OABA’S CONTRIBUTION FUND offers three different plans to meet your show’s contribution to the OABA and in turn rewards the show and concessionaires for these donations. WHAT IS IT? Fund-raising for the OABA has always been based on the generosity of its members and depends on members to pay their fair share, the theory being that the organization belongs to the members who raise relevant issues and in the belief that they will also underwrite activities. Support and participation of enough members will provide the revenue necessary to continue and improve on membership services. WHAT IS THE MONEY USED FOR? The funds collected for this program are earmarked for legal, legislative and lobbying

issues. Also, funds are used to continually upgrade member services. CAN’T I JUST CONTRIBUTE? Sure, but then you lose out on the opportunity to participate in winning cash incentives. WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE? You will be given the opportunity to receive cash prizes for your contributions to this program and help the OABA protect the carnival industry. HOW IS IT HANDLED? This OABA program advises member carnivals to collect funds from all office-owned and independent concessions and rides, side shows and arcades. When the show owner collects the money, they need to give or complete a receipt. The show or concessionaires then send the receipts to the OABA office, which will be eligible for monthly and annual

Gull Wing Industries Working with the Carnival Industry since 1989 Contact us at:

www.gull-wing.com

Pack-Man 175 kw or 250 kw Quiet Power Tractor or Trailer Mounted

GFlex 400 Amp

20

309 N.E. 1st Street P.O. Box 128 Alta, IA 51002 Toll Free: 800-838-1482 Fax: 712-200-1936

incentive prizes. Please note that it is important to include your phone number on your receipt, as we want to be able to contact you when you win! SEND IT ALL IN! Funds are solicited and contributed in the name of the

OABA. Once money is collected, please send it monthly to the OABA office in form of a check or money order. You may check ShowTime magazine where the contributions and monthly winners in each plan will be published monthly. H

Bronze Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $5 per event Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $300 First Prize $3,000 Second Prize $200 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $100 Third Prize $1,000

Silver Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $10 per week Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $400 First Prize $4,000 Second Prize $300 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $200 Third Prize $1,000 Bronze and Silver Plans: If the carnival contributions exceed $5,000, OABA dues are waived for carnival.

Gold Plan Contribution from Concessions & Rides $5 per day Monthly drawings April-October Final drawing in February First Prize $500 First Prize $5,000 Second Prize $400 Second Prize $2,000 Third Prize $300 Third Prize $1,000 Gold Plan: If the carnival contributions exceed $10,000, OABA dues are waived for carnival.

Final 2016 OABA Contribution Fund Ray Cammack Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powers Great American Midways . . . . . . . . . . . Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North American Midway Entertainment . . . . . . Luehrs’ Ideal Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S&S Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rainbow Valley Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Skerbeck Entertainment Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosedale Attractions & Shows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . GoldStar Amusements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elliott’s Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doolan Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carousel Family Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . Calkins United Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOTAL

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . 57,800 . . 31,510 . . 18,920 . . 15,770 . . . 9,440 . . . 7,100 . . . 5,150 . . . 2,715 . . . 2,500 . . . 2,420 . . . 1,655 . . . 1,500 . . . 1,160 . . . 1,000 . . . . . 800 . . . . . 570 . . . . . 500 $160,510

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 20

3/14/17 5:03 PM


Concessionaires WIN BIG MONEY!

A

t the OABA’s Annual Meeting, the participating car carnivals were thanked for their contributions to the OABA Contribution Fund. This past year $160,510 was raised. The funds are used for legislative, legal and lobbying efforts for the carnival industry. In addition to the $2,700 paid out each month in drawings held April through October, for a total of $18,900 in cash awards, the big drawings were held at the Chairman’s Reception in Tampa where cash prizes totaling $21,000 were given to those lucky carnivals and concessionaires who have been participating in this program. The winners in the drawings from the three programs at the Chairman’s Reception were:

Bronze Program FIRST PRIZE $3,000 Julie Broetsky, Frazier Shows SECOND PRIZE $2,000 Tim Bear, S&S Amusements THIRD PRIZE $1,000 Santillo’s Funnel Cake, S&S Amusements

september 2015

$7.00

$7.00

october 2015

12 issues per year!

Silver Program FIRST PRIZE $4,000 Robbeloth Concessions, Deggeller Attractions SECOND PRIZE $2,000 Fairplay, Deggeller Attractions THIRD PRIZE $1,000 Suzi Corl, Powers Great American Midways

Gold Program FIRST PRIZE $5,000 Nathan & Stephanie Janousek, Ray Cammack Shows

Subscriptions starting at $50. ANNUAL INDUSTRY

BUYER’S GUIDE

Carnival Magazine is the premier magazine for the carnival industry, the most thrilling business in the world. Contact us today to purchase your new subscription or renew your existing one. Only $50 per year for 12 issues of the most exclusive news of your favorite show owners, fair managers, concessionaires, and independent operators. You will also have access to our IISF and IAAPA trade show editions as well as the latest carnival directory and fair route listing.

SECOND PRIZE $2,000 Nancy Bishop, Ray Cammack Shows THIRD PRIZE $1,000 Andrew Schoendienst, Ray Cammack Shows

Call Carnival at (704)638-0878 or visit us online at www.carnivalmag.com

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 21

21

3/14/17 5:03 PM


ASSOCIATION H SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS

Insurance Programs for Members of

Health Insurance Options Available to You for the Balance of 2017!

GROUP INSURANCE

If your company has a minimum of two employees, you can enroll in a group plan at any time throughout the year. There are no Open Enrollment periods. Unlike Individual Policies, PPO’s are available under Group Policies in most states which will allow in- and outof-network benefits. Therefore, you can go to any doctor or hospital.

INDIVIDUAL POLICY 1. The Open Enrollment period for anyone wishing to apply for an Individual Policy ended January 31, 2017. Therefore, you are unable to enroll in a health plan unless you have a Qualifying Event (i.e., involuntary loss of other health

22

coverage, marriage, becoming a U.S. Citizen, permanent move to another state). 2. Short Term Policy –If you missed the Open Enrollment deadline you don’t have to be uncovered; consider Short Term Medical Insurance to help bridge your coverage gap until the next Open Enrollment period. Ed Sterczek Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants 14616 John Humphrey Drive Orland Park, IL 60462 Toll Free: 800-349-1039 Toll Free Fax: 877-349-0105 Website: www.mmicinsurance.com

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 22

3/14/17 5:03 PM


“OABA continues to advocate on my behalf for seasonal guest workers with the H-2B Visa program. OABA WORKS FOR ME.”

Mike Featherston GoldStar Amusements

Put

to work for you!

Join today at www.oaba.org/join-us

For more information on member benefits or questions contact the OABA at: oaba@oaba.org or 800-517-6222.

Don’t delay. Support your industry today!

APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 23

23

3/14/17 5:04 PM


ASSOCIATION H CIRCUS MEMBERS

From The Center Ring Connecting & Protecting the Circus Industry!

Rodney Huey, RAH PR Strategies OABA Circus Media Consultant

S

pring is upon us, and the American circus is “on the road again!” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey continues to wind down a 146-year history of entertaining untold millions of circusgoers. Out of This World opens the month in Washington, DC, then moves to Fairfax (VA) on April 6 before ending the month in Baltimore (MD) playing April 20–30. Circus Xtreme is in Hampton (VA) and then treks to WilkesBarre (PA) on the 6th, Worcester (MA) on the 14th, Manchester (NH) on the 21st and closes out April in Hartford (CT). Universoul is in the New York City area throughout the month; first at the Aviator Sports & Event Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, then opens at the Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on April 16. Also in New York this month is Circus 1903 — The Golden Age, the throwback stage circus that features an animated baby elephant puppet and David Williamson as Willy Whipsnade, the show’s “charismatic and likable Ringmaster.” Circus 1903 plays The Theatre at Madison Square Garden April 5–16, then heads to Schenectady (NY) on the 25th. Circus Vargas’ Steam Cirque continues to heat up the West Coast, first in Hesperia (CA) before opening in Ontario (CA) on the 6th, and then spends the second half of April in Burbank (CA). Kelly Miller Circus is in Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois this month while Carson & Barnes fulfills its traditional tour of Midwestern states. Florida State University’s Flying High Circus kicked off its 2017 on March 31 and will present weekend shows through April 22 at the Haskin Circus Complex Tallahassee (FL). Sarasota’s youth Sailor Circus presents its annual Spring Show April 11–15, and

the Egypt Shrine Circus will appear at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa April 27–30. The opening of the 20th Anniversary edition of Circus Sarasota was marred by an unfortunate mishap on the high wire. The Wallendas, headed by Nik Wallenda, fell 25 feet while practicing an eight-person human pyramid on February 8. Five troupe members were taken to a local hospital with “nonlife threatening” injuries, the most serious being Nik’s aunt Rietta and sister Lijan. In “the show must go on” tradition, Nik hurriedly put together a smaller troupe and performed throughout the show’s run. Ironically, the Gerlings Troupe from Columbia fell during a similar eight-person pyramid walk on January 22 during a performance of the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. The best circus news of 2017 is that Big Apple Circus is back in business and promises to return to Lincoln Center in October. BAC auctioned off its equipment and intellectual property on February 7 and Big Top Works came out the big winner with a $1.3 million bid (subject to approval of the bankruptcy court). Big Top Works is a newly-formed partnership operating under the auspices of Compass Partners, L.L.C. of Sarasota (FL), a “merchant banking and advisory firm that specializes in middle market companies and corporate restructuring.” Key investors include Neil Kahanovitz, “an orthopedic surgeon, theatrical producer and former circus performer,” and Larry Solheim, “a 30-year circus veteran” and former BAC Veep and General Manager. Circus Flora, St. Louis’ (MO) hometown tented circus that turned 30 last year, announced plans to build a permanent Grand Center home, aided by the Kranzberg Arts

Puppy Roll Faribault, MN

24

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

24-28_Circus-BC_ShowTime_Apr2017_L5.indd 24

3/15/17 11:59 AM


Foundation which will “own and maintain the circus’ big top.” According to Circus Flora Executive Director Larry Mabrey, “relief from the cost to maintain the big tent and storing it... would free money the circus can devote to its shows.” The site for CF’s new home has not been determined. In circus museum news, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported that Feld Entertainment, Inc. will be the producer of the 2017 Summer Circus Spectacular stage circus at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling Museum. Circus Sarasota has produced this highly popular stage circus since 2007, but in a surprise move, that honor was awarded this year to FEI. In Baraboo (WI), Circus World Museum may be getting a financial boost if Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s twoyear budget proposal wins approval by the state Assembly and Senate. Under Walker’s plan, CWM’s 10 staff members would become state employees and the museum “would receive an increase in state funding” to the tune of $1.2 million. Presently, CWM is funded through the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is hosting an exhibition of artist George Seurat’s circus-themed art. Entitled “Seurat’s Circus Sideshow,” the exhibition is centered around two paintings and 16 drawings by Seurat with “scores of sideshow paintings by other artists, both famous and completely unknown.” The show runs through May 29. On a lesser scale, Circus Harmony is presenting its own photography exhibit at the Sheldon Arts Galleries in St. Louis (MO), featuring circus-related photos by Ron Anderson, Jessica Hentoff and Susan Pittman, among others. In Pennsylvania Vanessa Thomas-Smith, America’s first female AfricanAmerican circus ringmaster (at the Big Apple Circus), recently joined African-American circus historian Robert Houston to open an exhibit of Thomas-Smith’s costumes and Houston’s circus collection at The Mercer Museum in Doyletown. The

Made in the USA

Kathleen Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . National Showmens Association, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Gutheil – in fond memory of Johnny Welde . . . . . . . . . . Forepaugh-Lubin Tent No. 2, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Felix Adler-Paul Binder Tent No. 12, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . Bill & Chris Schreiber – in memory of Johnny Welde, bear trainer, circus man & friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenneth Fake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert K. Momyer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Rittle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOTAL

. . . . .

. . . . .

1,000 . . 250 . . 150 . . 140 . . 110

. . . .

. . . 100 . . . . 50 . . . . 50 . . . . 50 $1,900

To contribute to the Circus Fund, make your check payable and send to: OABA Circus Fund, 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Ste. 1045A, Winter Park, FL 32792 It is important that we maintain this fund so we are able to hire professionals to assist with challenges such as legislation that threaten our members’ businesses. Please consider and make your contributions to this very important resource pool. Feel free to be creative such as matching dollars, innovative fundraisers, endowments and memorials, to name a few. Another option is to designate a percentage or daily amount of your ride operation to be set aside for this important fund.

event was co-sponsored by the African-American Museum of Bucks County. And if that’s not enough circus happenings in the United States this month, the Seventh Annual WORLD CIRCUS DAY will be celebrated worldwide on Saturday, April 15. WCD was created and promoted by the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque based in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Additionally, István Újhelyi, Hungarian member of the European Parliament, presented a Circus Manifesto to attendees at the Fédération’s Circus Directors’ Luncheon at the Hermitage Hotel in Monte-Carlo in January. The manifesto will be introduced into parliament this year and aims “to focus on the values of circus arts, to evaluate the current situation, and the future opportunities and demands of the circus community.” H

AS LOW AS $.35/EACH Includes Custom Full Color Print Minimum 25k for print 32 oz

48 OZ

64 OZ

$.34/EACH

Stackable Yard $.88/each

AS LOW AS $.99/EACH

NEW

2017 Circus Fund

Made in the USA APRIL 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

24-28_Circus-BC_ShowTime_Apr2017_L5.indd 25

25

3/15/17 11:59 AM


ASSOCIATION H MARKET PLACE & ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

MARKET PLACE

Advertisers’ Index APRIL 2017 ADVERTISERS Allied Specialty Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Amusement Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Berk Paper & Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Carnival Magazine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Twister / Maverick Moser . . . . . . . . . . . . $399,000 Disco Zamperla . . . . . . . . . . $399,000 Drop Tower / Trailer Mount ARM . . . . . . . . . . . . . $299,000 Kite Flyer Zamperla . . . . . . . . . . . $99,000 Tornado / Trailer Mount Wisdom . . . . . . . . . . . $109,000 Scooter 1800 / Trailer Mount Majestic. . . . . . . . . . . $224,000 Drop Tower Moser . . . . . . . . . . . . . $89,000 Americana Carousel 28’ Chance . . . . . . . . . . . $119,000 1989 Orbiter / Trailer Mount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $205,000 Sea Dragon / Trailer Mount Chance . . . . . . . . . . . $189,000 Nitro / Freak Out Style Ride Zamperla . . . . . . . . . . $379,000

Chestnut Identity Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Coca-Cola. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Eli Bridge Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Firestone Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Gold Star Manufacturing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,24 Gull Wing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Haas & Wilkerson Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Hitch-Hiker Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OBC JKJ Workforce Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Lifetime Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Norton Auctioneers of Michigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 OA Finance LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Rides 4-U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 26 Sippers by Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Used Rides Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Victor Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Virtual Ticket Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Baja Buggy / Trailer Mount Zamperla . . . . . . . . . . . $59,000 Pharaoh Fury . . . . . . $449,000

NORTON AUCTIONEERS

Eli #16 Trailer Mounted Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $199,000

OUR FIRM SPECIALIZES IN THE AUCTION AND APPRAISAL OF

REQUEST A COMPLETE LIST Call Len Soled or John Coburn

908-526-8009 VISIT OUR WEB SITE http://www.rides4u.com

26

of Michigan, Inc.

amusement parks, carnivals, carousels, Halloween attractions, zoos, water parks, tourist attractions, museums, fairground art, unique collections, unusual antiques, campgrounds, golf courses, corporate picnic parks, amusement rental companies, and amusement rides and equipment of all types. Additionally, we auction Commercial and Industrial properties and equipment. Contact our Coldwater, Michigan Headquarters

(517) 279-9063

H OABA ShowTime Magazine | APRIL 2017

ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 26

3/14/17 5:04 PM


What do you need to take your show to the next level?

BIGGER? TALLER? BRIGHTER?

OA Finance has the capital you need to make it happen. Let OA Finance make next season your best season.

Financing Your Outdoor Amusement Dreams Since 2000. Wade Muller wade@oafinance.net

Mark Walker mark@oafinance.net

Paul Muller paul@oafinance.net

Pam Muller pam@oafinance.net

816-581-0033 • 839 NE Woods Chapel Road • Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 • www.oafinance.net ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 27

3/14/17 5:04 PM


ShowTime

PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #9 MANASOTA FL

Outdoor Amusement Business Assn. 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 1045A Winter Park, FL 32792

Seems that everyone these days advertises their product as being... “The Best”

We Would Rather Show You! If you are in the market for a New Concession Trailer that will make a huge impact to your Show, Carnival, Route or Special Events’ bottom line. Let us show you first hand with a factory production tour, examples of what we have designed and produced for others and discuss what we can do for you. Literally, we want to show you the nuts and bolts of our units and why our loyal customers have chosen, love and profit from their Hitch-Hiker Trailers.

YOU’RE INVITED... AND WE’LL PAY FOR YOUR FLIGHT! Offer valid for pre approved customers with an individual ticket value up to two hundred fifty US dollars.

CALL US TODAY! ShowTime_April2017_28pp.indb 28

330.542.3052 3/14/17 5:04 PM

OABA APRIL 2017  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you