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Social Media and Promotions Features:

Connect and Engage

See How Coca-Cola Uses Multimedia

Making A Statement!

Hitch-Hiker Mfg. Digital Signage

Snapchat’s Snap Map Feature

Three Things Communicators Need to Know

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Contents The Official Publication of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association


How Coca-Cola Uses Multimedia to Connect and Engage Hitch-Hiker Mfg. Digital Signage – Making a Statement! Three Things Communicators Need to Know About Snapchat’s Snap Map Feature The Evolving Face of Facebook Reinventing The Friends List

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Today’s Promotions... More Than Just a Good Location!

State and Federal Legislation and Regulations



Marketing & Promotions 101

ELD Update and Drug & Alcohol Testing


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

10 AS THE WHEEL TURNS Who, what and where are people making news? Here’s the scoop.


GOVERNMENT Features 25 CAPITOL UPDATE: A SHIFT TO COMPREHENSIVE REFORM By John Ariale, Cloakroom Advisors – OABA’s Government Relations Team


The OABA catches members in action.

Rodney Huey follows circuses around the country.



Jammin’ Jamborees and Contribution Fund Drawing Winners


Twitter @oabainfo

Joan Galvin, Government Relations Consultant

Instagram @oaba51

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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.

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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

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* 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

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Today’s Promotions... More Than Just a Good Location! E. J. Dean, OABA Chair 2017


good promotion can go a long, long way. As the majority of our industry enters into its busiest time of the year, we look to see what tweaks and changes can be made to increase the bottom line. Whether you’ve added a new food item, a new ride, or have the hottest plush on the midway, how you advertise, market and display it can make all the difference. Even a fresh look or new presentation of an old item can have benefits. Whatever it is you are doing this year to improve your operation, making sure that it gets promoted properly is an equally important task. Although location has always been the best form of advertisement there could be, the internet, particularly social media, with the ability to custom tailor its demographics, has been altering that theory. As each generation comes into its own, technology’s imprint into their daily lives greatly increases. How many businesses or fads recently have we seen pop-up due to a social media craze? And trying to keep up with these trends seems harder and harder. Like never before you must find every outlet you can to expose the social media world to your product and/or events: with keywords such as “like,” “link,” or “share” being a critical component to its success. Another critical concern becomes who oversees and handles the content and materials that get presented. As we have seen in the news, the instant something gets “posted” on the internet it is there forevermore, so we need to be


cautious and cognizant of that fact. Making your sites “engaging” is another key word, people want it to feel real. This past spring my company, Fiesta Shows, began introducing some short Facebook videos regarding the show and our industry. I was amazed that the first video we ever did hit 9,000 views; my expectations were for 2,500. Since then we have created three more videos, each with increasing viewership — the last one reaching over 31,000 views in just a few days. This proves that we have a great and fun story to tell that the public wants to know about. I chose my 13-year-old son, Timothy, to be our spokesperson as I wanted to have a face that sold what we did, and that was kids having fun; so far, he has only asked for a video game in return! As fairs go into full swing across the U.S. and Canada, all parties involved — fairs, midways, concessionaires and exhibitors — need to have a joint effort to maximize promotions and marketing, which will hopefully be returned through increased profits. We’re hedging our bets on video and social media because our customers have demonstrated that is what gets them excited and gets them to our events; for as long as I can afford our spokesperson! Hope you have a safe, great month and keep “Making Memories.” H

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Marketing & Promotions 101: “Where Do People Get Their Information From Today?” Bob Johnson, OABA President


news media source, Uberflip says, “With the rise of digital media, it’s no secret that traditional newspapers and radio broadcasts have been in a steady free fall for some time.” If not from traditional mediums, where are people catching the news? It may surprise you to hear that a whopping 67 percent of people get their news from Facebook! Twitter is also a respectable source drawing in 16 percent, followed by Pinterest (15 percent) and Instagram (13 percent). The younger generations are shifting the pendulum even faster; over one-third (a rate that’s still growing) of young people find news on social media, compared to only 25 percent of people in their 40s. Information is just a few clicks away, no matter where you are. Sixty-two percent of smartphone owners use their device to keep up with the news, along with 64 percent of tablet owners. This makes sense, given that half of Americans own a tablet or smartphone device. Today, almost one-third of the world’s population is online, representing over 500 percent growth in internet connectivity since 2000!


So will digital news take over completely? Has video really killed the radio star? While digital media is playing an increasingly larger role in modern news consumption, you can’t always trust what you read online. Or is it “FAKE” news? For most, television remains a go-to source for many seeking serious news. What do you think? As your OABA communications continues to evolve and being very aware of your time constraints, we have been streamlining your life with our new Wild Apricot database management software to find more information about OABA’s member benefits, our new virtual, on-line education and training program for member shows, or joining and renewing your annual OABA dues. Our members enjoy reading breaking industry news via our weekly email blast to members — “Xtra.” And they especially enjoy reading Tom Powell’s “On the Earie” weekly and monthly collection of who’s who in the mobile amusement industry. Information is at your fingertips by simply going to our website, Try it out and let us know what you think. Wishing you safe travels and sunny skies with your fairs! H

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On The Earie Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador


t was June 22 when Gloria Myers and Lucky Klinger came to Nashville and met up with Christine and me at our favorite watering hole in Music City, John A.’s, named for John A. Hobbs, a self-made man who has been my friend since 1958. He will be 90 in February and has observed many of his birthdays at the trade show in Gibsonton. We’ve all enjoyed many a Polish Picnic in memory of Andy and Ethel Osak, original owners of Showtown USA, who started the tradition in my honor. It has been three years since Gloria and her son, Bobby, decided to stop being owners of the 50-ride Myers International Midways carnival and become independent ride operators. They now book three rides, the showpiece being a New York New York Funhouse built by Gosetto of Italy, which was represented at this year’s IISA trade show by Gina DiPiero. “Gina helped us with the importing of the Funhouse,” said Gloria. Their other rides are a Crazy Dance from Fabbri of Italy, and Monster Trucks from Wisdom Rides, Merino, CO. While in Nashville, Myers and Klinger visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, Opry Mill and downtown, which has changed immensely since Gloria graduated in 1956 from Hillsboro High and renowned Printer’s Alley was the only place to get a drink. They went to the Grand Ole Opry, which was Lucky’s first visit. Gloria and friends Dee Dee Starkey and Debbie Case went often when Myers International Midways made an annual stop for a booking at Rivergate Mall on the way to Kentucky county fairs. She recalled seeing the likes of Little Jimmy Dickens, Jim Ed Brown, Porter Wagoner, Jack Green, Del Reeves, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones and Stringbean. Diane Sherrill, who is still singing at John A.’s, recalled when David (Skull) Schulman had his famous Rainbow Room Strip Club in the Alley and one of the exotic dancers was Pam Wilson,


daughter of Harvey and Pat Wilson, who spent their lives in the carnival business. Pam worked under the professional name of Pandora. The Gibtown Club still honors the Wilsons with its annual Harvey Wilson Dinner Fun Night, which was held January 19 this year. After a bit of reminiscing, Gloria said she goes back to work August 3, when the Kathleen O’Leary-managed Wisconsin State Fair opens. It runs through August 13. The next spot is the Minnesota State Fair August 24–September 4. Jerry Hammer, Minnesota’s GM, told me the signature ride this year will be the Giant Wheel of Wade Shows’ Frank Zaitshik and Michael Wood. It will be set up on what is known as Machinery Hill, down the street from Eddie Porcelli’s Spaghetti Eddie’s; the Netterfield Food Court run by Butch, Ann, Ronnie and Kim Netterfield, and Kim’s mother, Janice Lane; Tim (Giggles) Weiss’s Campfire Grille, where former Major League Baseball Umpire Tim Tshida mans the cash register; John and Sandy Class’s Festival Foods soft ice cream stand; Rutana’s Hot Apple Dumpling;, and the Green Mill Restaurant and Bar. If patrons stop to eat at each of those stands, they’ll never make it to the ride. Bobby Myers, known as one of the best builders in the business, was busy at the shop in Gibsonton rebuilding a Chance Orient Express for Michael Parks’s Paradise Amusements, and a Wisdom Fury for Joe Frankowski, who is partnered in D&J Amusements with Dan Driskill. Bobby, along with Cliff Lowe, who works with OABA Trustee 2015 Michael Wood, are actually racking that Giant Wheel. When contacted at his shop, Myers said, “We’re packing the Wheel. We’ve just done nine and 10 and there are at least 12.” The 45-meters-tall Wheel was manufactured by Lamberink of The Netherlands. Called the Midway Eye at

the Florida State Fair, it was the No. 1 grossing ride. The New York New York Funhouse was seventh. As far as ridership, the Funhouse, with more capacity, was third, and the Wheel 17th. Asked how he chose Gosetto to build the Funhouse, Myers, who has been known to advise ride inspectors on how to do their job correctly, said, “Because they built what we wanted. Being a builder myself, I know what to look for. It was the first one in the U.S.” Gosetto is building one now for a permanent location on the East Coast, and they built bumper cars for Ray Cammack Shows. “We’re in the process of obtaining another totally spectacular dark ride for 2018,” said Bobby. “The new ride will have all the bells and whistles, cost in the $1 million range and move on two trucks, the same as the New York New York one.” When asked whether he was happy about the new arrangement for him and Gloria, he said, “Absolutely. Now when I pull into a lot, the people are happy to see me. We don’t have to battle for help as much as we used to. We have 15 South African employees through the H-2B visa program that we get through New Horizon. Jeff Deggeller and I agreed that we did it at the right time.” Bobby said he’s glad his mom is taking time to have some fun. “Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Daytona Beach for the Country 500 event. We now move at our own pace and are not totally tied down. I love it.” Bobby said the New York New York attraction was set up at the Florida State Fair and with Deggeller Attractions at the Clay County Fair, Green Cove Springs, FL. After Wisconsin and Minnesota, the only spots left on the Myers’ schedule are the State Fair of Oklahoma September 14–24, where Zaitshik’s Wade Shows has the midway, and Tim O’Toole is president and CEO, and the State Fair of

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Celebrating the purchase of a 28-foot Big Eli Scrambler by Poor Jack’s Amusements from Eli Bridge is this group. From left, with Poor Jack’s, are Phillip Berry, William Howard, John Spaulding and Tim Bohlander. Next are Patty Sullivan, owner of Eli Bridge and Gary Woods, shop supervisor.

This group was seen at Jimmy Kelly’s Steak House in Nashville. From left, are Tuffy Nicholas, Shane DeVooght, Christine Powell, Pam Salas, Gary McNeal and Tom Powell. Nicholas, DeVooght and McNeal were in town selling Nashville Predators hockey merchandise.

Among the supervisors during the IISA trade show are David Starkey, left, and Jim Elliott.

Brad McCafferty of McCafferty Enterprises, Wayne, NJ, trades stories in Gibtown with retired concessionaire Raymond DiCosimo.

Texas September 29–October 22, where Mitchell Glieber is president and they deal with Rusty Fitzgerald, vice president of concessions. The North Florida Fair, Tallahassee, scheduled for November 2–12, has been booked for the first time. Strates Shows has the midway there and Mark Harvey is fair manager. Bobby said he and Gloria still have several other rides, including an Ice Sled which is a re-themed Alpine Bobs, Wave Swinger and several more. Robbie Myers, Bobby’s son, travels with Deggeller Attractions with a Yo-Yo, Puppy Roll Spin Ride and food concessions. Klinger has two daughters in the business. Tammy is married to Russell Kissel of Kissel Entertainment, and Shannon is the wife of Victor Joseph. They now book with North American Midway Entertainment after spending years with Kissel. Please send news to, or call 615-319-1258. Have all great days, and God Bless! H

Susan Hagan and Sharon Reed, who have food stands in Pensacola, FL, never miss the fun or business at the Gibtown trade show. They’re usually around when the bar closes each night.

Promoter Dean Riley, right, who works with Crabtree Amusements, Moore’s Greater Shows and other carnivals, visits with Larry (Kadoty) Nieukirk and Sherry Loughlin of Sam’s Amusements. Kadoty, as he’s known around the Gibtown club, was its president in 2010.

Food Concessionaire David Taulelle, left, and his son, Nick, of St. Joseph, MN, are both past presidents of the Midwest Showmen’s Club. With David on a tour of the grounds at the trade show in Gibsonton is Frank Spreitzer, who has worked for David Retired showman Merl Hayes, right, welcomes Ribar for more than Joel Golder, left, and his son, Paul, to the 30 years. trade show in Gibtown. The Golders own Old Orchard Beach Amusement Park in Maine.

Larry Koza, right, who spent many years in concessions with Reithoffer Shows, is now back in Pennsylvania with S&S Amusements. He chats with Sam McLelland of Jacksonville, FL, described by Jo Ann Colbert of Funtime Amusements, as a retired military and carnival man who is an ardent supporter of the Gibtown Club.

Kristina Rieder, right, daughter of Jeff Blomsness, OABA chair in 2000 and president of North American Midway Entertainment, visits with Ron Porter, owner of Fare Foods. Rieder bought the elephant ear stand of Bill Lordy from Traycie Brewer after Lordy passed away. AUGUST 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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Making News...

Chance Rides New President Wichita, KS — Chance Rides is excited to announce that Aaron Landrum, 41, has joined as President & Chief Operating Officer effective June 26, 2017. Aaron will report directly to CEO/Chairman, Dick Chance, and oversee all operations of the company including Engineering, Production, Customer Service, Finance, and Sales and Marketing. Additionally, Aaron will work closely with Dick and his son, John Chance, to execute the company’s strategic and growth objectives. “I am excited to join such an incredibly talented and tenured company such as Chance Rides,” said Aaron. “The 56-year

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history as the premier ride manufacturer of carousels, trams, trains, wheels, roller coasters, and other amusement rides, places us second to none in safety, quality, reliability, support, and value. These tenets drive us to create products which provide families with enjoyable lasting experiences and memories while creating customer value. I am looking forward to leading Chance Rides and the excellent team into another 50 years of growth and performance serving our diverse global customers.” With more than 18 years of experience in manufacturing operations, Aaron was previously the General Manager at PCC Aerostructures – Brittain Machine, a large structural component machining operation in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to PCC, Aaron was the General Manager at Circor Aerospace & Defense in Hauppauge, New York designing and producing highly engineered defense, aerospace, and medical products. Prior roles across the US and Mexico include Director of Operations at Transdigm Group – Semco Instruments and Division Engineering Manager at Parker Hannifin O-Ring Division. Throughout his career at organizations ranging from $35M to $200M in annual revenue, Aaron has focused on building high performance teams, improving customer relationships, new product development, sales growth, and enhancing operational & financial performance. Aaron is a central Kentucky native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. “We are thrilled to have Aaron onboard and I couldn’t feel more optimistic about the future success of Chance Rides under Aaron’s stewardship,” said Dick Chance. “I will continue to have an active role in the business while my primary focus shifts to the strategic direction of the company.” Chance Rides, Inc. is a world leading manufacturer of amusement rides and people movers including carousels, trains, trams, wheels, roller coasters, and countless other rides developed over its 56-year history. Chance Rides proudly manufactures its products in Wichita, Kansas, USA and sells to amusement parks, zoos, FECs, carnivals and other venues across the globe. For more information about Chance Rides products, visit H

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We’re Showing It, Not Saying It The human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, which certainly explains the rise of Instagram, Snapchat and other photo-driven platforms. As competition for eyeballs becomes more dizzying by the day, companies like Coca-Cola are

balance nostalgia and innovation — and hint at both where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

We’re Bringing Value to Our Customers and NGO Partners

leaning on visuals more than ever to break through the noise. Our

From the Olympic Games to World Wildlife Fund, we use multi-

Instagram handle is the LIFE magazine to Journey’s TIME, stream-

media storytelling to amplify our marketing and sponsorship as-

ing both behind-the-scenes snapshots and pictorial extensions of

sets, showcase our sustainability programs and partnerships, and

our stories. Click-through galleries and photo narratives, mean-

strengthen relationships with our retail and food-service customers.

while, help readers move through longer pieces. Our fans are con-

For more examples of Coca-Cola’s partnerships, check out Building

tributing, too, by sharing pics, videos, and more through our UGC

Collections and Connections and Caravan on the Comanche.

uploader — which receives up to 100 organic submissions per month.

We’re Making Our Stories More Shareable Taking cues from BuzzFeed and other social-driven publishers, we’ve fully embraced the power of the photo-heavy, copy-light

By fortifying our cowntent with video and other visuals, we’re able to extend our reach — and our shelf life — and, hopefully, build the Coca-Cola business through our unique brand of brand journalism. And while magazine-style feature articles will likely always be the bedrock of our editorial, it’s safe to say that as our journey continues, we will continue to find fresh new ways to use multimedia to tell the Coca-Cola stories that matter. H

“listicle.” We also edit longer, documentary-style Journey videos to embed natively on Facebook, with text overlays for volume-off scrollers.

We’re Embracing Our Past With an Eye on the Future As the 130-year-old company behind one of the world’s most beloved brands, we’re fortunate to have a deep reservoir of stories to share…and reshare. Video packages celebrating our rich heritage are among our top performers, as are pieces that


Jay Moye Jay Moye is global editor-in-chief of Coca-Cola Journey. He leads editorial for the company’s award-winning digital magazine and companion blog, CocaCola Unbottled. The global Coca-Cola Journey network now includes 36 local editions spanning 49 countries. This article was originally published in Content Science Review.

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making a

By OABA Director Holly Swartz


t Hitch-Hiker Mfg. we know signage is one of the main components for a successful food trailer. This industry has evolved in


Hitch-Hiker Mfg. — Digital Signage


helps your business to pull in customers instead of your having to push out messages and advertising that they’ve learned to ignore or block.

would be remiss if I did not discuss the benefits of


a quality digital marquee for your food business.

pult your social media presence by combining

many ways and the most recent change in being relevant in the current age is digital signs. I have touched base in a previous article about the value and benefits of digital menu boards. At this time, I

Here are several benefits to consider about a digital Marquee Sign:


Modern Appeal – The target market has changed a bit from days past and the generations that are frequenting our venues

are growing accustomed to our tech savvy world. Digital marquees can be integrated with traditional signage in various ways to suit most vendors in whatever their preferences lean towards.

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Visibility and Brand Awareness – The public will be drawn to your business through a high definition vivid display! This

type of visibility powerfully influences and positively impacts buying decisions.

Content Marketing – This strategy takes the graphic-covered marquee to a whole new level! Having high-quality content

Influence Social Media Presence – If you have a social media account, you can integrate your informa-

tion on this platform. This can potentially cata-

the opportunity to promote the event you are at

with their social media and your business media. As innovators, we have been researching and educating ourselves to be able to recommend various L.E.D. options that are available and

applicable to our industry. It is important to

work with the right company and have the right

selection of L.E.D. to integrate into our marquee and art design with this unique application. We also help our customers connect with content creation that fits their needs.

Depending individual preferences in content (what is played on the giant L.E.D. screen), the

price point varies, but the investment of content

creation will lead to an increase in traffic to your food business along with allowing the public to see your individuality in marketing your prod-

uct. People tend to trust what they can see, and

attracting your target audience will engage them

displaying your product in this manner pro-

with your product before they walk on by. This

motes your brand and reinforces trust in your items.

Ask Chicken

Charlie from Jamul,

California about the business he has attracted by his new food trailer with

his marquee that is

almost fully encompassed by digital

signage specifically

for the outdoor food industry.

No matter the size of your operation, when looking for

an edge in the food industry call HitchHiker Mfg. We are

always looking to the next level! H

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Three Things Communicators Need To Know About

By Jerry Ascierto


Snapchat’s Snap Map

napchat introduced a new tracking feature called Snap Map recently, allowing users to share their location as well as see where their friends are and, in some cases,

what they’re doing.


It Could Drive Brand Awareness Limas applauded the new feature, saying it can help drive brand awareness on a platform that’s known more for its

The feature allows users to zoom in on neighborhoods,

ephemeral nature. The feature could help boost foot traffic

streets or even apartment buildings and acts as a heat map of

for local businesses, for instance. “This could be great for

sorts, using red to indicate where the most snaps and stories

brands,” she says. “It’s so hard for brands to promote them-

are coming from and blue to illustrate a lack of activity. If your

selves on Snapchat, other than cross-channel promotion and

friends share their locations, their avatars will appear on the

word of mouth.”

map, and those avatars can change depending on what the user is doing — a little airplane icon will appear when they’re flying, for instance. The new feature has caused some significant privacy and safety concerns, especially for parents of the platform’s younger users, who might accept friend requests without thoroughly vetting who sent it. But the tool has some implications for brand communicators, says Andrea Limas, social media strategist for the University of San Francisco, and Kristy Gillentine, vice president of pub-

Limas likened it to the Discover feature, which gathers to-

lic engagement at Drive West Communications. Limas and

gether a community’s stories — such as during a graduation

Gillentine, who will speak about Snapchat at the upcoming Big

ceremony — in one place. “I hope Snap Map will help in that

4 Social Media Summit August 9–10 in San Francisco, offered a

realm as well,” she says. “It’s great that Snapchat is moving

few early takeaways.

toward telling a community story instead of just thousands

It’s Great for Event Promotion

For Gillentine, the feature had an immediate impact. She

was at an industry conference when Snap Map was rolled out.

of individual stories.”

Always Be Aware of Your Settings

Back to the privacy concerns. Snap Map is an opt-in feature

“I was able to see friends there that I didn’t even know were

and its default setting is called Ghost Mode, which means you

attending,” she says. “I think it’s a fantastic way to connect

aren’t visible to anyone. But Snap Map allows you to select cer-

with people.” And it also can be a great tool to promote events

tain friends to share your location with, as well as the ability

as they are happening. “If there are enough people snapping

to block certain users from accessing that information.

from a farmers’ market or a festival or a community event or

“It’s a wonderful tool but you have to be careful with it

fundraiser, it will really get your content out to new eyeballs,”

and aware of your settings,” she says. “When I got home from

she says.

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The Evolving Face of Facebook By Caitlin Dewey Washington Post


hisper is the new Snapchat, is the new Twitter, is the new Facebook. If you follow the fad-chasing hype of the modern tech media, you probably can muster little but sniffing indifference as the world’s largest social network hits the 10-year mark: Facebook, after all, is nearing middle age. It’s already passé! But throughout its 10-year history, Facebook has defied the media’s expectations, morphing into a cultural giant even as it was dismissed as a fad for college students. “Every large company at the center of a national debate gets a media narrative,” said Joshua Benton, the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. And Facebook? Well, it’s at the center of half a dozen big debates. In the beginning, there were kids. (In the end there will be kids, too, because for some indeterminable reason, the fickle

tastes of teenagers seem to serve as proxy for cultural cache wherever technology’s involved.) Early adopters by nature, high school and college students were the first ones welcomed to Facebook. And in the site’s early years, that’s all it was: a novelty for upstart Ivy-Leaguers and a fad for the “olds” to act baffled about. “When Facebook began, it was understood as an intimate service for students of elite colleges,” writes Danah Boyd, a researcher at Microsoft who studies how teens use social media. But in a good example of teenage tech prescience, many students could already see two steps beyond that. By 2006, Facebook had expanded to colleges throughout the country — and columnists from Bowling Green State to Brown University could read the proverbial tea leaves. (“Leave Facebook — if you can,” reads one headline in the University AUGUST 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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of Alabama’s Crimson Source, two years before most mainstream outlets even acknowledged the site’s existence.) The “kids” couldn’t have known it then, but Facebook was on the brink of revolution. In September, the site would unveil News Feed — a profound, protest-sparking annoyance to hard-core Facebook users at the time, but a hallmark of the site and its disruptive influence now. News Feed changed the fundamental purpose of Facebook. It also forced tech reporters and other cultural gatekeepers to reconsider the site’s staying power. Clive Thompson, the author of “Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better,” breaks it down this way: Before News Feed, Facebook was a collection of discrete, individual pages, not unlike a yearbook. After News Feed, Facebook became a portal through which you could easily, even passively, keep tabs on everyone in your life. “It was very destabilizing. It’s hard to remember what Facebook was like before they turned on News Feed,” Thompson says. “That started this meme of ‘oversharing.’ It used to take a lot of work to check in on everyone’s page — now you could check hundreds of pages at once. So your friends are doing more sharing. And you’re noticing it more.” Oversharing! It’s either the greatest blessing or curse of the social media era, depending on your age, social outlook and

from an array social contexts, displaying the same face to their boss and grandmother that they showed frat buddies and friends. And so, as quickly as it started, our collective love affair with Facebook quietly flamed out — the fever reached its pitch, the IPO conclusively installed the company to a place in the corporate pantheon, and the kids (anecdotally, there’s little conclusive data on this) began to flee for freer shores, safe from the eye of curious parents and Facebook’s greedy corporate overlords. These days, Facebook is habitually characterized as what Benton terms a “giant unknowable borg.” That portrayal is, in some ways, self-propagating. Social networks thrive on the perception that everyone is on them. As the media narrative turns elsewhere, users do too. “People’s engagement with the site now that everyone they know is on there is very different,” writes Boyd, who considers the mainstreaming of Facebook a turning point in its cultural narrative. “Of course, in the process, it’s become less private and more commercial, both of which shape people’s relationship to it.” How much is true, and how much is projection? How much springs from an old media culture grappling uncomfortably with the new? It could take 10 more years to answer those kinds of questions — and given the current climate, no one wants to bet that Facebook will stay dominant that long.

tolerance for hundreds of prettily filtered pictures of other people’s dogs and children. The ability to share photos and text like never before attracted millions of people to Facebook in its early years, gently foreshadowing the fall of Myspace and the great flood of think pieces on narcissism and TMI in social networks. “If you see the history of the Web as a series of democratizing moments... then Facebook and Twitter were just the latest iteration of a longtime trend,” argues Benton, the director of Harvard’s Nieman Lab. “Facebook represents the first time that the majority of Americans were given publishing rights.” But oversharing wasn’t the only point of concern among Facebook’s critics. The more people joined the site, the more it seemed sort of naggingly unknowable: A site prefaced on openness and sociability, whose purpose was to persuade people to share more, shared so little of itself. The site amassed an extraordinary trove of personal data, but remained fuzzy on where that data went and who owned it. News Feed, Facebook’s greatest innovation, operated according to a set of mysterious algorithms that no one really understood. These were the years of the “Facebook burn” story, says Thompson, who like many reporters began paying closer attention to the site in 2008. Early users were beginning to graduate from college, out into a world where prospective employers could Google up those red Solo cup pictures. There were other problems, as well: The mainstreaming of Facebook meant that users found themselves friending people

“Do I think Facebook will be around a long time? Probably not, no,” Thompson says. “I’m speaking in terms of civilizations here. Long periods of time. Ten years looks like a long time, maybe, but it’s nothing versus Ford or Standard Oil — companies that dominated American culture for hundreds of years.” It’s an odd thought, perhaps, that Facebook the corporate entity — the advertising monolith, the first Web site you check every morning, the hope of investors and inventors the world over — could itself be just a blip on a much greater horizon. Which makes all our updates over the past 10 years, billions of photos and posts and friend requests, countless whiled hours, look like little more than a mound of virtual dust. Thompson sees things a bit more poetically. Consider those fleeting little updates dots in a pointillist painting, he argues. Only when you zoom out do you see the picture: A life assembled from a thousand tiny moments, breakfast photos and relationship statuses and funny memes, shared with the wider world. Facebook will leave us with that sense of ambient social awareness, Thompson argues, long after the site is gone. And its legacy will include other minor tweaks to the social code: greater awareness of our social circles, for instance, and the empowerment of the individual to make and share news. So wherever Facebook ends up in another 10 years, we can say this much conclusively: It wasn’t just a trend. Or, to quote rosy-eyed Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg: “Mark... always said Facebook was started not just to be a company, but to fulfill a vision of connecting the world.” H


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Friends List By Casey Newton



nstagram has begun testing a way to share posts with a more limited group of friends. Called favorites, the feature attempts to improve on earlier social network friend lists, encouraging users to post more often by giving them more control over their audience. If it rolls out broadly, the feature could turn Instagram into the default place to share for more groups of friends — and reshape the social dynamics of Instagram in the process. Before Instagram developed favorites, users tried to build versions of it for themselves. They created so-called “Finstagrams” — private Instagram accounts followed only a handful of their closest friends. Or they posted photos publicly and then deleted them after their close friends had acknowledged them with a like. Each of these approaches had flaws of its own. Due to social pressures, the number of followers of a private account often swelled into the hundreds. People with private accounts often wind up using Instagram less as a result, the company says. “People are trying to hack Instagram to create smaller audiences, and we’re trying to recognize that,” says Robby Stein, product lead at Instagram. The company’s solution is favorites, a list of your closest friends that you can edit at any time. Instagram is testing the feature among a small percentage of users starting today, with an eye toward rolling it out more broadly in coming months. “We really want to get this right,” Stein says.

Still, it seems likely that favorites will come to all users. The feature is more than a year in the making, and nearly every portion of the app has been modified to accommodate it. When you create a regular post or a story post, you’ll see new options to share them to your favorites. When you

do, the post will be visible only to the people on your list — and is denoted by a green “favorites” badge on the post. Your Instagram profile also gets a new favorites tab, denoted by a star, that contains all the non-ephemeral posts you’ve shared to your favorites over time. AUGUST 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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No one gets notified when you add or remove them to the list. They’ll know they’re your favorite only when they see a green “favorites” badge at the top of your posts. They can’t request to be added to your list through the app. And if you remove them from your favorites, they lose access to all of your private posts. If they visit the favorites tab in your profile, it will appear to be empty. Friend lists have historically been failures. These nuances are designed to address a persistent problem in social networks: friend lists designed to encourage more private sharing have historically been failures. Years ago, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley told me that users’ top request had been an option to make check-ins visible only to small group of friends. Foursquare built the feature, Crowley told me, but hardly anyone used it.

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Facebook, which owns Instagram, has friend lists of its own. But their implementation has always been somewhat clumsy, and they seem to be relatively underused. Twitter’s lists differ in that they are public, and the company has not made improvements to them in many years. Instagram is betting it can make its take on the friends list more successful by simplifying it. Unlike Facebook, you’ll have a single list to manage. Unlike Twitter, the list is private. And unlike any I’ve seen, Instagram’s list has visual flair. The green “favorites” badge is a small thing, but it signals your affection to the friends of yours who see it, in a way that I suspect will build a sense of intimacy. Seeing a favorites post nestled in among all the other posts in your feed feels like a bonus. There’s no limit on the number of people you can add, though the company expects most people will add somewhere between 10 and 30 people. Instagram’s ultimate goal, Stein says, is “strengthening relationships through shared experiences.” “The best version of Instagram is one where you feel closer to the people you are connected to because you’re on Instagram together than you would on any other product in the world,” Stein says. “Even if you live all over the world, you feel like you’re with them. That’s something we want to drive as the core focus of the product.” H

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Photo Gallery

Jammin’ Jamborees

50th Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Washington, DC


From left, Big Apple Circus founders Paul Binder and Michael Christensen present new BAC owner Larry Solheim with symbolic top hat and clown’s rubber chicken. Sarasota Circus Tent on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

2017 OABA Jammin’ Jamboree

OABA Jamborees are fun, exciting and entertaining. They provide an opportunity for everyone on the show to get together and have a great time while doing some good for the OABA.

2017 Jammin’ Jamboree Totals

Twentieth Century Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,025 PBJ Happee Day Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,400 Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000 TOTAL $13,425

2017 OABA Jammin’ Jamboree Schedule

Twentieth Century Rides, Brownsville, TX . . . . . . . . . March 1 PBJ Happee Day Shows, Marion, AR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 9 A Fantasy Amusement Co., St. Charles, IL . . . . . . . . . July 18 Butler Amusements – Lance’s Unit, Sacramento, CA . July 19 Butler Amusements – Mick’s Unit, Turlock, CA . . . . . . July 20 West Coast Amusements, Victoria, BC, Canada . . . August 31 Rosedale Attractions & Shows, La Plata, MD . . . September 13 Thomas Carnival, Ft. Smith, AR . . . . . . . . . . . . September 24


Professor Janet Davis, University of Texas-Austin, and Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binder speaking on the Circus Stories narrative stage.

Sailor Circus of Sarasota kids posing for a photo in the ring.

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Jammin’ Jamborees Frazier Shows – Las Cruces, NM Food managers Shalon Jowers and Ginny Miller partying in their leis.

Crystal and Stacy were the big winners of the night when they took home a generator!

The kids were all too excited as Ashley Broetsky pulled the winning raffle tickets.

Amber Decker showing off her 50/50 winnings to Scotty Stevens.

Below: General Manager Stephen Broetsky with wife Jan, cousin Lauren Lauther, and her husband Billy Carpenter.

Adam Schrum looking festive as he sells the 50/50.

Above: Show owners Steve and Julie Broetsky with concession manager Garry Miller and wife Ginny.

Above: AJ Schrum could not have been more thrilled with how his night turned out! Randy Allman lucked out at winning the raffle prizes. Popper Bo was very excited about her big win.


Ladies at the Luau! Ashley Broetsky, Lauren Lauther, Andrea Broetsky and Jessica Johnson.

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Contribution Fund 2017 OABA Contribution Fund Program Participants


BRONZE • 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.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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 $5.00 per event

Monthly drawings April-October First Prize $300 Second Prize $200 $100 Third Prize

Final drawing in February First Prize $3,000 Second Prize $2,000 $1,000 Third Prize

Frazier Shows Adam Schrum AJ Schrum Allie Carpenter Andrea Broetsky Ashley Broetsky Billy Carpenter Blazen Entertainment Broetsky Equipment Broetsky Foods Broetsky SW Bryan Broetsky Cash Broetsky Dylan Tobias Elizabeth Landon Emma Tobias Frazier Shows Garfield Miller Garry Miller George Tobias Georgie Tabias Ginny Miller Jan Broetsky Jan Broetsky Jan Cavanaugh

Monthly drawings April-October First Prize $400 $300 Second Prize Third Prize $200

Final drawing in February First Prize $4,000 $2,000 Second Prize 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 $5.00 per day

Monthly drawings April-October First Prize $500 $400 Second Prize Third Prize $300

Final drawing in February First Prize $5,000 $2,000 Second Prize Third Prize $1,000

Gold Plan: If the carnival contributions exceed $10,000, OABA dues are waived for carnival.

Sue Shreve Wayne Hinson Ray Farrow S&S Amusements Stephen Swika III Paula Swika Jimmy Snyder Larry Koza J & C Enterprises


Carousel FEC Angelo Cappetta Patricia Thomas Deggeller Attractions Alex Brandon Barrett’s East Coast Foods Bobo Concessions Brandon Concessions Bungee Blast Cathy Deggeller Chris Robbeloth Dale & Sharon Negus DEA Games

2017 OABA Contribution Fund Ray Cammack Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71,740 Powers Great American Midways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,320 Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,930 Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000 Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,180 Rosedale Attractions & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 740 Rainbow Valley Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700 NAME/Mid America Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 Carousel Family Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260 SwikaS Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 TOTAL $92,670

Silver Plan

Contribution from Concessions & Rides $10.00 per week

Jaxon Scales Jessica Johnson Julie Broetsky Lauren Lauther Piper Broetsky Schrum Entertainment Stephen P Broetsky Stephen T Broetsky Steve Broetsky Tobias Sky Tristan Scales William Carpenter NAME/All Star Amusements Dawn Snoddy Dennis Voss Kristine Rieder Pat Blomsnoss Rosedale Attractions & Shows Jason & Joe Gaylin John Smith Tom Gaylin Barbara Gaylin Michelle Farrow Wayne Hinson

June Drawing Winners BRONZE

Dennis Voss NAME $300


Dale & Sharon Negus Deggeller Attractions $400

Broetsky Equipment Frazier Shows Jeff & Shelia Dean $200 Powers Great American Midways Wayne $300 Hinson Rosedale Patricia Thomas Attractions & Carousel Family Shows Entertainment $100 $200


Michael Ousey Ray Cammack Shows $500 Jayce Pacheco Ray Cammack Shows $400 Andrew Schoendienst, Jr. Ray Cammack Shows $300

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Call for 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees & Industry Pioneer Nominations


our OABA is now accepting nominations for the prestigious 2018 Hall of Fame inductions and Industry Pioneer recognition.

If someone comes to mind who has made significant contributions to the OABA and the mobile outdoor amusement industry through their career and achievements, now is the time to submit an application to the Hall of Fame Committee for their consideration of your nominee for these prestigious honors. Individuals nominated must have made substantial achievements and/or contributions to the OABA and/or the mobile amusement industry. Nominees may be currently active, retired or deceased, and represent any facet of our industry. For a list of current OABA Hall of Fame inductees and Pioneer recipients, as well as a nomination form, please visit Please take a few minutes to complete the form and submit your nomination for these prestigious honors in the mobile amusement industry. Nominations must be received by September 30, 2017. Indicate which category — Hall of Fame or Industry Pioneer — for which you are submitting the individual’s name for consideration. There are three ways to submit your nomination form: H Email your nomination form to: H Fax/scan to the attention of: Hall of Fame Committee at 407-681-9445 or to H Or mail to the attention of OABA Hall of Fame Committee, 1035 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite 1045A, Winter Park, FL 32792 The Hall of Fame Committee will review all nominations and select individual(s) to be inducted into the OABA’s Hall of Fame and to receive the Industry Pioneer recognition. Individuals selected by the Committee will receive this recognition and honor at the OABA’s Annual Meeting in February. Previously submitted applications received by the OABA in the past five years will be considered, along with all new applicants for these awards, by the Hall of Fame Committee. Should you have any questions, please contact the OABA office or Committee Chair John Hanschen at 512-914-0395. H


Contribution Fund continued 2017 OABA Contribution Fund Program Participants Deggeller Foods, Inc. Deggler Attractions Dennis Rowland Dexter Oscar Giffin’s Enterprise Global Glow Toys Happy Swing Heidi Jamie & Andy Deggeller Jay Russell Kat’s Quarters M&D Rides Macneill Bull Old Tyme Photos Parks-Speedpitch Pete Katz Porky’s Pugh & Sons Concessions R&A Concessions Rob Myers & Alieta Hopp Robbeloth Concession Robby Myers T&T Concessions NAME/Mid America Shows Banks Huston Cooper D. Huston Gary & Lori Crabtree Lucy Huston Mid America Concessions Mike Huston Miles Huston Richard Huston Sylvia Wilson Troy & Celicia Meadows Troy Meadows Powers Great American Midways Alan & Stefanie Wheelock Bob & Suzette McKnight Brandon Concessions Brian Cotham Corky & Debbie Powers Dave Flores Sales Ianni Concessions Jason Sales Jeff & Shelia Dean Marc & Tiffany Janas Mike Heaton Pam McDonald Phil & Suzie Corl Raymond Ruthie Evans Tang Tempest Bull TM Concessions Wheelock Reithoffer Shows Andrew Prestin Beau Pugh Bobby Pugh Gary Alberry Jan Husted John Stoorza Kevin Lamkin Mario Rojas

Michael Lauther Mike Bronchik Paul Smith Rick Reithoffer Robert Vinson Tony Albanese


Ray Cammack Shows A. Murray Alan Putter Andrew F Schoendienst Jr. Bill Morton Brian Bradbury Brooklynn Retherford Burt Morton Carrie Morton Chris Lopez Deborah Morton Diego Edwardo Palafox Dominic & Kim Palmieri Dylan Lopez Emily Bradbury Emily Machelor Eveline Howard-Morton Hailey Ousey Jacqueline Bradbury Jayce Michael Pacheco Jayce Pacheco Jayce Pacheco Joanne Leavitt Jody Lopez Jossue Ibarra Osequera Joyce Pacheco Juan Carlos Mendoza Juvenal Palafox Garcia Kade Lopez Kate Ousey Kate Ousey Kirsten Ousey Laura Howard Morton Mad Hatter Mario Garcia Tellez Mary K. Ousey Mary Ousey Michael John Ousey Michael Ousey Mike Ashcraft Mike Ousey Mile Ousey Nancy Bishop Riley Lopez Robot Ousey Savannah Bradley Shelby Wendland Tanner Lopez Trevor Stonerock Walker Retherford Zane Bradbury

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DOT Regulatory News Supreme Court Rejects OOIDA Challenge Of ELD Rule The U.S. Supreme Court had declined to accept review of a challenge by the Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The decision means the ELD mandate will go into effect on December 18, 2017 as scheduled. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had previously rejected OOIDA’s arguments against the ELD rule. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, OOIDA states it will continue to pursue the issue in Congress. The FMCSA has still not yet ruled on the petition by the Truck Renting Leasing Association to exempt drivers of vehicles rented for 30 days or less from the ELD requirements, however. H

OSHA To Stay Electronic Submissions Of Workplace Injury & Illness Data The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that the agency is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. The final rule requiring electronic submissions of injury and illness logs is being challenged in court. OSHA states that updates will be posted to the agency’s website when they are available. H FMCSA Publishes Two Rulemakings To Ease Commercial Driver Licensing The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published two rulemakings intended to ease the issuance of Commercial Driver Licenses and CDL Learner’s Permits.

In the first rulemaking, the FMCSA proposed to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to allow states to issue a commercial learner’s permit with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance. 82 Fed. Reg. 26888 (June 12, 2017). CLPs issued for shorter periods may be renewed, but the total period of time between the date of initial issuance and the expiration of the renewed learner’s permit could not exceed one year. This proposed amendment would replace the current regulations, which require the states to issue CLPs initially for no more than 180 days, with the possibility of an additional 180-day renewal at the state’s discretion. In the second rulemaking, the FMCSA would allow state driver licensing agencies to waive the requirements for the commercial driver’s license knowledge tests for certain individuals who are, or were, regularly employed

within the last year in a military position that requires/ required the operation of a commercial motor vehicle. 82 Fed. Reg. 26894 (June 12, 2017). H FMCSA To Initiate Rulemaking To Reduce UCR Fees The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has indicated that it will consider the recommendation of the Unified Carrier Registration Board of Directors to reduce the UCR fees for the 2018 and 2019 registration years. By letter dated May 24 to the UCR Chairman, FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson stated that the FMCSA is preparing rulemaking documents to address the fee recommendation. In March 2017, the UCR recommended a 9.8 percent reduction in UCR fees for the 2018 registration year, with a smaller reduction in 2019. Fees for 2018 will be payable starting in the fall of 2017. H

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ELD Update and Drug & Alcohol Testing By Eric Arnold, Arnold Safety Consulting

ELD Update The Supreme Court chose not to hear the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) appeal this past month. OOIDA was challenging the legality of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) law. This ends all legal challenges regarding the ELDs. The only way ELDs will not happen is through an act of Congress. Considering it was a Republican Congress which enacted the ELD law in the first place, the chances of them reversing themselves is zero. President Trump has still not nominated a new head of FMCSA. Until he does, the chances of getting any sort of favorable ruling or exceptions for OABA members on ELDs is on hold. For sake of reference, President Obama nominated his first FMCSA head, Anne Ferro, in June 2009; she was confirmed by the Senate in October 2009.

Drug Testing FMCSA requires all motor carriers with CDL drivers to test them for drugs and alcohol. Drivers must be given a pre-employment drug test. You must receive the results of the preemployment drug test prior to the driver driving, or even riding in, a truck. You must conduct random drug and alcohol testing of your drivers throughout the year. A drug test and an alcohol test are two separate tests. The drug test is conducted via a urine sample at a laboratory off-site from the collecting clinic. An alcohol test is conducted on-site at the clinic via a breath sample. By the end of a calendar year, you must have tested your drivers at a 25 percent rate for drugs and a 10 percent rate for alcohol. This is somewhat new. Ever since the inception of the drug testing rules in the early 1990s, FMCSA always required motor carriers to test at a 50 percent rate for drugs. They relaxed the standard for calendar year 2016, and again in 2017 to 25 percent. FMCSA monitors the frequency of positive tests throughout the industry. When it drops below a certain level, they lessen how often the industry must test. This is why it is now 25 percent instead of 50 percent. They announce at the end of each year what the percentage will be the following year. At any rate, for calendar year 2017 you must randomly drug test your drivers at a 25 percent rate. In addition to pre-employment and random testing, which are by far the most common types of testing, you must also conduct post-accident testing. If your CDL vehicle is involved in a wreck where there is a fatality, an injury treated away from the scene,


or a vehicle towed away from the scene, and your driver receives a citation for a moving violation, within eight hours you must conduct a post-accident drug and alcohol test. You must get the driver tested as soon as practicable following the accident for alcohol, but definitely no later than eight hours following the accident. You have 32 hours to get the driver tested for drugs. This is often a tricky test to get correct, as it happens very rarely, especially for OABA members, who don’t operate that many miles. Nevertheless, should one of your CDL vehicles be involved in a serious accident as described above and your driver gets a ticket, remember that a DOT drug and alcohol test is required. FMCSA almost always fines a motor carrier who misses a required post-accident test. FMCSA also requires you to conduct reasonable suspicion tests if you suspect a driver is drunk or on drugs. This is a relatively rare type of test. Finally, FMCSA requires you to conduct followup tests on drivers who have failed a drug test and gone through rehabilitation. Again, this is a rare type of test. The primary tests OABA members will conduct are pre-employment, random and post-accident. FMCSA takes drug and alcohol testing very seriously and always checks it carefully during an audit. The penalties for missing tests are commonly in the thousands of dollars. Should any of these tests be returned as positive for drugs, you must not use the driver again until he has gone through a fairly elaborate rehabilitation process. You must immediately remove the driver from the truck upon learning he has failed a drug test. If the driver is en route, you cannot let him drive to his destination. You must contact him on his cellphone and have him park the truck immediately. You cannot let him ride in the truck. In fact, you cannot even let him work on or repair the truck until he has successfully completed the rehabilitation process. If you have a driver who tests positive and you want to keep using him, contact me and I will walk you through the rehabilitation process. It is critical you follow it to the letter, as FMCSA always checks drivers who have failed drug and/or alcohol tests very closely. H Eric Arnold, President of Arnold Safety Consulting, Inc., is a former U.S. Department of Transportation agent with 27 years regulatory and transportation compliance experience. His column will appear periodically in the ShowTime magazine. As part of your OABA dues, Mr. Arnold is available for free consultations regarding the DOT rules and regulations.

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From The Center Ring Connecting & Protecting the Circus Industry! Rodney Huey, RAH PR Strategies OABA Circus Media Consultant


t’s hot as blazes across most of the country and the popularity of circus and circus arts is sizzling! Amid the hue and cry about the decline of the American circus, circus-goers new and old continue to show their support for the American circus. The 50th Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC last month was a smash hit as the largest gathering of professional and youth circus artists, producers, coaches, teachers, scholars and enthusiasts, drawing more than 750,000 festival-goers. The final performance, held on Sunday, July 9 under Circus Sarasota’s canvas, featured a Youth Circus Showcase with aspiring young artists from Circus Juventas of St. Paul (MN), Circus Harmony of St. Louis (MO), Circus Smirkus of Greensboro (VT) and Circus Bella of San Francisco (CA), among others. The evening’s guest of honor was Mlle. Pauline Ducruet, daughter of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie of Monaco. Mlle. Ducruet is president of the New Generation Circus Festival of Monaco that brings together young circus artists from around the world for a week of competition each February. Among attendee VIPs was Bello Nock, creator of IncrediBello! recently appearing at the Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling in Sarasota (FL). Also in the nation’s capitol, the Circus Historical Society celebrated the illustrious history of the circus with a trip to the Smithsonian Institution’s archives, and banquet guest speaker Cedric Walker, founder and CEO of the UniverSoul Circus, entertained conventioneers before the group viewed the Fourth of July fireworks display from the Capitol View Ballroom at the Key Bridge Marriott. In touring circus news, UniverSoul Circus is in Hampton Roads (VA) before opening in Raleigh (NC) August 9–20 and closing out the month in St. Louis (MO). Circo Hermanos Vazquez is heading up the Eastern Seaboard while California’s Circus Vargas returns to the road this month after a mid-summer hiatus. The popular musical Circus: 1903 opened in the Le Theatre des Arts at Paris Las Vegas on July 25, and will remain there through the end of the year. The revived Big Apple Circus goes into rehearsal in September in preparation for its premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City in October 29, complete with the return of signature clown Barry “Grandma” Lubin. The Summer Show at Circus World Museum is hitting its peak this month, closing August 27. Kelly Miller Circus hits a dozen cities in Ohio and Michigan. KM owner John Ringling North II, son of former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and co-owner John Ringling North,


recently received the keys to the Jefferson Township in New Jersey, site of the one-time home of Alfred T. Ringling, one of the original Ringling brothers. The three-story mansion boasts 26 rooms, and was built in 1916 for $300,000 (equivalent to more than seven million dollars today). With the closing of The Greatest Show On Earth, cars from the famed RBX Circus Train are being bought and/ or donated across the country. Former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Human Cannonball Brian Miser installed one on his property in his hometown of Peru (IN) while Bello Nock purchased a car for his Sarasota (FL) home site. Elephant trainer Patty Zerbini purchased two cars to be placed on her Two Tails Ranch in Williston (FL), and Circus World Museum in Baraboo (WI) will be the new home of the car RBX 189 from the Blue Unit train, along with a stock car and a flat car. But perhaps the most significant retirement of the Ringling train is the donation of car RBX 57 by Feld Entertainment, Inc. to the Showpeople’s Winter Quarters (SWQ) in Seffner (FL), a retirement mobile home for traveling showpeople opened in 2015 by the Circus and Traveling Show Retirement Project headed by Circus Priest Father Jerry Hogan. FEI Chairman Kenneth Feld noted that “it was important to our family that the donated Ringling Bros. train cars serve a special purpose in local communities and function as a place to gather and make memories.” After the car is installed in its “forever home,” it will be remodeled as SWQ’s new Community Center. The 19th International Aerial Dance Festival will be held in Boulder (CO) through August 11, offering “an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air.” In Los Angeles (CA), the Le PeTiT CiRqUe® PRO INTENSIVE will offer classes for serious artists August 7–11 and August 14–18, while the 2017 National Youth Circus Festival, hosted by the Trenton (NJ) Circus Squad, will be held August 16–20, and is open to aspiring circus artists of all ages. The World Clown Association is offering Youth Circus Scholarships for students ages 16–25 who are interested in learning circus education, particularly in physical comedy. Also available is a Junior Joey scholarship for kids aged five-15. For more information, see Erendira Wallenda, wife of high wire daredevil Nik Wallenda, broke a height record set in 2011 by her husband when she performed an “iron jaw” routine (hanging only by the teeth) beneath a helicopter flying over Niagara Falls on June 22, exactly five years to the day Nik walked across the famed falls on a wire. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin,

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Capitol Update By Joan Galvin, OABA Government Relations Consultant


or circus fans everywhere, an exciting event took place this year on the National Mall in Washington, DC as part of the Smithsonian Institute’s annual Folklife Festival. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s Folklife Festival was a celebration of circus arts and culture and drew children of all ages from across the globe to our nation’s capitol. Featured prominently was the easily-recognizable Circus Sarasota big top, provided by Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis, directors of the Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC). Performances by wellknown U.S.-based youth circuses such as Circus Juventas, Sarasota’s Sailor Circus (part of the CAC) and Circus Harmony took place both under the big top and at various performance venues along the mall. Storytelling, circus arts demonstrations (including trapeze), clown makeup workshops and interactive discussions

drew visitors into the magical world of the circus and its transformative impact on art and culture. While today’s circus community faces many challenges — rising costs, competition from modern entertainment choices and, of course, the incessant and uninformed shrillness of animal rights

activists — one thing remains crystal clear: circus still has an amazing power to connect people to one another, as evidenced by the crowd’s response to the performers and performances. And what better setting than Washington, DC during the week when we celebrated America’s birthday! H

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