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Contents The Official Publication of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association


December 2016


GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS 21 DOT REGULATORY NEWS State and Federal Legislation and Regulations

Kathleen O’Leary Named State Fair CEO


The Best Time of Year

Registration Now Open for AIMS Safety Seminar


Home for the Holidays!


24 ARNOLD SAFETY CONSULTING Medicals and MVRs; 30 Minute Violation

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

December 2016


Rodney Huey follows circuses around the country.

Who, what and where are people making news? Here’s the scoop.



Wrapping Up the Year


Joan Galvin, Government Relations Consultant

The OABA catches members in action.

14,18 SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS Jammin’ Jamborees and Contribution Fund Drawing Winners


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CHAIR Thomas J. Gaylin, III 1ST VICE CHAIR E. J. Dean 2ND VICE CHAIR Jay Strates 3RD VICE CHAIR Larry Yaffe TRUSTEE 2015 Michael Wood TRUSTEE 2014 Chris Lopez TRUSTEE 2013 Mike Featherston TREASURER Mitchell Kaliff PRESIDENT Bob Johnson

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

Michael Lauther Charlene Leavitt Ron Morris Ben Pickett Debbie Powers Rick Reithoffer Lorelei Schoendienst Patrick Sheridan Scott Siefker

Joseph Skerbeck Mary Chris Smith Greg Stewart Holly Swartz Rob Vivona

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

* 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

* Deceased

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The Best Time of Year Tom Gaylin, OABA Chair 2016


he month of December just happens to be my holidays always seem to be the best time of the year. Families personal favorite time of the year. It becomes the and friends reunite to celebrate the previous year, the upcommost advantageous time to reflect on the events ing year, and their futures together. There is nothing in life of 2016, and try to anticipate the upcoming 2017. Most shows more important than family, and most of our businesses are have wrapped it up for the season or their season is winding predicated on family working together. Ours is a tough livelidown. In reflection, for anyone to make it through an entire hood, and families working together in business is never easy, season in this industry is a major accomplishment. Without but the holidays always seem to strengthen the family bonds. wrecks, break downs, incidents or accidents, bad weather, or This past year as your Chairman, I have had the distinct scheduling conflicts, this livelihood would be boring. Lookluxury and honor of visiting almost 20 different midways. ing back, to make it through all There are many common themes those challenges only makes us that I observed similar to every midstronger and more resilient. I feel way. The most significant observafortunate to have survived the tion is the outstanding job that our Life’s true accomplishments and challenges, stayed in business, industry does in presenting itself to rewards are not being on top, but the and look forward to upcoming the public. Every place that I visited, journey it took to get there and the season. bar none, I would be proud to be a This is also the time of year part of that operation. The educafriendships you made along the way. when trade shows, seminars, tion I received along the way has and fair conventions are on the been priceless. I would recommend agenda. It enables us to renew old friendships, meet new anyone in this industry to get out and visit as many midways people, further our educations, and enhance our businesses as possible; the education alone would only enhance your opby adding new dates and purchasing new equipment. With the erations. To all the shows and showmen that hosted my trips, I IAAPA and IAFE shows behind us, our staffs can attend AIMS, express my sincere gratitude for your hospitality and kindness NAARSO, and the Northwest Showmen’s seminars. And next and making me feel right at home. on the schedule will be Gibtown. The IISA tradeshow marks Life’s journey seems to strive for being on top of the the start of the new season and creates excitement for the mountain, and if you’re fortunate enough to obtain that goal, upcoming season. No matter how old one becomes, attending it seems like everyone else’s purpose is to knock you off that Gibtown always seems to get the juices flowing in anticipating perch. If you’re lucky enough to stay on top for any length of another successful year on the road. time, many perceive that to be the greatest accomplishment. Most importantly, though, this is the time of year for famiBut life’s true accomplishments and rewards are not being on lies and friends. Regardless of your religious persuasion, the top, but the journey it took to get there and the friendships


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Home for the Holidays! Bob Johnson, OABA President


t the end of this season and, for that matter, every season, show owners, concessionaires and independent ride owners need a break from the long hours and daily challenges of running their businesses and to spend time with their families during this Holiday Season. We’ve had two, it seems back-to-back, industry conventions and trade shows with IAAPA and IAFE/ SLA this past month. Some of you are planning for your state conventions and Western Fairs in Reno in 2017, as is the OABA, where we will present educational workshops and address the fair associations as to our continued challenges with H-2B seasonal worker visas, wage and hour issues and finding ways for better operating efficiencies with our fair partners. Hopefully at the IAAPA and IAFE/SLA trade shows, you had the opportunity to discuss new purchases, lighting and games stock for 2017 with some of the greatest suppliers and vendors in the mobile amusement industry. As the industry continues to upgrade its perception to your fairs and fairgoers, keep in mind that your employees are your most important asset. We know some bunkhouse suppliers are already redesigning mobile housing units to give your employees more spacious living accommodations and other “comforts of home” that should help attract and retain your seasonal staff. From all of us at the OABA to all of you and your families, we wish you a joyous Holiday Season and very safe, happy and prosperous New Year! H


As the industry continues to upgrade its perception to your fairs and fairgoers, keep in mind that your employees are your most important asset.

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great deal of summer fairs experienced what their general managers referred to as excessive heat and rain this year, more so than usual, it seems. How you handle it is another thing and in all honesty, I have never seen anybody as resilient as carnival and fair people. A good example is Marty Svrcek, in his 11th year as executive director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Gaithersburg, MD, where Powers Great American Midway provides the carnival. “Our fair was nine days, and on eight of them we were hit with blistering heat, temperatures in the three-digit range, even reaching 118 degrees one day,” said Svrcek. “But the crowds came out the last three days, no matter what. They were ready, but it was way too much to overcome.” “I’m an eternal optimist. What happened was uncontrollable and the way I figure, people can’t wait to get out here next year. They’ll come in droves, at least for the next five years. We’ll build off this. We are so lucky to have Corky and Debbie Powers and their team. They are truly a blessing to the business. I can’t imagine enduring any of the trials and tribulations without them, and in my opinion they are second to none in bringing in topnotch equipment.” When I first started working for Amusement Business, I visited Milt Kaufman’s Gooding’s Million Dollar Midway on a very rainy day during a Memphis in May Celebration. I sat around with the likes of Joe and Janice Lane, Bobby Israel, David Starkey, Ernie Adams, Larry Weaver, Philip (Pee Wee) Hoskins, Joey Hoffman, Harold Case, Kal Hamilton, Bill Lauther, Joe Shesser, Pat Fegorello, and Sonny (self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Guesser) Lewis. I felt so bad that they were unable to make any money because of the elements. They took it in stride. What a great trait. After losing two of the biggest weekend days to rain this year at the David


Sparks-managed Dixie Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, NC, James E. (Jimmy) Strates, OABA chairman in 2003, stated that when the show left Florida it encountered 19 straight weeks of rain, mostly on weekends. “But whenever we got the weather, it was nice. People were spending and we have no complaints. That’s the nature of the business. There is no sense worrying about matters beyond our control.” Even with the rain in Winston-Salem and the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT, Strates said both were better than last year. Among those booking with the show were Bobby Brinkley, Mike Bray, Larry Cushing, Jim Dillman, and Sue Shorb. The show dodged the hurricane earlier, with Strates stating they only got rain. In other words, it could have been worse. I truly believe that is the philosophy of most carnival people. Luckily, later in the season, the weather got better and so did business for most shows and concessionaires. Fairs set records or near records for food and ride grosses. Among those were the North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh; South Carolina State Fair, Columbia; Georgia National Fair, Perry; Oklahoma State Fair, Tulsa; Washington State Fair, Puyallup; Mississippi State Fair, Jackson; Big Fresno, California Fair, and others. Guy Leavitt of Ray Cammack Shows said records fell at all his spots. Gary Goodman, general manager of the South Carolina State Fair called me just prior to writing this column, as RCS was still playing the Arizona State Fair, which is always a biggie. While the Columbia attendance of 464,878 was not a record, the food and ride grosses were. The food gross was $4,869,625 and the ride gross was $4,863,348. “Our per caps were phenomenal,” said Goodman. Goodman always provides me with a list of the top 10 food grossers. No. 1 was Netterfield Concessions,

followed by Carousel Foods, owned by Cheryl and Dennis Reas; Fiske’s French Fries, owned by Jerry Price; Lou Pacifico’s Meatball Factory, Aunt Martha’s, Carolina Fried Foods, Kristina’s Elephant Ears, owned by Kristina and Etienne Rieder; Rusty Groscurth’s Super Dogs, Daley’s Food Factory, and Mr. Kim’s Oriental Foods. Rieder is the daughter of NAME’s Jeff and Patti Blomsness. Kristina’s stand is the one purchased from the late Bill Lordy and operated by Traycie Brewer, which always finished in the top 10. When informed of being No. 1, Butch Netterfield said, “That’s fantastic! I felt like we were doing better than normal. I think everybody brought in a bunch of money. I know for sure it was our best run ever there and we’ve been playing that fair, like most on our route, for 52 years.” Butch deflected most of the credit stating, “Gary Goodman is a great manager and his idea to have the Pay-One-Price unlimited ride promotions every day, instead of just weekdays, turned out great.” He also stated, “Ann (his wife) and I have turned just about everything over to Ronnie and Kim, and they do all the work and deserve the credit. We don’t even come out all the time, but I worked a Pepsi stand during a Lynyrd Skynyrd show in the grandstand at Columbia. I got so busy that Jeff Blomsness jumped in the joint to help me.” “I’ll never forget sending Ronnie to Jacksonville where Kim was working in the office for Jim Murphy. That’s how they met and I don’t think they’ve been apart for even a day since then.” Speaking from the Oct. 27–Nov. 6 Coastal Carolina Fair, Netterfield said, “Ronnie hauled our food court, all the other stands, plus the benches, flowers, and other amenities, amounting to three truckloads 93 miles to get us set up here on time in three days. He’s amazing! “They have exceeded anything Ann and I were ever able to accomplish, and

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With Netterfield Concessions at the Minnesota State Fair, from left, are Janice Lane, mother of Kim Netterfield; Lois (Pinky) Welch, Gabriela Mundo and Alejandra Huesca.

Two more OABA directors are Doug Burtch, left, TJ Schmidt & Co., and Blake Huston, North American Midway Entertainment.

when I think about my dad and mom who started this whole thing with a peanut stand I know they never would have believed it. Everybody called dad Pegleg because he only had one leg. Because of that, he couldn’t get a job so he started selling peanuts. That’s why I still put up the old peanut stand here in Charleston. It doesn’t make any money, but we have a lot of fun with it.” I’ve seen Butch in action at Charlotte, where for every bag he sells he gives one away. The always smiling Butch was inducted into the OABA Hall of Fame last year. By the way, as we wrap up this season, Netterfield, now 72, proclaimed it was his best ever. I’ve heard that from others, as well. Please send news to, or call 615-319-1258. Have all great days, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and God Bless! H

Tommy Coffing of, Greer, SC, is always doing business on the phone.

Two of OABA’s hard-working directors are Stacey Jamieson, left, of World’s Finest Shows, Ontario, and Rob Vivona, Amusements of America.

OABA Director Ben Pickett, left, is with Ray Cammack Shows. His family owns a carnival in Australia. Another OABA director is Andy Deggeller, Deggeller Attractions.

Mike Broesky, left, and his son, Chris, are with Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Ocean City, MD. Mike’s brother, Steve, owns Frazier Shows of Scottsdale, AZ.

Fred Pittroff, who owns and manufactures Giant Slides, is between his wife, Carmel Dyer Pittroff, Australian Battered Potatoes, and Russ Harrison, Rudy’s Inc., Hernando, FL.

Ivan Arnold, Arnold Amusements, is between John Doolan, left, Doolan Amusement Co., Stuart, FL, and Tom Powell.

From left, at the IAAPA trade show in Orlando are Eui Suk Lee and James Lee, Kids At Play, Livonia, GA, and Len Soled, Rides-4-U, Somerville, NJ.

From left, at the trade show in Gibsonton, are Nashvillian Hillman Snyder, Jr., who books his mini doughnut stand with Big Rock Amusements; Keith and Jerry Hoover, Pork Chop Express, Adairville, KY. Snyder and his wife, Jane, formerly owned Snyder and Metts Amusements. DECEMBER 2016 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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John W. Owens, Jr. John W. Owens, Jr., 70, of Deland, FL passed away October 24, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Lombard, Illinois on July 17, 1946 and moved to central Florida in 1988 from North Carolina. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. John worked with the OABA as a Marketing Director for two years and as a Marketing Director and acting General Manager for the Volusia County Fair in 2015. He loved the entertainment industry and music, especially playing the saxophone. He was very creative and a visionary. John was an author and very outgoing; he had a positive attitude which resonated to others and had the ability to connect with people to help them fulfill their dreams. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sarah; son John Owens, III (Tamara) of Nebo, NC; daughter Ann Marie Pike (Billy) of Foster, RI; brother Robert Owens of Pittsboro, NC; sisters Carol Jane Thurber of Pittsboro, NC and Molly Maddock (Harry) of Tacoma, WA; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. H


Lee A. Sullivan, Jr. Lee A. Sullivan Jr., 91, of Jacksonville, IL died October 25, 2016 at his home. He was born July 12, 1925 in Jacksonville, the son of Lee A. Sr. and Nell Griffith Sullivan. He married Barbara Bienemann on March 29, 1949 and later married Betty Miller Kinnett Deem on October 25, 1975 and both have preceded him in death. He is survived by five children, William A. Sullivan of Jacksonville, Patricia Sullivan of Jacksonville, Robert Sullivan (wife, Sue) of Bethalto, Susan Sullivan-Tuncan (husband, Erdal) of Omaha, NE, and Paul Sullivan of Springfield; five grandchildren, Jas Sullivan of Woodriver, Reya Tuncan Christensen (husband, Nicholas) of Lincoln, NE, Erin Tuncan and Sanya Tuncan, both of Omaha, NE, and Connor Sullivan (wife, Alexis) of Naperville; a niece, Julie Gaines (husband, Tom) of Jacksonville; two nephews, Larry Littler (wife, Kathy) of Jacksonville and David Littler (companion, Linda Hack) of

Largo, FL; two cousins, Marian Russell McDaniel of Shawnee Mission, KS and Henrietta Doss of The Villages, FL; and his personal caregiver, Ava Sparrow of Jacksonville, whose care allowed him to continue residing in his home. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Peggy Littler and Liam “Bud” Sullivan. Lee was a 1942 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1950 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Engineering where he was named to the Bronze Tablet, the university award for academic achievement. He served with the US Navy from 1945–1946 and from 1951–1952. A licensed professional engineer, Lee served as president and board chairman of Eli Bridge Company where he was involved in its leadership from 1950 until his death. He was nationally known throughout the amusement ride industry and an advocate of raising safety standards. He was a member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association which named Lee to their industry Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a past president of the American Recreation Equipment Association where he was instrumental in the creation of safety seminars. He was also a member of the Showman’s League of America and ASTM International, an organization charged with establishing industry-wide safety standards. ASTM awarded Lee the “Jimmy Floyd Award” for his outstanding service to amusement industry safety. Lee was also a founding and 19 year member of the Illinois Carnival-Amusement Safety Board. Lee was a life-long member of Central Christian Church in Jacksonville where he formerly served as a deacon and choir member. He was a former member of the board of directors for both Jacksonville Savings and Loan Association (now Jacksonville Savings Bank) and Farmers State Bank and Trust Company in Jacksonville. He was a former board member and treasurer of the Sherwood Eddy YMCA and a member of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. H

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egistration for the AIMS International Safety Seminar is now open and available online at This comprehensive seminar, to be held January 8–13, 2017 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida, offers classroom and hands-on safety training along with valuable networking opportunities for ride inspectors, maintenance, operations and aquatic personnel throughout the amusement industry. More than 350 students are expected to attend this seminar renowned for its diverse curriculum and the quality of instructors who are leading industry professionals in their fields. Tuition is $595 and includes all class materials, lunches, two daily snack breaks, Continuing Education Units (CEU), and completion certificates. New classes for 2017 include topics on Terrorism, Active Shooter and Workplace Violence, Security (by venue type), FECs, Climbing Walls, ASTM updates, TPM (Total Productive Maintenance), Guest Behaviors, Ride Accessibility, and more. AIMS has secured a discounted hotel rate at the Doubletree for $99 per night. A complete schedule and class list along with hotel and other information can be found at http:// asp. For more information about the AIMS Safety Seminar, please email or contact Holly Coston, Seminar Operations Manager, 714.697.6654. H

About AIMS International AIMS International is a non-profit 501(c)(6) association dedicated to improving amusement Industry safety through leadership in education. AIMS International provides training classes and certification (CEU) programs for ride inspectors, operations, maintenance, and aquatics personnel through its annual Safety Seminar and at other venues throughout the year. AIMS also serves to inform its members on legislative and other issues relating to industry.

“In Washington you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. OABA represents the mobile amusement industry in DC, through our lobbyists, on H-2B seasonal, guest workers. We fight hard for what we need.


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Photo Gallery

Jammin’ Jamborees

Topsfield Fair


2016 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.

OABA 1st Vice Chair EJ Dean and his father, Gene, with Fiesta Shows, Samantha Keller, Firestone Financial and OABA Chair Tom Gaylin, Rosedale Attractions, at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts.

2016 Jammin’ Jamboree Totals

West Coast Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,541 Amusements of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,954 Reithoffer Shows – Blue Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,614 Belle City Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,500 NAME/Astro Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,018 Wright’s Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,161 Butler Amusements – Lance’s Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,000 Thomas Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,452 NAME/Mid America Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,500 A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,780 Twentieth Century Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,200 Rosedale Attractions & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,266 GoldStar Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,800 Fiesta Shows/Firestone Financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,200 Reithoffer Shows - Orange Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,815 Butler Amusements – Mick’s Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000 TOTAL $182,801 EJ Dean with Tom and Barb Gaylin at the Topsfield Fair.

Paul Atkins Retires OABA Trustees Jean Anne Clair and John Hanschen recognized Paul Atkins, Thomas Carnival, on his retirement and for his support of the OABA.


2016 OABA Jammin’ Jamboree Schedule

Twentieth Century Rides, Brownsville, TX . . . . . . . . . . . . March 2 Butler Amusements – Lance’s Unit, Sacramento, CA . . . . . . July 13 Butler Amusements – Mick’s Unit, Turlock, CA . . . . . . . . . . July 14 A Fantasy Amusement Co., St. Charles, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 19 West Coast Amusements, Red Deer, AB, Canada . . . . . . . . . July 19 West Coast Amusements, Vermilion, AB, Canada . . . . . . . . July 27 Rosedale Attractions & Shows, La Plata, MD . . . . . . September 13 NAME/Mid America Shows, Centreville, MI . . . . . . . September 21 Powers Great American Midways, Greenville, NC . . September 22 Thomas Carnival, Ft. Smith, AR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 25 Wright’s Amusements, Winnie, TX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 26 Fiesta Shows/Firestone Financial, Topsfield, MA . . September 28 NAME/Astro Amusements, Tyler, TX . . . . . . . . . . . . September 28 Frazier Shows, Las Cruces, NM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 29 Reithoffer Shows – Orange Unit, Shelby, NC . . . . . . . . . October 5 GoldStar Amusements. DeRidder, LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 9 Mitchell Bros. & Sons, Baton Rouge, LA . . . . . . . . . . . . October 25 Belle City Amusements, Gainesville, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . October 26 Reithoffer Shows – Blue Unit, Pensacola, FL . . . . . . . . October 26 Amusements of America, Charleston, SC . . . . . . . . . November 2

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Reithoffer Shows – Shelby, NC The master chef at work, Tommy Popovich. The live auction gang.

Second from left: Cleveland County Fair Manager Bobby Jenks, pictured here with (from left) Jack Stoorza, Pat Reithoffer and son Ryan Reithoffer.

Below: Arranging the auction items, Nichole Popovich.

These three pretty ladies are having fun! From left: Jan Stoorza, Morgon Schmidt and Letty Knox. Shannon Russell, games agent, decked out in her OABA hat.

Little Xavier Reithoffer is pictured with grandmother Geneva Reithoffer. Xavier is Geneva and Pat Reithoffer’s grandson.

Ralf Flack loves his OABA jacket.

Six-month-old Elizabeth Homle is pictured with mom Ally Mann and friend Daniel Torres. Al DeRusha catching up on ShowTime with Ray Hrudka.

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Jammin’ Jamborees continued Belle City Amusements – Gainesville, FL


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Contribution Fund PROGRAM

2016 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.

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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

Contribution from Concessions & Rides $10.00 per week 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.

2016 OABA Contribution Fund Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,870 Ray Cammack Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,800 Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,770 Powers Great American Midways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,380 Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,440 Luehrs’ Ideal Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,150 S&S Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,715 NAME/Astro Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,640 Rainbow Valley Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500 NAME/Mid America Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,035 Rosedale Attractions & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,655 NAME/All Star Amusement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,330 Elliott’s Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,160 A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Doolan Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800 Carousel Family Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 570 Calkins United Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 TOTAL $105,315


Wayne Hinson Rosedale Attractions $300

Contribution from Concessions & Rides $5.00 per day

James Mayhew NAME – All Star Amusements $200

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

Betsi Schrum Frazier Shows $100

Gold Plan

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.


Jan Broetsky Julie Broetsky Piper Broetsky S.P. Broetsky S.T. Broetsky Steve Broetsky Allie Carpenter Lauren & Billy Carpenter William Carpenter Frankle Fair Frazier Shows Damian Haller Jessica Johnson Jamal Khalil Jamal’s T Shirts Elizabeth Landon Lauren Lauther Garfield Miller Garry Miller Ginny Miller Carlos Ramirez

October Drawing Winners

Silver Plan

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

Calkins United Shows Chuck & Lynn Waterman Doolan Amusements Abigail Doolan Heidi Doolan John Doolan Michael Doolan Sean Doolan Tina Doolan Frazier Shows 3 G’s Ashley Ice Cream Blazen Enterprises Broetsky Entertainment Broetsky Equipment Broetsky Foods Andrea Broetsky Ashley Broetsky Bryan Broetsky Cash Broetsky


Mike Heaton Powers Great American Midways $400 Make It Concessions Willie Ryan $300


Zane Bradbury Ray Cammack Shows $500 Matthew Burton Ray Cammack Shows $400

Angelo Tom & Jeanne Cappetta McDonagh Carousel Family Ray Cammack Entertainment Shows $200 $300

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OABA–Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund 2017 SCHOL ARSHIP

Statement Of Purpose

The Mobile Amusement Industry, Inc. (MAI), through its OABA–Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund, is interested in furthering the educational goals of young people within our industry. The youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow and will require the education necessary to be competitive in an increasingly complex business environment. Individual and company contributions to the OABA– Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund and the annual generosity of Allied Specialty Insurance Company and Gold Medal Products provide opportunities to eligible applicants for financial assistance with advanced education.

Eligibility Requirements H Each applicant must be a member in good standing of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association.

H Each applicant must be a graduating high school

senior or a continuing student at a university, junior college or trade school or be employed in the mobile amusement industry. Each applicant must have plans of attending an accredited educational institution or trade school of their choice for their continued education.


Scholarship applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the OABA by December 31, 2016. Students who have applied for and/or received scholarships in the past are eligible to reapply by submitting updated transcripts and autobiography. (The deadline for fall transcripts is January 13.) If you are an OABA member, go to, sign in as a member, Member Information, Applications, then click on Duke Smith Memorial Scholarship Application. Or call the OABA office at 800.517.6222 for more information. IMPORTANT:

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Memberships Sold Tracy Creason Ray Cammack Shows . . . . . . . . . . . 286 Debbie Powers Powers Great American Midways . . 142 Madison Kissel Kissel Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Heidi Elsperman Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Marina Zaitshik Wade Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Andrew Schoendienst Luehrs’ Ideal Rides . . . . . . . 38 Niki Skerbeck Skerbeck Entertainment Group . . . . . . 36 Rick Reithoffer Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Michelle Farrow Rosedale Attractions & Shows . . . . . 14 Carly Vertz Skerbeck Family Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


Contribution Fund continued Lucy Huston Miles Huston Richard Huston Jack Alvin Kennedy Kathy Kress James Martin McKinney Foods Troy Meadows Dean O’Brien Pier Amusements Eldon Runyan Runyan Games Toby Runyan Wentz Sylvia Wilson Powers Great American Midways A Dream Photo Andrews Ann Marie Bear Brandon Concessions Chen Chico Sales Phil & Suzi Corl Dave’s I Got It Jeff & Sheila Dean DeWitt Tattoo Doolan Elliot/Powers Ruthie Evans Flores Fonzone Gail Gillette Mike Heaton Ianni Concessions Marc & Tiffany Janas Jason’s Caricature Jill Klingenmeyer Liang

Pam McDonald Bob & Suzette McKnight Mel & V Concessions Mike Knife Murphy Nu Again Enterprises Philly Pies Corky & Debbie Powers Raymond Duke Ristick Steve Ristick Rose Ryan Sadie Snyder Swika Fun Clinic Tang Pics Tara Teddy Bear Concessions Thomas Reithoffer Shows Tony Albanese Gary Alberry Mike Bronchik Jan Husted Michael Lauther Andrew Prestin Beau Pugh Bobby Pugh Rick Reithoffer Mario Rojas Paul Smith John Stoorza Robert Vinson


Ray Cammack Shows Nancy Bishop

Brian Bradbury Emily Bradbury Jacqueline Bradbury Savannah Bradbury Zane Bradbury Matthew Burton Nathan Burton Bryan Creason Jose De La Cruz Joyce Hutchins Nathan & Stephanie Janousek Nathan Janousek Ashley Kastl Cameron Kastl Joe Lewis Vanesa Lewis Mad Hatter Tom & Jeanne McDonagh Bill Morton Burt Morton Carrie Morton Deborah Morton Hailey Ousey Jayce Michael Ousey Kate Ousey Kirsten Ousey Mary Ousey Michael Ousey Michael John Ousey Jayce Michael Pacheco Dominic & Kim Palmieri Alan Putter Andrew Schoendienst, Jr. Sweet Cheeks Brian VanderVorste Stephanie VanderVorste

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DOT Regulatory News NTSB Issues Report On Tennessee Truck Crash The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report concluding that a semi tractor-trailer driver’s fatigue, methamphetamine use, and failure to respond to slow-moving traffic within a work zone resulted in the 2015 multi-vehicle crash near Chattanooga, Tennessee in which six people died and four were injured. The Board determined that the probable cause of the crash was the truck driver’s failure to respond to the slowmoving traffic within a work zone because of performance decrements likely associated with his fatigue and methamphetamine use. Contributing to the crash was the failure of the pre-employment screening process to identify driver risk factors. The Board further concluded that the truck tractor’s high impact speed contributed to the severity of the crash. The NTSB noted that the

Commonwealth of Kentucky, where the driver was licensed, is one of only two U.S. jurisdictions that do not provide crash data in their threeyear driver license records. Consequently, the motor carrier did not have crash data

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DOT Establishes Partnership To End Traffic Fatalities in 30 Years The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety

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Administration have established a partnership with the National Safety Council called the “Road to Zero Coalition,” with the goal of ending fatalities on the nation’s roads within the next 30 years. The Department of Transportation has committed $1 million a year for the next three years to provide grants to organizations working on lifesaving programs. According to DOT, 2015 marked the largest increase in overall traffic deaths since 1966, and preliminary estimates for the first half of 2016 show an increase of about 10.4 percent as compared to the number of highway fatalities in the first half of 2015. The coalition will initially focus on promoting proven lifesaving strategies such as improving seat belt use, installing rumble strips, truck safety, behavior change campaigns and data-driven enforcement. H


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DOT Announces $65 Million In Advanced Technology Grants Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that local communities across the country will receive nearly $65 million in grants to support advanced technology transportation projects. The projects, which include automated vehicles and connecting infrastructure to data analytics, are intended to reduce congestion, connect people to mass transit and enhance safety.

For example, Denver will receive a grant to establish a “freight efficiency corridor” with travel time reliability along arterials as a city service to freight fleet operations. Los Angeles will receive money to use automated optimized dispatching and traffic signalvehicle speed coordination to reduce truck congestion and fuel usage. The Niagara Falls, NY area will get a grant to develop multiple communications technologies to alert truckers of border wait times and available parking to reduce congestion in the Buffalo-Niagara area. H FMCSA Issues Final Rule To Ease CDL Requirements For Military Drivers The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule to simplify the process for military drivers to obtain a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL upon transitioning to civilian life. 81 Fed. Reg. 70634 (October 13, 2016). This final rule extends the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver from 90 days to one year after leaving a military position requiring the operation of a CMV. This final rule also allows a state to accept applications from active duty military personnel who are stationed in that state as well as administer the written and skills tests for a CLP or CDL. States that choose to accept such applications are required to transmit the test results electronically to

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Medicals and MVRs; 30 Minute Violation By Eric Arnold, Arnold Safety Consulting


his month I would like to cover two relatively new regulatory items which appear to be minor; however, can be incredibly damaging.

Medicals and MVRs DOT’s senseless new medical-CDL scheme continues to wreak havoc. Another critical component of this rule, buried in the fine print of the regulations, is you must run an MVR within 15 days of getting a new medical. Apparently, DOT is requiring the motor carrier to double-check to see that the new medical has been added to a driver’s CDL record. For example, if your driver gets a new medical on November 1, 2016, you must get an MVR on him no later than November 16, 2016. Also, the new MVR needs to have the new medical expiration date on it, so it’s pointless to run the MVR on November 2, 2016. You have to give the state DMV office a few days to update the CDL record. To refresh your memory, a new medical must be sent to the DMV office by someone, possibly the driver, the doctor, or the employer. If the DMV does not have a current medical on file for a CDL driver, they suspend his ability to drive CDL vehicles. I would run the MVR around day nine after the new medical. Why is this so important? In an audit, if you have not run the MVR in that 15 day window, some DOT auditors are citing this as not having a medical certificate, even if you run an MVR after the 15 day window expires. They don’t care that you have the actual medical certificate signed by the doctor, which has been proof of a physical for the past 80 years. You must now have the MVR. ‘Failing to have a medical certificate’ is a critical violation which affects the safety rating. Furthermore, most DOT auditors automatically levy penalties for all violations of any ‘critical’ violations. The upshot of this crazy new rule is you will be running many more MVRs than you are now. Any time a driver gets a new medical, you must have one within 15 days. If a driver gets medicals in duration shorter than two years, due to high blood pressure or other reasons, you still need an MVR each time he gets a new medical. I recommend starting the process of getting a new medical at least six weeks prior to the expiration date of the medical. If a driver’s medical lapses, it starts a nightmare bureaucratic process of downgrades and suspensions which is very difficult to reverse. If a driver waits until the week his medical is due to


get a new one, he is definitely risking having the medical lapse and jeopardizing his CDL. One final point on this new rule; a non-CDL driver does not need to send his medical into the DMV. You do not need an MVR on a non-CDL driver within 15 days of the medical. 30 Minute Violation When DOT changed the hours of service rules for the umpteenth time a few years ago, they added a rule which forces drivers to take a 30 minute off-duty or sleeper break for every eight hours of duty. On a log, there must be a 30 minute off-duty or sleeper break for every eight hours of on-duty and driving time. This includes on-duty time. For example, a driver starts his shift at 4 AM by doing a 15 minute pre-trip inspection. He must take his 30 minute break no later than noon – not 12:15 PM. It must be a full 30 minutes – not 15 minutes. You cannot take 15 minutes and then add another 15 minutes to it later in the day. It must be off-duty time or sleeper berth time. It cannot be logged on Line 4 which is on-duty time. You must take the 30 minutes for each eight hours of duty status. For example, a driver starts his shift at 4 AM. At 6 AM he takes 30 minutes off-duty to eat breakfast, ending at 6:30 AM. No later than 2:30 PM he must take another 30 minute break, as his eight hour clock elapses at 2:30 PM. Why is this so important? In DOT’s CSA system which determines when you get audited, 30 minute violations carry the same weight as any other hours of service violation. If you drive for 18 consecutive hours, it damages your CSA score no more than a 30 minute violation. It is critical – absolutely critical – you are aware of your CSA scores. High CSA scores lead to audits. DOT audits are rapidly becoming impossible to pass. Therefore it is tantamount you monitor your drivers’ activities and make sure they are either passing DOT roadside inspections or avoiding them altogether. H Eric Arnold, President of Arnold Safety Consulting, Inc., is a former U.S. Department of Transportation agent, with 26 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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launch the new King Bros. Circus. But that effort folded after its first week on the road. Yet at the same time, we are witnessing a virtual renaissance of circus skills and arts. New stage-based boutique circuses, most with less than 20 performers, are opening across the country at an unprecedented rate. Likewise, community-based and youth-based circus schools and training centers continue to pop up in cities large and small. The American Youth Circus Organization boasts more than 400 members and has never been more proactive in promoting circus skills and culture. The Circus Arts Center in San Francisco (CA) re-opened its Clown Conservatory this year; Circus Harmony in St. Louis (MO) is offering more courses than ever before, even throughout this holiday season; Sarasota’s (FL) Sailor Circus, under the auspices of the Circus Arts Conservatory, continues to grow and will present its High Flying Holidays show in late December; Circus Juventas in St. Paul (MN) is in the midst of a successful capital campaign to expand its facilities; Circus Smirkus

in Greensboro (VT) completed another successful tour this past summer; and Colorado’s Salida Circus sent three representatives to Havana, Cuba last month to work with the Angeles del Futuro youth circus program. Furthermore, the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Brattleboro (VT) recently broke ground for a new, state-of-the-art Trapezium for aerial training, and Circus Aloft in Chicago renovated a 107-year-old landmark church into a circus training space. In Philadelphia (PA) plans are underway for the Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. And last, but certainly not least, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, slated to open in late June 2017 on the National Mall in Washington, DC, will recognize circus as a performance art for the first time in its 50-year history. So, what does all this shifting around and rearranging mean? Where will all the aspiring young circus artists perform as professionals? What will the circus of tomorrow look like? Perhaps circus producer and OABA Trustee Wayne McCary gave us a clue when he noted: “The circus of the future is not

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From The Center Ring continued likely to be exactly like the circus of the past. Yet I am convinced that the circus and many of its traditions are still a magnet for the public.” Whether or not the “never-changing, ever-changing” American circus is at a turning point, a tipping point, or merely a course correction remains to be seen. But we know that at its core, the circus is steadfastly resilient, and more than capable of overcoming the challenges of new technologies, economic downturns and the whims of a fickle public. In other words, the American circus, in whatever shape or form it takes, will remain a permanent fixture in live family entertainment for years to come. H

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Eastern States Exposition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,000 Circus Producers Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000 Have Trunk Will Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Kathleen Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Zoppe Family Circus – in honor of Alberto Zoppe . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Forepaugh-Lubin Tent No. 2, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435 Patricia Zerbini, Two Tails Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 National Showmens Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 OABA Circus Committee Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 Lisa A. Dufresne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Henry Bush . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 George A. Hamid Tent #109 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Charles Bellatti – in memory of D.R. Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Kenneth K. Fake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Felix Adler-Paul Binder Tent No. 12, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Paul Gutheil – in fond memory of Bill Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 David & Priscilla Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Leonard Aylesworth Ring Circus Model Builders . . . . . . . . 100 Edward Limbach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Hamid Circus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 John Diesso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kathleen Klapka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Billy Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Clayton Mowry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Andrew Swan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Norman Waycott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Misc. Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245


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Capitol Update By Joan Galvin, OABA Government Relations Consultant


s we go to print, the election is just days away. While the prognosticators and pundits have their theories of who will win and where and by how much or how little, one thing is for certain — changes are coming, many of which are sure to impact our industry. And while we may like some of the changes and we may not like others, one thing is certain — OABA’s voice will continue to be heard in the Halls of Congress and beyond. You and your fellow OABA members and leadership have remained focused on the issues that are important to your future, and you have stepped up and engaged in the process when called upon to do so. Congress was to return in November after the election for a lame duck session. And there is much unfinished business to attend to, not the least of which is completion of the annual spending bills and, along with them the important riders that continue to bring relief — albeit temporarily — to those of you grappling with a dysfunctional H-2B guest worker program. We are also hopeful to see final passage of the Mobile Workforce Income Tax Simplification Act. On the animal issue front we continue to see stepped up activity at the local level. New York City held a hearing on an exotic animal ban and the New Jersey legislature is considering yet

another elephant bill based on nothing more than activist propaganda and misinformation. To those of you who remain vigilant and engaged in opposing these misguided laws, we thank you. And to those of you in the OABA family who remain committed to providing the best care possible to your animal partners and to educating and entertaining the public, know that we remain committed to protecting your right to do so. I recently attended a meeting with some animal industry members. We met with a social media consultant who is helping to advise the industry on ways to better engage our visitors. Certainly the activists have mastered this domain. One take away really stayed with me after our meeting. We know that we inspire and motivate our visitors and they leave our carnivals and fairs inspired by what they have seen — be it an animal show or the 4H completions — whatever it is that resonates with them. But often we forget to send them home with a ‘call to action’ and left on their own they may quite naively end up supporting the very activist programs that harm our industry. I think we can easily fix this. Let’s step up our commitment to make the right information easily available so that they support our animal welfare and conservation programs and our youth and education initiatives. H

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