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Contents The Official Publication of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association


October 2017




Get Ready for IAAPA

State and Federal Legislation and Regulations

Work Exchange Experience at Calgary Stampede


It’s Coming Closer

Ron Porter Turns His Love of Fairs Into a Successful Business


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

IAAPA’s Creation Nation Brings Creativity to Life



GOVERNMENT Features 28 INSIDE THE BELTWAY: WILL DACA LEAD TO IMMIGRATION REFORM? By John Ariale, Cloakroom Advisors – OABA’s Government Relations Team

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



The Diesel Technology Forum

The OABA catches members in action.

18,22 SERVICES, BENEFITS & PROGRAMS Jammin’ Jamborees and Contribution Fund Drawing Winners

CIRCUS MEMBERS 31 FROM THE CENTER RING Rodney Huey follows circuses around the country.

33 CAPITOL UPDATE Joan Galvin, Government Relations Consultant


On the Cover: Midway Sky Eye — America’s largest portable wheel — which first operated at the Florida State Fair in February, is owned by Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik. Photos of the wheel at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul were contributed by Matt Cook of Matt’s Carnival Warehouse and Michael Wood, OABA Trustee.

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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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Get Ready for IAAPA E. J. Dean, OABA Chair 2017


s I write this column, New England is receiving the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. Despite the loss of revenue over Labor Day Weekend, one can only think of those in the city of Houston and surrounding areas that have endured severe damage and flooding from the storm. Hopefully the majority of damage remains to tangible items that can be replaced and not to the loss of life. As for the state of our industry, from what I am hearing about attendance numbers at many state and county fairs this season, it appears that our industry continues to be a popular form of enjoyment. People across our great nation continue to enjoy our unique form of entertainment. Hopefully we have all been able to turn those large numbers into huge profits. With only a few major events and festivals left to get our “winter money” stored away, we once again begin the decision-making process of what is to come next season. We look for the ideas that will continue to make our operations enticing to the crowds. One of the first stops for many in our industry, to do just that, is the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show November 14–17 in Orlando. Whether you’re looking for new equipment for your operation, getting ideas to improve existing ones, or catching up with friendly


faces after a long season, IAAPA is the place to accomplish it all. No other trade show will expose us to the latest trends and ideas that will allow us to stay relevant to our consumers’ desires and remain competitive at events than IAAPA. Ideas have a range of costs from the mere thousands to the millions of dollars, but the positive impact can be equally felt at all levels. Having a strong and quality product doesn’t always require us to make the largest investments. Some good ideas and better practices can often be generated through attending workshops and just plain talking with fellow show people on the trade show floor. Our OABA Board of Directors will be gathering together during the convention week to conduct our official business and enjoy good camaraderie. As always, we will have our usual share of industry issues and goals to discuss, assess and plan for. One of the week’s highlights for me has become the Carnival Reception, sponsored by OABA Director Mary Chris Smith of Allied Specialty Insurance. This has become a great time for the industry to gather and socialize. I look forward to seeing those of you attending the IAAPA trade show week and seeing what new and exciting trends will be available to our industry. As everyone’s season begins to wind down and come to an end, I hope that it continues to remain strong and safe for all. H

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It’s Coming Closer Bob Johnson, OABA President

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s I write this column on September 5th, it’s not over yet! At the height of America’s agricultural fair season which also marks the height of hurricane season for many of us who live in the Southeast and Southwest, we continue to watch these massive storms form west of the Lesser Antilles, in the Atlantic and moving west, knowing they will make landfall and devastate somewhere! Having just witnessed the devastating winds and epic flooding from the effects of “Harvey” on August 23 in Texas and Louisiana then continuing its swath north, even our chairman’s show was affected with rains on Labor Day weekend in the Northeast. We were heartened to see Texans helping Texans and Americans helping Americans in the aftermath of “Harvey,” especially the financial generosity of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo folks, the donations of the RCS family, and many others. IAFE Chair Marla Calico was telling me story after story of fairs helping with animals, and staging centers for relief and first responders. While we all seek positive news, these actions make me feel really good about the compassion of our industry and people caring for others. At the beginning of September we were focused on the tenth named storm of the season — “Jose” – right behind the ninth named hurricane — “Irma” — which doesn’t look good


for us Floridians in the next week or so. However, we toil on and deal with severe weather when it comes closer. Speaking of coming closer — IAAPA is right around the corner, and hopefully well after the Atlantic hurricane season. Tens of thousands will head to Orlando for this massive amusement industry show, a Category 5 of industry trade shows in my book! Our board members will convene again, and we always look forward to the Allied Specialty Insurance-sponsored “Carnival and Showmen’s Reception” on Wednesday evening. Please note that the OABA’s booth number is 3017, which we share with SLA, so come by and say hello! In closing, I was heartened to see that the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s investigation of the epic and fatal ride accident at the Ohio State Fair, on the KMG Fireball ride owned by our good friends at Amusements of America, confirmed that there would be no charges filed by the Ohio state police against the carnival or the state’s ride inspectors. The Franklin County prosecutor stated that “there was not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case.” I have to say, I was impressed with the ride manufacturer’s involvement and actions; especially their prompt release of technical information to prevent this from happening with Fireball/Afterburner model rides in the future. H

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On The Earie Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador


’m writing this before Labor Day about the biggest convention in the entertainment industry with approximately 30,000 attending each year; the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Exposition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, November 13–17. I never missed one during my 34 years as editor of Amusement Business, but partially due to health issues, Christine and I have not attended the last two. The cities where I recall them having been held include New Orleans, Atlanta and Dallas. To me, New Orleans was the perfect spot for this fun event, but Orlando’s not too shabby either. My best memory of previous conventions is meeting Christine during the annual banquet in 1976 in New Orleans. The one-and-only Jack Kaplan brought her by my table and introduced us. Every time somebody would walk by, he’d say, “This is Tom Powell, editor of The Billboard,” and I’d keep getting up and shaking hands. I guess the fact I never became upset with Kaplan’s constant shenanigans is one of the things that impressed Christine. If you didn’t know Kaplan, you missed a treat. Buzzy Barton told me Kaplan once entered a hospital and maintained to all the nurses that he was a millionaire, while in reality he was virtually penniless. I once wrote he was the first person to greet you at a convention, the last to tell you good night, and the final person who wished you well as you left town. I concluded that there must have been an inflatable Jack Kaplan. He was known for spending a lot of time hanging around the James H. Drew Exposition, being an old friend of Jimmy Drew’s dad who was known as Georgia Boy. Some memories of past shows include Charley Wood of the Great Escape Park in Lake George, NY having Mario Manzini perform a Harry Houdini escape


artist stunt in the middle of the day on Peachtree Street in Atlanta; meeting Bob Payne of Hershey Park at a bar during closing time in New Orleans; and Glen Maxwell of Conklin Shows and I walking on Bourbon Street when he suddenly took off without notice. As it turns out, a fight had broken out and Maxwell helped the guy who had been attacked, who then embraced both of us saying that we saved his life. He took us to a nearby bar that he owned, and Glen and I were treated to all the drinks we could handle. Unabashed, I took full credit, never knowing exactly what had transpired until Maxwell filled me in later. When Kaplan was buried at Showmen’s Rest in Miami, and Barton, jewelry peddler to the carnies who was called the Ice Man, picked me up at the Miami Airport. There were 19 of us in attendance, including Dean Chance, who passed away last year. Chance had entered the carnival business after a brilliant career as a Major League Baseball pitcher, having won the Cy Young Award as the game’s best, while winning 20 games and twirling 11 shutouts in 1964. I mentioned to Dean once that I heard a radio interview with Rick Reichardt, who had been his roommate when they were both with the Los Angeles Angels. Rick said they thought they were putting two hayseeds from the Midwest together, but the first three phone calls Chance made when he got to his room were to Howard Baker, a member of Congress from Tennessee; Hubert Humphrey, a senator from Minnesota and future presidential candidate; and Mamie Van Doren, a very sexy actress. Kaplan probably introduced them all. The story goes that he was at the carnival convention at the old Sherman House Hotel in Chicago when the legendary Mayor Richard Daley passed by in his limousine, shouted, “Hey, Jack,” and asked if he could give him a ride.

John Graff, who did a tremendous job as executive director of IAAPA before retiring, once invited Christine and me to go to dinner at an upscale restaurant in Underground Atlanta with a delegation from Russia, the first to have ever attended an IAAPA convention. We were escorted past what seemed an endless line and seated. When I realized that eating fondue style was on the menu, I decided to leave for a place where I could get a good steak, so we left. Earlier this year, I was privileged to attend a memorial service for Sam Lovullo, who produced the Hee Haw television show for 25 years. Among those in attendance were Umpire Joe West and Sam’s son, Torey, who is manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Barry Adelman, executive vice president of Dick Clark Productions, had sent in a humorous taped segment. Adelman said Sam was the Yogi Berra of country music and used some of his statements. Here is one that I consider priceless: A famous meeting took place right before Hee Haw made history by going into syndication. There were these legendary show business icons; Nick Vanoff, Bernie Brillstein, Frank Peppiatt, John Aylesworth and Sam. That was the day they had to decide whether to mortgage their homes and gamble their life savings to finance the program. They each weighed in on this monumental decision. Finally, Nick Vanoff looked at Sam and said, “What do you think, yes or no?” Sam took a deep breath and said, “Well, the way I see it, either way you win or lose.” They decided to go ahead and, of course, Sam was right. It’s hard to argue with that kind of logic. Adelman was nice enough to send me a copy of his remarks. Two others were about the time Sam said tomorrow Roy Clark will be singing, “Send Me The Pillow That You Sleep Under,” and another was, “Tomorrow we have Roy Rogers and his

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Linda and Bill McKinney are the matriarch and patriarch of McKinney Food Services, Hughes Springs, TX. They were seen enjoying a Fare Foods party during the NICA trade show.

Jackie Hauser, widow of Bingo, with West Coast Amusements in Canada, visited the show’s Unit 3 run by her grandson, Rob, and his wife, Tarah. In front are their children, Kelly and Kessler.

OABA Directors Brad Dallman, left, Bates Bros. Amusement Co., and Rick Reithoffer, Reithoffer Shows, discuss business during a board meeting in Tampa. On their way to the Wisconsin State Fair, from left, Stephanie, Judy, Rene and Bradley Piche visited with Tom and Christine Powell at John A. Hobbs’s Bar and Restaurant in Nashville. Rene and Judy are veteran food concessionaires.

wife, Dale Earnhardt.” There was only one Sam, and he spent many nights with Christine, John Hobbs and me telling even funnier stories. Bill Alter and I had the pleasure of introducing several IAAPA presidents, including Roger Shaheen, Roy Gillian, Earl Gascoigne, Ken Wynne, Clark Robinson, Ted Crowell, Scotty MacDonald, Bob Ott and Carl Hughes, around Gibtown when they represented the association at the annual trade show. What caught their attention the most were the performing bears in John Welde’s yard. It’s a little different. By the way, dates for next year’s 50th annual trade show and extravaganza are February 6–9. See ya there! Please send news to tomp@, or call 615-319-1258. Have all great days, and God Bless! H

Earl (Louisville Junior Junior) Scheler, a food concessionaire, talks things over with T. T. Redick, who drove trucks and had concessions with Benner’s Amusements in Pennsylvania for many years. OABA Trustee Bill Johnson of A Fantasy Amusement Company, Arlington Heights, IL, imparts some of his knowledge of the industry at the Gibtown trade show to Vince Bayman.

Dave Cavallaro, Cavallaro Concessions, sells cheese curds at the Minnesota State Fair, and eLemonaders at the Gibtown trade show. With him is Ben Wonder from Rob Miller’s Carnival. Jo Ann and Doug Colbert own Fun Time Amusements of Danville, VA. They wouldn’t think of ever missing the trade show in Gibsonton and having some fun while doing so. Gary Slater, left, is chief executive officer and manager of the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, which went to an independent midway this year. Putting the midway together was Mike Nye.

Talking food are Brad Ribar, who has the roasted corn concession at the Minnesota State Fair, and Kim Netterfield, Netterfield Concessions, who also plays that fair.

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The Creation Nation Brings Creativity to Life During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, Nov. 13–17 in Orlando, Florida


arnival professionals and showmen are invited to the global attractions industry’s marketplace

of innovation and creativity, IAAPA Attractions Expo. More than 32,000

Unique Learning Experiences IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 education program features more than 100 learning opportunities for all attractions industry professionals from

international leaders, decision mak-

frontline managers to seasoned leaders.

ers, and visionaries within the global

Attendees can learn about every aspect

attractions industry will come together

of the industry from the design and cre-

with their peers and be inspired from

ation of safe rides, to daily operations,

Nov. 13–17, in Orlando, Florida, at the

strategies for maximizing food and

Orange County Convention Center.

beverage per caps, maximizing games

The premier trade show and con-

and merchandise, producing special

ference for the $39.5 billion global

events and entertainment, marketing

attractions industry is owned and pro-

techniques, and more.

duced by the International Association

Highlights from IAAPA Attraction Expo

of Amusement Parks and Attractions

2017 education program may be found


on OABA’s website:

Special Events Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception The Opening Reception gives attendees the opportunity to meet business and professional contacts and make new friends. Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $45 for IAAPA, OABA, SLA, and IISA members and $60 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in addition to Expo registration, which is required.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8:15–10 a.m.

GM and Owners’ Breakfast The GM and Owners’ Breakfast is one of the premier networking events for senior attractions industry executives from around the world. The highlight of this breakfast is a presentation by Nick Varney, CEO, Merlin Entertainments where he’ll share his experiences and secrets for success. The IAAPA International Young Professional of the Year Award and the IAAPA Service Awards, including the

Dynamic Trade Show Floor More than 560,000 net square feet, the equivalent to nine miles of aisles, will bustle with more than 21,000 buyers who will explore the latest innovations and meet with the most creative minds in the industry. More than 1,000 companies offer innovations in more than 125 product categories, including rides, midway games, inflatables, play equipment, novelties, souvenirs, food and beverage items, and more. Press conferences, product unveils, and live demonstrations will provide attendees with the opportunity to be among the first to learn about and experience business-changing products and technology.


IAAPA, OABA, SLA, and IISA members qualify for specially discounted ticket prices to these events. All tour attendees must be 18 or older. OABA members qualify for a special discounted registration fee for the Expo and Expo events. Renew your OABA membership if you haven’t already done so to take advantage of this special offer. Then, when registering for the Expo, select “OABA” in the drop-down menu and enter your membership ID number to get the member discounts. If you don’t know your membership ID number, contact OABA at 407.681.9444.

IAAPA Lifetime Service Award, IAAPA Outstanding Service Award, and the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award are presented at the breakfast. Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $104 for IAAPA, OABA, SLA, and IISA members and $145 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in addition to Expo registration, which is required.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

Carnival and Showmen’s Reception Carnival owners, showmen, and outdoor amusement operators are invited to attend the Carnival and Showmen’s Reception, the Expo’s networking event

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for professionals in this field. Attendees will relax, meet with old friends, and make new connections during this social gathering. Assorted hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda will be served. Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $30 for IAAPA, OABA, SLA, and IISA members and $45 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in addition to Expo registration, which is required. This IAAPA event is sponsored by Allied Specialty Insurance, an XL Group Company, and Gold Sponsor of the IAAPA Attractions Expo.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

IAAPA Celebrates at Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017’s premier event, “IAAPA Celebrates at Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” takes place Thursday, Nov. 16. Attendees will enjoy exclusive access to Disney’s newest land, Pandora—The World of Avatar. The park’s new Night Safari takes guests on an adventure as the pride lands glow in the twilight. Once the sun has set, the transformation really begins. Awakenings ripple from the center of the park as stunning projections light up the iconic Tree of Life. Then, the Caribbean Carnival brings its contagious beat to the streets, with music and dancing along the pathways to exotic lands. Savor the essence of the night in the cocktails and cuisine and experience the glowing wonders of Pandora’s bioluminescent forest. After experiencing the attractions of this otherworldly land, stroll to the heart of the Kingdom as Rivers of Light closes the night at the water’s edge. Guests must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $119 for IAAPA, OABA, SLA, and IISA members and $159 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in addition to Expo registration, which is required. For more information about IAAPA Attractions Expo, visit Please note: Participants must be 18 or older to attend education sessions, networking events and facility tours. H OCTOBER 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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By Gloria Robinson, Expo Brome Fair


he Calgary Stampede is a huge event. Dedicated staff work year round to ensure that visitors are awed and have a variety of entertainment activities to choose from. The Stampede Park layout is a huge puzzle that is built every year for ten days. A major piece of this complex puzzle is North American Midway Entertainment (N.A.M.E.). I had the privilege and the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Scooter Korek and his staff to experience a glimpse of a work day with N.AM.E. I met Mr. Korek at the Big Four building and my training started as we walked through the midway. Mr. Korek explained the history and philosophy driving N.A.M.E. while pointing out several supporting details as we made our way to a hidden staff hub of the midway operations. In essence, from guest relations training and staff uniforms to daily ride safety inspections and maintenance logs, every single detail is important to give visitors the best entertainment experience possible. All parts of midway operations that are not part of the direct guest experience are hidden from public view behind tall gates. Staff receive their pay checks from offices in these hidden hubs. A laundry service is provided where every employee can receive a fresh uniform daily; a much needed service when traveling to various cities for six to nine months of the year. A “staff only” concessions area where employees can simply relax on their breaks or purchase food and drinks at a discounted price is neatly hidden in the shade under the slides. A place out of the sun to relax is very appreciated on the hot, sunny days of the Stampede. Staff can also find support and answers to their questions in these


hidden hubs. One of the things I noticed while walking with Mr. Korek is how comfortable his staff is to approach him to ask questions or just to say hello. It is easy to see how this traveling team is respected and well taken care of during their nine months on the road. It was in one of these hidden hubs that I received my North American Midway Entertainment training and uniform. The basic training consisted of instructional videos and an Operator and Attendant’s Safety Handbook supported by the verbal explanations and additions of the N.A.M.E. training manager. One of the things I appreciated most was the training manager’s emphasis on the value of asking questions when unsure of something and the guarantee that the individual supervisors would support new employees. Ride operators

receive additional training from the supervisors of the specific ride they will work on. I was given my red shirt and taken to work on the Polar Express ride. The Polar Express is a fast-moving animated ride. The Polar Express team is comprised of a DJ\animator, a ride operator, two entrance gate attendants and two safety attendants who make sure the safety gates are securely closed before the ride starts and who open the gates when the ride ends. I was assigned to be one of the gate attendants. My duties consisted of making sure everyone met the safety height, had no food or drink and checking for ride bracelets or for the appropriate amount of coupons. After the Polar Express I was invited to explore the midway footprint with Dave, long-time owner of six concessions. Dave explained to me the

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evolution of N.A.M.E. concessions in his years on the tour, why the placement of rides and concessions is so important to the foot traffic flow of the visitors, and how efforts are made to provide rest areas throughout the midway. Dave is very proud of his own concessions and of the midway in general. His keen eye can easily spot anything out of place and he makes sure it’s taken care of immediately. My next work experience was at the Ring Toss. I was welcomed to the team by Francesca, Crystal and Geeta. If you’re looking for a fun afternoon, I highly recommend working with these ladies! I quickly found out why they weren’t wearing their cowboy hats. It’s impossible to walk around the game without having your hat knocked askew by the hanging stuffed toys! I learned that Francesca works the full tour and Geeta only works at the Stampede and Toronto because she loves Calgary and it’s where she wants to be. All three employees come back every year partly because they love meeting the visitors from different parts of the world. The tasks are simple: greet the visitors, explain the game, exchange money or coupons for a basket of rings, watch for winners and keep the baskets full of rings. The challenge comes when several people are playing at all four sides of the game. It becomes a very busy place with rings flying and bouncing in every direction as you continue to greet visitors and keep baskets filled with rings and ready to go. I had a great time working with Francesca, Crystal and Geeta and hope to see them again one day in Toronto. Thank you to Mr. Korek and all the staff of North American Midway Entertainment for welcoming me to your team! H

Gloria Robinson participated in the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) Work Exchange Program. To hear more about her overall experience, visit and check out the news page.

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Ron Porter Turns His Love of Fairs Into a Successful Business Reprinted from The Southern, by Stephanie Esters, who is a reporter covering Murphysboro and Perry County.


hen Ron Porter was a little boy, he loved seeing all the people pull into town for the Du Quoin State Fair, setting it up and getting it ready for all the crowds to come. When he was six, his father got him a job at the fair running the photo finish of the winning horse from where it was produced, across the harness race track to where the announcer would announce the winner. The notion that he was carrying a powerful picture in his little hands, the transiency of the fair population, all the other components made him just love that event all the more. Good for him, and good for the local economy, as he was able to convert that love of all things fair into a profitable business, Fare Foods, headquartered in Du Quoin. Porter estimates that 75 to 80 percent of the food served at the recent Du Quoin State Fair came through or from his business. “I had the passion to be at the fair, I wanted to go to the fair, so I created Fare Foods so I could go to that fair, to go to many of the fairs, actually,” Porter said. “So that was the passion that started as a young child. I wanted to go out there every day that the fair was going on, so the passion built... I just wanted to go to fairs.” Inherent in that, he said, is his attraction to the fair types. “I think it was that transient folks that would come to town that


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became friends that you would only see once a year,” Porter said. One family was the Sivori family out of Louisville, with whom the Porter family became friends and still are today. He actually launched his fair food distribution business in 1993 when the idea began to take hold. He said he was approached by Frank King, who asked him to bring some food to him at the fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was hooked — and dreaming of the possibilities, he said. By 1999, he completely left Porter Foods, the wholesale food company that his father, Raymond Porter, had established and that Ron had purchased from him. More than 20 years later, he is supplying traditional fair foods to some 4,500 fairs and other events across the country. He employs about 42 employees, including sales staff, customer service, graphic artists and truck drivers, the bulk of whom are based in the Du Quoin area. His wife, Laura, 27-year-old son, Trampas, and his daughterin-law, Jessie, also work in the business. He notes, though, that his entire workforce contributes significantly to the success of the business. The Fare Foods business supplies funnel cake mix, corn dog mix, hot dogs, “just all sorts of products” to the mobile food vendors. One of Fare Foods’ biggest things is its drink cups, particularly a 100-ounce drink cup. “Right now, we just created what we call a Jumbo Tanker,” Porter said. “It’s a very big cup that could serve a whole family, but people get a kick out of carrying them around at a fair. So the bigger the better.” Fare Foods works intensely from about mid-January to late October getting food to fairs and other events. From November to December and mid-January, work slows down somewhat, with sales staff attending shows like one in Las Vegas, he said. He said one other aspect about the company that makes it successful is its very location in Du Quoin, where he grew up. “Du Quoin is centrally located in the United States,” Porter said. “We can go north, south, east and west and (this) gives us a great location to be able to hit all the fairs in the Midwest.” Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi said the Porter family is hardworking, and employs local people and continually supports the community — donating to its Christmas lights projects and for an overhaul of the Du Quoin swimming pool. Alongi said Ron Porter had turned the family business into a “bonanza” for himself. “Ron saw a niche in the fair business, where he knew that if he would take wholesale food out to the fair and park what they call a ‘reefer’ — a big tractor trailer full of food, he can sell directly to those people,” Alongi sad. “He’s taken that idea and he’s just taken it all over the United States.” Porter himself thinks Fare Foods is a great addition to the city. “I think that we’re making a very big impact,” Porter said. “We’re constantly looking for talent to come into our business and to come to work for us, so we’re constantly trying to hire locally when we can.” H

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Jammin’ Jamborees

NAME at Kentucky State Fair


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

Butler Amusements – Lance’s Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,240 A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8,400 Twentieth Century Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,025 Butler Amusements – Mick’s Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,500 PBJ Happee Day Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,400 Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,000 TOTAL $39.565

Jeff Blomsness, NAME/All Star Amusements, hosted a fair board committee dinner.

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

Jeff and Patti Blomsness’ grandson, Victor, is amazed at how tall Tim Balster is on stilts. Tim had his children’s stage show booked on the NAME midway at the fair.

Butler Amusements – Lance’s Unit, Sacramento, CA . . . . . . July 19 Butler Amusements – Mick’s Unit, Turlock, CA . . . . . . . . . . . July 20 NAME/All Star Amusement, Louisville, KY . . . . . . . . . . . August 22 West Coast Amusements, Victoria, BC, Canada . . . . . . . August 31 Rosedale Attractions & Shows, La Plata, MD . . . . . . . September 13 NAME/Mid America Shows, Centreville, MI . . . . . . . September 20 Thomas Carnival, Ft. Smith, AR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 24 NAME/Astro Amusements, Tyler, TX . . . . . . . . . . . . September 26 Fiesta Shows/Firestone Financial, Topsfield, MA . . . September 27 Wright’s Amusements, Winnie, TX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 2 Powers Great American Midways, Goldsboro, NC . . . . . October 5 Gold Star Amusements, DeRidder, LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 8 On hand to host the dinner were Jeff, his wife Patti, their daughter Kristina Rieder, and their grandson Victor.

Belle City Amusements, Gainesville, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . October 25 Reithoffer Shows, Pensacola, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . October 25

The two master chefs preparing the steaks were NAME staff members Carl Snoddy and Mark Reichenbach. Jeff Blomsness with fair board members, Bob Johnson and Kentucky attorney Leon Sequeira.


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Butler Amusements, Lance’s Unit – Sacramento, CA Front gate of the fair.

We were “framed” at the Jamboree; from left, OABA Sr. VP Al DeRusha and show owners Jill and Lance Moyer.

Ron and Tami Quint “framed.” Also “framed” were OABA Director Mick Brajevich, OABA Trustee Sam Johnston and Jill Moyer.

Bobby Ellis, daughter Debraun West and son-in-law Adam West.

These two pretty girls were the life of the party; Nicki Massasso and Karla Kinsel.

Clayton Pape with his OABA safari hat.

Thanks for your help, Sean Butler, Brandy Harrington and Brandy’s brother Vince Barrera.

The beer man, Joe Collins.

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Jammin’ Jamborees continued NAME/All Star Amusements – Louisville, KY

Gilberto Moralis grabbed a fist full of money in the wind booth that was donated for use at the Jamboree by Balster Magic Productions.

Keeping everyone in good spirits were Laurie Magyoran and Patti McClain Power.

The NAME/All Star Amusements Jamboree at the Kentucky State Fair.

Al De Rusha and Larry “Smitty” Smith at the Jamboree. Fare Foods donated this beautiful mountain bike for the Jamboree. The highest bidder, an H-2B visa employee who just arrived from South Africa, is pictured with Audrey Poole.

The Eatery Hut’s seasonal staff enjoying the OABA Jammin’ Jamboree.


Highest bidders for the OABA-donated mountain bike.

NAME’s Ed Dame, left, helped coordinate the OABA Jamboree with David Belcher, owner of The Eatery Hut, who sold over $1,500 in tip board donations.

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OABA Visits the Minnesota State Fair Pictured from left, are midway coordinator Chris Walden, Mike Sandefur, his son Shawn, and Joe Bixler of International Leisure Consulting.

Two veteran game showmen; Dave Potopas and Jeff Bossman.

John Magel, Sr., MCM Shows, visiting with Al DeRusha’s daughter and wife, Julie Pritchard and Marlene DeRusha.

Mariah Duchow, Mr. Ed’s Magical Midways, had their air max booked at the fair. She is pictured with her cousin, Bailey Schuett.

Catching up on the latest OABA OABA Show Ambassador Andrew ShowTime news are OABA Trustee Schoendienst, Luehrs’ Ideal Rides, Tom Atkins and Michael Winchester. right, visiting the fair with Tom Atkins.

Nikki Hines, midway operations office assistant. Note the old show posters.

OABA Members Visit the Humboldt County Fair – Ferndale, CA

OABA Sr. VP Al DeRusha visits with Mike Nye, director of midway operations, and Gary Slater, manager/CEO of the Iowa State Fair.

OABA member Jane Eiselein compared balloon dart game adventures with Jen of California Carnival Company. Jane works the balloon dart game on Newton Shows in Long Island.

New at the fair this year was Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik’s Big Wheel. What an awesome ride!

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Contribution Fund PROGRAM

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

Doolan Amusement Co. Tina & John Doolan Frazier Shows Adam Schrum AJ Schrum Allie Carpenter Andrea Broetsky Ashley Broetsky Betse Schrum Billy Carpenter Blazen Entertainment Broetsky Equipment Broetsky Foods Broetsky SW Bryan Broetsky Cash Broetsky Dylan Tobias Elizabeth Landon Emma Tobias

2017 OABA Contribution Fund Ray Cammack Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71,740 Reithoffer Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,480 Powers Great American Midways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,320 Frazier Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,150 Luehrs’ Ideal Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,120 Rainbow Valley Rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,640 Skerbeck Entertainment Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,200 Deggeller Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,180 NAME/Astro Amusement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,195 NAME/Mid America Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,150 A Fantasy Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000 Rosedale Attractions & Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,105 Carousel Family Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 440 Doolan Amusement Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 SwikaS Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 TOTAL $120,020

Silver Plan

August Drawing Winners

Contribution from Concessions & Rides $10.00 per week

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.


Frazier Shows Garfield Miller Garry Miller George Tobias Ginny Miller Jan Broetsky Jan Cavanaugh 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


Cindy Koleff Skerbeck Entertainment Group $300 Garfield Miller Frazier Shows $200 Sue Shreve Rosedale Attractions & Shows $100


Jan Husted Reithoffer Shows $400 Katie de Swardt A Fantasy Amusement Co. $300 Alvin Kennedy NAME/Mid America Shows $200


Deborah Morton Ray Cammack Shows $500 Hailey Ousey Ray Cammack Shows $400 Mike Ashcraft Ray Cammack Shows $300

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NAME/All Star Amusements Carl Vance Dawn Snoddy Dennis Voss Greg Wilde JPB, Inc. Kristina Rieder Pat Blomsness Rainbow Valley Rides Teri Kedrowicz Rosedale Attractions & Shows Barbara Gaylin Jason & Joe Gaylin John Smith Michelle Farrow Ray Farrow Sue Shreve Tom Gaylin Wayne Hinson Skerbeck Entertainment Group Cindy Koleff Tom Koleff SwikaS Amusements J & C Enterprises Jimmy Snyder Larry Koza Paula Swika Stephen Swika III


A Fantasy Amusement Co. Alan McKinney Andrew BroomField Bill Johnson J. George Jeff Mckinney Judy & Richard George

Katie de Swardt Kelly Bayman Mary Johnson Rich McMillen Steven Jones Tony Jones Carousel FEC Angelo Cappetta Patricia Thomas Deggeller Attractions Alex Brand Bobo Concessions Brandon Concessions Bungee Blast Cathy Deggeller Chris Robbeloth Dale & Sharon Negus DEA Games 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 Cody Syler 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

Luehrs’ Ideal Rides Andrew Schoendienst Jr. Andy & Lorelei Schoendienst Chris & Kristin Atkins Luehrs’ Ideal Rides NAME/Mid America Shows Alvin Kennedy Banks Huston Bechler Concessions Cisco Amadon Diongue Cody Syler Cooper D. Huston Gary & Lori Crabtree Lucy Huston Michiana Facepainting Mid America Concessions Mike Huston Miles Huston MJSS Enterprises Nagel Concessions Pier Amusements Richard Huston Runyan Games 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


Dylan Lopez Emily Bradbury Emily Machelor Eveline Howard-Morton Hailey Ousey Jacqueline Bradbury Jaden Leavitt Jayce Pacheco Joanne Leavitt Jody Lopez Jossue Ibarra Osequera Juan Carlos Mendoza Juvenal Palafox Garcia Kade Lopez Kate Ousey Kirsten Ousey Laura Howard Morton Lopez Concessions Mad Hatter Mario Garcia Tellez Marley Rae Houston Mary K. Ousey Michael John Ousey Michael Ousey

Ray Cammack Shows A. Murray Alan Putter Andrew F Schoendienst Jr. Ashley Kastl Bill Morton Brian Bradbury Brooklynn Retherford Burt Morton Cameron Kastl Carrie Morton Chris Lopez Deborah Morton Diego Edwardo Palafox Dominic & Kim Palmieri

Michele Leavitt Mike Ashcraft Mike Ousey Nancy Bishop Pasyn Leavitt Riley Lopez Robot Ousey Roger Leavitt Savannah Bradley Shelby Wendland Tanner Lopez Taylum Leavitt Trevor Stonerock Walker Retherford Zane Bradbury

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OABA–Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund 2018 SCHOL ARSHIP

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.


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.

Scholarship applications and all supporting documentation must be received by the OABA by December 31, 2017. 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 12.) If you are an OABA member, go to, Member Area, Member Programs, Education and Industry Training Scholarships, OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Fund Scholarship, then click on Applications for forms. Or call the OABA office at 800.517.6222 for more information. IMPORTANT:

Applications and/or supporting documentation received after the deadline WILL NOT be submitted to the scholarship committee for consideration! H



f you or if you know someone who is interested in serving as a Director of the largest national trade association serving the mobile amusement industry for over 50 years, please let us know by completing the Director Application form found on our website. This trade association is governed by a Board of Directors who direct and control the policies and programs of your association. There is a total of 24 Directors representing all segments of our membership in the U.S. and Canada. Directors, who are nominated by the Board and elected by members present at our Annual Meeting in February, serve two-year terms and may serve for up to ten years, or five consecutive two-year terms. The OABA holds three scheduled board meetings annually; two meetings take place at industry conventions in Orlando and Tampa, and the third takes place in the spring at a location chosen by


the OABA Chair. OABA committee involvement is mandatory for all board members. Serving on the board is a great networking opportunity with other industry leaders. This year’s Nominating Committee is chaired by First Vice Chair Jay Strates; Trustees Mike Featherston, Tom Gaylin, Chris Lopez and Michael Wood; Chair E.J. Dean; Second Vice Chair Larry Yaffe; Third Vice Chair Debbie Powers, along with OABA members Tom Arnold and Ron Porter, who were appointed to this committee by Chair E. J. Dean, in accordance with the By-Laws. Go to our website,, and click on the Director Application. Feel free to contact the office or any member of this Committee should you have an interest in serving on our board. All Director Applications must be received by December 15. Applications submitted last year will also be considered by the Nominating Committee. H

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DOT Regulatory News FMCSA Issues Emergency Declaration For Texas And Louisiana The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an Emergency Declaration related to Tropical Storm Harvey. Under the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the states of Texas and Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations. This Emergency Declaration provides for

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relief effort. Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, the motor carrier and driver are once again subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399. The Emergency Declaration does not exempt drivers or carriers from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23. H FMCSA To Hold Public Session On Corrective Action Plan For SMS The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a public meeting on September 8, 2017 to consider input for the agency’s response to the National Academy of Sciences report on the FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System used to identify high risk motor carriers. In the FAST Act, Congress required FMCSA to commission the National Research Council of the National Academies to conduct a study of FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and Safety Measurement System, which is FMCSA’s

algorithm for identifying patterns of non-compliance and prioritizing motor carriers for interventions. The FMCSA is prohibited from publishing SMS percentiles and alerts on the SMS website for motor carriers transporting property until the NAS Correlation Study is complete and all reporting and certification requirements under the FAST Act are satisfied. The FAST Act also required the agency to submit the results of this study to both Congress and the DOT Office of the Inspector General. In addition, within 120 days of the submission of the report to Congress and the OIG, FMCSA must submit an action plan to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The OIG is required to review the action plan and submit a report to Congress on the responsiveness of the FMCSA’s plan to the NAS report’s recommendations. The June 27 NAS report contained a number of recommendations for revising and improving the SMS, including adopting an “item response theory” model over the next two years, and if it is demonstrated to perform well in identifying motor carriers for alerts, the FMCSA should use it to replace SMS in a manner akin to the way SMS replaced SafeStat. The NAS report did not recommend eliminating the use of non-fault crashes from a carrier’s record, however. H

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InsideGovernment the Beltway:Feature Title

Will DACA Lead to Immigration Reform? by Government Officlal Name

by John Ariale, Cloakroom Advisors – OABA’s Government Relations Team


verall immigration reform always seems elusive in Congress and has been a touchstone of the U.S. political debate for decades. Despite efforts, Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on a comprehensive package of reforms, relegating these major policy decisions to the executive or judicial branches of government. Early last month, President Trump terminated the program known as DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. No matter where lawmakers stand on this issue, due to the economic, security and humanitarian concerns that surround DACA, the president’s actions correctly threw the immigration reform issue right back into the hands of Congress. Due to previous failures to pass comprehensive reforms, it appears that this decision could be just the catalyst that Congress needs to begin to address immigration in a renewed manner and with a new strategy – a piece by piece approach to reform. In September, the initial installment of funding for the border security wall was front and center, along with a potential legislative (not executive) fix to DACA.

One area of immigration policy that could see congressional action is the H-1B program. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in reforming the program, which critics argue has been abused by companies to outsource skilled labor and cut costs. One of the Trump administration’s executive orders (April 2017) directed federal agencies to suggest changes to the H-1B program to ensure that visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest paid applicants. Chairman Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has made the H-1B program one of his first targets for reform. We also believe that the H-2B program will be reviewed as a result of Chairman Goodlatte’s understanding and past engagements on the issue. Thanks to the efforts of members of the OABA in partnership with the H-2B Workforce Coalition, concerns about the H-2B program have been brought to the attention of many lawmakers who now truly understand the plight of employers who utilize the program. Despite the increased focus on immigration, the fall agenda is filled with numerous must-pass items, including providing government funding for the fiscal year that began on October 1, raising or suspending the ceiling on the federal government’s borrowing authority, a fiscal year 2018 budget and extending the taxes that fund the Federal Aviation Administration. House and Senate leaders also want to spend time on overhauling the tax code, resuming efforts to modify the Affordable Care Act, and a possible infrastructure package. As a result, despite the increased pressure put on Congress by President Trump’s action on DACA, it is unlikely that Congress will address broader reform measures on immigration until next year. As of the writing of this article, we continue our push to include a returning working exemption into the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Appropriations Bill without any final resolution. We were successful in beating back a proposal to prohibit any expansion of the H-2B program, and we continue to work with Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to incorporate such an amendment into the final version of the Appropriations bill considered by Congress. We will have a complete Appropriations update in the next issue of ShowTime. H

John Ariale is a Principal at Cloakroom Advisors where he works with Gregg Hartley and William Fox as part of OABA’s Government Relations Team in Washington, DC. Cloakroom represents OABA before Congress and the Administration.


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Californians Seek Even-Handed Approach to Clean Air Spending, Unwilling to Forego Present Benefits for Future Tech Promises, Says New Research by Government Officlal Name

The Diesel Technology Forum

Around 89 percent of Californians believe a mix of energy and transportation options is needed to achieve results. Clean diesel technologies offer substantial, immediate clean air benefits.


he vast majority of Californians want local and state government to blend innovative energy and transportation technologies with sensible policies and fair distribution of clean air funds and carbon cap-and-trade auction proceeds, according to a recent poll of state voters. As the state’s population pushes past 40 million and state air quality officials grapple with growing climate and air pollution challenges, around 89 percent of California voters believe a balanced mix of energy and transportation options is needed to achieve cleaner air and lower carbon required by the California Air Resources Board’s 2030 and 2050 deadlines. Some 75 percent of registered voters agree California must balance its investments between proven technologies and those that might benefit the future. These and other findings are contained in a groundbreaking survey of 2,190 registered California voters commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum, a national association of diesel vehicle, engine and equipment makers, suppliers and fuel providers. The survey was conducted by Dr. Jessica Broome of JBR Research. “California is at a crossroads,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “Substantial clean air challenges are yet to be met, while new aggressive climate and carbon commitments have been adopted, making decisions on fund allocations increasingly important. Our data shows 64 percent of Californians believe investments in clean transportation need to be balanced by continued use of existing, abundant and low-cost clean technologies and fuels such as clean diesel, at least until alternative energy sources are more available and cost-effective.” Californians see low emission vehicles and reduced fuel consumption as the largest contributors to better air quality. Of those surveyed, 73 percent view clean diesel technologies as positive contributors to air quality. California is set to receive approximately $423 million as part of the emissions settlement from the Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust. This money is earmarked for projects that immediately reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), to mitigate the excessive NOx generated by

diesel VW cars operating in California. In addition, California’s recently extended carbon cap-and-trade program makes available nearly $2 billion for carbon reduction projects in the 2017-2018 budget year. “Across all regions, more than three-quarters of Californians clearly want to see this money, already earmarked for air quality mitigation, targeted to areas where it can have the greatest impact on the most people, in the most cost-effective way, targeting the largest sources of NOx emissions in a timely manner,” said Schaeffer. “Policymakers should take heed that voters want state funds allocated based on a clear understanding of what all citizens and industries need on a region-by-region level.” The Diesel Technology Forum’s data also highlights opinions on the effectiveness of California’s existing air quality regulations vary by region. Voters in the Central Valley say conditions have deteriorated over the last 10 years, while South Coast residents say conditions have improved.

California’s Clean Diesel Opportunity Applying VW settlement funds and carbon auction revenue to replace or repower California’s largest and oldest trucks, industrial marine and locomotive engines with new technology would yield immediate and significant NOx benefits at the lowest cost per ton, compared to electrification and other as-yet commercially widespread technologies. Only around 23 percent of California’s commercial heavyduty diesel trucking fleet – the largest in the United States at nearly a million vehicles – uses the newest, cleanest diesel technology, according the Forum’s analysis of HIS Markit data. The national average is 30 percent adoption. “It’s astounding that the state that leads the nation in electric car registrations ranks 47th out of the 50 U.S. states for adoption of the latest in low-emission commercial truck technology,” said Schaeffer. “Investments in future technologies, while important, won’t pay significant clean air dividends for decades. In contrast, the newest and cleanest diesel engines, trucks and machines are on dealer lots today. Californians shouldn’t have to wait for cleaner air when cleaner trucks are available right now.” Some of the oldest trucks have 60 times the emissions of a new diesel truck. Meanwhile, the newest clean diesel technologies offer 90 percent fewer emissions than older models, and some clean diesel options are 200 times or more cost-effective at reducing NOx than other alternative fuel strategies. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, OCTOBER 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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Fast Facts about California’s Commercial Vehicle Fleet H California ranks 47th out of the 50 U.S. states for the adoption of the latest clean diesel technology in commercial vehicles.

H California’s commercial truck fleet – from small delivery trucks to tractor trailer-size commercial trucks – is almost 1.4 million vehicles.

H Diesel engines power more than 70% of California’s trucking fleet; 28% use gasoline, and alternative fuels make up just 2%.

H California’s heavy-duty diesel trucking fleet is the largest — and oldest — in the nation, with nearly one million registered vehicles.

H Roughly 77% of California’s diesel commercial vehicles use diesel technologies older than model year 2010.

H Only about one in four trucks on the road in California (23%)

using the latest emissions model generated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one ton of NOx emissions may be eliminated by investing, on average, $20,000 in clean diesel technology versus $1 million in alternative fuel infrastructure. Moreover, the South Coast Air Quality Management District estimates that NOx emissions could fall by 70 percent or 86 tons each day if every commercial truck in the region were powered by the latest clean diesel engine. “State air regulators have said the fastest reductions in NOx emissions in 2035 won’t come from power plants or even the electrification of passenger vehicles,” said Schaeffer, “but rather from the turnover of older commercial trucks powered with the latest clean diesel engines. It’s a proven strategy, as evidenced by the clean truck programs enacted by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. These programs moved truckers to newer technology so quickly that port pollution was reduced by 70 percent in only one year.” H

use the newest, cleanest generation of diesel technology.

H If another 8% of California’s commercial vehicles switched to the latest generation diesel technology — raising adoption to 30%, the national average — Californians would see 52,900 tons of NOx reduced; 2,911 tons of fine particles reduced; 370,543 tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduced; and 36 million gallons of diesel fuel saved. Source: Diesel Technology Forum analysis of IHS Markit data

The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit


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


he 2017 circus season is beginning to wind down with many circuses looking forward to their welldeserved winter breaks. But until then, there is still time to catch plenty of first-rate circus thrills. Universoul Circus plays Chicago (IL) throughout October at Washington Park. Circus Vargas moves out of Folsom (CA) on October 2 to play Roseville (CA) October 5–15. Also in California, the Zoppe Family Circus will appear at the Red Morton Park in Redwood City October 13–29, while on the East Coast The Flying Carrs Circus hits Key West (FL) October 25–29. But the show that has everyone abuzz is the revived Big Apple Circus, slated to open October 27 in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. The 40th edition stars Nik Wallenda and the Fabulous Wallendas performing their seven-person pyramid on the high wire; clown Barry “Grandma” Lubin with sidekick Joel Jeske; The Flying Tunizianis, who will attempt the quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze at every performance; roller skating wonders Dandino & Luciana; master juggler Gamal Garcia; contortionist Elayne Kramer; the African Russian Bar act; the Anastasini Brothers acrobatic duo; animal trainer Jenny Vidbel presenting 16 horses, ponies and rescue dogs; and Ringmaster Ty McFarlan. The show is directed by Mark Lonergan with music arranged by Rob Slowik and costumes designed by Amy Clark. BAC plans to launch a national tour following its NYC gig. In other good news, Carson & Barnes Circus was back on the road last month with Texas playdates in The Colony and Mt. Pleasant, followed by appearances in DeQueen (AR), Springhill (LA), the Mississippi towns of Greenwood, Starkville and Meridian, and Alabama engagements in Selma, Linden and Mobile. The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC) in Sarasota (FL) named three new members to its board: Don Malawsky, a returning member who served from 2008–13; Michael Salmon, CAC’s Director of Middle/Upper School Admissions at The Out-Of-Door Academy; and Barbara Tye, longtime supporter of Sarasota’s youth organizations. CAC is also hosting its 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Laurel Oaks Country Club October 23. In Savannah (GA), the Circus Model Builders is gathering for its annual conference at the Clarion Suites & Conference Center October 5–8. The American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO), headed by Executive Director Amy Cohen, and Circus Now, under the directorship of Adam Woolley, have been considering merging the two circus groups into one national circus organization. They released Vision for the American Circus

earlier this year outlining the merger’s purposes and goals. However, after seeking input from the broader circus community, the two groups decided to end merger talks and remain separate entities while supporting one another’s programs. The Showpeople’s Winter Quarters (SWQ) in Seffner (FL), established in 2015 by the Circus and Traveling Shows (C.A.T.S.) Retirement Project as a mobile home village for retiring circus and traveling showpeople, was the recipient of a retired Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train car donated by Feld Entertainment, Inc. RBX Car #57 (formerly known as the trainmaster’s car) will be transformed into a community center for SWQ residents. A page has been set up to help finance the installation and refurbishing of Car RBX #57. You can support Circus Priest Father Jerry Hogan’s efforts by donating generously at In international social circus happenings, Zip Zap Circus of Cape Town recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary by combining circus acts with live pop music performed by the South African rock group The Parlotones. In Afghanistan, the Mobile Mini Circus for Children (MMCC) staged the Afghanistan National Circus Festival 2017 by presenting 12 days of performances in 12 locations around the capital city of Kabul, including performances for children in refugee camps. In Ethiopia, Debre Berhan Circus works with students who are blind, physically handicapped and/or deaf, as well as collaborating with developmental groups to disseminate information on HIV and women’s rights at their circus performances. Two new circus-related books have hit the market: The Education of a Circus Clown: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes by former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown and noted circus historian David Carlyon, PhD; and The Secret Life of Clowns by Jeff Raz, former Cirque du Soleil clown and founder of the Clown Conservatory and Medical Clowns. Both books give the reader an up-close-and-personal look at the world of professional circus clowning. The most recent foray into circus cinema comes in the form of an animated movie entitled Animal Crackers (no resemblance to the 1930 classic Marx Brothers film), co-directed by Tony Bancroft and Scott Christian Sava and produced by Blue Dream Studios. It is being promoted as an “AmericanSpanish 3D computer animated fantasy film” about a man who tries to revive an inherited circus after discovering “a magical box of animal crackers that allows him to transform into any of the animals in his box” (wonder what PeTA will say about that!). His new venture, however, pits him against his long-lost evil uncle and arch rival, Horatio P. Huntington, who owns the OCTOBER 2017 | OABA ShowTime Magazine H

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world’s largest chain of circuses. Voice-over talent include real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito and Sylvester Stallone. Check out the trailer at www. Animal rights advocates have been trying to push a vegan diet down our throats for years. Now, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that children who regularly drank non-cow’s milk in their diet were 0.4 centimeters shorter than the average for their age. According to the research, height is “an important indicator of a child’s overall health.” Speaking of liquid nourishment, elephant trainer Patricia Zerbini recently hosted a truly “unique wine tasting experience” — Wine and Dine with Luke the Elephant — at her Two Tails Ranch in Williston (FL). A lucky winner of a drawing walked off with an original painting by Luke. How’s that for pairing wine, circus and art? Finally, Illinois will become the first state to ban the use of elephants in circuses and other traveling exhibitions. The shameful law will take effect January 1, 2018. H


2017 Circus Fund

Kathleen Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,000 Forepaugh-Lubin Tent No. 2, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415 National Showmens Association, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Paul Gutheil – in fond memory of Johnny Welde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Felix Adler-Paul Binder Tent No. 12, CFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 Bill & Chris Schreiber – in memory of Johnny Welde, bear trainer, circus man & friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Kenneth Fake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Robert K. Momyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 James Rittle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 TOTAL $2,175

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

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