Archive for 2014

Agricultural Haunts
How a Baker, Fla., Farm Is Cultivating Scares

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross In the fall of 2012, Bill Barnhill turned a portion of his 1,500-acre farm in Baker, Fla., into a five-acre corn maze. The venture, executed under the umbrella of a partnership between Barnhill’s newly formed company, Baker-based Gum Creek Entertainment, and the Crestview Rotary Club, of which he is a member, […]

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Product Financing News: A Letter from Ben Jones

January 1, 2014 No Comments

I am very excited writing this as the newest member of the executive team at Live Oak Bank where I am part of a small group of specialized lenders who are starting a new niche lending division that will focus specifically on providing financing for FECs, small parks and attractions. As senior lender/FEC domain expert […]

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Becoming a Well-informed Insurance Buyer

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Bill Velin A well-designed business insurance program is essential when it comes to protecting your business from the many risks you face every day. It can provide you with an invaluable financial shield from losses, but only if you know what type of insurance to buy, how much to buy, and from whom to […]

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Keeping Children Safe in Bounce Houses: A Joint Effort

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Drew Tewksbury During two months in 2013 alone the media reported at least 10 Bounce House or Inflatable Amusement Rides nationwide that were toppled by wind or collapsed under the weight of too many kids.  The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission continues to estimate the number of injuries annually at over 6,000.  In just […]

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Insurance Trends, and Tips to Ensure Success

January 1, 2014 No Comments

At celebrations ranging from smaller  backyard birthday parties to city-wide festivals, event planners entertain youth by ordering closed inflatable trampolines, including traditional bounce houses, bouncy obstacle courses, and other attractions. Owners of the rental companies that provide this equipment take numerous measures to ensure children’s safety, but wherever kids are playing, there is a risk […]

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Gold Medal Products Company: Behind the Golden Curtain

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Gold Medal’s equipment and supply innovations start with the simple goal to taste good and build businesses. It’s the reason why a small, family-owned company in Cincinnati, Ohio,  became the global leader of concession products and manufacturing.     The Dollars and Sense of Manufacturing When your focus is on manufacturing quality machines that last, […]

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Carnival Food Report <br/>If it’s Fried or On a Stick, <br/>the Fair Has It

Carnival Food Report
If it’s Fried or On a Stick,
the Fair Has It

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By David Wilkening So what’s new on your fair’s menu this year? Expect no end to the popularity of the familiar corn dog. Attendees are also expected to dig in again to the perennially popular funnel cakes. Healthy choices are always slim here  – though more often offered than ever perhaps – but anything fried […]

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Pressing Matters at Museums
Tips to Succeed with Penny Press Machines

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Penny press machines are a big draw for all family members, both as souvenirs and collectable items. These fun, interactive machines are a big hit with museum goers, and venues that use them view this attraction as a genuine crowd pleaser or in some cases, a draw to the museum in itself. At the National […]

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Trends in Ticketing
The Thinking Behind the Decisions

January 1, 2014 No Comments

By Scott Cronick Debit-card systems for arcades seem to be the way to go in large Family Fun Centers around the nation, but independent arcade vendors said the costly systems just don’t make sense for most of the locations they service. Although coin-operated machines dominate most arcades and small business with games, vendors said tokens […]

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Tool Helps Trampoline Parks, Skating Rinks and FECs Manage Multiple Varieties of Ticketing

January 1, 2014 No Comments

Entertainment facility solutions provider CenterEdge Software (www.centeredgesoftware.com) has announced the addition of an innovative new wristband feature to its full suite of technology solutions to help manage time-based capacity ticketing. The new feature was rolled-out during the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. “Facilities can now have one computer printing to multiple wristband printers, which can be […]

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Sponsors

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Soft Play

Leader in designing, manufacturing and installing soft contained playground equipment.

Zebec Water Sports

Large variety of waterpark needs

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Birthday University

Concept development, training and birthday party touring seminars.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

Davis & Davis, Inc.

Planning consultants for wet/dry attractions, mini-golf, go-kart tracks and laser arenas.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

A'maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Wapello Fabrications

Inflatables and portable amusements.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Tube Pro

Waterpark tubes.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Perfect Fry

Innovative and simple-to-operate countertop deep fryer Perfect Fryers.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

Gold Medal Products Co.

Concession equipment, foods and beverages, popcorn, pretzels and snack foods.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Look Solutions

Fog machines.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

CFX Composite & Effects

Special effects make-up and prosthetics

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Aquaventronics

Research and development of interactive water games for use in the commercial amusement industry.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

Wristbands with no hidden costs, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System.

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

Concession trailers and Antique, Jeep and Grand Prix auto rides.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Beckman Insurance Agency

Amusement attractions insurance.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

International Special Events (ISERA)

Risk purchasing group, a better way to purchase liability insurance, specializing in inflatables and much more.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

European Body Arts

Airbrushed temporary tattoo products and systems.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Splashtacular

Manufacturer of waterslides

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Rides-4-U, INC.

New and used rides, kiddie, family, major and thrill.

Tear Repair

Tear-Aid industrial strength patches to repair holes and tears.

Formula K Raceways

Go-karts, kiddie cars and bumper boats, go-kart parts and tires.

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