Archive for January, 2015

The Fun Is at the Fair – Seeking Staffing Solutions – Finding Workers for Fairs and Carnivals

The Fun Is at the Fair – Seeking Staffing Solutions – Finding Workers for Fairs and Carnivals

January 15, 2015 No Comments

For nearly 100 years Avery Wheelock’sfamily has been in the business of fun. “My grandfather had a popcorn, peanut and cookhouse business in 1920s.  My Dad wanted something more exciting, so in 1946 started this business.” This business is Wheelock Rides in Syracuse, N.Y., where they provide carnival rides, games and food for various events. […]

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The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

The Fun Is at The Fair – Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games

January 15, 2015 No Comments

The glittering lights, the scent of popcorn and cotton candy, the screams of happy riders on roller coasters and tilt-a-whirls, these are timeless pleasures at fairs and carnivals. But what are some of the more recent trends in rides and games that patrons enjoy and fair and carnival owners recommend? At G & S shows […]

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International News – Extreme Engineering Provides Zip Lining at De Palm Island Resorts Aruba

International News – Extreme Engineering Provides Zip Lining at De Palm Island Resorts Aruba

January 15, 2015 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, a large supplier in zip lines, climbing walls and Extreme Airs™ has sold a zip line project, including Extreme Air™ Jumpers, to De Palm Island Resorts located in Aruba. De Palm Island Resorts offers an all-inclusive experience where guests pay one entry price to experience everything from a waterpark and food to beverages […]

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DOLE Offers New  Lemon Soft Serve

DOLE Offers New Lemon Soft Serve

January 13, 2015 No Comments

DOLE Soft Serve is adding Lemon soft serve mix to its flavor repertoire in January 2015. Made by the brand that does fruit best, vegan-friendly Lemon DOLE Soft Serve is free of fat, lactose, dairy, gluten and cholesterol and made with natural colors and flavors. (To order, contact your foodservice broker, call 800-442-5242 or visit http://dolesoftserve.com.)

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Frostline Frozen Treats® Adds New Flavor: Birthday Cake

Frostline Frozen Treats® Adds New Flavor: Birthday Cake

January 13, 2015 No Comments

Frostline Frozen Treats® has added a new flavor packet, Birthday Cake, to its product line of soft serve, frozen yogurt and frozen beverage mixes. The unveiling comes at a time where soft serve consumption sees a decline due to colder temperatures. Businesses can motivate winter soft serve sales by rotating seasonal flavor staples with specialty flavors […]

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Don’t Look at Me!

January 8, 2015 8 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel   Throwing caution to the wind, I might ruffle a few feathers, this time around.  We are having a severe drought here in California.  Even though our family has always been careful with water, we have significantly cut our water usage, once again.  Yep, I love those 30-second cold showers.   Here, […]

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Inside Information – Trends at Indoor Waterparks

Inside Information – Trends at Indoor Waterparks

January 7, 2015 No Comments

What’s making a splash at indoor waterparks? Nationwide, the most popular elements of the indoor, all-weather, get-wet havens are as varied as the areas where they operate. At Wings & Waves at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore., Executive Director Larry Wood said everyone who comes to his waterpark is excited about the […]

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Food Service Stars  – Celebrity Chefs and Theme Parks

Food Service Stars – Celebrity Chefs and Theme Parks

January 7, 2015 No Comments

By Chad Emerson Turn on your television these days and you’re more than likely just a few clicks of the remote away from one of the many celebrity-driven chef shows that dominate the airwaves these days.  From competitions to travelogues to secret insider tips, foodie shows are one of the fastest growing and most popular […]

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January 2015

January 7, 2015 No Comments

The Large Park Report Food Service Stars – Celebrity Chefs and Theme Parks Is the celebrity chef trend also gaining traction in the theme park world? Keeping Guests in the Dark – Interactive Dark Rides from TRIOTECH  The Fun Is at the Fair  Traveling Entertainment Trends – Fair and Carnival Rides and Games What are […]

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January 2015

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Sponsors

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Extreme Engineering

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

Knight Equipment

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

American Changer

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

Family Fun Corp.

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

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

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

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Embed

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Cost of Wisconson

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

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.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

Spectrum Sports

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

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.

Art Attack

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

Poly Products

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

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Rio Syrup

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

Brunswick Bowling

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

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Enchanted Castle Studios

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

Penny Press

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

Laser Star

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

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Max Flight

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

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Store on Wheels

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

Sureshot Redemption

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

Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Funovation
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
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LAI
American Conference