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Insurance Premiums
What Are the Effects of Claims?

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Larry Cossio In the last 34 years I have spoken to countless business owners about insurance.  One of the most common questions is, “Why is my insurance so expensive?” It is interesting how many people judge the quality of their insurance purely off its cost, with little regard given to the coverage their premium […]

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Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014: <br/>Best New Inflatables

Getting the Biggest Bounce in 2014:
Best New Inflatables

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Sara G. Hodon With outdoor event season quickly approaching, party rental and amusement retailers are stocking their inventory with a brand new selection of inflatables to appeal to a wide range of customers. Inflatables are crowd pleasers for nearly every type of event, and at the same time, their continued popularity and customer demand […]

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Art + Culture 2.0
How Technology Is Changing the Museum Experience

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald They come armed with their smart phones and tablets. They’re a new generation of culture vultures who are more likely to Google, Instagram and Facebook their way through a museum than take a guided tour of the latest exhibition. That’s why for many museums around the world, technology has become an […]

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Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

March 1, 2014 No Comments

They’re creepy.  They’re kooky, mysterious and spooky.  They’re The Mountain’s® Halloween tees! Help increase your apparel sales for the Halloween season with high-quality, 100 percent cotton T-shirts from The Mountain®. These shirts are hand dyed and screen printed in the United States. You’ll have a variety of designs to choose from without a doubt! From […]

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Scary Fun for All
The 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

March 1, 2014 No Comments

By Julie Ritzer Ross Rodney Geffert has always loved Halloween and, in particular, haunted houses; as a high school student, he worked at several such attractions. Reluctant to explore other career options, Geffert eventually opened a haunt of his own and, with his wife Melinda, operated it in the Akron, Ohio area for eight years. […]

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Today’s Top Trends

March 1, 2014 No Comments

 By Scott C. Borowsky and Frank Seninsky Looking for and tracking the ups, downs and sideways movements of collected information and data can identify what is referred to as a trend or a pattern. A trend is also what is popular at a certain point in time. The following are trends that we have noticed […]

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Daring to Be the Best

March 1, 2014 No Comments

For each February/March edition, the magazine recognizes the top vendors in the industry with listings in the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. We hope the guide will inspire you to pursue more information about these companies online. In addition to their ads, advertisers in this issue are listed in the guide with phone numbers and websites […]

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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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Spectrum Sports

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Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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Belson Manufacturing Co.

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Knight Equipment

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Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Penny Press

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Perfect Fry

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Rio Syrup

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

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