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A Spot in the Shade <br />Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

A Spot in the Shade
Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Rain and wind are not the only weather elements that can dampen attendance at a state fair.  Sun and heat can also prompt fair guests to cut their visits short.  In recent years, state fairs have looked to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements making it more probable […]

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Embarking on the Journey of a New Year

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Fairs and festivals are always looking for new ways to entertain the public as they travel the country. As the International Independent Showmen’s Association prepares to hold its annual trade event Feb. 7 – Feb. 11, 2012, in Gibsonton, Fla., we offer a special section devoted to the state of the industry. Included are stories […]

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January 2012

January 5, 2012 No Comments

CARNIVALS AND FAIRS SPECIAL REPORT A Spot in the Shade — Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry — State fairs are always looking to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements and to make it more probable that they will enjoy the fairs for longer periods of time. […]

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Popular Themes and Actors: <br /> Haunted Attractions Tailor the Experience to the Times

Popular Themes and Actors:
Haunted Attractions Tailor the Experience to the Times

January 5, 2012 1 Comment

Every Halloween season, thrill-seekers gather at haunted attractions, with the desire to be in the presence of terror.  The owners of these haunts work with skilled actors and makeup artists in order to deliver the creepiest, most sinister characters and provide the best fright nights imaginable. Located in an old theater, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of […]

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Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

Zoo Exhibit Redesign and Elephant Conservation

January 4, 2012 1 Comment

Elephants are the largest living land animal on Earth and one of the most intelligent animals. Sadly, they are also one of the most endangered species.  However, a resurgence among zoos to help stabilize the population has helped their cause.  Many zoos are seeking to educate the public about how important these animals are and […]

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November 2011

November 2, 2011 No Comments

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Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

Extreme Engineering Is Debuting Two New Products at IAAPA: The Zippin Zone™ and Balloon Battles

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Extreme Engineering, the largest supplier in climbing walls, Extreme Airs™ and adventure products in the world, will be debuting two new products for the entertainment industry, the Zippin Zone™ mobile zipline and the Balloon Battles cannon launcher, at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The Zippin Zone™ zipline uses many of the company’s patented safety features, such […]

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Staying a Bounce Ahead:
Making an Informed Next-Purchase Decision

November 2, 2011 No Comments

By Linda M. Barba Could John Scurlock, the mechanical engineer whose serendipitous creation of the first inflatable structure in 1959, have imagined the many innovative varieties of bouncers that would one day be available?  It’s very likely even the inventor would be surprised his first “space walk” – born from an inflatable tennis court cover […]

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Campground Trends: A Walk in the Park How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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A Walk in the Park:
How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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Sponsors

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Perfect Fry

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

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Penny Press

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

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Rio Syrup

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

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Spectrum Sports

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

Knight Equipment

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

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Art Attack

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

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Johnny Rockets
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Premier Polysteel
Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys