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Themes that Generate Screams<br/>Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

Themes that Generate Screams
Haunted Attraction Trends for 2013

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Gone are the days when darkly lit hallways with creaky floorboards were the key components to a successfully scary haunted attraction. Over-the-top shocks and gory horrors, with a mix of special effects, are now drawing large crowds looking for a scream with their Halloween. For terror created outside the box, Scream Team Productions, a Murrieta, […]

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Buying Outside the Box

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For the February/March issue each year, we bring you the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. The listing is a chance to get familiarized with all of the top vendors in the industry, and highlights the companies that are advertisers in the issue with all of their contact information. This year’s edition has been streamlined, and we […]

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Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round <br/>Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

Avoiding a Staffing Merry Go Round
Best Practices for Hiring and Training at Carnivals and Fairs

January 4, 2013 No Comments

For over a century, traveling fairs and carnivals have toured America, entertaining communities of all sizes with the combination of lavish shows, great food, fun games and thrilling rides. There’s nothing quite like the excitement and adventure of working outdoors with one of America’s premier traveling carnivals. These jobs offer steady pay, great bonding opportunities […]

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January 2013

January 3, 2013 No Comments

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From Classics to Concoctions
The Food Picture at Fairs and Festivals

January 3, 2013 No Comments

When it comes to concession food trends at fairs and festivals, crowds seem to love classic favorites, but they also like to try the latest and greatest culinary concoctions. Although people like to try everything from fried Kool-Aid to anything on a stick, fair managers say people are creatures of habit. “French fries, corn dogs, […]

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The Midway’s Hottest Games
How Carnivals Keep Guests Playing

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The traveling entertainment is always striving to offer the most popular rides, concessions and games, but when it comes to games, it turns out carnival-goers are more interested in familiar, tried-and-true tests of skills on the midway as opposed to new creations. Dart throws, water games, speed pitches, duck, frog and fish ponds and basketball […]

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Traveling a New Year

January 3, 2013 No Comments

For the first issue of TAP each year, our contributing writers take the pulse of the traveling amusement industry. For 2013, we offer expanded coverage of this interesting and enduring segment of the business. In our special Carnivals feature section, you will find articles about hiring and training best practices, the hottest carnival and midway […]

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Keeping the Scares Safe
Practical Advice from Haunt Owners

January 3, 2013 No Comments

If comedy is said to be serious business you can bet that scaring the socks off of people is, too – especially when it comes to also ensuring their safety. Haunted attractions only operate for a handful of weeks each year, but the potential for injury — dark, often cramped spaces filled with bizarre artifacts, […]

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Where Durability Meets Fun
Care and Purchasing Tips for Inflatable Rides

January 3, 2013 No Comments

The boundaries of inflatable ride designs are limited only by imagination. Still, when purchasing a  unit, durability is a primary concern. Finding rides made of the best quality material, and then caring for the unit meticulously,  is a sure formula to extend the life of your purchase. Nixa Party Station, based in Nixa, Mo., specializes […]

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Building Business on the Fly <br/>How Mobile Zip Lines Keep Guests Entertained

Building Business on the Fly
How Mobile Zip Lines Keep Guests Entertained

January 3, 2013 No Comments

Amusement and entertainment companies are always in search of the next big thing that will attract customers. One of the new successes to hit the market in the past two years is the mobile zip line. “Our zip line has increased our business by 25 percent,” said Deb Millward, who owns Vertical Edge Entertainment in […]

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Sponsors

Broaster Co., The

Food programs and food service equipment.

Sippers By Design

Design and manufacture of specialty custom-shaped drink containers.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Gold Medal Products Co.

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

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Price Chopper, Inc. Wristbands

Admission, financial equipment and wristbands.

Art Attack

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

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

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

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Gould Manufacturing, Ltd.

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

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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

S&S Worldwide

Large Park amusement rides.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Quik N' Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Midway Concepts (Circus Tops)

Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

Rides-4-U, INC.

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

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Rio Syrup

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

R&R Creative Amusement Design

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

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Precision Dynamics (PDC)

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

Nieco Corp

Nieco automatic broilers.

Playsmart

Patented soft play design, soft playgrounds.

Gerber Manufacturing, Ltd.

Outdoor furniture, benches, picnic tables and grills.

Richie's Italian Ice

Italian Ice Kiosks and Carts

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

SnowMasters

Evaporative snow systems.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Knight Equipment

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

Perfect Fry

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

Penny Press

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

Berk Paper & Supply

Concession supplies.

Spectrum Sports

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

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Spectrum Sports
Cannonball Blaster
Funovation
Empex Water Toys