OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by Bob Randa » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 01:57:57


I've been reading about traveling carnivals over the winter, and the
season is about to start in New England.

I'm interested in going to a lot of the fairs/carnivals this year to
ride, but also to take pictures.

Could anyone help me out with info on the different companies that set
up the midways (not just the large ones, I'm  also looking for info on
the smaller ones)and any place to go online for a schedule of these
carnivals.

Thanks in advance for you help.

I hope to have the pictures I take this summer up on a web site by the
end of the summer.

Bob

 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by DeadAndRestle » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 07:37:00

Quote:
>I've been reading about traveling carnivals over the winter, and the
>season is about to start in New England.

I don't really think this is offtopic. Fairs have rides and coasters like
amu***t parks.

Check out www.rideguy.com and www.carnivalwarehouse.com for more info on shows
in the Northeast (Fiesta, Gillette, and a few others are the main local shows
here in the area) and elsewhere in the US.

Also: New York State Fair will be run by Strates, while most other major
Northeastern Fairs (eg, Big E, CNE, Westchester County) are Conklin.

-
 Alan

 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by Iain Hendr » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 07:59:58

Quote:

> Also: New York State Fair will be run by Strates, while most other major
> Northeastern Fairs (eg, Big E, CNE, Westchester County) are Conklin.

I'm very curious of Conklin has a new piece this year!

    Iain

 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by John Reaum » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 10:10:55

..they need a new piece for one of the Gravitrons (Old Blue).

The sad part of all this is that whenever there is an accident of this
nature the carnival operator has to spend more on maintenance,
inspections, and insurance. That makes new ride purchases less likely.

The other side of that coin is that newer rides should be safer and
also attracts more attention. It is a double edged sword.

-JR

On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 22:59:58 GMT, "Iain Hendry"

Quote:


>> Also: New York State Fair will be run by Strates, while most other major
>> Northeastern Fairs (eg, Big E, CNE, Westchester County) are Conklin.

>I'm very curious of Conklin has a new piece this year!

>    Iain

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Park » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:22:35

Quote:
>..they need a new piece for one of the Gravitrons (Old Blue)

Actually I'm pretty sure Conklin didnt own Old Blue, it was owned independantly
and was booked on with Conklin for a good part of their route, same with the
Orbiter that caught fire earlier this year.  In fact the orbiter and this
gravitron were owned by the same guy.

As for new Conklin rides, I didnt see any in Miami and usually Conklin brings
everything they have (that's profitable).  However G-Force and Cracy Flip are
in serious need of repair, Crazy Flip was squirting hydraulic fluid out
everywhere, especially when the gondola brake released.  Nothing like being
sprayed with oil when on a ride :)

-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_
Finally, one day it was discovered that through an error in our accounting
department, we had inadvertently missed three payments on our roller
coaster..And then we knew the answer..Our ride had been REPOSSESSED!

 
 
 

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Post by Billp » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:23:25

Conklin Shows Alfie Phillips was quoted last fall saying that 2003 was a very
bad year due to rain and that they were not buying anything for 2004. The
independent Orbiter had a fire in Florida and the Gravitron had a serious
accident. So, those two pieces might be missing as well.  Hopefully some of the
independents will pick up something new.
 
 
 

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Post by Iain Hendr » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:24:48

Quote:

> As for new Conklin rides, I didnt see any in Miami and usually Conklin
brings
> everything they have (that's profitable).  However G-Force and Cracy Flip
are
> in serious need of repair, Crazy Flip was squirting hydraulic fluid out
> everywhere, especially when the gondola brake released.  Nothing like
being
> sprayed with oil when on a ride :)

Haha, Crazy Flip looks like it's about to blow apart.  It sat racked on a
trailer hiding behind the Feris Wheel and "Charmin" transportable
single-load comfort washrooms at the CNE.  It was good to get a close up
view of the trailer and how it is built, though.

    Iain

 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by Iain Hendr » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:42:21

Quote:

> Conklin Shows Alfie Phillips was quoted last fall saying that 2003 was a
very
> bad year due to rain and that they were not buying anything for 2004.

That's dissapointing but I can totally see it - SARS and the massive
blackout that hit this summer delayed the opening of the CNE signifigantly,
reducing the number of days they operated there.  Shucks.  :(

    Iain

 
 
 

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Post by Mark Rosenzwe » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 12:08:56

You should contact Amu***t Business, and inquire about getting a
copy of the annual Carnival/Circus Booking Guide, and the Spring
Special.  The booking guide has an up to date listing of every
carnival in the U.S. and Canada, while the Spring special has a
complete listing of fairs and festivals (dates, etc.).

I can probably help you out a bit, too, as my job involves lots of
traveling to visit showowners.  Do you have a particular region in
mind, or are you just looking for a general list of notable carnival
operators?

-Mark

 
 
 

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Post by Coaster Enthusiasts of Cana » Thu, 15 Apr 2004 00:00:45

: Could anyone help me out with info on the different companies that set
: up the midways (not just the large ones, I'm  also looking for info on
: the smaller ones)and any place to go online for a schedule of these
: carnivals.
:
: Bob

***   Try:
                      www.CEC.chebucto.org/Midway/Gateway.html
                      www.CEC.chebucto.org/Midway/TradFair.html

                                  Richard Bonner

                                Managing Director:
                        The Coaster Enthusiasts of Canada
                              www.CEC.chebucto.org

 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by Bill » Thu, 15 Apr 2004 03:53:20



Quote:
> : Could anyone help me out with info on the different companies that set
> : up the midways (not just the large ones, I'm  also looking for info on
> : the smaller ones)and any place to go online for a schedule of these
> : carnivals.
> :
> : Bob

> ***   Try:
>                       www.CEC.chebucto.org/Midway/Gateway.html
>                       www.CEC.chebucto.org/Midway/TradFair.html

Amu***t Link OneSource: http://SportToday.org/
has links to the home pages of many carnivals.  Unfortunately, the
carnivals are often quite lax in updating their schedules.
 
 
 

OT:Info on Midway/Carnival Companies

Post by LONN » Thu, 15 Apr 2004 06:22:39

http://SportToday.org/***ts.com/

http://SportToday.org/

http://SportToday.org/

http://SportToday.org/

http://SportToday.org/***ts.com/

These are some shows of all sizes that travel various parts of the Northeast.

Adam