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  • Thu, February 13, 2020 8:13 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    MORRISONVILLE — New Jersey-based carnival operator Amusements of America will return to the Clinton County fair this summer following a multi-year hiatus.

    “We are very much looking forward to having Amusements of America back at the Clinton County Fair,” Clinton County Fair Manager Mike Perrotte said in a statement.

    “They are one of the oldest and largest traveling carnivals in the country, with many modern rides, as well as nostalgic amusements designed to take adults back to their childhoods. Amusements of America has something for everyone.”

    Read full article here

  • Thu, February 13, 2020 7:56 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    MIAMI – Feb. 12, 2020 – Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Inc. has announced that longtime Miami resident Marguerite Morris is the new chair of its board of directors.

    Morris joined the board of directors in 2007. The Boston native is a retired physical therapist, having worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital for more than 35 years.

    “I am honored to have been elected to lead such an important organization that gives so much to make such a positive difference in the lives of the children in our community. Volunteers are the backbone of The Youth Fair, and I am pleased to be able to give my time,” Morris said.

    Morris has been a dedicated volunteer at The Youth Fair since 1986, contributing her expertise to catalogue and judge the tens of thousands of student exhibit entries that arrive every year before they go on display to the general public. In 2019, the total number of student exhibits reached 63,120.
    “We look forward to Marguerite’s experience, knowledge and leadership as we prepare for another successful year with the annual Youth Fair that opens in March and our year-round Exposition Center,” said President Eddie Cora.

    Opening day at The Youth Fair is March 12 and runs through April 5 at the Fairgrounds, 10901 Coral Way (Southwest 24th Street), Miami, Fla. 33165.

    The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair) is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits 63,120 student projects to more than 550,000 Youth Fair guests and, in 2019, awarded $586,720 in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami-Dade community. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit fairexpo.com or call 305-223-7060

  • Thu, February 13, 2020 7:47 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    (dollars per gallon) full history XLS
    Change from
    01/27/20 02/03/20 02/10/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.010 2.956 2.910 -0.046 -0.056
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.047 3.003 2.962 -0.041 -0.069
    New England (PADD1A) 3.119 3.105 3.075 -0.030 -0.086
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.224 3.180 3.146 -0.034 -0.079
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.914 2.863 2.816 -0.047 -0.056
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.901 2.839 2.776 -0.063 -0.073
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.773 2.710 2.675 -0.035 -0.101
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.984 2.944 2.895 -0.049 0.025
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.565 3.517 3.481 -0.036 0.046
    West Coast less California 3.198 3.146 3.098 -0.048 0.014
    California 3.857 3.812 3.784 -0.028 0.070
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, February 13, 2020 7:05 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Industry Pioneer

    Fred Pittroff
    Giant Slide

    Watch Fred’s Video here

  • Thu, February 13, 2020 6:45 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    February 13, 2020


    The first hearing for CO SB125 was today, we are hoping to kill this bill before it goes any further.  It is definitely an animal rights written and promoted bill that is being padded with too much misinformation to list here. To those of you who took the time to help oppose it, thank you. If it goes on to another hearing, we have time to keep calling and writing letters to support traveling exotic animals in the state of Colorado, but let’s keep our fingers crossed it will die in committee today. 

    In Florida, USARK is busy fighting reptile laws that would negatively impact private ownership and breeders. Please help them oppose these laws - they help get so many alerts and letters out in support of circus animals. 
    SB 906 & SB 1414


    Judge upholds Maryland ban on pet stores’ sale of cats, dogs Joaquin Phoenix champions a big night for vegans at the Oscars
    Sea lions make splash at Florida State Fair 
    Speaker: Cattle industry plays role in sustainability 
    Transportation funding, removing Robert E. Lee from the Capitol, elephant rides, and more headlines

  • Thu, January 30, 2020 7:50 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Elizabeth (Bette) Bohman Reithoffer was born in Rawlins, Wyoming on January 23, 1921 and went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2020.

    Bette graduated from Rock Island High School in Illinois in 1938 and upon graduation worked as a secretary for the Bituminous Casualty Corporation in Rock Island, IL.

    She met Patrick (Pat) Reithoffer II at a USO dance in Rock Island while Pat was in training to become a B24 bomber pilot. After WWII in 1945, she married Pat Reithoffer. They lived in Dallas, Pennsylvania while he taught science and shop class at the junior high school in Dallas. Pat was also the owner of Reithoffer Shows, an amusement ride company. Together he and Bette grew the show to be one of the largest traveling carnivals in the country.

    Pat and Bette were married for 62 years before he passed in 2007. Bette then moved to Sun City Center, Florida in 2009. She and Pat had two sons, Patrick Jr.  (Geneva) and Richard (Marianne) and one daughter, Jan Stoorza (Jack). She also is survived by eight grandchildren: Megan Foster (James) and John Stoorza, Suzanne Blake (James) and Kristal Knox (Jason), Patrick IV and Ryan Reithoffer (Nelda) and Richard Reithoffer (Victoria) and Matthew Reithoffer. She also had nine great grandchildren: Morgan Blake, James Foster, Orion Reithoffer, John Knox, Karis Knox, Grayson Knox, Nicholas Reithoffer, Carousel Reithoffer and Xavier Reithoffer.  She is preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her father and mother Richard and Elizabeth Bohman and sister Ellen Cornelis and granddaughter Trisha Reithoffer.

    A memorial service will be held at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 E Del Webb Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33575 at 10 am Monday February 3, 2020 with a reception to follow at 11:30 am at the Regent Event Center, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, FL 33578.

    Flowers: Riverview Florist  riverviewflowers.com  813-677-9700

    The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to one of the following:

    Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) 1305 Memorial Ave. West Springfield, MA   01089 or

    International Independent Showmen’s Museum Corporation (IISMC) PO Box 3359 Riverview, FL 33568

    Cards of condolences may be sent to Bette’s family at PO Box 1080 Gibsonton, FL 33534

  • Thu, January 30, 2020 5:21 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Tom Powell left Amusement Business and began writing a weekly and a monthly article for OABA in October of 2006. This is what the cover looked like announcing his comeback to "On the Earie." He will be missed.

    Read what Tom had to say to us back in 2006 - if you can't read it below, click on the article for a pdf version:

  • Thu, January 23, 2020 6:26 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    January 23rd, 2020


    Several bills have come up since the beginning of the year.  You may keep track of them by using www.grassroots.circusfans.org a website sponsored by OABA and CFA to keep members abreast of current legislative issues.  I update it weekly for your convenience. 


    Aspiring vet students learn how to manage animals, humans at National Western Stock Show camp                               
    Students learn about livestock, pets and horses through the Stock Show’s Vet 101 camp

    Rescued circus tigers and lions to be airlifted from Guatemala to South Africa

    Animal Cruelty Charges Reissued Against Exotic Zoo Owner

    44th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo: a true pillar of the Monegasque heritage

    Wild elephant walks into Sri Lankan hotel and gently wanders around
    This is a tuskless male elephant, called a makhna.  Sri Lanka has a higher population of makhnas compared to the mainland Asian elephant population.  It is said that the tuskless males go through a stronger and more aggressive musth period. 

    Baby gorilla born at LA Zoo for first time in over 20 years

    Llamas and ostriches were taken from an exotic meat farm. Was it theft or rescue?

    Ranch circuit a reminder of rodeo's humble beginnings

  • Thu, January 23, 2020 6:10 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    01/06/20 01/13/20 01/20/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.079 3.064 3.037 -0.027 0.072
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.120 3.111 3.075 -0.036 0.038
    New England (PADD1A) 3.127 3.131 3.132 0.001 -0.059
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.294 3.291 3.248 -0.043 0.033
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.000 2.984 2.948 -0.036 0.064
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.977 2.965 2.937 -0.028 0.130
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.828 2.810 2.797 -0.013 0.007
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.100 3.065 3.010 -0.055 0.066
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.616 3.593 3.574 -0.019 0.111
    West Coast less California 3.264 3.241 3.206 -0.035 0.091
    California 3.895 3.872 3.866 -0.006 0.127
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, January 23, 2020 5:37 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    New SEA Logo

    Dear SEA members,

    We continue to work with our allies in Congress who have direct access to President Trump. We are asking that they make a personal request of President Trump to direct DHS to release the 64,716 visas it is authorized to release. We know that discussions are ongoing between DHS and DOL on the rule. We have been told that they intend to release the visas in time for workers to arrive on or close to April 1. We have spoken with numerous Senior Administration officials but they are keeping things close to the vest. We are confident Members of Congress have spoken with President Trump regarding the visas release but unfortunately do not have any feedback to share.

    DOL has nearly completed issuing first actions on all applicants assigned to Group A. DOL took approximately 14 business days to complete Bucket A. At this pace, DOL will issue first actions on Group D and E applicants by early March. We have made clear to DHS and DOL that all applicants from the three day filing window should have an equal shot at the supplemental visas.

    Status of Congressional letter

    The letter has closed. Since each signature is collected manually and since we had such a tremendous response to the letter, it is taking time to collect the signatures. The final letter should be released shortly. I will send forward it along as soon as I receive it.

    What can you do?

    The rule will likely be finalized in the next few weeks. Now is the time to mobilize and ensure our voice is heard.

    Meet with your member's District Director (DD). Respond to this email if you would like us to schedule the meeting for you. If you have already met with your DD, send me a recap of the meeting. I want to log it into our database.

    Film a one to two minute video documenting the effect of not receiving your H-2B workers on your business. Videos humanize a situation in a way a phone call and email cannot. It is important that you show emotion! You should upload the video to your Twitter account and Tweet it at your Representatives. You should then email the Tweet/video to your Representatives' staffers.

    Introduce yourself and company

    How many American workers do you employ and how many H-2B workers did you apply for?

    Explain efforts to hire American workers

    Effect of uncertainty of whether or not you will have a labor-force this year on your planning for the upcoming season (cancelled and foregone contracts, reduced equipment purchases, hiring of full-time, year-round American workers)

    I will host a Twitter/video training this Monday at 11:30 AM. Click here to add the call to your calendar. 

    When: Monday, January 27th
    11:30 AM ET
    Dial-in number: (563) 999-2090
    Access code: 464343#

    Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/gray_delany123

    If you do not know how to film a video using your phone, ask someone you know who is technologically savvy. No excuses!

    Equipment Manufacturer letter

    We have drafted a letter to POTUS we are hoping the leading outdoor equipment manufacturers will sign. The purpose of the letter is to inform the President that when the landscape contractors have an adequate workforce, they purchase more equipment. Equipment manufacturers can then expand their American manufacturing facilities and hire additional American workers.

    I need your help in obtaining their signatures. Wright Manufacturing has agreed to sign the letter. Bobcat is also likely to sign the letter. I am waiting on confirmation from Rain Bird and Mean Green.

    Briggs and Stratton and Gravely have declined to sign the letter. They are 100% supportive of our efforts but, at least in the case of Briggs and Stratton, they want to limit their outreach to the Administration to the trade issue.

    I have reached out to the following companies but have not received a response:
    Cub Cadet
    John Deere

    Time is of the essence. We would like to have this lettered delivered to the White House by early next week.

    Gray Delany
    Seasonal Employment Alliance

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