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  • Thu, January 17, 2019 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    "What OABA is Doing for You"
    Wednesday, February 6, from 3 PM to 4 PM
    Carousel Events Center
    IISA Trade Show, Gibsonton, Florida

    Presented by OABA’s Board members on Wednesday afternoon, in the Carousel Event Center, learn about the key initiatives OABA has involved with, such as: State Amusement Ride Regulations and ASTM Standards relative to ride corrosion and welding; the H-2B visa program to insure seasonal staffing needs; the new, OABA “VOLT” on-line education program for employees; and other programs and communications your industry Trade Association has been working on to protect, educate and promote your business. 

    This will also be a great opportunity to give our Board members, your feedback on how we are doing and what else the OABA should be doing for the industry and our members, to help you!


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Increased convention attendance, positive outlook among fairs and new interest by national carnival companies in the Ohio fair market highlighted the annual convention of the Ohio Fair Managers [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    On The Earie       
    By Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    While the state and county fair seasons are still months away, except for perhaps, Florida, Texas, and California, [read more]


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    This week's legislative update is attached for your reference.  There are a number of new bills this week, so please check out the Pending Legislation chart for new activity. [read more]

    Thank you, and have a good weekend!

    Mary Lou Kelly


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:40 PM | Anonymous


    NEAAPA is once again teaming up with NAARSO for the 2019 Education Conference and Annual Meeting. Participate in excellent sessions with top-notch speakers and network with other industry professionals from around the region [read more]


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:29 PM | Anonymous

    Greg Chieko: OABA Appoints The Big E's Midway "Liaison" As President & CEO

    The largest association of U.S. carnival companies starts the new year with the a new president [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:17 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/31/18 01/07/19 01/14/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.048 3.013 2.976   values are down -0.037 values are down -0.052
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.110 3.069 3.049   values are down -0.020 values are down -0.014
    New England (PADD1A) 3.234 3.216 3.208   values are down -0.008 values are up 0.094
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.286 3.242 3.217   values are down -0.025 values are down -0.046
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.965 2.921 2.903   values are down -0.018 values are down -0.010
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.907 2.869 2.823   values are down -0.046 values are down -0.158
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.841 2.821 2.788   values are down -0.033 values are down -0.037
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.071 3.026 2.987   values are down -0.039 values are up 0.003
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.562 3.528 3.471   values are down -0.057 values are up 0.070
    West Coast less California 3.246 3.180 3.130   values are down -0.050 values are up 0.032
    California 3.813 3.805 3.742   values are down -0.063 values are up 0.101
    *prices include all taxes

    *prices from www.eia.org

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 8:22 PM | Kristin Shenk

    KEY EVENTS FLORIDA WEEK 2019

    February 3 – February 8
    Tampa & Gibsonton, Florida

    Sunday, February 3

     6 PM - 11 PM  Fare Foods Superbowl Party - Sheraton Hotel (Palm)
    Monday, February 4  
    8:30 AM - 3:15 PM NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    5 PM - 9 PM 
    Fare Foods Trade Show - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Tuesday, February 5
     
    8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show Opens - Gibsonton
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Wednesday, February 6
     
    9AM - 5 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show – Gibsonton
    Noon – 2 PM
    SLA Capitol Preservation Committee – Sheraton Hotel
    2:30 PM - 4 PM
    NICA Update on H-2B Visas & DOL Audits by OABA – Sheraton (Cypress)
    4:15 PM – 5 PM
    OABA Reception Honoring 2019 Hall of Fame & Pioneer Recipients - IISA Carnival Museum - Second Floor
    4 PM - 6 PM
    NICA General Membership Meeting - Sheraton (Cypress)
    6 PM
    IISA Carnival Museum Dinner and Jamboree Fundraiser – IISA Carnival Museum
    7 PM - 9 PM
    NICA  Annual Gala - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    Thursday, February 7
     
    8 AM - 9:30 AM
    OABA Board Sponsor Breakfast & Board Meeting - Sheraton  (Cypress)
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    1 PM - 4 PM
    Florida Federation of Fair “Partners Shootout & Dinner” - Lithia
    7 PM - 10:00 PM 
    Third Annual OABA Top Golf H-2B Advocacy Fundraiser –Tampa
    Friday, February 8
     
    9 AM - 10 AM
    SLA Scholarship Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    11 AM - 4 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    12:30 – 1 PM
    SLA Board of Governors Lunch – Carnival Museum
    1 PM
    SLA Board Meeting – Carnival Museum
    6 PM - 9:30 PM
    OABA’s 54th Annual Member Meeting and Chair’s Reception - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    10 AM - 11 AM
    SLA Nominating Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    12:30 PM - 2 PM
    MAI, Inc. OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund Board & Scholarship Meeting - Sheraton (Palm) 
    9:30 AM - Noon
    OABA Board Meeting – Sheraton (Cypress)
    3 PM - 4 PM
    What OABA is Doing for You - OABA Executive Board - Gibsonton
    4 PM - 5 PM
    SLA Member Social – IISA, Gibsonton
    6 PM - 10 PM
    IISA Annual Banquet & Ball – IISA Carousel Pavilion - Gibsonton
               
  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:44 PM | Kristin Shenk


    Attached is the most recent animal issues update.  As most of you have heard, the Governor of Hawaii signed the new exotic animal rules on December 20, which prohibit dangerous wild animals from being brought into the state for circuses, carnivals, and other public exhibitions.  Also, Mindy Patterson at the Calvary Group caught news just before Christmas that the city of Ferndale, Michigan enacted a ban on the display or performance of wild or exotic animals on public or private property in the city. This action was spurred by PeTA complaints about the use of reindeer and other animals during the city's holiday festival last year. The link to the text of the ordinance is in the Legislation chart. Also in this week's newsletter is coverage of the unfortunate incident in North Carolina where a 22-year-old zoo intern was killed by a lion who got out of his nearby enclosure. On the Legislation chart, I removed the local ordinances that had no further action as of the end of 2018 (since some, such as Los Angeles, have been pending since 2017). I will continue to monitor these items, and if any of these ordinances have future activity, I will put them back on our chart. [read more]

    Thank you!
    Mary Lou Kelly


  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:09 PM | Kristin Shenk

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/24/18 12/31/18 01/07/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.077 3.048 3.013   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.017
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.132 3.110 3.069   values are down -0.041 values are up 0.044
    New England (PADD1A) 3.237 3.234 3.216   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.139
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.310 3.286 3.242   values are down -0.044 values are up 0.033
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.987 2.965 2.921   values are down -0.044 values are up 0.034
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.944 2.907 2.869   values are down -0.038 values are down -0.078
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.869 2.841 2.821   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.036
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.110 3.071 3.026   values are down -0.045 values are up 0.052
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.588 3.562 3.528   values are down -0.034 values are up 0.134
    West Coast less California 3.281 3.246 3.180   values are down -0.066 values are up 0.093
    California 3.832 3.813 3.805   values are down -0.008 values are up 0.167

    *prices include all taxes
    *prices from www.eia.gov


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