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  • Thu, March 15, 2018 4:45 PM | Anonymous



    Marjorie Esther Chance, 93, lived an extraordinary life on earth! On March 15, 2018, she made a peaceful journey surrounded by family, to her new heavenly life. This world will never be the same without Marge and certainly she leaves behind an exceptional footprint that will forever be loved, admired and remembered.

    Marge was born on October 11, 1924 in Wichita, Kansas, to John and Marian Westwood. She was the oldest of five children. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John Westwood, Jerry Westwood and her sister, Marian Flattery. She is survived by her youngest brother, Joe (Sharon) Westwood. She grew up in Wichita and graduated from East High in 1942 before attending nursing school at St. Francis.

    She was proud to have served as a nurse before marrying her beloved husband, Harold Chance, in 1946. They had 5 beautiful children and enjoyed 63 years of marriage before Harold’s passing in 2010. Marge is survived by her son, Richard (Carol) Chance and daughters, Susie (Bill) Chew and Judy (Bruce) Nielsen. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughters, Katie Chance and Nancy (Doug) Stadnyck. Marge loved her family. Over the years, she created a legacy through her 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

    Her strong faith in God, love of family and close friendships rooted her in her blessed life. In many ways, Marge was the Matriarch in the Chance family. She instilled family traditions and the value of a close-knit family with gatherings whenever possible. This love did not end with family, as she and Harold had countless friendships over the years that endured a lifetime. Marge knew how to have a good time and enjoyed life to the fullest, while appreciating the small things.

    She was an avid golfer and a member at Rolling Hills Country Club for 53 years. She loved to travel. In fact, for over 40 years she spent the winters at her “second home” in paradise in Treasure Cay, Bahamas. She loved her friends and the community in the Abaco Islands. She showed heartfelt generosity, volunteered countless hours and donated to many causes that touched the lives of the local community, especially those in need.

    Marge was a beautiful, happy, strong, confident and wise woman. A lot of hard work and a little luck were at the heart of the successes in her life. Many would say that Marge was the backbone of Harold’s success in business. In 1960, Chance Manufacturing Co., Inc. was born out of a love of trains and grew into a world renowned manufacturer of carnival and amusement park rides. They both worked hard, sacrificed a lot to make his dream come true and provide for their growing family.

    Marge was a philanthropist. She wanted to help those in need and supported many programs here in Wichita. Specifically, she was a generous benefactor for Newman University and in 2011 received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters. She was instrumental in bringing the Nursing Degree program to Newman. Her legacy lives on in the Marjorie Chance Nursing Scholarship fund she created.

    An open viewing will be held Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary. Her Rosary will be held will be 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, and her Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 both held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 3636 N. Ridge Rd, Wichita, KS 67205.

    Memorials may be made to A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones, Care of: Holy Savior Catholic Church, 1425 N. Chautauqua Wichita, KS 67214, and the Wichita Children's Home, 7271 E 37th St N, Wichita, KS 67226.

  • Thu, March 15, 2018 4:34 PM | Anonymous

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  • Thu, March 15, 2018 4:23 PM | Anonymous

    An economic analysis by the Kansas Department of Agriculture shows the Kansas State Fair contributes an estimated $74.6 million annually to the Kansas economy, directly supporting 1,002 jobs.  Read more...Here

  • Thu, March 15, 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Ray Cammack Shows Purchases KMG Konga from Mike Demas

    Ray Cammack Shows Purchases KMG Konga from Mike Demas

    MCW confirmed that Ray Cammack Shows purchased a KMG X-Factory, themed Konga, from Mike Demas. The extravagantly themed X-Factory made its US debut in 2017, however, played very few events due to a change of business by Mike Demas.

    The ride is equipped with water fountains, a operator booth, fully integrated sound system, and a RGB color changing light package.

    It is currently being operated at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, TX) through March 18.

    KMG Konga

      Posted by Matt Cook on MCW 3/12/2018

  • Fri, March 09, 2018 6:37 PM | Anonymous

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  • Thu, March 08, 2018 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Passing of Ron Morris
    March 7, 2018

    Recently retired OABA Director, Ron Morris passed away, peacefully last night, after recovering from extensive heart surgery in New York City.  As the former owner of Spotlight Graphics, a Sarasota, FL, Ron’s love was always the circus and carnival industry, after his first experience at the CNE in Toronto in 1952.

    His industry experience as a business owner, show producer, booking agent, concession manager, and advance promotion and marketing background in both the United States and Canada provide Ron with many opportunities to have fun in the industry. 

    Ron was an active member of Showfolks of Sarasota (past president), IISA, OABA, NICA, IAFE, SLA, and the Circus Producers Association, which gave him a large network of industry associates, clients and most of all many good friends. 

    OABA’s former Chair Wayne McCary, who knew Ron for close to 30 years, enjoyed traveling with Ron to Europe, to attend the International Circus Federation meetings, the annual European Circus Federation’s Competition in Monaco and visit with his European showmen friends.  Wayne says, “He had sawdust in his shoes.  His love for the business took him to every corner of the World, where he had legions of friends. His last circus adventure carries on with great crowds in Hawaii.”

    Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Arlene, his trusted wife, companion and fellow traveler.  

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    LEE COUNTY, Fla. -

    The Lee County Fair is facing backlash after a carnival worker's idea of paintball targets backfired.  Read More...

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 3:36 PM | Anonymous

    03/02 -- New Man Hired To Run North Carolina State Fair -- Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently named Kent Yelverton of Fremont as the new manager of the North Carolina State Fair. Yelverton replaces Wesley Wyatt, who retired after 38 years of state service. “I am always pleased to have well-qualified and dedicated staff members step into new leadership roles at the department,” Troxler said. “I am confident that Kent’s background in civil engineering will bring a skill-set to the day-to-day operations of the State Fairgrounds that will be very valuable . . . more -->

  • Thu, March 01, 2018 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    "The carnival industry is still looking for relief from Congress," ...

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  • Thu, March 01, 2018 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    $600,000 in improvements planned this year for Clay County Fair & Regional Events Center



    The Clay County Fair Association has announced plans for $600,000 in improvements to be completed prior to the 2018 Fair, September 8-16. At the top of the list is the construction of a new 6,000 square-foot Grandpa's Barn, doubling the space of the attraction that highlights ag education. Completion of Centennial Plaza and construction of a permanent Fair Museum in the southwest lobby of the Events Center are also on the list.

    Other projects slated for this year include storm water improvements around the livestock facilities, an exterior renovation of the Commercial Exhibits Building, remodeling restrooms in the grandstand, carnival area and livestock pavilion, installation of handrails in the grandstand, the addition of water and sewer utilities to a portion of the campgrounds, new tables, chairs and projection screens for the Events Center, and various maintenance projects.

    Fair officials say the projects will be funded almost entirely by private donations through the Centennial Vision capital campaign.

    That's in addition to some projects the city of Spencer will be carrying out near the fairgrounds, including expansion of the trail system and the reconstruction of 4th Avenue West.

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