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  • Fri, May 25, 2018 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Amy Girton

    Vice President, Marketing 765.509.1169

    Townsquare Completes Sale of North American Midway Entertainment Management and Operations Remain Intact

    Farmland, IN – May 25, 2018 – North American Midway Entertainment (NAME), LLC, the largest operator of mobile amusement parks in North America, was sold to North American Fairs, LLC, an entity owned by Danny Huston, one of the original owners. NAME was acquired by Townsquare Media, Inc. in 2015. Townsquare Media, Inc. is a leading diversified media and entertainment company. NAME will continue to direct the business as usual, with its headquarters in Farmland, Indiana, and all management and operations remain intact.

    “I am thrilled to own North American Midway Entertainment again,” said Danny Huston, owner. “Townsquare Media, Inc. was a great partnership for the past several years and is now reinforcing its “Local First” strategy so it was an opportune time for me to buy NAME back. As the leading provider of outdoor amusements in North America there is nothing I’m more proud of than to own this company again.” Huston continues, “Our management team will remain intact and our Fairs will continue to enjoy our excellent service, exceptional rides, games and food concessions that we have always provided.”

    Jeff Blomsness, who was a partner with Huston when NAME was formed in 2004, will not join this venture. “I am thrilled for Danny to buy NAME back,” said Jeff Blomsness. “I am getting closer to retirement, but I will remain involved for the foreseeable future. I know Danny will take NAME to the next level and continue to do what we do best – provide the best, and safest, Midways to our Fairs each year.”

    Formed in 2004, NAME entertains approximately 16 million people in 20 states in the United States and four Canadian Provinces on an annual basis as the operator of amusement attractions including over 200 state-of-the-art rides, custom-designed food concessions and family-oriented games at approximately 150 fairs per year. NAME maintains a strong reputation for ride quality, on-site execution and safety that has enabled it to secure long-term agreements to operate at 12 of the largest 50 fairs in North America including: Eastern States Exposition, Canadian National Exposition, Calgary Stampede, Indiana State Fair, Illinois State Fair, K-Days Edmonton, Mississippi State Fair, Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo, Kentucky State Fair, South Carolina State Fair, Tulsa State Fair and Arkansas State Fair.

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    109 South Main Street * Farmland, IN 47340 765.433.3038 * www.namidway.com

  • Thu, May 24, 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    National Average Diesel Fuel Price
    U.S.Energy Information Administration (eia) 
    Reported 5/21/18

    Price change per gallon from 
    last week:values are up0.038  ; from last year: values are up 0.738
    This week's price per gallon $3.277

  • Thu, May 24, 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    On The Earie  
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador 

    Johnny Hobbs and I both received the same phone call last week. Marilyn Portemont, who was given the first ever, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Outdoor Amusement Business in February, would be passing through Nashville on her way to seeing her 71st straight Indianapolis 500-mile auto race, and would love to stop and see us, while on the way.  Read more

  • Mon, May 21, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    On April 12, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State budget bill, which makes some big changes in the obligations of New York employers relative to sexual harassment... Read Story

  • Thu, May 17, 2018 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Poor Jack Amusements is based out of Milton, Indiana, and provides carnival rides, games and food to fairs and festivals...Read Story

  • Thu, May 17, 2018 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Willy Wonka’s got nothing on this summer’s San Diego County Fair, which will opens a five-week, rainbow-sprinkled run on June 1 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds...  Read Story

  • Thu, May 10, 2018 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    OABA Membership Update

    The lifeblood of the OABA, for over 53 years, is our membership. It is who we serve and the reason we exist. As in any industry trade association, there are membership categories and dues which are paid to provide some of the strong financial backing to bring services to its members. The OABA is no different.

    It has been brought up many times to the OABA staff that there are too many membership categories and confusion as to which membership category is applicable. For this reason, the OABA Membership Committee has been working towards simplifying and streamlining the categories to eliminate as much confusion as possible. This committee most recently met at the annual Spring Board meeting and presented recommendations to the Board of Directors, as the entire board must approve any changes. In some membership categories nothing has changed.

    The following is a summary of the changes, if applicable, and a description of the categories that were voted on and approved by the board in April.

    • The Carnival categories were consolidated from 4 to 3 and are still based upon the number of rides owned by the show. Any show joins one of these categories.
    • Independent Ride Owners have been merged with Carnival category 3 (1-20 rides owned).
    • The Carnival Employee and Carnival Fan categories were merged. This category is for employees of shows and those who are retired or just continue to enjoy this business.
    • Circus Categories were consolidated from 9 categories to 2. The two Circus categories are Circus Producer and Circus Associate.
    • The two Concession Owner categories were merged into 1. This category is for food, game and other concessionaires.
    • The Carnival Executive category is for individuals who are part of a show, many of whom are family members, who want the $10,000 AD&D insurance coverage as a member, once the carnival has joined the OABA.

    The result of the changes reduces OABA’s membership categories from 25 to 14. This will go a long way to simplify things for the membership, as well as the hardworking OABA staff. Hopefully, it will also eliminate many of the questions that come up every year at membership renewal time.

    It is important to note that, as a result of the consolidation of the categories, some dues were increased, some remained the same, and some decreased. These changes were necessary to attempt to keep the total funds generated by the OABA membership dues the same as they were last year, and we are confident that this structure will accomplish that. 

    It’s been over 10 years since any wholesale changes have been made to our dues categories and fees. We are confident that these changes will be positive. Our members are appreciative of the services and advocacy your OABA dues provides, for which everyone pays. These changes will be effective with our 2019 dues year starting on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. 

    Please remember that your dues are critical for the services that the OABA provides to members. You will be hearing more about these efforts and services that the OABA works hard to provide through our new communication initiative to better inform and educate you on everything the OABA does for its members.

  • Thu, May 10, 2018 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    See the 5/9/18 News Coverage of "Tyler's Law", resulting from the FireBall incident last year in Ohio.

    See News Coverage Here 

  • Thu, May 10, 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the amusement industry lost one its younger show owners, Chad Edward Duchow, who together with his family, owned and operated Wisconsin based Mr. Eds Magical Midways. Read Story Here

  • Wed, May 09, 2018 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    FROM: Office of Infrastructure Protection
    SUBJECT: Reissue of the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
    DISTRIBUTION: Intended for Widest Distribution

    Critical Infrastructure Partners,

    Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen reissued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terror threat to the U.S. homeland. After carefully considering the current threat environment, as well as input from the Department’s intelligence and law enforcement partners, Secretary Nielsen determined it is necessary to extend the NTAS Bulletin at this time.

    Link to Advisory Bulletin  (HERE) 

    Terrorist groups continue to inspire, enable, and direct their followers to spread chaos using homemade weapons and by striking soft targets and crowded places. They also remain focused on conducting more sophisticated attacks using conventional weapons as well as new technologies and tactics. DHS is committed to staying a step ahead of our enemies, and an informed and vigilant public remains one of the Department’s greatest assets in protecting the homeland.

    This marks the sixth iteration of the Bulletin on the homegrown threat, which has been reissued five times since the first Bulletin was released in December 2015.

    Link to Advisory Bulletin (HERE

    Sent by,

    Sector Outreach and Programs Division
    Office of Infrastructure Protection
    National Protection and Programs Directorate
    The Department of Homeland Security

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