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  • Thu, October 18, 2018 5:26 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    It’s always good to start your first fair with an attendance increase. The 20018 Erie County Fair – perennially billed as “Best 12 Days of Summer” – drew 1,198,789. This is a .46 percent increase from 2017 and is the second highest attended fair in the Erie County Fair’s history. The 2014 fair at 1,220,101 remains the record.[read more]

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 5:13 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    State Fair of Texas extends its hours for closing weekend

    Have no fear, you'll be able to hang out for a few more hours because of all the bad weather we've had the last couple of days in North Texas. [read more]

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 4:41 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie 
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Mike Heffron, retired manager of the Minnesota State Fair,St. Paul, used to refer to me as an ink-stained wretch, a common term in the old days for journalists, and with that in mind, I'll tell you the ink had barely dried on my last column when Bill Johnson of A Fantasy Amusements,pointed out an error. [read more]

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 3:51 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    NAARSO Safety School, Testing

    To Again Be Hosted By NEAAPA

       SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) will again host a National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) outreach safety school and testing session.

       The safety seminar will take place March 18-22 during NEAAPA’s 106th Anniversary Education Conference & Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel here.

       Participants may enroll in 32 or 16-hour tracks or testing only. This will mark the second consecutive year NEAAPA has offered the safety school during its annual conference.

       More than 50 took part in the 2018 program that included state inspectors in New England as well some individual NEAAPA members who inspect and maintain their own rides and others who inspect facilities nationwide.

      Registration is now open at: 


       NEAAPA’s conference will include other educational sessions, time with manufacturer and suppliers in the vendor showcase, the NEAAPA awards presentation, Hall of Fame induction and the annual meeting dinner.

    About The Association

      NEAAPA is the premier regional attractions association in the United States, representing the six New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Members include amusement/theme parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, carnivals, manufacturers, suppliers and others that support the industry.

      The organization follows legislative activity that will have an effect on the attractions industry on local, state and federal levels. Education programs are offered throughout the year covering topics of importance to members. Social events are held in New England and at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla.

      For more information visit www.neaapa.com.

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 3:17 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)
              Change from
      10/01/18 10/08/18 10/15/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.313 3.385 3.394   values are up 0.009 values are up 0.607
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.292 3.360 3.382   values are up 0.022 values are up 0.585
    New England (PADD1A) 3.305 3.344 3.361   values are up 0.017 values are up 0.614
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.447 3.531 3.544   values are up 0.013 values are up 0.618
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.180 3.243 3.272   values are up 0.029 values are up 0.558
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.278 3.351 3.351   no change 0.000 values are up 0.594
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.079 3.169 3.172   values are up 0.003 values are up 0.560
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.367 3.390 3.400   values are up 0.010 values are up 0.514
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.802 3.866 3.880   values are up 0.014 values are up 0.791
    West Coast less California 3.506 3.558 3.591   values are up 0.033 values are up 0.588
    California 4.038 4.111 4.109   values are down -0.002 values are up 0.950
    *prices include all taxes

    Information from www.eia.org

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 3:07 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    H-2B - Requested Action:

    Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign onto the attached H-2B letter that is currently being circulated by Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA).  You can reach your Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your lawmaker’s office, ask to speak to the staff person who deals with H-2B visa issues. Explain to the staff person the importance of H-2B cap relief to your business and ask him or her to encourage your Representative to sign the Bergman-Keating letter.

    H-2B Letter[here]


    Both the House and Senate are on recess until November 13.  When Congress returns for a “lame duck” session it will focus on wrapping up the outstanding fiscal 2019 federal spending bills, including a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department is currently funded by a continuing resolution through December 7.

    The fiscal 2019 DHS appropriations bill provides the only real opportunity to pass H-2B cap relief before the end of the calendar year and we need your help to ensure that meaningful H-2B cap relief is included in the final measure.

    Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are circulating the attached letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-CA) urging them to include the H-2B cap relief in the fiscal 2019 House Appropriations Committee-passed DHS appropriations bill in a final spending bill that will be negotiated with the Senate during the lame duck session.  Please call your representative today and ask him or her to sign this important letter.

    As you know, the DHS funding bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee in July would exempt returning workers from the annual H-2B visa cap, reallocate the capped 66,000 visas on a quarterly basis to ensure that employers with late seasons are not shut out of the program and allow for visas to be appropriated on a proportional basis to ensure that all qualifying employers receive at least a percentage of needed H-2B workers.   The Berman-Keating letter urges House leaders to fight to retain that language in a final spending bill.

     H-2B Letter [Here]


    Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs

    Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals

    Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association

    Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 1:33 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Raleigh, NC— In addition to its usual appeals like food, agriculture displays, showcases and rides, the North Carolina State Fair is focused on something new this year -- hurricane relief. [read more]

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 1:27 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Animal Issues Legislative Update [read more]

  • Thu, October 11, 2018 3:40 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie          

    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    I was watching a baseball game early in the evening when Kent Hojem, CEO of the Washington State Fair, Puyallup, said he had just received my message and asked if ...[read more]

  • Thu, October 11, 2018 2:28 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Not when it comes to the 137th Maryland State Fair, whose 2018 marketing campaign proudly broadcasted the annual celebration of everything Maryland’s commitment to culture. In fact, the entire advertising campaign was highly multicultural. Multi-fair-cultural that is. This year’s tagline was “More Than A Fair, We’re A Culture,” and when used various ads on multiple platforms, the word culture was linked to the many activities the fair is known for – AgriCULTURE, HorseCULTURE, RideCULTURE, HortiCULTURE, ......[read more]

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