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  • Thu, August 16, 2018 6:59 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)



    Ray Cammack Shows: Balancing Improving Economy with Rising Labor Costs

    Friday, August 10, 2018
    Aside from meteorology, the perennial concern for every fair and their carnival company partners is the economy. Is unemployment down or up in any given area? Do families seem to have more or less disposable income compared to last year?Chris Lopez, Vice President of Ray Cammack Shows has noticed a positive change in an economic indicator he always keeps an eye on. This tell-tale sign is not found on the fairgrounds but in the towns that he visits throughout the year. Lopez “takes notice of how filled are parking lots, how long the ......read more
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  • Thu, August 16, 2018 6:49 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Fair organizers have added new attractions and entertainment options to the list of fan favorites for the fair’s silver anniversary. Read More

  • Thu, August 16, 2018 6:37 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    State inspectors reviewed rides before Illinois State Fair kicked off

    A group of amusement ride safety inspectors scrutinized each attraction at the Illinois State Fair ahead of its opening last week, checking each part and going on the rides themselves. The inspectors will still be making unannounced checks until the fair closes.

    The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.)/The Associated Press (8/12) 


  • Thu, August 16, 2018 6:27 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)



    The Ohio Department of Health officially released their proposed new version of food safety rule 3701-21-25 that would now include a provision requiring a “person in charge certificate” for mobiles. 
    Here is the language of interest to GOSA:  Read More

  • Thu, August 16, 2018 5:30 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie    
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Guy Leavitt, who owns Ray Cammack Shows with his wife, Charlene, said the carnival had a good run at the 128th annual Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, California, July 13-Aug. 12, and Charlene interrupted to say, “We had the best run we've ever had there, and it was a little warm, too.” Read More



  • Thu, August 16, 2018 5:07 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)full history
              Change from
      07/30/18 08/06/18 08/13/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.226 3.223 3.217   values are down -0.006 values are up 0.619
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.223 3.222 3.219   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.595
    New England (PADD1A) 3.274 3.271 3.265   values are down -0.006 values are up 0.640
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.390 3.393 3.387   values are down -0.006 values are up 0.626
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.096 3.093 3.091   values are down -0.002 values are up 0.564
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.156 3.151 3.139   values are down -0.012 values are up 0.569
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.997 2.995 2.990   values are down -0.005 values are up 0.580
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.361 3.361 3.358   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.658
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.720 3.717 3.714   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.837
    West Coast less California 3.437 3.432 3.425   values are down -0.007 values are up 0.637
    California 3.945 3.943 3.942   values are down -0.001 values are up 0.993
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, August 16, 2018 5:02 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    Animal Issues Legislative Update Read More

  • Thu, August 09, 2018 3:36 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie  
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Attendance at the July 25-Aug. 5 Ohio State Fair, Columbus, was 908,306, up by 13 per cent over that of 2017, according to General Manager Virgil Strickler, who added that those numbers were attained despite rain that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday during the run. Read More


  • Thu, August 09, 2018 2:09 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    The Illinois State Fair’s first-ever roller coaster will bring new twists and turns to the Illinois State Fair’s Carnival Midway this year. Read More

  • Thu, August 09, 2018 12:37 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)full history
              Change from
      07/23/18 07/30/18 08/06/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.220 3.226 3.223   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.642
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.217 3.223 3.222   values are down -0.001 values are up 0.609
    New England (PADD1A) 3.269 3.274 3.271   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.653
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.389 3.390 3.393   values are up 0.003 values are up 0.642
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.087 3.096 3.093   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.579
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.142 3.156 3.151   values are down -0.005 values are up 0.608
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.993 2.997 2.995   values are down -0.002 values are up 0.585
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.369 3.361 3.361   no change 0.000 values are up 0.688
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.718 3.720 3.717   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.869
    West Coast less California 3.436 3.437 3.432   values are down -0.005 values are up 0.685
    California 3.943 3.945 3.943   values are down -0.002 values are up 1.013
    *prices include all taxes


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