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  • Thu, October 15, 2020 4:17 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    October 15, 2020


    H.R. 1754, The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2019, has passed committee and now heads to the full House to be heard. 
    House committee passes Barr’s bipartisan horse racing reform bill              

    State-Funded Horse Shows Still On Despite Fort Worth Rodeo Cancellation                                                                       


    Maine AgrAbility to host virtual state fair, Oct. 20

    Wilson's Wild Animal Park owner facing new animal cruelty, trafficking charges

    Animal rights activist let loose mink in Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho

    A Strong Relationship With Your Elective Officials Is Key in Protecting the Future of Dairy

    Or any hotly contested industry for that matter.  Build a rapport with your legislators so they come to industry professionals for answers first, not at the end of the line when put on the defensive.  
  • Wed, October 14, 2020 8:30 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    09/28/20 10/05/20 10/12/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.394 2.387 2.395 0.008 -0.656
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.473 2.473 2.473 0.000 -0.571
    New England (PADD1A) 2.592 2.577 2.578 0.001 -0.464
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.658 2.655 2.649 -0.006 -0.578
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.323 2.328 2.332 0.004 -0.588
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.269 2.259 2.275 0.016 -0.692
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.154 2.141 2.148 0.007 -0.657
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.336 2.319 2.330 0.011 -0.711
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.928 2.928 2.933 0.005 -0.720
    West Coast less California 2.554 2.534 2.538 0.004 -0.702
    California 3.236 3.252 3.258 0.006 -0.724
    *prices include all taxes

  • Fri, October 09, 2020 10:04 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    2020 IAFE Annual Convention Cancelled

    SPRINGFIELD – Due to the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the fair industry, the annual Convention & Trade Show of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in San Antonio, Texas has been cancelled.

    With regulatory restrictions making it impossible for over 90% of the IAFE members' fairs to go forward in normal fashion, the economic losses to fairs and the hundreds of businesses involved have been devastating. Additionally, nearly 60% of projected participants are currently unable to travel either due to the quarantine restrictions upon return to their state or country, or employer travel restrictions.

    “With the added uncertainty regarding the potential arc of the disease not only in Texas but across the United States over the next two months, it is the prudent thing to do,” stated IAFE President and CEO Marla Calico.

    IAFE Chair Nancy Smith of the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia praised the work of the 2020 Convention Program Committee, which has been meeting virtually nearly every month for nearly two years to first develop a program and then swiftly pivoting to adapt to the evolving situation to develop alternatives.

    “This group of dedicated volunteers, led with such enthusiasm and optimism by our Committee Chair jill Albanese of the Wisconsin State Fair, has poured their hearts and souls into our ‘2020 Clear Vision’ programming and we have every confidence they will help the IAFE staff fine tune plans for the delivery of a series of educational presentations and virtual networking discussions to be scheduled Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Vision is what we need now more than ever as we seek to provide alternative solutions to keep members connected, striving forward, and #FAIRSTRONG in these difficult times. Our industry is extremely fortunate to have the leadership, passion, and dedication of the IAFE staff. I know of no other industry that has been afforded the necessary and critical resources to help navigate in such unknown territory. Marla Calico and her team are to be commended for their untiring efforts on our behalf,” stated Smith.

    IAFE Director of Sales Steve Siever reported that despite significant interest from associate members in participating in the trade show, it was impractical to go forward with so many people from the fairs unable to attend.

    “Everyone in the event business has seen such devastating economic losses, yet their passion for the industry and their drive to go forward and work with fairs in 2021 and beyond remains. We are working right now to finalize an innovative and creative means of connecting these businesses with fair folk during December,” stated Siever.

    Like most fair members, the IAFE has to adapt to a less than ideal situation. Fairs are the heartbeat of their communities. Even when many could not hold their annual events in 2020, they continue to serve their community. Whether it is hosting a blood drive or drive-thru coronavirus testing, providing shelter from wildfires, or offering space for drive-in movies, fairs have reflected and met their communities’ needs. The Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, H.R. 7883, is a bill in Congress that would provide relief to fairs serving the people in their community.

    The IAFE will hold an online educational event called Virtual Vision to provide important educational and networking opportunities for its members. Virtual Vision will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Stay tuned for more details at www.fairsandexpos.com/Virtual-Vision.

    The 2021 IAFE Convention and Trade Show remains scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 4:27 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Hello F24 Members,


    The upcoming meetings of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices are quickly approaching. All meetings will take place virtually Monday, October 12th – Friday, October 16th from 9am-2pm (Eastern Daylight Time) via WebEx.

    Please register if you plan on attending any meeting over the course of the week; there will be no requirement to register for individual meetings: https://www.astm.org/MEETINGS/filtrexx40.cgi?+-P+MAINCOMM+F24+-P+EVENT_ID+4132+-P+MEETING_ID+147632+meetinginfo.frm

    Meeting Schedule   
    The schedule has been updated since the last email; specifically the following meetings:

    • F24.24 Ride Modification – moved from Thursday 10/15 to Tuesday 10/13 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Addition of F24.70 Task Group on Surf Pools on Wednesday 10/14 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Please be sure to review the most current version of the October 2020 F24 Meeting schedule in the attached Excel file. This schedule should be used to guide your participation each day. The updated schedule in pdf format will also continue to be available online through your MyASTM account.

    The F24 Main Opening Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 12 from 8:30 am – 9:00 am

    Please note there are multiple tabs in the excel flle (one for each day) and a master schedule as the first sheet. You can use this file to create your customized schedule, sort, and edit meetings as needed. It is important that you have the WebEx links for meetings you plan to attend. To make this easier for you, we’ve added a column to include the option “add to calendar” which automatically secures the date/time and WebEx info in your preferred calendar. PLEASE NOTE some meetings are sharing a WebEx link; meaning the calendar invite may include the full duration of all meetings and not the specific time for individual meetings (use the excel file schedule to know what time you want to use the Webex link to join any one meeting OR manually edit the calendar invite to fit your meeting needs).

    Because we will be using WebEx it is important you take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the controls and platform prior to game time. Attached is a WebEx Meetings Users Guide with a Table of Contents for finding needed controls and features quickly. Please note Chapter 1 is for Participants and Chapter 2 is for the meeting lead/host. 

    Important Notes
    If you’ve never used WebEx previously, you may want to download the desktop app now because it does take 5-10 minutes to download and open.  For the instructions to download/install WebEx, please see attached instructions here: Download and Install the Webex Meetings Desktop App.docx

    The password for every session is: astm2020.

    International call-in numbers for WebEx are available in the link here

    General Information:
    General registration is and will remain open. Similar to in-person meetings, registration is required if you plan to attend any meeting; but individual registration for each meeting is not required. 

    There will be an assigned ASTM staff member for each meeting that you can reach out to should you have technical issues joining the WebEx. Those names/contact information are included in the attached excel schedule for easy access.

    Thank you for your commitment to industry safety standards and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

    A special thank you to our generous sponsors who have committed to supporting the meetings!

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 2:59 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    October 8, 2020

    After weeks on the run, Wildlife in Need's Tim Stark arrested in New York
    Mr. Stark had his animals removed by PeTA and placed at various zoos and sanctuaries this past September. 


    Israel moves to ban 'immoral' animal fur trade

    Exotic Animal Smuggler In Worcester Sentenced For International Crimes
    The conservation of endangered reptiles and amphibians is of course extremely important, at the same time, the trafficking of wildlife, which includes harvesting them from the wild, needs to be stopped.  The conditions in which these animals are transported to evade authorities are horrendous. 

    Wrangler National Finals Rodeo: Who's in, who's out?

    Petco ends sale of electronic shock collars, calls on competitors to also 'Stop the Shock' with online petition

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 2:57 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices
    Change from
    09/21/20 09/28/20 10/05/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.404 2.394 2.387 -0.007 -0.660
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.486 2.473 2.473 0.000 -0.568
    New England (PADD1A) 2.601 2.592 2.577 -0.015 -0.470
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.662 2.658 2.655 -0.003 -0.569
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.343 2.323 2.328 0.005 -0.587
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.282 2.269 2.259 -0.010 -0.708
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.157 2.154 2.141 -0.013 -0.663
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.348 2.336 2.319 -0.017 -0.703
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.941 2.928 2.928 0.000 -0.714
    West Coast less California 2.557 2.554 2.534 -0.020 -0.681
    California 3.257 3.236 3.252 0.016 -0.729
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 2:33 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    A Wisconsin Tradition Since 1932

    The End of the Road for Earl's Rides

    "Earl’s Rides, Inc. is a 3rd & 4th generation owned-and-operated, family oriented, full-service carnival working in Wisconsin. This family carnival dates back to 1932. We bring clean, wholesome family fun to fairs, festivals, celebrations, family picnics, and corporate picnics.

    The quality and variety of our show provides fun and excitement for families to enjoy themselves. It has always been a goal of Earl’s Rides, Inc to make every patron’s visit a memorable and enjoyable one."

    Posted on Earl's Rides website Monday, October 5, 2020

    The end of the road.

    We look back fondly on the memories of the years and the many miles that we have traveled in this state. The people that we have worked with at events and festivals. The individuals, friends and family that have worked for us.

    We thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and your business.

    Sincerely, the family from Earl's Rides

    The OABA family wishes the entire family of Earl's Rides well in whatever the future holds for them.

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 2:16 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    NWSC Safety Seminar: We’re on for 2021

    We are all having a crazy year and in the mist of all this, we were not planning on having a NWSC Safety Seminar because we know that people in this industry are being financially im­pacted by the virus and assumed that it would not be in anyone’s budget to attend.

    With that said, We have had a lot of phone calls from people who heard we were not planning on having the seminar and asked us if we could put together a 2 day seminar so people could get the certifications (from a credited seminar, which we are) they needed for the 2021 season.

    Read complete article in Amusement Today 

  • Wed, October 07, 2020 10:10 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Gull Wing Industries, whose exclusive line of generators has been favored by scores of carnival companies and midway providers since the early 1990s will soon close up shop, another victim of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic.

    By shutting down the economy in general and the fair industry in particular, the coronavirus has taken a toll on business that is just now beginning to be measured.  Gull Wing‘s demise may be another grim statistic, but when the news rippled through the fair industry the response was acutely sobering.  Gull Wing has been an industry mainstay for decades and is arguably the biggest manufacturer of midway equipment to shut down in 2020.

    Read full story on carnivalwarehouse.com

  • Thu, October 01, 2020 1:13 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:

    October 1, 2020


    The HEROES Act has been modified and pushed back to the House in the hopes that it  will have a greater chance of passing. 

    France to ban use of wild animals in marine parks, circuses
    Orcas and dolphins are no longer allowed to breed, effective immediately.
    Princess Stéphanie criticises French ban on animal circuses

    U.S. House passes horse racing safety bill
    The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) H.R. 1754, would help combat “doping” in racehorses where the drugs Lasix and Salix are used to stop the bleeding of micro cuts in the horses’ lungs during racing.

    HSUS continues to operate Project Chimps in a substandard manner.  Former employees and animal rights activists are trying to get them to correct their management of this facility. 
    Progress For Science Protests HSUS Over Animal Mistreatment at Project Chimps


    Animal Ag in the Crosshairs at Another Virtual Activist Gathering

    Fish and Game seizes exotic reptiles from Idaho Falls man

    Congressman Vern Buchanan earns perfect score from U.S. Humane Society

    Nordstrom to Ban Sales of Exotic Animal Skins and Genuine Fur by End of 2021

    HSUS CEO’s Assistant Sued for Defamation

    Coalition aims to stop illegal cockfighting, greyhound training in Oklahoma

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