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  • Wed, January 15, 2020 5:39 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Sold out crowds turned out for all three performances of the 40th annual circus of the International Independent Showmen's Association on a sunny Saturday, Jan. 11, in Gibsonton, Florida.

    It was perfect fair weather,” said Lee Stevens, who has been chairman and host of the spectacular event for the last 24 years. Stevens, who was club president in 2004, and will be again in 2021, said, “This is the one day that the Circus and Carnival Worlds join together to make something very good happen.”

    One of the highlights was the appearance of a 37-piece Circus Band that included April Ink, Stevens's contact, who plays trombone, and   Don Covington, who flew in from California especially to perform. “Les Smout was in charge of a fantastic model builder exhibit.”

    Food concessionaire Larry Habeck, unofficial historian for the club, was nice enough to put Don Regan, the leader of the band, on the phone, and have them play a rousing tune for me and Christine, just as all the action was about to begin. It sounded superb.

    Current Club President Jeff Richards began the proceedings by presenting the Reverend Mac Clements and his wife, Pat, Lifetime memberships in the club. “They have always been big supporters, and he has helped more kids keep out of trouble, or help get them out of trouble for many years,” said Stevens.

    I reminded Lee that I still have the whistle that I blew to start an official performance of a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus during my 34 years as editor of Amusement Business. It was quite a thrill, especially after having my picture made with Gunther Gebel Williams, perhaps the greatest lion tamer of all time.

    The whole scenario came about because of Don Sandefur, who spent years in charge of the Harlem Globetrotters. Sandefur, now retired and living in the Villages in Florida, is one of the most avid Kentucky Wildcat fans you'll ever find. Harold (Pee Wee) Reese, the late, great shortstop of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and a fellow Kentuckian, always referred to him as Vine Grove, in honor of the town where he was born. Sandefur never forgot his roots, even during the many years he spent on the West Coast while being in charge of the PGA West.

    To get back to how I became a whistle blower, it occurred because Sandefur and I became the best of friends. My son, Kevin, and I even stayed at the home of him and his wife, Jan, when they were living in Conyers, Ga., when the Tennessee Titans lost in a titanic tussle with the St. Louis Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

    I helped Don sell tickets to a Trotter contest in Nashville when Promoter Lon Varnell didn't anticipate the crowds, and more windows had to be open. I took a picture that night of a crowd outside Municipal Auditorium that stretched for a mile.

    Varnell, by the way, should have known better since he exclusively booked perennial sellouts by such artists as Lawrence Welk, The Carpenters, and Garth Brooks. Ben Ferrell, who worked for Varnell, still handles all of Garth's bookings. Ben's dad, Kirby, was once manager of the Cleveland Indians.

    Sandefur gave me an official Globetrotter jacket and had me coach Red Klotz's traveling loser team against the legendary touring team that was founded by Abe Saperstein. At the intermission break, when the players went into the dressing room and played cards, I remained on the bench—big mistake. A small kid asked for my autograph and when I tried to tell him he really didn't want it, he began to cry. His dad pleaded and a couple hundred people later, I was still signing. About the 15th guy in line asked if he did that every night. It was Frank Curry, a vice president with Ringling, who then said if I could do that, I could blow the whistle for the circus, which I did.

    Continuing with Gibtown, Stevens said Philip (Pee Wee) Hoskins, a two-time club president, was selling his famous Pee Wee Burgers, with the help of Sue Cook and Scotty and Peggy Oakes of Canada. Ronnie and Kim Netterfield again provided their popper. Tammy Long set up a bounce and tickets for that were sold by Jennifer Habeck, Joey Givens, who worked for Kevin McGrath's Best Around, and Jo Ann and Doug Perkins, who sold pizza for years on Strates Shows. Mark and Linda Popovich and Archie (Hawk) and Becky Lidey, Wilbur Cooke, and their crews cooked a great spaghetti dinner for all the performers and volunteers. The Shriners were present, as usual, taking care of the parking, and driving fans on golf carts from the lot to the scene of the circus tent, near the water of Alachua River. “They are invaluable,” said Stevens.

    Serge and Stevie Coronas of Circus Hollywood provided the tent and most of the performers. With The Great Devon as ringmaster, the opening act was dueling hula hoops by Crystal Coronas and Volvo Kim. Six camels from Lletsira Coronas and two elephants from Brian Franzen were on hand for rides by children. The camels had been purchased when Ringling Brothers went out of business.

    Johnny Rocket, whose real name is John Daley Jr., had a comic act and a Straps act was performed by Christian and Nick Bilea.

    We couldn't have done anything without lights and all of that was thanks to Gary Zack and Jay Christman of Christman Amusements. Rachel Plunkett did her Butch Ugly act, which is juggling with her feet,” explained Stevens. Plunkett also did a Roman Rings aerial act. The Wheel of Death was done by Ulysses Ojeda and Brandon Ford did Liberty Horses, while on horseback. The Cybertron Motorcycles were presented by Johnny Rocket and Galaxy Girl, Tina Winn.

    Clowns included Christian Vedella as Ruloeto, Gloria Myers as Checkers and Gloria Wilkerson as Moonbeam. Bruce Guttila and Doug Perkins were in the box office from noon until 9pm.

    Contortion was presented by 13-year-old Arianna Coronas and her 11-year old sister, Fabianna Coronas. Ashley Winn provided a dazzling Lira aerial act and Christian Bilea of Rumania did a chair balancing routine.

    Chris Christ, who was partnered with the late Ward Hall in the best sideshow in the world for more than 40 years, handled all the advance publicity, and Helen Robeke handed out posters from Gibsonton to Sun City, and also took free kids tickets to schools. Admission was $12 in advance and $15 at the gate.

    Asked if PETA was present, Stevens scoffed and said, “those idiots were across the street, off the club property.”

    Stevens and his wife, Judy, the club's bar chairman, start their season with Ju-Lee's Concessions at the DeSoto County Fair, Arcadia, Jan. 31-Feb.8, which is during the club's 51st annual trade show, Feb. 5-8. Other Florida dates to follow are the Florida State Fair, Tampa; Central Florida Fair, Orlando; Collier County Fair, Naples, and Hernando County Fair, Brooksville. They have three stands, one with funnel cakes, lemonade and elephant ears; another with lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and iced tea, and the third with shaved ice, which was added last year at Tampa.

    Stevens, who spent 10 years with Ringling, cracked, “I was one of three monkey acts in the world at one time, and now I'm one of 8,000 people from Hillsborough County who sell funnel cakes.”

    Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

    Have all great days, and God Bless!

  • Mon, January 13, 2020 7:52 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices* 
     (dollars per gallon)  full history
              Change from
      12/30/19 01/06/20 01/13/20   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.069 3.079 3.064   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.088
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.096 3.120 3.111   values are down -0.009 values are up 0.062
    New England (PADD1A) 3.114 3.127 3.131   values are up 0.004 values are down -0.077
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.271 3.294 3.291   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.074
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.975 3.000 2.984   values are down -0.016 values are up 0.081
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.978 2.977 2.965   values are down -0.012 values are up 0.142
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.808 2.828 2.810   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.022
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.113 3.100 3.065   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.078
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.623 3.616 3.593   values are down -0.023 values are up 0.122
    West Coast less California 3.274 3.264 3.241   values are down -0.023 values are up 0.111
    California 3.899 3.895 3.872   values are down -0.023 values are up 0.130
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, January 09, 2020 5:54 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    First of all, I want to wish everybody a very Happy 2020 with fair meetings taking place in many states and the season about to start in earnest at the South Florida Fair, West Palm Beach, Jan. 17-Feb. 2, and Manatee County Fair, Palmetto, Fla., Jan. 16-26.

    The cycle begins again and sometimes the only thing that changes from year to year is the weather, which is a major determining factor in the success of any fair or carnival. Frank Zaitshik's Wade Shows is raring to go at West Palm Beach, and Charles Panacek's Belle City Amusements gets the jump on them by one day at Palmetto.

    Some very sad news happened in the last couple weeks with the passing of three very special people, Joe Royal, Spaghetti Eddie Porcelli, and J. H. Martin, former chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge, La. State Fair, and president of the Midwest Fairs Association. Shelby Royal, Joe's former wife, took care of him with as much loving care as possible, along with their son, Zack, to the end. I shared many happy times with Joe and his late dad, Danny Royal, who was known as one of the greatest patches of all time. Joe was very active in the formation of the Carnival Museum in Gibsonton, Fla., and was president of the International Independent Showmen's Association in 1998. Shelby held that role in 2006. Danny Royal was club president in 1986, what a colorful guy!

    Joe was concession manager for the Portemont's All-American Shows and spent time as a concessionaire with Myers International Midways and Charles Panacek's Belle City Amusements. He was a gentle giant who always had a big smile on his face.

    Spaghetti Eddie excelled in having special food promotions when I'd see him, mostly at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, and the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul. Cliff Barton, who succeeded Martin in Baton Rouge, said the effusive J. H. suffered leukemia last October, and the treatments didn't work. He would always make cracks, or comments, mostly good, about my columns. May they all rest in peace!

    I received an e-mail from Sid Karmia of The Toy Factory, San Antonio, Texas, which said, “I enjoy your article each week and I don't know what we would do once you stopped. Keep up the great work young fellow, and I can't wait to read about your holiday experiences.”

    In the past, Karmia, whose many clients include Candy Anderson, Joey Fowler, Michael Winchester, and a host of others, has predicted items that will be popular as prizes at midway games, most notably, in recent years, items from Despicable Me movies.

    Another note came from Bill Blake, affectionately known as Bill Blank during the many years he was a manager on Ron and Bev Burback's Funtastic Shows in Portland, Oregon. “Happy New Year! I am planning a trip to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, this fall. Could you get me the phone number of Dan Glosser (which I did)? By the way, the Love Bug at the State Fair of Texas is operated by Morey Haworth from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I really like reading your columns. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Bill.”

    Other than the late Monsignor Robert J. McCarthy, who conducted many tours of Europe that included trips to Oktoberfest, Cannsfest in Stuttgart, and other celebrations and historic churches, castles, and graveyards, I can't think of another guide who would be better than Glosser. He took care of me personally, showing me immediately the Chicken Shack where I met just about every showman in Germany, and to Roland and Renate Koch's parties at Kafer's, which are legendary.

    On that note, Glosser also wrote, stating, “Damn I miss those wonderful days when we sat in the Josef Zierer booth during the IAAPA trade shows, drinking beer and cutting up international jackpots, etc., etc., etc. Oh well, at least we have memories. Reading what you wrote in On the Earie stimulates me even more.”

    More or less retired from the business now, Glosser had asked OABA's Sue Gallup to send him a couple magazines where a picture of Danny and his son, John, had appeared. He wrote to her: “I sincerely appreciate your sending the two magazines and I will convey one to my son as Tom intended. They know each other from a few Super Bowls we attended when Tom was editor of AB and had access to tickets, suites, parties, and all the great amenities. It was before your time but he can elaborate if ever desired.” Dan said he would provide a limousine if he could get in on the action, and he did. Some of the highlights were attending parties hosted by Phil Blavat and Dennis Boese of Miller Beer, and by hotel magnate Barron Hilton and Alex Spanos, who owned the San Diego Chargers.

    Glosser continued, “The year the OABA was formed I was very active in our industry, but time takes its toll and traveling is difficult for me now. I was born and raised in the carnival business, have been in every state in the USA, and more than 70 foreign countries, selling amusement rides after college. What a wonderful life! Tom and Christine and I enjoyed many great and productive times together. I get to see Guy and Charlene Leavitt's Ray Cammack Shows every year because the Orange County Fair (Costa Mesa, California) is 10 minutes from home.”

    Glosser's mom, Kitty Glosser Shelby, and Dottie Marco of Conklin Shows of Canada, where Glosser was once in management, sold tickets at Showmen's League of America banquets for many years. Danny's stepfather, Hank Shelby, was executive director of SLA.

    Speaking of drinking beer at the Zierer booth, I'll never forget the time the late Bill Lowery of Lowery Shows bemoaned the fact there was no place to find an alcoholic beverage at the trade shows. I took him to the Zierer booth, introduced him to Dieter Hopfner, Zierer, himself, Mike Pledl and Glosser, and we spent hours imbibing. Everybody learned something about each other while having a fun time. Bill Alter of National Ticket, and Rudolph Barth, who owned the only five looping coaster in the world, were always in on the action, as well. I think Lowery told his wife he had been shopping for rides that long afternoon.

    Darrell Desgranges, the Mizuno Golf Pro, wrote that Running Bear's name is Lawrence Brawley. I had written that I didn't even know his full name. “He is currently in an assisted living facility in Ruskin, Florida. Bear is recovering from a back surgery gone bad that caused paralysis. Hope things are well for you and Christine. I talked to Duke Trombetti and he was complaining that it was 60 today at Boca Woods Country Club, where he is golf pro.” Trombetti is a former carnival owner. Desgranges added, “Meanwhile, here in Michigan it was 13 this morning.”

    After receiving a press release from Bill Powell, chair of the Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, I asked if he were still working with the Felds and whether his wife was still with the Florida State Fair.

    Powell replied, “I am still with Feld. My wife, Sherry, is Marketing Officer with the Florida Orchestra for the last 13 years. She left the fair industry and now is queen of performing arts. The Circus Ring of Fame is a great volunteer organization and I have been involved with them for the past six years.” As they say, time marches on.

    Bev Burback has called several times to gloat about her Oregon Ducks beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Go, Ducks! They flew better than my beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

    Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

    Have all great days, and God Bless!

  • Thu, January 09, 2020 5:41 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices* 
     (dollars per gallon) full history
              Change from
      12/23/19 12/30/19 01/06/20   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.041 3.069 3.079   values are up 0.010 values are up 0.066
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.052 3.096 3.120   values are up 0.024 values are up 0.051
    New England (PADD1A) 3.098 3.114 3.127   values are up 0.013 values are down -0.089
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.245 3.271 3.294   values are up 0.023 values are up 0.052
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.913 2.975 3.000   values are up 0.025 values are up 0.079
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.968 2.978 2.977   values are down -0.001 values are up 0.108
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.763 2.808 2.828   values are up 0.020 values are up 0.007
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.127 3.113 3.100   values are down -0.013 values are up 0.074
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.594 3.623 3.616   values are down -0.007 values are up 0.088
    West Coast less California 3.252 3.274 3.264   values are down -0.010 values are up 0.084
    California 3.866 3.899 3.895   values are down -0.004 values are up 0.090

    *Prices include all taxes

  • Thu, December 19, 2019 4:48 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release
    December 14, 2019

    New SEA LogoContact: Gray Delany
    Executive Director, Seasonal Employment Alliance 
    (631) 408-5683

    Valley Forge, PA. - On December 9, 2019, over 150 people, representing fifty-two Philadelphia area seasonal employers, held a mock lottery at the Valley Forge Casino to highlight the devastating impact, absent cap relief, the Department of Labor H-2B visa lottery will have on the 5,000+ small, seasonal employers who rely on the H-2B program to supplement their U.S. workforces during their peak seasons. The may to shall/Pingree language must be included in the upcoming spending bill on December 20th to save the 2020 season for seasonal employers. Click on the image below to watch the video of the event. 

    lottery vid pic

    Over 5,000 companies nationally rely on the temporary, non-immigrant H-2B guest-worker program to supplement their U.S. workforces during their peaks seasons. The H-2B program is split into two halves, 33,000 for the first half (Oct.-March) and 33,000 for the second half (April-September). The first half cap was met three weeks earlier than last year forcing all seasonal employers with a date of need past mid-January to apply for the second half allotment. The demand for the April 1 visas is expected to exceed supply by four times.

    To make matters worse, the Department of Labor has decided to move to a lottery system (or randomization process) to determine who will be awarded the visas. Those who do not get selected will be forced to cancel contracts, lay off full-time American workers and reduce equipment purchases. This will be a substantial hit to the national economy. 

    We need your help! 

    Small, seasonal employers and their American workers call on Congress to include the may to shall language in the upcoming government funding bill on December 20th. We ask that each Member of Congress make a personal request to Leadership to include the may to hall/Pingree language in the deal. The time to fix the H-2B program is before the impending January 2nd disaster!

  • Thu, December 19, 2019 4:03 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    One of the quotes on the letterhead of the annual Christmas Blessing of Father John Vakulskas, The Carny Priest, comes from Mother Theresa, and in my humble opinion, applies to all of us.

    It says, “I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much.” He has more faith than we do.

    I think of some of my friends in the business with illnesses who have been in my prayers. Running Bear, whose real name I don't even know, has been hospitalized for more than a year or two. Luckily, people such as food concessionaires Larry and Gala Habeck visit him and try to keep his spirits up. He drove trucks for various carnivals and his smile was infectious when I used to see him at the Gibtown Showmen's Club or Showtown USA Bar.

    Often through my wife, Christine’s efforts on Facebook, I'd hear of hospitalizations or afflictions. There were Ivan Arnold, Shari Bolin, Alan Larkee, Kal Hamilton,  Larry (Kadoty) Neuikirk, Bobby McKnight, David Starkey, Harold Case, Art Pokorny, Ray Hrudka, Janice Lane, Loretta Aldrich, Bette Reithoffer, Habeck himself, not to mention Nashville buddies Ed Paschal and Eddie Bryan, or the loss of such icons as Johnny Hobbs, Terry Schmidt, Bob Driskill, Tommy Collins, Al Embry, Marilyn Portemont, Kenny Detty, and more than I can remember, or mention. I had interviewed Detty and written a column about him the week before he died.

    I have been lucky enough to know and be friends with so many wonderful people over the years, but time takes its toll, and as old friends vanish or die, new ones emerge, and life goes on.

    A good example is the fact Christine and I, when we were younger and healthier, took a trip to my hometown of Scranton, Pa., every summer. We always had a blast, no matter who we spent time with.

    The purpose, originally, of course, was to see the old neighborhood, family, childhood friends, and eat and drink at favorite places. I vividly remember the first time I introduced Christine to Scranton.

    We were in Allentown, visiting Dorney Park which was then owned by Harris Weinstein, after the death of Bob and Sally Ott. We also saw Martin Ritter and Ed Charles, who ran the Great Allentown Fair, and were scheduled to go to Philadelphia that night to see a Phillies game, guests of the Nowlin Brothers, who had the food contract.

    It dawned on me that Scranton was just 60 miles away and when I suggested a visit there, Christine was game, as she always has been.

    We called two of my friends from diapers, Tom MacDonald and Charley Manley. We all went to Pete Bordi's Bar, famous for 10 cent beers, and had a few, even though the price had gone up to 15 cents.

    Next was Holy Cross Catholic Church for Mass on a Saturday afternoon. Not being a Catholic, I asked Christine if she would prefer to wait at Hacky Fanning's bar, a block away. It was probably the easiest choice she ever made in her entire Church of Christ life.

    After more drinks with Hacky, a guy more colorful than Johnny Campi, Honest John (The Peddler) Curtis, Dapper Danny Royal, or Earl (Louisville Junior) Scheler, we showed her West Scranton High School where we had all matriculated, and then it was off to Arcaro's, our favorite pizza place in all the world. It was known as Tomeo's when we were kids, but it was the same family of Frank and Sally Arcaro who own it now. My surprise 80th birthday party was held there, since my kids and wife knew it was my favorite place. In the small world department, Sally and her brother, Bruce Williams, grew up around Skerbeck Entertainment and Bill Hames Shows, which was then owned by Buster Brown. Her brother, Gehrie Aten, owned Bill Hames until he and his wife, Norma retired. Now called Carnival Americana, it is owned by the Aten's daughter, Norma, and her husband, Alan Cockerham. Aten and Cockerham often kidded me that Sally got her picture in AB more than they did.

     More drinks and pizza followed and after just four hours, it was time for us to head to Philadelphia, 120 miles away. Even though I'm a huge Phillies fan, needless to say, we missed the game.

    Most people assumed that with the passing of MacDonald, Manley, Fanning, and two incredible friends who were in their 80s, Romayne Hufford and Jimmy Laybourn, our visits would stop, but they didn't.

    We started going to the Ukrainian Club, about a block away from Hacky's, and two sisters who never married, Peggy and Kathy Forster, bought and sent our membership cards every year, even when the dues went from $5 to $7. If you get the theme of this, you can see that wherever we go, we find and make new friends.

    This especially held true when I was editor of Amusement Business as we visited arena, fair, amusement park, sports, talent buyers, and other conventions. The real friends stay friends forever, and I have always preached that whether you're hanging out in a bar room or board room, good people find good people.

    Father John, who was ordained as a Catholic Priest 50 years ago, is one of those good people, as was his predecessor, Monsignor Robert J. McCarthy of Watertown, N. Y., who I miss every day.

    Father Vakulskas was honored with a celebration at the Benton County Fair, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Also in attendance were Father Dick Notter and Jerry Hogan, who is observing 25 years of circus ministry. Father John blessed all the rides, game and food joints of Gopher State Expositions, now owned by Randy Forcier, after the retirement of his parents, Art and Shirley. Dave Cavallaro, who sells the heaven out of cheese curds at the Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, helped organize everything.

    Among visits made this past season by Father John were the jamboree with Bill and Mary Johnson of Fantasy Amusements, in Chicago, where Richie George provided the food. Then it was on to Ottawa, where he met up with Patrick Jamieson of World's Finest Shows. “Tom, I appreciate all your support over the years. I love this ministry. I love being a priest to all God's children in the carnival business.” Father John is in his sixth year of retirement, living in Ruskin, Fla., where he continues to serve area churches, with his base being St. Ann in Ruskin. Another appropriate quote on his letterhead is from another ink stained wretch, Mark Twain (as Mike Heffron always referred to me as). It says simply, “Wrinkles should only indicate where smiles have been.” Everybody is a kid again when they visit a carnival. Keep up the great work!

    Our annual Christmas card from Alfie Phillips, longtime executive with Conklin Shows in Canada, and a former OABA director, and his wife, Pam, had a poignant message, as usual. It said, “Many years ago a gentleman had a ticket for a flight from Vancouver to Boston. He missed the flight. The plane went down, no survivors. When interviewed, he said, 'Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That's why we call it the present. Enjoy each day, we're not sure about tomorrow.'” He added, “All the best.”

    Dennis Carollo, who owns an iron mine attraction in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Iron Mountain, had a great message on his card. “Miss you guys. Need another party somewhere. Can't ever thank you enough for all the good times and meeting such nice and great people. “We've been all over the world with Dennis and his late father, Albert. We first met on one of Father Mac's trips and when the perspicacious peripatetic padre needed somebody to change rooms, they were the first to volunteer.

    Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

  • Thu, December 19, 2019 3:29 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon) full history
              Change from
      12/02/19 12/09/19 12/16/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.070 3.049 3.046   values are down -0.003 values are down -0.075
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.059 3.050 3.053   values are up 0.003 values are down -0.112
    New England (PADD1A) 3.078 3.085 3.083   values are down -0.002 values are down -0.193
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.246 3.241 3.239   values are down -0.002 values are down -0.103
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.928 2.914 2.921   values are up 0.007 values are down -0.100
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.982 2.966 2.970   values are up 0.004 values are down -0.048
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.779 2.759 2.763   values are up 0.004 values are down -0.137
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.241 3.207 3.161   values are down -0.046 values are down -0.017
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.704 3.647 3.616   values are down -0.031 values are up 0.012
    West Coast less California 3.382 3.323 3.280   values are down -0.043 values are down -0.033
    California 3.960 3.904 3.882   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.047
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, December 12, 2019 3:55 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – West Springfield, MA  --  After 47 years, the Circus Report and ShowBiz USA will cease publication on December 31, 2019. The Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) is pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Bill and Jan Biggerstaff to continue to produce key Circus content in the OABA’s monthly publication, ShowTime. 

    Beginning with the January/February issue, ShowTime will feature two to four pages of Circus content that subscribers are accustomed to reading in the Circus Report. Each monthly issue will list circus routes, feature guest columnists and present regular contributors. 

    “We anticipate many of our active writers will be invited to send in articles to continue the legacy that Don Marks began in 1972 – an informative and supportive publication for the circus industry. We look forward to many additional years for the title of the Circus Report to remain in conjunction with Showtime,” Bill & Jan Biggerstaff said.

     ShowTime magazine is a benefit of membership in the OABA. The membership fee for Circus Associates is $75 per year and includes many other member benefits beyond receiving ShowTime.  One example is a $10,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy. You may join the OABA at 
    www.oaba.org, by emailing oaba@oaba.org, or by calling Sue Gallup at 407-848-4958. 

    OABA’s mission is to promote the preservation and growth of the outdoor amusement industry through leadership, advocacy and education. 

  • Thu, December 12, 2019 1:37 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Marilyn T. Portemont
    October 02, 1924 - December 08, 2019

    Mrs. Marilyn Terry Portemont, 95, of Andalusia, Alabama, passed away Sunday December 8, 2019 at her residence.

    Funeral services will be at 11 AM Saturday December 14th from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Wayne Sharpe officiating the service.  The interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 9 AM Saturday at Foreman Funeral Home.

    She is survived by four children, Suzette P. Hooper and husband Scotty, Kathy P. Ammons and husband Anthony, Terry Portemont, and Tammy Portemont; her grandchildren, Yvette Hooper (Roger) Ramirez, Rhett (Shana) Hooper, Heath Hooper, Heather Ammons (Mike) Pate, Cam (Hayley) Ammons, J.T. Portemont, Zach Portemont, Amber Evers (Mike) O'Neal; great grandchildren, Cole and Clint Hooper, Stokes, Brax, Addie Pate, Gracelynn Pruitt, Camryn Ammons, Everhette O'Ferrell, Lakelynn O'Neal; and a special friend, Polly Knight.

    She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Johnny Portemont and a brother Maurice Terry.

    Pallbearers will be Rhett Hooper, J.T. Portemont, Zach Portemont, Cam Ammons, Mike O'Neal, and Tony Harper.

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