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  • Thu, August 20, 2020 12:26 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Jen Puente, Chief Marketing Officer 
    Jennifer.Puente@WiStateFair.com / 414.303.4965   


    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Aug. 19, 2020 – Wisconsin State Fair Park Officials are proud to announce the State Fair Necessities presented by U.S. Cellular was a great success, proven by the numbers and statistics presented below. Many of the State Fair Necessities programs were released in July, including the Fair Food Drive-Thru presented by Bank Five Nine, which operated each weekend July 23 through Aug. 16.

    Although the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was canceled, thousands of people were able to enjoy their favorite Fair foods, including the iconic Original Cream Puff, as well as support many Fair shopping vendors through the One Stop Fair Shop and Wisconsin Products Pavilion vendors through the Wisconsin Products Pavilion Box presented by Kwik Trip  or by purchasing Official FairWear and merchandise online.

    In addition to the food and shopping options, the State Fair Necessities program had other components. These included the Virtual Cream Puff 5K, Sporkies: Fairgoer Edition presented by Bank Five Nine, Wells Fargo Donation Drive benefiting Hunger Task Force, Plein Air painting, Fairtastic Poster Contest, Agriculture Demonstration Series presented by Compeer Financial, State Fair Flower Feature of the Day, and Commitment to Youth Livestock Award presented by CASE IH. The program also included honoring our state’s Century and Sesquicentennial Farms presented by Compeer Financial and Hillshire Farm and Agriculture Spotlights.

    “We are so proud to have created State Fair Necessities to give our loyal fairgoers a little piece of what we are so proud to showcase at the State Fair each year,” said Kathleen O’Leary, CEO, Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Our success is attributed to the staff’s innovative thinking and ability to shift focus, as well as the thousands of people who created and shared with us on social media their ‘State Fair at Home’, came through the Fair Food Drive-Thru, or purchased items through our new online ‘One Stop Fair Shop’. Thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to being back in 2021 to celebrate together!”


    • 58,456 vehicles went through the Fair Food Drive-Thru and Curbside Cream Puffs presented by Sentry
    • 202,000 Cream Puffs sold
    • 16,000 Blue Ribbon Brownies sold
    • 10,000 slices of Dill Pickle Pizza sold
    • 18,000 Lemonades sold
    • 1,200 Cream Puff Face Masks sold
    • Over 1,200 Wisconsin Products Pavilion boxes delivered to 44 states including Hawaii & Alaska
    • Over 6,200 views on our Agriculture Demonstrations Series videos presented by Compeer Financial
    • Over 32,600 web page views on the online One Stop Fair Shop
    • 154 Century and Sesquicentennial Farms honored


    About the Wisconsin State Fair

    The 2021 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Aug. 5 – 15. The fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For more information, visit Wistatefair.com, or follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.   


    Jen Puente, CFE
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Wisconsin State Fair Park
    O: 414.266.7074 C: 414.303.4965

  • Wed, August 19, 2020 1:30 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    08/03/20 08/10/20 08/17/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.424 2.428 2.427 -0.001 -0.567
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.517 2.514 2.508 -0.006 -0.511
    New England (PADD1A) 2.631 2.633 2.627 -0.006 -0.421
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.696 2.692 2.684 -0.008 -0.515
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.372 2.370 2.365 -0.005 -0.527
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.298 2.305 2.308 0.003 -0.592
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.175 2.183 2.177 -0.006 -0.574
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.343 2.369 2.365 -0.004 -0.574
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.955 2.955 2.958 0.003 -0.606
    West Coast less California 2.592 2.588 2.586 -0.002 -0.572
    California 3.253 3.256 3.264 0.008 -0.623
    *prices include all taxes


  • Wed, August 12, 2020 4:26 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    The IAFE has just received a notification from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of a malicious e-mail phishing attack, spoofing the SBA COVID-19 relief page. Please carefully review any e-mails about SBA COVID-19 relief funding and compare to information from CISA at this link.

  • Tue, August 11, 2020 10:12 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    07/27/20 08/03/20 08/10/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.427 2.424 2.428 0.004 -0.583
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.519 2.517 2.514 -0.003 -0.520
    New England (PADD1A) 2.632 2.631 2.633 0.002 -0.440
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.697 2.696 2.692 -0.004 -0.523
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.375 2.372 2.370 -0.002 -0.534
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.301 2.298 2.305 0.007 -0.619
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.183 2.175 2.183 0.008 -0.580
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.342 2.343 2.369 0.026 -0.571
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.954 2.955 2.955 0.000 -0.625
    West Coast less California 2.586 2.592 2.588 -0.004 -0.576
    California 3.256 3.253 3.256 0.003 -0.653
    *prices include all taxes

  • Mon, August 10, 2020 1:01 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    The OABA, along with other associations such as the American Hotel & Lodging Association, IAAPA, National Association of Theater Owners and the National Restaurant Association, have sent a letter of support for the RESTART Act to leadership in Congress.

    You can read the letter here:

  • Mon, August 10, 2020 1:00 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    La Porte, IN, July 27, 2020 -- Showmen Supplies, Inc. (www.ShowmenSupplies.com), a leading supplier of lighting and electrical equipment for the amusement industry, announced that it has acquired the assets of American Superior Lighting. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. American Superior Lighting (“ASL”) is a US-based manufacturer of cabochon-style lighting fixtures sold under the trade name UltraLight®.

    ASL developed the UltraLight® in the 1990’s as a safer and more durable alternative to Italian cabochon-style lamps that had come to dominate up until that time. Upon UltraLight’s® introduction to the market, it was widely adopted by domestic manufacturers of amusement equipment. “Nearly every ride manufacturer in the US began using our lights on their equipment, including Chance Rides, ARM, Larson International, Dartron and others.” said Eric Bates, CEO of American Superior Lighting. “UltraLight® had a strong following for nearly 3 decades and there are still hundreds of rides and attractions in use today that continue to utilize ASL’s UltraLight system.”

    While the manufacture of new rides has largely shifted to self-contained LED lighting, the need for legacy product support of the UltraLight® remains strong. According to Scott Siefker, President of Showmen Supplies, “We continue to see significant demand for ASL parts. There are literally tens of thousands of UltraLights® installed in equipment throughout North America and we’re well positioned to continue to support customer needs for this product line.”

    Showmen Supplies has acquired all existing inventory, tooling and intellectual property rights from American Superior Lighting and will assume responsibility for manufacturing component parts for the UltraLight® system. Customers can now order ASL – UltraLight® components directly from Showmen Supplies. “ASL customers will continue to be well served under the Showmen Supplies banner.” agreed Bates and Siefker.

    American Superior Lighting is headquartered in Wintersville, Ohio and is led by Eric Bates, an industry veteran with more than 50 years of experience leading ASL, Bates Bros. Amusement Company, ARM (US) and Illumitech Mfg.

    Showmen Supplies, Inc. is based in La Porte, Indiana, and is led by Scott Siefker. In addition to his role at Showmen Supplies, Mr. Siefker co-founded Semcor Manufacturing and Great Lakes Sign Supply Co.

    Contact Information: 
    Showmen Supplies, Inc.
    Jason Skurow
    219-362-5286 Ext 288

  • Thu, August 06, 2020 7:00 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne


    Senator Cory Booker introduced the Safe Line Speeds During Covid-19 Act this past week in the Senate. Aimed to protect workers, animals and consumers in poultry, pig and cattle slaughter. The bill will regulate the line speeds for processing plants and force them to operate at a slower pace to maintain social distancing.

    40 chimpanzees will be moved from New Mexico and a couple other testing labs to the sanctuary Chimp Haven in Louisiana as per a senate committee overseeing the NIH.


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    HABRI Advocates the Human-Animal Bond

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    Dairy Farmers Deserve a Voice and a Vote on Policy That Impacts Their Farms

  • Thu, August 06, 2020 6:44 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    07/20/20 07/27/20 08/03/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.433 2.427 2.424 -0.003 -0.608
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.520 2.519 2.517 -0.002 -0.538
    New England (PADD1A) 2.626 2.632 2.631 -0.001 -0.476
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.699 2.697 2.696 -0.001 -0.537
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.377 2.375 2.372 -0.003 -0.551
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.309 2.301 2.298 -0.003 -0.644
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.198 2.183 2.175 -0.008 -0.612
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.343 2.342 2.343 0.001 -0.622
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.954 2.954 2.955 0.001 -0.650
    West Coast less California 2.597 2.586 2.592 0.006 -0.590
    California 3.248 3.256 3.253 -0.003 -0.687
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, August 06, 2020 5:28 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Dominic Vivona of Mount Pleasant, SC and formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 88, due to complications from COVID19.  He is survived by his loving wife, Helena McKay-Vivona, and his children Dominic Vivona, Jr (Debi), Pia Dobos (Scott), Marco Vivona (Lourdes) and Dario Vivona (Joseph), and his stepchildren Frederick McKay, Jr (Claudia), and Beth McKay Fisher (John).  He was a loving grandfather to Dominic III, Thomas, Maddalena, Anthony, Sophia (Vivona), Zachary, Marc, Matthew (Dobos) and Marco (Vivona) and proud step-grandfather to Carson, Erin, and Madison (Fisher), Laura and Elizabeth (Kirby).  He is also survived by younger brother Philip Vivona (Jane), his many nieces, nephews and his entire carnival family.  Dominic was preceded in death by his first loving wife Maddalena, his parents Antonio and Catherine Rose, three older brothers Morris, John, Sebastian and sister Ann Fontana.

    Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Irvington, NJ, Dominic was a proud graduate from Duke University in 1954. While at Duke University, Dominic was manager of the Duke soccer team and member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He has been an avid Duke fan and member of the Duke Alumni Association ever since. 

    After Duke, Dominic joined his four brothers, Morris, John, Sebastian, and Philip in their traveling carnival business.  The family business, formerly called The Vivona Brothers Combined Shows, began with the purchase of a celebrated Ferris wheel from the 1939 World's Fair in NYC.  The brothers strived for a national image and by the 1950s rebranded the carnival as Amusements of America. Since the mid-century, Amusements of America grew into one of the largest traveling carnival companies in the USA playing fairs across the Eastern USA as well as several fairs in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. 

    Dominic was an entrepreneur his entire life. He dedicated his life to the carnival business and through the years became an industry legend.  As a celebrated and honored industry leader, Dominic led the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) as its Chairman in 1994. He received many awards and recognitions for his contributions and achievements. He was a member of Miami Showmen’s Association, Miami Friars’ Club, New York Showmen’s Association, Showmen’s League of America, and Tampa Showmen’s Association.  He was also a proud recipient of the New Jersey Amusement Association Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Vivona family.

    His family’s carnival business crossed paths many times with local and national circuses where he met and married the late Maddalena Mangiavacchi whose family were the celebrated Zacchini Brothers. They were happily married for 33 years. In the early 1970s, Amusements of America relocated from New Jersey to Miami, Florida, where Dominic expanded the business, raising millions of dollars for Catholic Schools during winter months over the years.  After Maddalena’s untimely death in 1999, Dominic found love and happiness with Helena McKay-Vivona of Mount Pleasant.  They were happily married for 17 years. Dominic and Helena found love and happiness in good food, travel, entertaining friends and family, and blending both of their families while managing the carnival.

    Dominic valued hard work, love and laughter.  He lived his life passionately leading with these traits.  Dominic loved his work and family.  He always showed kindness and respect for others, and was well-respected and liked by all who knew him.  Dominic was much loved and will be missed and remembered well. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be accepted by the OABA Scholarship Fund or The Charleston Catholic School. Please visit www.oaba.org or www.charlestoncatholic.com for more details about donating. Cards and condolences can be sent to:  1000 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Suite C, PMB 129, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

    There will be a private funeral mass on Wed Aug 12 for immediate family to celebrate Dominic’s life.  For a link to the live stream of the funeral mass please visit Dominic's memorial page at www.charlestonfunerals.com

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