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  • Thu, November 29, 2018 7:46 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Chris Giordano, president and general manager of the 112th annual State Fair of Louisiana, that was held Oct. 25-Nov. 11, called it alright, while Pat Crabtree, whose Crabtree Amusements provided the carnival midway, described it as great, with [read more]


  • Thu, November 29, 2018 7:11 PM | Deleted user

    Training for amusement ride inspection licensing system [read more]

  • Thu, November 29, 2018 6:46 PM | Deleted user

    The Temporary Amusement Ride fee increase was initiated on October 15, 2018 and the new rate is $206.00 per hour.

    The new language can be located in the California Code of Regulations section 344.18.

    Here is a link to the web site: https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/344_18.html


  • Thu, November 29, 2018 11:11 AM | Deleted user

    Mobile Amusement Industry, Inc.

    OABA - Duke Smith Memorial Education Scholarship Program

    If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the OABA - Duke Smith Memorial Scholarship, please see the attached requirements and applications. Please email oaba@oaba.org with any questions.

    *Please note, all scholarship applications must be postmarked BY DECEMBER 31, 2018.

    [Requirements and Application]


  • Thu, November 29, 2018 10:48 AM | Deleted user

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices
     (dollars per gallon)


            Change from

    11/12/18 11/19/18 11/26/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.317 3.282 3.261   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.335
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.314 3.295 3.277   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.370
    New England (PADD1A) 3.356 3.347 3.344   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.463
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.483 3.466 3.447   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.373
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.187 3.165 3.145   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.351
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.262 3.216 3.185   values are down -0.031 values are up 0.301
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.085 3.045 3.035   values are down -0.010 values are up 0.323
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.378 3.360 3.339   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.313
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.807 3.767 3.739   values are down -0.028 values are up 0.359
     West Coast less California 3.514 3.475 3.455   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.342
    California 4.040 4.000 3.964   values are down -0.036 values are up 0.367
    *prices include all taxes

    * prices per www.eia.org

  • Thu, November 29, 2018 10:40 AM | Deleted user

    Animal Legislative Update is [read more].

    Unfortunately, there is bad news out of Portugal in Mary Lou Kelly's last newsletter attached, where the country's Parliament recently passed legislation to ban wild animals in circuses.  


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:23 PM | Deleted user

    The IAFE Annual Convention & Trade Show is almost here; your staff has been busy all week packing boxes to depart for the convention. It is time for the last minute details that will help you plan for YOUR trip to San Antonio!

    Our office will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed until Monday, Dec. 3 when we are all back from the 2018 Convention.

    What to Pack

    Most events will be business casual dress. Exceptions would be the Raisin’ for a Reason "Whiskey & Wagons" on Sunday, Nov. 26. Dress is cowboy chic for this ticketed event which is the fundraiser for the IAFE Education Foundation. You also might want to dress up for photos taken of winners at the awards events and general sessions.

    • COMFORTABLE SHOES to explore the Riverwalk
    • Pack your device. We will have a Tech Pavilion. This is a technology area,that is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    • Business Cards - You are going to meet lots of great Fair People.

    To Do Before You Leave

    1. Have you arranged for transportation from the airport? SuperShuttle is offering a convention rate. Use this link
    2. Downloaded the IAFE 2018 App? Created your profile and schedule?
    3. Check the weather! San Antonio is generally a very pleasant place to be in November, with average daytime highs in the 70s and evening temperature in the low 50s at night.

    What Is New?

    Arriving early to get the lay of the land? Join one of the walking tours from your hotel (Courtyard, Hilton Palacio del Rio, La Quinta, Menger, and Residence Inn) to the Convention Center.

    Happy Hour on Monday & Tuesday. This is a place for everyone to gather before going out for the night. Wear your wristband each night for two free drinks.

    Want to participate in the Story Grip Session? There are just a few more spots to pre-reserve your spot for this interactive session. Stop by the Registration Desk to register.

    Legend Led and Power Talks are all new learning events at the IAFE Convention. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the quick serve Convention stands and participate in the "Lunch and Learn" even if you did not purchase a meal ticket (none will be sold on site).

    Blast Off! The fast-paced Monday morning session is not to be missed! You're in for some great surprises and you'll go straight from this into the very important Zone meetings.

    Purchased a Lunch Ticket? No tickets to keep track of, wear your badge. The plate & fork on your badge is your ticket.

    Not New, But Cool

    There are over 122 different educational sessions to choose from. The app will help you design your schedule.

    The Ed Shed made the trip to San Antonio. It will contain all the tools you need to improve your fair. The Ed Shed is the home to the Camp Fire Sessions, Training Corral (workshop classroom), Legend Led, IAFE Contest displays, Department of Homeland Security booth, Verified Volunteers Booth, Accessibility Booth and a general place to network.

    All sessions and the trade show will be in Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

    Registration opens in the convention center on Saturday afternoon for pre-registered attendees from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. registration will open for Trade Show exhibitors and anyone who needs to register or add a session. You will have time to pick up your badge and head right to the first education session. You will need your badge first. "How to Market Your Facilities" (an IFM course) will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Rooms 221B/C/D.

    2019 Committees will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1:15 pm . Check the App/Program for location and join in on the fun.

    If you find you have a couple of free hours, and would like the opportunity to meet some new people, please consider volunteering in the Ed Shed, or helping people find their way to their sessions. We could use a few more volunteers. Click here to volunteer.

    Please post on social media during the Convention using #IAFE2018.


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:06 PM | Deleted user

    Day two of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was another busy day of large crowds, new announcements and educational sessions. [read more]

  • Thu, November 15, 2018 4:36 PM | Deleted user


    Rain Dampened The State Fair of Texas Revenue by Millions

    Posted on November 15, 2018

    Dallas (WBAP/KLIF) – The State Fair of Texas saw a dramatic drop in coupon sale revenue this year. According to the Dallas Morning News, the fair sold 45-million dollars worth of coupons, which typically makes up most of its revenue.That’s nine-million dollars less than last year, and 11-million less than the record set two years ago. The record rainfall during the fair’s run this year is considered to be one of the biggest reasons for the drop.

    (Copyright 2018 WBAP/KLIF 24/7 News. This report contains material from the Dallas Morning News)
    Filed Under: 24/7 Newsroom NewsPromo ReelWBAP 24/7 News

  • Thu, November 15, 2018 2:14 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Time flies, and it's hard for me to believe that the Homecoming Barbecue of the International Independent Showmen's Association is Sunday, Nov. 18, in Gibsonton, Fla., right after the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions convention ends in Orlando. [read more]


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