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  • Thu, August 30, 2018 4:33 PM | Deleted user

                                            On The Earie       
                        by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    The 103rd annual MontanaFair, Billings, recorded its second highest gross revenue in history,  with attendance of 220,000, according to General Manager Bill Dutcher, who has been with the fair for years. Read More

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 3:42 PM | Deleted user

    Summary of ASTM F770-18 by Jerry Aldrich, Amusement Industry Consultant


    This Standard Practice provides guidelines for operations, maintenance, and inspection procedures for amusement rides and devices to be performed by the owner/operator. Read More

  • Thu, August 23, 2018 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    The 164th annual Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, held Aug. 9-19,  drew a record attendance of 1,130,260, topping the old mark that was set last year, by 189 people, according to Gary Slater, in his 18th year as chief executive officer, and manager. Read More

  • Thu, August 16, 2018 5:30 PM | Deleted user

    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 09, 2018 3:36 PM | Deleted user

    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

  • Wed, August 08, 2018 2:41 PM | Deleted user

    Amusement Ride Standard Revised

    Two revisions to an amusement ride standard will support safety efforts in the amusement ride community. Members of the ASTM International committee on amusement rides and devices (F24) developed new requirements related to non-destructive testing inspections. The group also changed the standard from a guide to a practice.

    The revised practice for auditing amusement rides and devices (soon to be published as F2974-18) now includes language on requirements around inspector qualifications needed prior to doing non-destructive testing, including training and qualification records, written practices and procedures, equipment calibration records, and more.

    “We wanted to provide more instructions for auditors to follow when examining the requirements of inspectors doing the non-destructive testing,” according to Jeff Borba, owner of Precisioneering, and chair of the three“evolution task groups” created by the committee to identify areas of need for new or revised standards. Their efforts were influenced by new incident data, emerging technologies, and more.

    The standard was also revised from a guide to a practice to match other existing committee standards. A guide provides information or a series of options but does not recommend a specific course of action, whereas a practice provides instruction for performing specific operations.

    “This was the only committee standard that was a guide and by changing it to a practice we think the standard now carries more weight,” says Borba. “Ideally, it will encourage more people to follow the standard.”

    The “evolution task groups” were created in October of 2017 and developed a series of potential revisions to existing standards. These two revisions will be the first published. According to Borba, several more updates areunderway that could address corrosion, welding requirements, and visual acuity for inspectors.


    Information provided via ASTM Facebook posting 8/8/2018

  • Thu, August 02, 2018 5:12 PM | Deleted user


    Raising the Bar on Safety

    The OABA has partnered with Corporate Security Solutions, Inc. (CSSI) a highly respected online background check company to bring you this new member benefit.

    We are pleased to announce a new safety initiative and a terrific benefit for OABA Members — one that will enhance your company hiring standards, reduce your costs, and most importantly keep your patrons and workplace safe. 

    Background checks are an essential safety measure for the Mobile Amusement industry, but they can sometimes be a logistical and financial challenge. “That’s why the OABA has partnered with CSSI to simplify and lower the cost of background checks for our Members” stated Bob Johnson, OABA President.  “CSSI features an online background check platform that uses proprietary technologies and unique criminal locators to deliver high-quality and accurate background checks.”

    We have arranged a per-check discount price for OABA Members and even bigger discounts for Circle of Excellence recipients amounting to an additional 15% off.

    CSSI’s Tri-Eye check will be used as a basis for all background checks for OABA Members. This includes not only Name, Address, and Social Security verification but Enhanced National Criminal records, National Sexual Predators list (aka Megan’s Law), OIG Sanctions and Terrorist Watch list.  Each Member will have their own separate secured online portal.  Once the information is entered, you will receive your results in minutes.  

    We are working closely with Stephanie Glysson from CSSI, to introduce the company’s capabilities to our Members. You can contact Stephanie at 800-203-4731.  You can also read more about CSSI at www.eyeforsecurity.com

    We hope you will share our excitement about this new service with other OABA members, which has the potential to save you, our Members -- considerable time and even greater money along with the peace of mind in keeping your Patrons, Families and Employees safe!


  • Sat, May 26, 2018 11:48 AM | Deleted user



    Marilyn Portemont

    If you don't know this beautiful lady already, her name is Marilyn Portemont. She is a longtime member and friend of the OABA along with the entire outdoor amusement industry. She was also our first time ever recipient of the OABA Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.

    One of her greatest joys in life is attending the Indianapolis 500 race every year. This weeknd marks Marilyn's 71st consecutive year attending the Indy 500 Race... Yes, you read that right... 71st year. If you see her at the race, say hello to her and hear one of her many stories!

    By the way, her jacket in the photos was hand made in honor of the OABA. Is your name on it as a member?... look close

  • Thu, May 10, 2018 2:05 PM | Deleted user

    OABA Membership Update

    The lifeblood of the OABA, for over 53 years, is our membership. It is who we serve and the reason we exist. As in any industry trade association, there are membership categories and dues which are paid to provide some of the strong financial backing to bring services to its members. The OABA is no different.

    It has been brought up many times to the OABA staff that there are too many membership categories and confusion as to which membership category is applicable. For this reason, the OABA Membership Committee has been working towards simplifying and streamlining the categories to eliminate as much confusion as possible. This committee most recently met at the annual Spring Board meeting and presented recommendations to the Board of Directors, as the entire board must approve any changes. In some membership categories nothing has changed.

    The following is a summary of the changes, if applicable, and a description of the categories that were voted on and approved by the board in April.

    • The Carnival categories were consolidated from 4 to 3 and are still based upon the number of rides owned by the show. Any show joins one of these categories.
    • Independent Ride Owners have been merged with Carnival category 3 (1-20 rides owned).
    • The Carnival Employee and Carnival Fan categories were merged. This category is for employees of shows and those who are retired or just continue to enjoy this business.
    • Circus Categories were consolidated from 9 categories to 2. The two Circus categories are Circus Producer and Circus Associate.
    • The two Concession Owner categories were merged into 1. This category is for food, game and other concessionaires.
    • The Carnival Executive category is for individuals who are part of a show, many of whom are family members, who want the $10,000 AD&D insurance coverage as a member, once the carnival has joined the OABA.

    The result of the changes reduces OABA’s membership categories from 25 to 14. This will go a long way to simplify things for the membership, as well as the hardworking OABA staff. Hopefully, it will also eliminate many of the questions that come up every year at membership renewal time.

    It is important to note that, as a result of the consolidation of the categories, some dues were increased, some remained the same, and some decreased. These changes were necessary to attempt to keep the total funds generated by the OABA membership dues the same as they were last year, and we are confident that this structure will accomplish that. 

    It’s been over 10 years since any wholesale changes have been made to our dues categories and fees. We are confident that these changes will be positive. Our members are appreciative of the services and advocacy your OABA dues provides, for which everyone pays. These changes will be effective with our 2019 dues year starting on July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. 

    Please remember that your dues are critical for the services that the OABA provides to members. You will be hearing more about these efforts and services that the OABA works hard to provide through our new communication initiative to better inform and educate you on everything the OABA does for its members.

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