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  • Thu, January 03, 2019 6:23 PM | Deleted user

    Animal Issues Legislative Update  [read more]

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 5:22 PM | Deleted user

    Greg Chiecko Named OABA President & CEO

    Greg Chiecko, a results-oriented proven leader with extensive and diverse experience in the outdoor amusement business and fair industry has been selected by the OABA Board to lead the mobile amusement industry’s trade association. 

    Winter Park, Florida – The board of directors of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) announces that Greg Chiecko, of Chicopee, MA, has been named President and CEO, effective February 1, 2019. Chiecko is currently Director of Sales at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, home of The Big E, the nation’s sixth largest fair.

    This announcement follows a comprehensive executive search process conducted by the OABA’s Organization Committee with assistance from a local talent management firm, Strickland Associates, following President Bob Johnsons announcement of his intent to retire after 24 years at the helm of the OABA.

    “Greg’s diverse professional, industry experience, proven leadership and business acumen gained at Eastern States Exposition coupled with his affable leadership style, make him the ideal CEO,” said Jay Strates, Chair of the OABA.  “This is an opportune time for Greg to join the OABA and work with our Board to accomplish our strategic goals as we approach the 55th year serving our members.  I believe Greg’s steady and thoughtful approach is exactly what we need to ensure the ongoing success and growth of this trade association.”

    Chiecko is no stranger to carnivals and fairs, as he has overseen midway operations at The Big E, hosted industry fundraisers and regularly attended OABA events, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expos and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) where he served as a Board member and chaired several committees. His leadership in the New England Association of Amusement Parks (NEAAPA), the Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association (MAFA), plus his local civic and philanthropic leadership has given him the experience to take complex issues with diverse individual opinions and facilitate discussions, resulting in mutually beneficial compromises and action.

    I am extremely honored to be named president and CEO by the OABA Board of Directors,” Chiecko said. “I look forward to working with, and listening to, the many talented individuals in our industry in order to provide an association that fulfills the needs of its members.  After my 24-year career with Eastern States Exposition I am ready to utilize my skills and experience in the carnival, fair, circus and concessions business to benefit the outdoor amusement industry. My priorities will be to strengthen the communications and relationships between carnivals and fairs in order to forge
    long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships, continue to improve regulatory advocacy, member services, fundraising and networking opportunities.”

    About the OABA 
    The Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) was founded in 1965 to serve the mobile amusement industry and has become the largest trade association representing carnivals, circuses, concessionaires, independent ride owners and others who serve fairs, festivals and events in the US and Canada.

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  • Thu, January 03, 2019 5:15 PM | Deleted user

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

              Change from
      12/17/18 12/24/18 12/31/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.121 3.077 3.048   values are down -0.029 values are up 0.075
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.165 3.132 3.110   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.130
    New England (PADD1A) 3.276 3.237 3.234   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.224
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.342 3.310 3.286   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.135
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.021 2.987 2.965   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.111
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.018 2.944 2.907   values are down -0.037 values are down -0.028
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.900 2.869 2.841   values are down -0.028 values are up 0.067
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.178 3.110 3.071   values are down -0.039 values are up 0.090
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.604 3.588 3.562   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.201
    West Coast less California 3.313 3.281 3.246   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.173
    California 3.835 3.832 3.813   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.223
    *prices include all taxes

    *prices from www.eia.org

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 4:41 PM | Deleted user

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    Just received this letter from Senator Blunt’s staff at the Labor HHS approps subcommittee...[read letter] Gregg

    Gregg Hartley | Executive Vice Chair & CEO
    Husch Blackwell Strategies

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 2:21 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie    
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Wayne McCary, former president of The Eastern States Exposition and the Big E, West Springfield, Mass., who was the first fair manager to become OABA chairman...[read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:58 PM | Deleted user

    Show makes substantial investment in winter-quarter upgrade
    Monday, December 17, 2018 

    Frazier Shows has had a busy season, with their 2018 route... [read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:50 PM | Deleted user

    The State Fair of Texas just got approval to remain in Fair Park for another 20 years. But the decision was not without controversy. [read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:44 PM | Deleted user

    This week's legislative update...[read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:37 PM | Deleted user

    No more elephants at N.J. traveling circuses. Murphy enacts nation’s 1st ban by signing ‘Nosey’s Law.' - nj.com

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  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:35 PM | Deleted user

    By: Showmens League of America
    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

    Our condolences go out to the family of Claire Morton who passed away December 16. Claire was an amazing person who became the first woman president of the Showmen's League of America in 2005. She was so involved with the SLA she even moved to Chicago during her presidency to ensure the historical preservation and financial stability of our organization. The SLA was lucky to have such a dedicated president and we are better because of her leadership. 
    She will be greatly missed. Services will be held January 11 at the First Southern Baptist Church at 1pm in Wickenberg, AZ.

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