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  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:51 PM | Deleted user

    Trump’s Labor Nominee Grilled on Overtime Rule


    President Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, Alexander Acosta, suggested in a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday that he would not support the overtime rule put out last year under the Obama administration. Acosta told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that, if confirmed, he would follow Trump’s instructions that Cabinet members review all existing regulations for possible elimination or modification.   READ MORE

  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:50 PM | Deleted user

    2018 Gibtown Trade Show Reduced to 4-Days
    The International Independent Showmen's Association announced that the 2018 IISF Gibtown Trade Show and Extravaganza will be reduced to a four day show, opening Tuesday, February 6 and concluding on Friday, February 9, 2018.  In recent years, the show opened on Tuesday and closed Saturday, however, many vendors felt that reducing the total number of days would be more beneficial.  The 2018 trade show marks the shows 50th anniversary.  More information on the IISF Trade Show can be found on the IISA's web site at www.GibtownShowmensClub.com.

  • Mon, March 20, 2017 1:44 PM | Deleted user


    Denny Bartokik     WayneWayne Pierce      Al DeRusha  

    OABA Recognizes New Inductees to Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer Leaders for 2017

     During the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, three industry leaders were added to the legacy of the mobile amusement industry’s Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients in Tampa, Florida. These individuals were selected by the OABA’s Board as being worthy of becoming industry legends.   

     The OABA recognized Industry Pioneer Denny Bartosik, highlighting his career achievements in the development of new, innovative games, trailers and LED lighting, which has revolutionized the amusement industry. His LED lighting packages have provided ride owners, concessionaires and others with programmable light displays that have added to both the appeal and the promotion of carnival midways and amusement rides. His most recent accomplishment was lighting the world’s tallest portable wheel, owned by Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik, which debuts at the Florida State Fair.  Bartosik’s business is located in Nokomis, Florida.    

     Hall of Fame 2017 recipient OABA Senior Vice President Al DeRusha, having served the OABA for 27 years, was recognized by the Board of Directors for his dedication and creativity with membership, advertising, sponsorship and fundraising over the years. After growing up in the carnival games business, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marlene, his life took a turn to the colorful world of wrestling and sports television career, meeting many celebrities along the way. His primary focus with the OABA has been and continues to be raising funds through OABA Jammin’ Jamborees with many carnivals in the U.S. and Canada each season. With the assistance and participation of everyone at a jamboree, carnivals have raised over $4 million for the OABA that benefits OABA’s legal and government advocacy programs, protecting our members and their generational family businesses. Al is thankful and he feels blessed to be a part of this exciting, fun-filled event.  

     Hall of Fame recipient for 2017 attorney Wayne Pierce, owner of the Pierce Law Firm in Annapolis, Maryland, has worked tirelessly, supporting many different segments of the amusement industry, ASTM F 24 Committee and with industry training and safety programs such as NAARSO, AIMS and PA Showmen’s Safety certification programs. As a sole practitioner, his amusement legal practice has helped insurers, associations and government agencies to insure the highest level of rider safety and limit frivolous lawsuits. His reputation as the “good guy lawyer” is well respected and he’s sought after by many mobile amusement industry H-2B stakeholders, lobbyists and the OABA leadership to protect and defend when confronted by labor activist groups, the Department of Labor, USCIS and Department of State. 

     The OABA board congratulates these well-deserved amusement industry legends on their recognition as Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients.   





  • Wed, February 01, 2017 1:22 PM | Deleted user

    The Outdoor Amusement Business Association, (OABA) recently recognized the following members as meeting some of the highest standards of safety, quality and service in the outdoor, mobile amusement industry, having recently achieved the coveted OABA’s Circle of Excellence recognition for the years 2016 through 2020. This recognition was presented at the IAFE Awards Gala, on Wednesday, November 30th , in Las Vegas. 

    Carnival Recipients
    GoldStar Amusements* - Mike & Connie Featherston
    Mighty Midway & Kidway* - MN State Fair
    Ray Cammack Shows* - Guy & Charlene Leavitt
    Strates Shows – James E. Strates 

    Concessionaires & Attractions Recipients
    Alamo Amusements* – Patrick Sheridan
    Armstrong Concessions – Gary Armstrong
    Australian Foods* - Carmel Dyer
    Bishop Amusement Rides* - Jim & Nancy Bishop
    Cassata Concessions* - Tony Cassata
    Cavallaro Concessions – David Cavallaro (New Recipient)
    Fun Biz Concessions – Nathan Janousek (New Recipient)
    Giant Slide* - Fred Pittroff
    JoyRides Inc. – Joyce Hutchins (New Recipient)
    Lee’s Concessions – Mike & Connie Featherston
    Lopez Concessions* - Chris & Jody Lopez
    Mad Hatter Concessions* - Michael & Kristin Ousey
    Morton Concessions* - Bill & Deborah Morton
    Netterfields Popcorn & Lemonade – Ron & Kim Netterfield
    Odyssey Foods* - Dominic & Kim Palmieri
    Ribco Enterprises – Brad Ribar
    Schroder Concessions – Brad Schroder
    Showtime Rides – Nick Pelino
    Sixth Generation Rides – Bryan Creason
    Solem Concessions – Jeremy Solem (New Recipient)
    State Fair Services* - Mike Demas
    T.J.’s Ice Cream – Rob & Tassie Jundt
    Trinity Concessions – Ben & Joy Pickett
    Wood Entertainment – Michael Wood 

    Through independent, third-party audits and criteria established by the OABA’s Excellence Committee, these members scored highly and exceeded generally accepted industry practices and standards in their midway presentation, operations, concessions, human resources, and other criteria, to improve the overall public perception of their business. This program brings into play the fundamental principles of the OABA’s Foundation for the Future program, which is a strategic vision and an ambitious set of industry goals, with the purpose to educate and produce change. As members of the OABA’s Circle of Excellence, these companies have improved the business climate and guest satisfaction for their fairs, festivals and other event sponsors, while enhancing the public’s perception of the mobile amusement industry. 

    Please join the OABA’s Board of Directors as well as the IAFE's Board of Directors in recognizing them for this extraordinary achievement. These companies continue to strive for operational excellence and the highest level of guest satisfaction in the mobile amusement industry. 

    The OABA is the largest industry trade organization representing members of the mobile amusement industry, primarily in the United States and Canada, for over 50 years. Serving over 2,500 members in this generational, family industry of carnivals, food and game concessions, independent ride owners, and the circus industry, the OABA provides educational programs, promotes and advocates on behalf of the mobile amusement industry, and provides members with up-to-date communications via publications, electronic news and social media networks on relevant, news worthy topics of interest.

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