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  • Thu, May 30, 2019 8:44 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    On my initial visits to Gibtown I was always amazed at the sights. You could see the bears roaming in the backyard of John Welde. Billy Rogers had all kinds of curious creatures at his shop. When you'd pass the winter quarters of Ward Hall and Chris Christ, you'd see folks practicing their fire eating or sword swallowing skills, and big rides, games and food trailers were set up in most of the yards.

                Thanks to the late Andy and Ethel Osak, who owned Showtown USA, Jim Elliott, Whitey Slaten, Frances Hadsall, Joe Mikloiche, Paul Dell, Nick Lucas, and others, special zoning laws were installed. Every time they're threatened now, guys like Elliott, Larry Habeck, Ivan Arnold, Lee Stevens, and many of the newer breed step up to fight that never-ending battle to keep what was long ago earned.

                One of the first images I remember from back in the early 1970s was the big Cortina Bobs ride that was set up in the back yard of Ken and Barbara Detty. She's running a very successful restaurant business now, but Kenny has been the right-hand man for Joel Golder of Palace Playland Park in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, since he sold his carnival, Funtastic Midways, in 2003. In fact, Detty found a Roller Coaster from Preston & Barbieri of Reggio Emillia, Italy, that would fit the footprint of Old Orchard Beach, and it arrived at the park in June of 2018. “It was a big hit for the rest of the season,” said Detty.

                Due to a vein problem in his legs that has been corrected, Detty missed the Memorial Day weekend which drew record-breaking business. “It took four and a half to five years to put that Coaster purchase together, but it's a beauty.” The ride cost $4 million and is 70 feet high. An adjacent parking lot had to be removed to make room for it. Detty is no stranger to big rides. He booked his Mack of Germany-manufactured Cortina Bobs with Strates Shows, Mile Kaufman's Gooding's Million Dollar Midways, Jerry Murphy's Murphy Brothers Exposition, and Johnny's United Shows when it was owned by Arthur Lamkin. Asked about the difference in being at an amusement park or traveling with a carnival, Detty laughed and said, “at the end of the week, you close the gate and put the padlock on instead of loading up all the trucks.” For Golder, he has refurbished rides, built signs, made sure all the rides had LED lighting packages, helped with all the amenities, including benches, etc. Of Golder, he said, “He's not afraid to spend money and it pays off. He has a first class, beautiful operation.”

                We reminisced that Hickey and Bonnie Culpepper, who spent years with Royal American Shows, also booked with Golder as have other carnival people such as Don Catania and Bobby Cassata, with games. Golder is a good friend of Harold Fera of Rockwell Amusements, Scituate, Rhode Island, and the two always make it a point to attend the various trade shows together, including Gibsonton. Marlo Yhnatko, granddaughter of Hickey and Bonnie, and daughter of Trish, who is with Premier Amusements in Myrtle Beach, S. C., will be spending her first year with games at Old Orchard Beach.

                Born in 1942 in Dayton, Ohio, Detty recalls that his family was “dirt poor. When I was nine, I was sweeping floors at barber shops, stores, bars, and theaters, when a carnival came to town on Halloween. It was owned by Earl Barber, Jerry Barber's father, and he had four or five kiddie rides. I heard somebody who was helping with the electrical work remark that they needed somebody to operate the little airplane ride. They asked if I could and I said I could if they'd teach me. Years later, I left the show, took the Tip Top and booked it with Gooding's, Jack and Mayo Royal, and all over South Florida.” Jerry Barber was awarded the OABA's Pioneer Award in 2015.

                Detty and I share another good memory. The National Association of College Baseball Coaches was holding its annual convention in Nashville, and one of the coaches from a community college in Ocala, Fla., was enjoying the hospitality of Johnny Hobbs's Nashville Palace, when he remarked to me that he would love to get a carnival for a fundraising event. I immediately put him in touch with Detty, whose show covered that area, and they built a relationship that lasted until Detty sold his show, small world.

                I contacted Joel Golder for some comments about Detty, and here's what he had to say. “We've been friends for 50 years. He helped me to get where I am. There is no way I would have the beautiful park we now own if it were not for Kenny. At one time I would say he was the best ride man I ever knew. He's slowing down a bit, physically, but he still has all that knowledge stored inside his head.”

    Speaking of the Sea Viper, Golder confirmed that it was Detty who tracked it down. In fact, there is not a piece we ever purchased that he wasn't involved in. He is a great friend and tremendous asset.” Golder also reiterated that the park enjoyed its biggest opening weekend in history over Memorial Day.

                A couple weeks ago I wrote about a man named Jack Coxman living in a trailer park in Tampa with Butch Netterfield, Joie Chitwood, Danny Fleenor, and Chris Christ, according to Darrell Desgranges, The Mizuno Golf Pro. Desgranges also runs Meridian Entertainment of Traverse City, Michigan, with his partner, Brad Coombs. Darrell's brother, Todd Desgranges, and Joe Blume handle Evelyn Deggeller's Stuart Concessions on Cole Shows of Covington, Va.

                The more I thought about that, the more I figured that Darrell was actually referring to the late Jack Kochman, a thrill show operator, not Coxman. In another place, Patty Dee, concession manager of the Miami-Dade County Fair, pointed that one of the top 10 food grossing operators, Vicki Hunter, was Vicky Lis last year, so I reckon she must have got married. Thanks, Patty!

                I heard from Bill Blake, who was a longtime manager for Ron and Bev Burback's Funtastic Shows in Portland, Oregon. He wrote: “I see from your articles that you are doing well after your surgery. Keep up the good work. I really enjoy your part of ShowTime. Today was a beautiful day at the Pacific. It was the first day of a three-day Razor Clam Dig. It will be the last one until winter comes. I opened my Giant European Slide the first weekend of May.” Blake sent some photos of the razor clams with his wife, Feng Yan, stepson, Hongsen, and grandson, Marcus. It looks like they caught a lot. Blake added, “Hey, how about those Seattle Mariners, best start in years, and it's a rebuilding year at that.”

    Ironically, coincidentally, or whatever, before Golder hung up the phone, he asked how I thought my Boston Red Sox were doing. I said they were doing okay after a very slow start but couldn't sustain without a closer. I admitted Craig Kimbrell was erratic at times in 2018, but more often than not, he was automatic in the ninth inning. Nobody has replaced him. A few hours later, Boston carried a 5-2 lead into the ninth against Cleveland, and wound up losing 7-5, toughest loss of the year. Case closed!

                Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

  • Thu, May 30, 2019 8:08 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

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  • Wed, May 29, 2019 9:38 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Reps. Bergman (R-MI) and Keating (D-MA) are circulating the attached letter that will be sent to House Appropriations Committee leaders in advance of committee action on the Fiscal 2020 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill in mid-June. We are grateful for their leadership on this issue.

    Please call your Representative and ask him or her to sign the attached letter. If they have signed supportive H-2B letters in the past, please thank them for their continued efforts and support. Please also be aware that members of the Appropriations Committee will often not sign on a letter to appropriations leaders even if they are very supportive of the H-2B program. If this is the case with your Member, thank him or her for their support and encourage them to support any effort to include H-2B cap relief in the DHS funding bill.

    You can reach you Representative through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to the office, please ask to speak to the staff person that handles H-2B visas issues. You can also send an email to your lawmakers by using the following link set up by NALP: https://p2a.co/l5fTSY7

    Thank you.

  • Thu, May 23, 2019 9:30 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    ACTION ITEMS

    The city of Cincinnati is considering a traveling exotic animal ban, a private exotic animal ownership ban, and a pet sale where cats and rabbits in pet stores must be sourced from rescues only. Councilman Chris Seelbach has announced it is his personal goal to remove all circus elephants and tigers across America and send them to sanctuaries, with which he has made arrangements for their arrival! As of earlier this week, it has passed from its initial committee and onto the full City Council for a hearing that will be next Wednesday. Please get your calls and comments to the mayor ASAP.

    Read more from Vanessa Gagne >>>>

  • Thu, May 23, 2019 9:23 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Marilyn Portemont passed through town yesterday on the way to her 72nd visit to the Indianapolis 500. But for reasons beyond our control, Christine and I didn't get to see her. It was also a week where I heard from a couple of other very special old friends, James E. Strates, and J. H. Martin.

                I've been having trouble with the little and ring fingers on my right hand, with both having been swollen and red for a couple of weeks, so I finally went to my doctor yesterday. He diagnosed it as gout, which surprised me since I know what gout is, having had it before. The last time was at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

                Our planned visit with Marilyn and her daughter, Suzette Hooper, was postponed, since they encountered trouble with their van on the way to Nashville and their arrival was going to be much later than we had scheduled, plus I wasn't feeling very well, either.

                The first gout episode occurred after I had been the guest all week of Denzil Skinner, the hand-picked choice of The Pritzger Family (owners of Hyatt Hotels) to run the massive Superdome. Skinner, who had previously managed Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, and I partied hardy every night, which isn't tough to do on Bourbon Street. I watched the games from his suite next to an array of celebrities and his personal friends, including me, and co-worker Ray Pilszak, our aging sales director.

    Also enjoying the contests, company, and festivities were Al Hurt, Pete Fountain, Edwin Edwards, the colorful three-time governor of the Bayou State, who flashed a gun he had in his boot, leggy Chris Owen, who owned the top nightclub in town, where I had sat next to Charley Finley, owner of the Oakland Athletics the previous night, Owen still beautiful and dancing, was actually in her 70s.

    There was a long list of characters that also included Bill Curl, whom I had known when he was sports information director at Tulane University, and I was a sportswriter for The Nashville Tennessean. When I covered a game between the two historically bad football teams, Vanderbilt and Tulane, Curl referred to it as the Toilet Bowl, not very kind. He went to work at the Superdome the day it opened and became known as the Mayor of Bourbon Street. He knew everybody, literally, and they knew him.

                Who would want to leave an atmosphere like this? Nobody in their right mind, or should I say toe, right. That's what happened to me on the afternoon of March 19, 1982, as Coach Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels were ready to face Coach John Thompson's Georgetown Hoyas in the title game. Early that afternoon, I spotted Pete Carlesimo in the stands. He's more well known now as the father of P. J. Carlesimo, who coached Seton Hall University, and five National Basketball Association teams, including Portland, Golden State, Seattle, Oklahoma City, and the Brooklyn Nets. Like his father, P. J.  graduated from Scranton Prep High School in my hometown of Scranton, Pa.

                Isn't it funny, how one thought leads you to another. Some memories never fade. That one never will of me being so excited to say hello at The Superdome, to the man who was the head football coach of the University of Scranton for 25 years and where I had seen so many of the games he had coached. Here's another thought that popped up from those years, our school was probably the only one in history to turn down a bowl bid. Known as the Royals after being called the Tommies when the school was earlier named St. Thomas, we were unbeaten in 1954, the year of Hurricane Hazel, and my junior year in college, until we ran up against a team called the Quantico Marines.

                Their quarterback was a legend, Eddie Lebaron, and we got shellacked. Nevertheless, with me cheering loudly for a team that included my neighbor Johnny Woodbridge at guard, the Tommies turned Royals had a stellar season and were invited to go to what was then called the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando. Believe it or not, the players turned down the invitation because it would have interfered with them earning extra money by taking part-time post office jobs during the Christmas season. It could only happen in Scranton, or maybe Wilkes-Barre, which the Scranton Tribune sports editor, Chic Feldman, always fondly, or probably not so, referred to as the unconscious village.

                This does not have a happy ending. I kept yelling from behind his seat to the coach who continued to ignore me. I was really hurt, and hurting, too, since what turned out to be gout in my big toes had me in tears. I had to fly back to Nashville and leave before the game which had North Carolina, featuring stars such as James Worthy, Sam Perkins and a young guy named Michael Jordan, winning 63-62 over Georgetown which was led by Patrick Ewing and Erik (Sleepy) Floyd. Within a week I was limping around one of the many related Kissel midways in Cincinnati, and spending time with Bob Kissel and his mother, Olga, at their home. What a legacy she left, and what an honor it was to meet her.

                Years later I ran into the Carlesimos again with a much better outcome. It turned out the man who was one of the Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham when he played there, was deaf and couldn't hear me. By now, he had been athletic director at Fordham and head of the National Invitational Tournament. He and his wife apologized profusely, but it wasn't necessary. This was a very special moment for me.

                Out of the blue, I received a call from Strates, who was chairman of OABA in 1974, and a 2002 inductee into the organization's Hall of Fame. We hadn't had an opportunity to chat in quite a while, and he just wanted to check on how I was doing. He's 89, and I'll be 86 on July 18, so we mostly talked about doctor visits, which consume a good bit of our time these days. The man with an infectious smile and military manner still travels to show dates, still commanding as much attention as his train.

                I did many interviews with Jimmy when I was editor of Amusement Business and he was always kind, and informative. All you had to do was ask one question and keep writing. He had plenty to say, as I'm sure he still does, but this wasn't that kind of call. At the start of each season I'd get his perspective on what to look for and J. D. Floyd of Cumberland Valley Shows would always say he couldn't wait each year to read Strates's sermon. Strates and Jerry Murphy had the contract here in Nashville at the Tennessee State Fair for several years, and I always loved visiting their suites, with my friend Bill Alter of National Ticket Co. in Las Vegas. Strates was always smoking big cigars at the time.

                The next year when I visited him at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, Md., I asked about the cigars, and he started saying how evil they were. He had gone on a Pritikin regimen and wanted to talk about health. He had me interview Serge Coronas, who booked his circus with Strates Shows, and that turned out good. But when I saw Strates and his children later that year, James E., also Jimmy, just kind of smiled, and I knew times had changed again. But I did ask about them when he called, and he's off again. It was really heartwarming to hear from a guy who has defined this industry.

    He pointed out that with all the technology today, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, and other electronic devices, his did might even  be still alive. We didn't get to discuss the 1972 flood that hit his carnival, the only one remaining that moves by rail, stranded for weeks, maybe it was months, in Wilkes-Barre, of all places. I'll call him next time and ask what he thinks about the H-2B foreign Visa program, state of the industry, etc. All I need to do is ask one question and I guarantee you that by the time he has finished talking I better not have gout in my fingers. They'll be sore.

                J. H. Martin, president and GM of the Greater Baton Rouge, La. Fair for years, and I had lots of fun times at Midwest Fair Manager meetings before we both kind of retired. Like Strates, he always had plenty to say, and a joke to tell. Martin e-mailed “Glad to read your recap in your column. Since I am in remission, I agree with your decision going forward. Enough is enough. Now I can travel, and we will.

                “We were packed and ready to drive to New Orleans yesterday morning to catch a Southwest flight to Las Vegas, through Denver. But they were canceling so many flights out of Denver, we canceled, threw our bags in the car and drove to Biloxi and Beau Rivage for a couple days of rest, good food, and a few slots. We'll probably go to Vegas next month. Life is good for us old folks!” It's good to be alive!

    Please send news to  tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

    Have all great days, and God Bless!

  • Mon, May 20, 2019 10:26 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices* 
     (dollars per gallon)full history
              Change from
      05/06/19 05/13/19 05/20/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.171 3.160 3.163   values are up 0.003 values are down -0.114
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.190 3.176 3.176   no change 0.000 values are down -0.095
    New England (PADD1A) 3.245 3.238 3.238   no change 0.000 values are down -0.044
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.379 3.365 3.375   values are up 0.010 values are down -0.045
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.051 3.035 3.030   values are down -0.005 values are down -0.133
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.064 3.046 3.049   values are up 0.003 values are down -0.169
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.927 2.905 2.907   values are up 0.002 values are down -0.148
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.186 3.181 3.192   values are up 0.011 values are down -0.156
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.765 3.790 3.794   values are up 0.004 values are up 0.029
    West Coast less California 3.345 3.355 3.352   values are down -0.003 values are down -0.151
    California 4.097 4.136 4.145   values are up 0.009 values are up 0.172
    *prices include all taxes

    https://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/

  • Sun, May 19, 2019 8:10 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    We have one action item coming up:  Cincinnati is proposing a circus ban, a private exotic ownership ban, and a rabbit and cat pet sale ban.  It is being heard next Tuesday, May 21, at 11 AM by the Equity, Inclusion, Youth, and The Arts Committee.  The agenda is here 

    The committee members are listed below with their contact information:

    MO HCS-SCS 559 / WAPA has unfortunately not made it through the Missouri congress.  I commend The Cavalry Group and all who supported this bill in MO and in other states for their dedication, diligence, and passion for the human-animal bond.  

    HSUS has announced that TX SB 641 has died in committee.  We are all thankful this agenda driven bill has fallen by the wayside for now.  You may read their FB announcement here

    When adding bills this past week I noticed Puerto Rico has a circus ban and a pet store sales ban in its legislature.  

    Bills that have dropped off the list:

    • SC HB 3086 - Dog Breeder Standards - Died
    • TN HB 281/TN SB 436 - Pet store dog breeder source requirements - Died
    • WA HB 1026 - Concerning breed-based dog regulations - Passed

    Bills that were added:

    • MA HB 3772 - an act relative to protecting animals from abusers
    • NY SB 5801 - Includes wildlife animals as those subject to the animal cruelty provisions of the agriculture and markets law.

    Click here for complete Legislative Update>>>>

  • Thu, May 16, 2019 3:12 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    This week we have an action item for the Working Animal Protection Act in the state of Missouri (MO SB 559).  The specifics are in the attachment.  

    A lobbyist has been hired for TX SB 641 which is great news for protecting private owners and circuses.

    A few bills have dropped off the list:

    • AZ HB 2588 - Establishes an Animal Abuse Registry - Died
    • CO HB 1092 - Prohibition on future ownership of an animal for persons convicted of animal cruelty - Passed
    • IN HB 1576 - Establishes an Animal Abuse Registry - Dead
    • MT HB 379 - Working Animal Protection Act - Dead

    I have added the following:  

    • MA HB 1445 - Establishes an Animal Abuse Registry
    • MA SB 114 -  An Act protecting the health and safety of puppies and kittens in cities and towns 
    • MA SB 175 - An Act banning the retail sale of cats and dogs in pet shops
    • NC HB 577 - Limit Ownership of Certain Animals
    • NJ S 2674 -  Revises standard for warrantless seizure of animal at risk due to violation of law concerning necessary care and tethering of animals.
    • OH HB 24 - To make changes to humane society law, to make humane society agents subject to bribery law, and to establish procedures for the seizure and impoundment of certain animals and livestock.

    Click for complete Legislative Update>>>>

  • Thu, May 16, 2019 8:45 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Consistency is the key to the success of the James H. Drew Exposition of Augusta, Ga., owned by Jimmy Drew, his wife, Evangeline, and their son, Jim, according to the convivial Jimmy, who is a Trustee of OABA and former president of the Showmen's League of America in the same year, 1984.

    Tradition and nostalgia are other words associated with the carnival that has maintained basically the same route for the last 50 years. “I don't get involved in the rat race of who can take the biggest fair away from who,” said Jimmy, who, technically is James H. Drew III.

    James Graybeal, manager, has been with the show for 48 years. The Rick Sergent Family, that books games, has been with Drew for 68 years. “We have developed a following of people who keep coming back and I firmly believe that American workers are some of the best in the world. As far as the H-2B foreign Visa program, I believe it's just another drug. You become addicted to it and then you have to have it.”

    Since it was founded in 1948 by Drew's dad, James H. Drew Jr., who was known as Georgia Boy, and his mother, Eula, who started with a Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Round, the carnival has always featured an antique organ, and has booked attractions such as a motor drone, and artists who are shot out of the cannon, along with most of the modern and spectacular rides.

    In that latter class is a Wheel that was purchased from the manufacturing firm of Lamberink in the Netherlands. “It's not as tall as the one owned by Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik.” That one is over 150 feet tall. “This one is about 80, so it's up there,” said Drew. The ride is expected to arrive later this season. Also new for this year is a Barnyard kiddie ride that was bought from Zamperla. “It's only the second one in the U.S. Wade Shows (owned by Frank Zaitshik) has the other,” stated Drew.

    The show is now set up at a still date in Simpsonville, S.C., after playing the Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum for two weeks. Asked how that spot went, Drew said, “We've played there for years, and as is true with most locations, we do well when we get good weather, but we had rain on both Saturdays.”

    Drew said he plans to bring out his Space Wheel two or three times this year, including at the 15th annual Williamson County Fair in Franklin, on the outskirts of Nashville, Aug. 2-10. Drew has played the fair since its beginning. he ride was manufactured by the Velare Brothers in 1958, and Douglas Aircraft made all of its rotating parts. “It has been completely refurbished and looks tremendous.”

    Drew said his grandfather, James H. Drew, worked for $23 a week, while raising nine children. Georgia Boy hopped on a train in 1931 and joined Cole Brothers in a town called Wrems, Ga. “I have always been told that he told his sister that if he didn't get on that train, he'd never get out of Wrems.”

    Jimmy, who loves the music of Steven Foster who penned “Way Down Upon The Suwanee River,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” and numerous other classics, made me his Man of the Year at the Miami Showmen's Association when he was president of that club. He and Evangeline had Christine and me as their guests at the 1995 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, an experience neither of us will ever forget. Neither will my son, Kevin, who was working as a mechanical engineer in Savannah, Ga., at the time for Gulfstream Industries. I called him from Augusta, gave him a million reasons of why he shouldn't try to join us in Augusta, including too much walking, and not being able to get a ticket, until something of a miracle happened.

    At dinner that night, Drew said his son, Jim, had gone to Atlanta, and he wondered if we knew anybody who would like a ticket. Kevin, it seemed, arrived, driving the distance of 121.3 miles, almost before I had dropped the phone. Bernard Thomas of Mighty Thomas Shows, OABA chairman in 1975, was also a Drew guest that year.

    I have so many memories of the trip. One was being amazed at how cheap the costs were for food, drink, and parking. It was the first Masters for Tiger Woods, who hit a ball that landed at my feet. He smiled and asked if I would like to take the next shot for him. John Daly took one of his booming shots that flew dangerously over our heads. We walked to Amen Corner, even though the distance just about did me in, and we really had a memorable experience when play was delayed by fog one morning. We asked the lady next to us if she followed a particular golfer around the course or waited at certain holes for the golfers to approach. When she said she did the former, we were curious as to why and whom. She replied it's Lee Janzen and I'm his mother.” How about that! I have rooted for him ever since.

    I was watching a baseball game on TV (what's new?) Saturday when I received a phone call from Tom Gaylin of Rosedale Attractions and Shows, Baltimore, who was inquiring about my health. I told him my oncologist and surgeon had told me I was clear of cancer, but both recommended I take treatments because it had a high risk of coming back. I could get hit with a car today as well, so I turned it down, especially after talking to my regular doctor and learning of the high risks. Not only that, but the cost of each treatment was to be $6,700, and it wasn't covered by my insurance. My dermatologist also wanted me to take full body scans every three months, but to use a carnival term, I wasn't getting on that Roller Coaster again, where they take a  biopsy to see if you have a malignancy, and if you do, move you on to one doctor, then another, and it never seems to stop. Well, there is another possible ending. Yikes!

    Then Tom and I got down to business. We discussed how much alike farmers and carnival people are with the long hours, hard work, dependency on the weather, etc. He told me Rosedale, which has been around since 1928, was started by his grandmother, Ann Gaylin, who was the daughter of John and Mary Padlick, who had worked at Seabreeze Park in Rochester, N. Y., and Owasco Park in Auburn, N. Y. “She started the traveling show on the streets of Baltimore, booking independently at first, with Heyday, Caterpillar and Smith and Smith Chair Plain.”

    Gaylin, who was Chair of OABA in 2016, is optimistic about this being a good season. His show has been out for seven weeks and the first four were good, with bad weather hurting the next two. “People seem to be spending and the economy is good. People are looking for good, local entertainment, and I believe we will reap the rewards of that.” Last year was not one of the show's best, to say the least, as it was hit by more than 100 inches of rain in six and a half months.

    Currently, the carnival is set up at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Md. “It's a rental for five days with the Montgomery County Police Department. They are doing a Safety Patrol Picnic for crossing guards and their families, and drawing more than 2,000 people a day.” Next on the route is a 10-day spot for the Gamber, MD, Fire Department.

    A wrestling aficionado, Gaylin was a champion matster in high school and at Towson State College in Baltimore County. He was also on the U. S. Army team and was a National Collegiate Athletic Association referee from 1978 to 2006. From 2006 through 2015, Gaylin served as coordinator of NCAA Division II and III officials, before calling that part of his life quits. I wouldn't want to tangle with him, but when we started joking about that, I told him about my old friend, Gene McQuater, who owned McQuater's Greater Shows and the Midway That Sparkles. Gene lamented that the last time he hit somebody who displeased him on his carnival and he didn't fall, he knew it was time to get out!

    Have all great days, and God Bless!   

    Please send news to tomp@oaba.org, or call 615 280-7257.

  • Thu, May 16, 2019 8:30 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices* 
    (dollars per gallon) full history
              Change from
      04/29/19 05/06/19 05/13/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.169 3.171 3.160   values are down -0.011 values are down -0.079
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.194 3.190 3.176   values are down -0.014 values are down -0.060
    New England (PADD1A) 3.236 3.245 3.238   values are down -0.007 values are down -0.013
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.385 3.379 3.365   values are down -0.014 values are down -0.015
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.057 3.051 3.035   values are down -0.016 values are down -0.097
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.058 3.064 3.046   values are down -0.018 values are down -0.129
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.939 2.927 2.905   values are down -0.022 values are down -0.107
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.183 3.186 3.181   values are down -0.005 values are down -0.135
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.730 3.765 3.790   values are up 0.025 values are up 0.059
    West Coast less California 3.346 3.345 3.355   values are up 0.010 values are down -0.127
    California 4.035 4.097 4.136   values are up 0.039 values are up 0.207
    *prices include all taxes
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