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  • Thu, August 06, 2020 6:44 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*
    Change from
    07/20/20 07/27/20 08/03/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.433 2.427 2.424 -0.003 -0.608
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.520 2.519 2.517 -0.002 -0.538
    New England (PADD1A) 2.626 2.632 2.631 -0.001 -0.476
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.699 2.697 2.696 -0.001 -0.537
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.377 2.375 2.372 -0.003 -0.551
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.309 2.301 2.298 -0.003 -0.644
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.198 2.183 2.175 -0.008 -0.612
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.343 2.342 2.343 0.001 -0.622
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.954 2.954 2.955 0.001 -0.650
    West Coast less California 2.597 2.586 2.592 0.006 -0.590
    California 3.248 3.256 3.253 -0.003 -0.687
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, August 06, 2020 5:28 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Dominic Vivona of Mount Pleasant, SC and formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 88, due to complications from COVID19.  He is survived by his loving wife, Helena McKay-Vivona, and his children Dominic Vivona, Jr (Debi), Pia Dobos (Scott), Marco Vivona (Lourdes) and Dario Vivona (Joseph), and his stepchildren Frederick McKay, Jr (Claudia), and Beth McKay Fisher (John).  He was a loving grandfather to Dominic III, Thomas, Maddalena, Anthony, Sophia (Vivona), Zachary, Marc, Matthew (Dobos) and Marco (Vivona) and proud step-grandfather to Carson, Erin, and Madison (Fisher), Laura and Elizabeth (Kirby).  He is also survived by younger brother Philip Vivona (Jane), his many nieces, nephews and his entire carnival family.  Dominic was preceded in death by his first loving wife Maddalena, his parents Antonio and Catherine Rose, three older brothers Morris, John, Sebastian and sister Ann Fontana.

    Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Irvington, NJ, Dominic was a proud graduate from Duke University in 1954. While at Duke University, Dominic was manager of the Duke soccer team and member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He has been an avid Duke fan and member of the Duke Alumni Association ever since. 

    After Duke, Dominic joined his four brothers, Morris, John, Sebastian, and Philip in their traveling carnival business.  The family business, formerly called The Vivona Brothers Combined Shows, began with the purchase of a celebrated Ferris wheel from the 1939 World's Fair in NYC.  The brothers strived for a national image and by the 1950s rebranded the carnival as Amusements of America. Since the mid-century, Amusements of America grew into one of the largest traveling carnival companies in the USA playing fairs across the Eastern USA as well as several fairs in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. 

    Dominic was an entrepreneur his entire life. He dedicated his life to the carnival business and through the years became an industry legend.  As a celebrated and honored industry leader, Dominic led the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) as its Chairman in 1994. He received many awards and recognitions for his contributions and achievements. He was a member of Miami Showmen’s Association, Miami Friars’ Club, New York Showmen’s Association, Showmen’s League of America, and Tampa Showmen’s Association.  He was also a proud recipient of the New Jersey Amusement Association Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Vivona family.

    His family’s carnival business crossed paths many times with local and national circuses where he met and married the late Maddalena Mangiavacchi whose family were the celebrated Zacchini Brothers. They were happily married for 33 years. In the early 1970s, Amusements of America relocated from New Jersey to Miami, Florida, where Dominic expanded the business, raising millions of dollars for Catholic Schools during winter months over the years.  After Maddalena’s untimely death in 1999, Dominic found love and happiness with Helena McKay-Vivona of Mount Pleasant.  They were happily married for 17 years. Dominic and Helena found love and happiness in good food, travel, entertaining friends and family, and blending both of their families while managing the carnival.

    Dominic valued hard work, love and laughter.  He lived his life passionately leading with these traits.  Dominic loved his work and family.  He always showed kindness and respect for others, and was well-respected and liked by all who knew him.  Dominic was much loved and will be missed and remembered well. 

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be accepted by the OABA Scholarship Fund or The Charleston Catholic School. Please visit www.oaba.org or www.charlestoncatholic.com for more details about donating. Cards and condolences can be sent to:  1000 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Suite C, PMB 129, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

    There will be a private funeral mass on Wed Aug 12 for immediate family to celebrate Dominic’s life.  For a link to the live stream of the funeral mass please visit Dominic's memorial page at www.charlestonfunerals.com

  • Mon, August 03, 2020 4:48 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    A protest is being organized for August 6 at the Ohio State House in Columbus
    Organizers are encouraging fairs, festivals, concessionaires, and carnival owners to attend. Showmen are encouraged to bring their equipment.

    Carnival companies, concessionaires, vendors, fair professionals and supporters of the fair industry in the Buckeye State plan to occupy the parking lot of the State House in Columbus, Ohio.  But they won't be setting up a still date or selling wristbands for residents to enjoy.  Instead, Ohio carnival companies will be leading a protest against the state's governor and his actions towards the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    A Facebook Group -- Save Ohio Fairs & Festivals -- with more than 2,300 members – has been formed to organize the demonstration, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 6th at 2:00 pm

    Like the vast majority of State Fairs, the Ohio State Fair has been cancelled for 2020.  But for the 94 county and local fairs, Gov.  Mike DeWine was originally more supportive.  In addition to offering financial support, the governor allowed “Junior Fairs” to be held, essentially 4-H, FFA and other agricultural actives.  He left the decision of having a midway with rides and other attractions up to the individual fair boards and county officials, as long as they complied with the state's health and safety guidelines. 

    Read full article at carnivalwarehouse.com

  • Thu, July 30, 2020 3:25 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne  
    July 30, 2020


    The Jay Owenhouse tiger show in Las Vegas prevailed last week and we all collectively heaved a sigh of relief - that was until PeTA and their fervent followers found a stipulation where if enough public outcry could be put together, the decision could be overturned after seven days! Yesterday the appeal was heard and Mr. Owenhouse and his tigers will be able to perform for audiences on The Strip next year.

    Federal Legislation Introduced to Ban Greyhound Racing, Live-Lure Training (Note: This is an AR publication)
    At no surprise to those that followed the Florida Greyhound racing ban, which took out a majority of the country’s tracks with one state, now congress is looking to federally ban the practice.

    Thousands attend a 'protest against government overreach' at Minnesota rodeo

    After postponement, Shrine Circus in Sioux City cancelled

    Indianapolis dog breeder prevails against Georgia supplier’s appeal

    5000 Burmese pythons have been removed from Everglades, Florida officials say


    Canada cracks down on illegal dog importations

    Hog-Wild — Sacramento woman keeps up family tradition with show pigs

    Animal rights activists in blood-covered vehicle follow semis for 500 miles to ‘expose animal cruelty’

    Man picks carnivorous cat over vegan girlfriend   

    Online puppy scams increase during pandemic, woman loses thousands   

    Cage-free transition financially and logistically impossible

  • Wed, July 29, 2020 7:22 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Cancellations, Uncertainty & Apprehension:
    OABA Navigates the Pandemic Year

    The COVID-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, but the devastation seems particularly acute on the carnival companies and related business that make up the Outdoor Amusement Business Association.

    While a handful of carnival companies have started to play still dates and smaller fairs, the bulk of the business – fairs – as well as literally thousands of other events, from music festivals to local charity fundraisers have canceled.  The OABA has 132 carnival company members, most of whom have been winter quarters-bound from Mid-March until now.  An estimated 95 percent of fairs and outdoor events have been cancelled, and many of the events still technically set to continue are actually in a kind of limbo state, with the actual confirmation to continue or cancellation announcement remaining unissued.

    For carnival companies who have decided to venture forth and attempt to salvage the remainder what's left of the 2020 season, the going is rough.  Many events are still in cancellation mode, and for the carnival companies looking to operate, finding the proper authorities to work with in terms of adhering to social distancing and other guidelines can be a challenge.  Unlike an amusement park who has long established relationships within a community, by their very nature traveling carnival companies must negotiate with different entities for each stop on a route.

    Full article on carnivalwarehouse.com here

  • Wed, July 29, 2020 7:07 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    WEST ALLIS, Wis. – July 29, 2020 – Wisconsin State Fair Park officials today announced another addition to State Fair Necessities, presented by U.S. Cellular, as the Wisconsin State Fair teams up with Hunger Task Force and Wells Fargo for a food donation drive on Thursday, August 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    “Giving back to the community on opening day of the Fair has been a long-standing tradition, and there is no better way to commemorate what would have been opening day of the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair than by offering this opportunity for people to donate non-perishable food items in the fight against food insecurity,” said Kathleen O’Leary, Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Hunger Task Force and Wells Fargo to keep this established tradition alive.”

    Read full press release here

  • Wed, July 29, 2020 4:06 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    07/13/20 07/20/20 07/27/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.438 2.433 2.427 -0.006 -0.607
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.531 2.520 2.519 -0.001 -0.540
    New England (PADD1A) 2.650 2.626 2.632 0.006 -0.474
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.707 2.699 2.697 -0.002 -0.549
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.387 2.377 2.375 -0.002 -0.549
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.313 2.309 2.301 -0.008 -0.639
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.198 2.198 2.183 -0.015 -0.610
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.345 2.343 2.342 -0.001 -0.625
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.954 2.954 2.954 0.000 -0.652
    West Coast less California 2.594 2.597 2.586 -0.011 -0.600
    California 3.251 3.248 3.256 0.008 -0.684

    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, July 23, 2020 4:05 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    From the desk of Vanessa Gagne  
    July 23, 2020


    Earlier this week I received notification that there would be a hearing in Las Vegas concerning the zoning of a new animal facility that would be built to house tigers for a seasonal show featuring Jay Owenhouse and his big cats. I am happy to report that even with only 36 hours notice, we were able to get CFA members, and even the president, Jan Biggerstaff, to attend and speak on behalf of entertainment using exotic animals. Thank you to all who called, sent letters, and went in person. The result was a vote of 7-0! When I spoke with Mr. Owenhouse, he told me the facility will be home to his tigers for half the year while they are performing on the strip. The $150,000 facility will feature two waterfalls, pools, and climate controlled space for the cats. It’s a win-win all around.

    Proposed Quincy animal ordinance defeated on 3-3 Village Council vote Please help educate the Quincy city council members about exotic animal  ownership. Write to: khargreave@quincy-mi.org, acraig@quincy-mi.org, mhagaman@quincy-mi.org, cbassage@quincy-mi.org, mbrand@quincy-mi.org, wsalyer@quincy-mi.org, nloomis@quincy-mi.org

    The Joint Planning Commission will revisit the proposed ordinance that was first heard on the 21st of July. If passed, the following would become law: 

    1. a blanket "exotic animal" ban; 
    2. a limit of only four domesticated pets in any one household;
    3. required Zoning Permit to keep any livestock;
    4. Defined restrictions for certain livestock including, but not limited to, horses, sheep, and chickens.  

    Thank you to USARK for the update and information.


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    Taking a breather! Adorable moment five-tonne elephant has an underwater nap using his trunk as a snorkel at Texas zoo - Last but not least, I have to add this great zoo piece and viral video: it’s my best friend, Christine “Turk” DelTurco, the lead elephant trainer at Fort Worth Zoo, and one of her charges, Colonel. Colonel was the first elephant born at African Lion Safari in Ontario and then moved to Carson and Barnes. He is now a breeding male at Fort Worth Zoo. Turk has worked with elephants for over a decade and is a professional member of the Elephant Managers Association. She got her start working with Scott Riddle at Riddle’s Sanctuary in Arkansas.

  • Tue, July 21, 2020 9:22 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    SACO, Maine — The New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) has announced its 2020 Annual Meeting Awards.

    Alan E. Ramsay Safety Award
    Recipient — Gary Slade, publisher, Amusement Today, Arlington, Texas. The Ramsay award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated “an unparalleled commitment to safety in the amusement parks and attractions industry.”

    “We’re certainly pleased to receive this accolade from NEAAPA,” Slade said. “Our team has been dedicated to presenting timely information related to safety throughout the industry for years. Amusement Today devotes numerous pages in each edition to the latest safety news as well as a listing of upcoming safety seminars. We greatly appreciate being recognized for the work we have done to promote the most important aspect of the amusement industry.”

    Full article here >>>

  • Tue, July 21, 2020 6:48 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*(dollars per gallon)full history XLS
    Change from
    07/06/20 07/13/20 07/20/20 week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.437 2.438 2.433 -0.005 -0.611
    East Coast (PADD1) 2.527 2.531 2.520 -0.011 -0.552
    New England (PADD1A) 2.652 2.650 2.626 -0.024 -0.496
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.696 2.707 2.699 -0.008 -0.560
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.388 2.387 2.377 -0.010 -0.560
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.306 2.313 2.309 -0.004 -0.639
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.204 2.198 2.198 0.000 -0.606
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.345 2.345 2.343 -0.002 -0.635
    West Coast (PADD5) 2.960 2.954 2.954 0.000 -0.657
    West Coast less California 2.596 2.594 2.597 0.003 -0.601
    California 3.260 3.251 3.248 -0.003 -0.691
    *prices include all taxes


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