Wilmington WECT-6/Reported by Gavin Johnson/Posted by Laura Sinacori

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – After months of speculation the town of Carolina Beach is finally getting amusement rides.

Workers with the company Hildebrand Rides began setting up rides Friday. Many rides are already set up, but a ferris wheel and other attractions will be set up this week next to the boardwalk. Many say adults say it’ll give kids something to do.

“I think it’s good for the area,” said Charles Prescott a Carolina Beach resident. “I’m from Atlantic Beach and growing up as a kid we had a lot of golf courses and amusement rides. But then all of a sudden they tore them down and put a bunch of condos up and now there’s nothing for kids to do.”

Some business owners are hoping the rides will bring in more revenue.
“I think it’s going to bring a lot of business to the area,” said Amy Nealey who owns Sandbarz Surf and Skate shop. “A lot of locals that don’t visit Carolina Beach will bring them down as well as tourists.”

The amusement rides will be open 7 days a week, 3 months a year. The rides will officially open next weekend.

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By Mike Taylor – Calaveras Enterprise

Almost a year after an incident sent riders crashing to the ground when the Yo-Yo ride collapsed at the Calaveras County Fair, the carnival operator is suing the state of California over its response to the incident.

The Enterprise learned of the lawsuit in a phone conversation with representatives of the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health Amusement Ride Unit about specifics in the unit’s report on the ride collapse issued March 13 of this year.

Questions concerning conclusions made in the report were asked because some of them did not appear to match the body of the report, which laid blame for the May 16, 2008, Yo-Yo collapse on the failure of a locking mechanism for the ride’s lift arms. Other conclusions suggest the carnival operator, Harry Mason, owner of Mid-way of Fun, doing business as Brass Ring Amusements, kept poor records on employee training and the ride’s operation and maintenance.

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Source – Detroit Free Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This summer, the guy running the Tilt-A-Whirl at the carny might be a laid-off, middle-aged accountant instead of the usual bored college student. And the towel attendant at the pool might be from East Providence instead of eastern Europe.

As unemployment rises, U.S. workers are lowering their work expectations. Above, Ramon Villanueva, 22, waits for customers at the Frog Bog arcade in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Thursday. Villanueva lost his job as a corporate audio-video tech in October

As unemployment rises, U.S. workers are lowering their work expectations. Above, Ramon Villanueva, 22, waits for customers at the Frog Bog arcade in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Thursday. Villanueva lost his job as a corporate audio-video tech in October

All over the country, resorts and other summer businesses are getting swamped with applications from out-of-work Americans, many of them professionals. They are competing for jobs usually filled by young people and foreigners — making beds, serving brunch, mowing lawns, running concession stands and operating carnival games and rides.

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Source – News Talk 1450AM KDKW

Puyallup, WA – April 21, 2009 – After a thorough investigation by governmental and independent private investigators specializing in amusement rides, the contributing factor for the Lolli Swing incident at the Spring Fair in Puyallup on April 17, 2009 was determined to be deteriorating soil conditions. This is the first case of a soil-related incident with this or any ride since Funtastic Rides, Inc.’s inception in the early 1950s. The Fair has no record of such an occurrence in its 109 years.

A total of 16 riders were on the Lolli Swing at the time of the incident, including two adults and 14 children. While six were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, all were released that same day with minor injuries.

The unseasonably wet winter, coupled with strong rain cells that moved through Puyallup from 12:58 to 1:53 p.m., and 2:23 to 3:28 p.m. creating an unusual situation of too much moisture in too short of a time. The blocking installed for the ride exceeded the requirements, but still was not adequate for the highly unusual rainfall that added to an already drenched ground.

The weight of the Lolli Swing ride rests on the ground with support legs located at the four corners of the ride, as well as being supported with the trailer wheels, which were visible after the ride tilted on its front side.

Washington State Certified Ride Inspector John Hinde, J.P. Hinde Enterprises, Inc. of Port St. Lucie, Florida has presented the findings to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Investigators from the United States Consumer Protection Safety Commission conducted a study on Sunday, in addition to investigations by several other governmental and municipal entities. It was concluded that both the ride and the person operating the ride performed correctly.

Components of the ride were disassembled, inspected and tested to obtain hard information in determining the cause of this incident. Operational systems were tested to determine that there were no ride system or structural failures. They did not find any manufacturer defects that would have caused the incident, and concluded that the ride did not malfunction.

Immediately after the incident Puyallup Police representatives interviewed the two ride operators, and found no signs of impairment. They voluntarily tested for drugs and alcohol, and they were clear of any substance in their systems. The lead operator has operated that ride for several years.

Representatives from the Italian ride manufacturer have arrived, and are currently reviewing the findings and conducting their own investigation. Funtastic Rides, Inc. anticipates working with the manufacturer on developing ride base outriggers in addition to the current support legs, in order to widen the ride base support load footprint.

While this is a very isolated incident, Funtastic Rides, Inc. will share the information and findings from this investigation with amusement ride inspectors, operators, and amusement industry trade organizations. The investigation, reports and findings will also continue.

The Spring Fair in Puyallup first started in 1990. The Puyallup Fair is slated for Sept. 11-27, 2009. For further information, visit http://www.thefair.com/ or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.

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Source: West Fargo Pioneer

Games Galore Party Rental has announced a partnership with Murphy Brothers Exposition to provide midway entertainment. Gerald Murphy, Murphy Brothers Chairman, said, “We’re looking forward to having Games Galore included with the great Murphy Brothers midway. Combining the inflatables and the new Mega Pass will appeal to all age groups.” The reason for the partnership stemmed from a growing number of requests. “Fair board members throughout the upper midwest have requested numerous times that they would like carnivals and inflatable companies to work together to provide the midway atmosphere,” said Dave Lerud, President of Games Galore.

Games Galore will provide the inflatables for fairs throughout North Dakota including West Fargo, Bottineau, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Minot and Pembina and Wells counties. The state fairs in New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin will have the Games Galore inflatables as a part of their midway.

Lerud predicts that the inflatable games trend for town festivals and carnivals will continue to grow. “We are seeing more and more civic organizations switch from traditional carnival games to inflatable games,” Lerud said. “Today’s families are more attracted to the active-style games rather than sit-down games.” Games Galore has also seen this trend carry over to events they have hosted for schools, churches, businesses and private parties.

For more information, visit Games Galore Party Rental online at gamesgalorepartyrentals.com or Murphy Brothers Expositions at murphybrothersexpositions.com.

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