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Palace Playland: 108 Year Old Seaside Amusement Park Tempered by the Pandemic

Palace Playland: 108 Year Old Seaside Amusement Park Tempered by the Pandemic

  Located 90 miles north of Boston in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Palace Playland is a 108-year-old icon that has been in the Golder family since 1995. CEO Joel Golder, along with partner whom he bought out in 2004, purchased the park from the Osher family, it's previous long-term owners.Joel, along with his son, park president Paul Golder, describe the park and how the classic seaside attraction weathered the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.According to Paul Golder, “We are a traditional seaside amusement destination with 29 rides mixed between family, thrill and kiddie attractions, and we have a 300 piece arcade that is also part of the attraction.”  The park also has 20 plus midway games outside the park.  “There is no paid admission, people come in and walk around, and they can go on one ride, or get an all-day or ...   [read more]
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New Ride Concepts for Amusement Parks on the Horizon

New Ride Concepts for Amusement Parks on the Horizon

Jurrasic World VelociCoaster Unveiled; Zamperla Promotes new Big Wavez Ride Concept

  Available as a family coaster or for dark ride attractions, Extreme Engineering in Athens, TX, has engineered and is now shipping to Quatar – their new Cloud Coaster. It's a roller coaster for our time, a suspended roller coaster that the company's executive vice president Phil Wilson describes as being “COVID compliant.” The suspended roller coaster has single rider seats, is cost-effective, and has cycle times allowing over 200 riders per hour. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and even attached to an existing ride structure.  And the easily customizable Cloud Coaster has now shipped to the Middle East.There it will be used at an as yet undisclosed location: a new theme park in Quatar.Currently, the company has its Cloud Coaster at Vinpearl Lane in Phu Quoc Vientam. Open since September, Vinpearl's Cloud ...   [read more]
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  James K. Judkins of JKJ Workforce will be holding an educational seminar covering various topics pertaining to the H-2B guest worker program at this year's IISF Trade Show.  Currently, demand for H-2B visas is at an all-time high and is estimated that over 2/3 of applicants will not receive their workers this year under the current cap restraints of 66,000 workers annually (33,000 per cap).  Anyone who counts on guest workers through the H-2B program is encouraged to attend.The seminar is titled "H-2B Balancing Act - Practical, Political, Strategies for Survival in This New Abnormal" and will be conducted inside the Carousel Pavilion on the trade show grounds.  The seminar will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 1-4pm and is free for all trade show attendees.Speakers include James K. Judkins, President of JKJ Workforce and Secretary/Treasurer of The Seasonal Employment Alliance, and Leon Sequeira, employment attorney and former Assistant Secretary of Labor in ...   [read more]
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  South Florida Fair officials announced the traditional 2021 South Florida Fair is being canceled to be replaced with a South Florida “Mini” Fair, which will be presented outdoors at the fairgrounds, during the original fair dates of January 15-31. In essence, this newly planned mini fair is a scaled back version of the annual South Florida Fair and will still feature many of the fair's favorite activities.“This decision came about due to growing concerns about the safety of our guests during this pandemic,” said Vicki Chouris, the fair's president & CEO.  “Hosting a scaled back, outdoor version of our traditional fair will still allow fairgoers to enjoy a fun-filled event.  Mini but mighty with maximum fun is what we plan to present!” Until recently, the fair has been planning to run the full event on its traditional dates but the mini-fair announcement came suddenly as 2020 came to a close. The new South Florida Mini Fair will include ...   [read more]
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  • Belle City Amusements
    Manatee County Fair
    1/14/2021 to 1/24/2021 - Palmetto, FL
  • Wade Shows
    South Florida Mini-Fair
    1/15/2021 to 1/31/2021 - West Palm Beach, FL
  • Belle City Amusements
    Charlotte County Fair
    1/29/2021 to 2/7/2021 - Port Charlotte, FL
  • Belle City Amusements
    Hendry County Fair
    2/9/2021 to 2/14/2021 - Clewiston, FL
  • Wade Shows
    San Antonio Stock Show
    2/11/2021 to 2/28/2021 - San Antonio, TX
  • Reithoffer Shows
    Highlands County Fair
    2/12/2021 to 2/20/2021 - Sebring, FL
  • Deggeller Attractions
    Martin County Fair
    2/12/2021 to 2/20/2021 - Stuart, FL
  • Strates Shows
    Osceola County Fair
    2/12/2021 to 2/21/2021 - Kissimmee, FL

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  1. San Antonio Livestock Show & Ex. - San Antonio, TX
  2. Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo - Ft. Worth, TX
  3. Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Houston, TX
  4. Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, FL
  5. Florida State Fair - Tampa, FL
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