NAME Acquired by Townsquare Media, LLC

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North American Midway Entertainment was recently acquired by Townsquare Media, LLC.   Our management and operations remain intact and will not change.  

“We are thrilled to be a part of Townsquare Media and partner with a company that can help us grow our marketing endeavors through their vast media resources,” said Danny Huston, president of North American Midway Entertainment.  “Our goal is to assist our Fair associations and continue their growth as well– this acquisition is a win/win situation for all.” 

Click here for our press release and further details.

 

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NAME Helps Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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At the South Carolina State Fair held last October the theme was to support Breast Cancer awareness.  We were honored to be a part and our employees jumped right in to help spread the word!  The program was a huge success and linked the South Carolina Community with the Fair.

 

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Kentucky State Fair Signs New Contract with NAME

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The Kentucky State Fair has recently signed a five-year contract with NAME to be their Midway provider beginning in August 2015 through August 2015.  North American Midway Entertainment has been the Midway provider for the Fair for the past nine years. 

“We are thrilled to continue our successful relationship with the Kentucky State Fair to provide approximately 45 of our finest rides for the whole family enjoy at one of our signature events,” said, Jeff Blomsness, co-owner of NAME.  “Our continued dedication to this event will make our partnership over the next decade monumental. We are grateful for this opportunity.”

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WESTERN FAIR DISTRICT AND NAME SIGN 10-YEAR CONTRACT

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London, Ontario, October 6, 2014:  Hugh Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer, Western Fair District (WFD) is pleased to announce the recent signing of a 10-year contract with North American Midway Entertainment (NAME) as their signature event’s sole Midway provider.  This new partnership will add a fresh dimension to the District’s fall classic.  The 2015 Western Fair will be held Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20.   

North American Midway Entertainment provides attractions including Rides, Games and Food to approximately 15 Million fair goers annually at over 130 events.  North American Midway owns more than 200 outstanding amusement rides and operates five Midway units that geographically cover five Canadian Provinces and twenty U.S. States making the company the number one Midway Operator in the world.   

The Western Fair joins North American Midway’s other family of great fairs in Canada, including:  The Calgary Stampede; Edmonton K-Days; Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition and the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. 

The District and North American Midway Entertainment share a number one priority, customer rider safety.  NAME’s programs include safety training for all employees, in-house and third party routine daily inspections and best practices and policies in the Outdoor Amusement Business.

 “We are very excited to bring our presentation to London and the Western Fair; we believe that our newly-formed association will bring a brand new and exciting era to the Fair, the possibilities are endless,” said Tony Diaz President of North American Midway Entertainment upon the signing of the new agreement.  “In 2015 we are bringing many new rides that have never appeared at the Western Fair before.”    

NAME will continue to honour Western Fair’s tradition, since 1867, of providing the community with a superior entertainment product, great energy, fun, and community celebration and has committed to present at the 2015 Western Fair:  a Blitzer Roller Coaster;  Niagara Falls Water Flume Ride;  a 110-Foot Giant Ferris Wheel;  Mega Drop Tower and Mach 3 ride, which is a 37 meter arm that with two seats mounted at each end, produces a 3.5g on riders, to name a few of the new rides.   Diaz also noted that due to the size of the ride inventory, new and exciting rides will be provided year-after-year to keep the midway presentation fresh and exciting.

“We are very pleased with the carnival partnership we have forged with North American Midway.  The 2015 fair, our first offering under the partnership, is an exciting start to a new beginning for our signature event,” said Hugh Mitchell, CEO. 

The Western Fair District has a rich history contributing to the social and cultural fabric of London and the region of Southwestern Ontario.  It has proven to be a leading year-round entertainment, agricultural, commercial, sports and recreational destination for residents of the city and far beyond, anchored by the annual Western Fair, one of the Top 100 Events in Ontario.  North American Midway Entertainment’s Canadian headquarters are located in Brantford, Ontario with regional headquarters in Calgary, Alberta.

 

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Family Kiddie Land Areas Continue to Grow in Popularity

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CALGARY STAMPEDE

North American Midway Entertainment presented 60 rides at the Calgary Stampede in southern Alberta, Canada which took place July 4-13. New this year was the debut of the Great FUNtier, a new family area, where 25 kiddie rides and numerous family-style games were featured.

The Great FUNtier family area was a marvelous success and plans are in the works to even improve the area with more family attractions and programming in 2015,” said Scooter Korek, VP of Client Relations at North American Midway Entertainment. “Families enjoy a quieter area to ride coupled with family entertainment.”  The entire success story saw an increased patronage to the new area by a whopping 17 percent.

Ten days of almost perfect weather drew visitors from across the globe to this internationally acclaimed event that in the end, landed at 1,263,000 visitors through the turnstiles, which was 10.5% increase over the Flood Plagued version of the 2013 Stampede.   North American Midway Entertainment also increased total customer ridership by 11%.

The Calgary Stampede will return July 3-12 next year.

 

INDIANA STATE FAIR

The 2014 Indiana State Fair, held August 1-17 attracted 954,884 people, making this year the third best attended fair.  For the second year the Kiddie Land area, filled with a dozen rides for younger kids was extremely popular.

“We continue to get a lot of positive feedback about the Kiddie Land midway designed for families with small children,” said Andy Klotz, Public Relations Director at the Indiana State Fair.  “It was consistently busy throughout the fair and it provides a fantastic atmosphere for fairgoers immediately upon entering our main east-side entrance. We hosted TLC’s long-running reality show “19 Kids and Counting” one day, and the show’s producers were excited to find out about the Kiddie Land area, which provided a perfect backdrop for some of their show.”

The 2015 dates for the Indiana State Fair are August 7-23.

ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

Adventure Village at the Illinois State Fair, held August 7-17,is a quaint secluded area filled with nearly 20 rides for younger children set away from the main midway filled with thrill rides. The Adventure Village Depot, adorned with beautiful landscaping, has a kiddie train that takes young riders around the perimeter of the Village.  This popular ride adds just the right flair to this fabulous area of the Fair.  “We have found many of our fairs have had great success in creating a quieter area for ‘kiddie’ rides to be featured,” said Danny Huston, co-owner of North American Midway Entertainment.  “Families enjoy a quieter area, not only to enjoy the family rides, but simply to take a break and relax too.”  The dates for the 2015 Illinois State Fair are set for August 13-23.

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Dr. Main and North American Midway Team Up to Give Kids A Day of FUN!

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Dr. Charles Main, Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Beaumont Children’s Hospital, retired last Labor Day after 45 years but remains dedicated to ‘his kids’ visiting the St. Mary’s Polish Festival over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Dr. Main and the cancer patients and survivors enjoyed a morning of festivities and rides.  North American Midway and Dr. Main and ‘his kids’ have been in cahoots for more than 25 years, giving the children and their families an outing they won’t soon forget; what an astounding RIDE it has been!  North American Midway looks forward to many more…as does Dr. Charles Main.

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51st Annual Birmingham Village Fair Enjoys Perfect Weather & Record Attendance

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Hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, the fair in Downtown Birmingham, Michigan, was held May 29 – June 1 enjoyed four days of perfect weather, leading to record crowds and lots of fun. The event included entertainment, carnival rides, games, prizes and food.

 

The fair serves as the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year, and it’s also a big boost to the local charities. Chamber President Joe Bauman said more than $20,000 in proceeds went to local charities and nonprofits this year.

 

“We had a record attendance day on Saturday and an overall attendance increase of nearly 20 percent from last year,” Bauman said. “This allowed us to share fair proceeds with 24 local charities and nonprofits this year, which also is a record number for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. We are grateful to the city of Birmingham and North American Midway for helping ensure the success of the fair.”

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INDIANA STATE FAIR

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Check out some of the fun we had the other day at the Indiana State Fair with Mr. Noobie using the Verizon GoPro Hero+3 camera to get some upclose shots of our great rides on the Midway!  Click here to see all the FUN!  http://bit.ly/1lBkFD4

 

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CALGARY STAMPEDE

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The Calgary Stampede recently ended and North American Midway Entertainment presented 60 rides this year.  New this year was the debut of the Great FUNtier, a new family area, located at the north end of the race track, alongside and in conjunction with the Agriculture Zone where 25 kiddie rides and numerous family style games were featured. 

The Great FUNtier family area was a marvelous success and plans are in the works to even improve the area with more family attractions and programming in 2015,” said Scooter Korek, VP of Client Relations at North American Midway Entertainment. “Families enjoy a quieter area to ride coupled with family entertainment.”  

For the thrill seeker at the Stampede there is no way they missed the Remix, the NEW ride featured this year.  This ride was hugely successful!  This high-speed ride can best be described as an extreme version of the classic ride the Scrambler.  The ride holds 36 passengers and sends riders spinning on six arms with each end holding three cars rotating on a vertical axis at approximately 21 RPMs.  Each arm supports a cluster of cars, which rise into a 90 degree angle at a horizontal position.  The center spins in one direction and the satellites spin in the opposite direction while the arms simultaneously spin outward!  The brilliant colors on Remix make this a high-speed exciting ride that very few thrill riders will ever pass up.

 

The 2015 Calgary Stampede is set for July 3-12.

 

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4th Annual Space Coast Spring Fair

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Space-Coast-Spring-Fair-Viera-FL-All-StarThe 4th Annual Space Coast Spring Fair was held in Viera, Florida in mid-April. If you have ever been to central Florida in April it’s absolutely gorgeous with almost perfect weather. The 11-day event was a great success and featured 30 rides and tons of games and delicious food.

“For the past 26 years the Space Coast State Fair, held in the fall, has been a very popular event and we are pleased to now be a part of the spring event too,” said Jeff Blomsness, co-owner of NAME.

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