THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO MY TWIN BROTHER, BILL DYKES (1943-1995). WE WERE NOT ONLY BROTHERS BUT PARTNERS IN BUSINESS AND BEST FRIENDS! AND TO ALL THE "BUTCHERS" THAT HAVE PASSED ON TO THE BIG LOT IN THE SKY!

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

NY STATE FAIR---FULL MOON (RON FINCH)


WHAT A WAY TO SPEND YOUR WEEKEND! tv69

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MARYLAND STATE FAIR PICTURES

Maryland State Fair(Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna / August 31, 2009) The Maryland State Fair at Timonium Fairgrounds is in its final full week.

Fair Weather ( Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / September 4, 2009 ) Sarah Willis, 9, left, of New Jersey, and her mother Michele, ride the Windsurfer at the state fair. The Willis family is in town visiting relatives in Pasadena.


Corn dog(Baltimore Sun photo by Tasha Treadwell / August 28, 2009) Among all the items dipped in the fryer, the corn dog, a hot dog coated with a corn meal batter, is the iconic fair food. Its round, browned body is found on almost every midway.


BAND ORGAN--AMERICAN BUILT

Grand Master Band Organ at the Allentown Fair(JANE THERESE/SPECIAL TO THE MORNING CALL / September 2, 2009) Dennis Robinson's, of Upper Macungie, handmade Grandmaster Band Organ at the Allentown Fair in Allentown on Monday. Robinson's band organ, was the first fairground organ in America to be built in conjunction with the European masters. The band organ has 2 Italian 5 voice accordions, 600 hand built organ pipes and American voicing pipes. The band organ took 5 years to build.


Grand Master Band Organ at the Allentown Fair(JANE THERESE/SPECIAL TO THE MORNING CALL / September 2, 2009) Dennis Robinson of Upper Macungie in front of his handmade Grandmaster Band Organ at the Allentown Fair in Allentown on Monday. Robinson's band organ, was the first fairground organ in America to be built in conjunction with the European masters. The band organ has 2 Italian 5 voice accordions, 600 hand built organ pipes and American voicing pipes. The band organ took 5 years to build.

ALLENTOWN FAIR 2008 VIDEO

From the Allentown Morning Call

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THE GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR ASST'D PHOTOS

(KEVIN MINGORA/THE MORNING CALL / September 4, 2009) Silhouetted against the sky thrill seekers ride the Wave Swing at the 157 Allentown Fair Friday.

Sisters Haley Mauser (left), age 13, and Maggie Mauser, age 16 both of Catasauqua, get a thrill riding the Super Shot at the Allentown Fair on Thursday.

Patch McGillicutty a member of the American Hellriders rides the wall of death during a stunt show at the 157 Allentown Fair Friday.



A pot bellied pig, shakes off water after a swimming race at Robinson's Pig Paddling Porkers on opening day of the Allentown Fair on Tuesday.




Opening day at The Allentown Fair(Jane Therese/Special to The Morning Call / September 1, 2009) August Fegley, 9, of Allentown, enjoys a gyro on opening day at the Allentown Fair on Tuesday.



Thursday, September 3, 2009

WEST END FAIR GILBERT, PA

As I mentioned below these pictures are from 2008.
The West End Fair features rides and attractions from at least 3 or 4 shows.
Good-Time Amusements,
Oscars Amusements,
Jim Thorpe Amusements,
Tons of Fun Amusments,
&
Archie & Sons.





















WEST END FAIR--GILBERT PA

The West End Fair ended this past Saturday.
I haven't received any pictures from this years fair.
So I found these on their web site from last year.
We played the fair there a while back and it's a
nice country fair in the Poconos.


These are people waiting for the free stage show!

And here it is!

REITHOFFER'S BIG WHEEL---NEW LIGHTS

BOAS BROS CIRCUS (JACK SILAR)


Here is a scanned copy of the 1968 Route Sheet we used. I think you'll recognize the Concession Manager.
J. Silar

CIRCUS POSTERS (RJ REYNOLDS)

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1977

1985


1988




NEW YORK STATE FAIR (FROM RON FINCH)


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

CHARLES "DOC" BOAS

Charles "Doc" Boas

Here's an e-mail I received this morning that I'd like to share.


Mr Dykes,
What a delight to stumble across your blog, replete with pictures of my father, my family, and myself from so long ago. I am perusing more of your pages, and having great fun.
Thanks for bringing a smile,
Charlie Boas (once upon a time, long, long ago, known as Toby)Austin, TX


I did a story on "Doc" this past winter and it was great to receive

this message from his son.

Dick

ARTISTIC CYCLING

Sunday, August 30, 2009

NATIONAL HARD CRAB DERBY & FAIR

AL G KELLY & MILLER BROS CIRCUS 1966 #1 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT)

I beleive this was the year that Joe McMahon leased the show
from Dorey Miller.
If it is I remember them playing my hometown, Salisbury, MD.
Brother Bill and I met Joe, Freddy Logan and Corky Plunkett on the show.










AL G. KELLY & MILLER BROS CIRCUS 1966 #2 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT)

If you recognize any of these folks, help us out and identify them for us.
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AL G KELLY & MILLER BROS CIRCUS 1966 #3 (FROM JIM ELLIOTT)

FRED LOGAN & ORA LOGAN
JOHN CARROLL

ORA LOGAN & CHUCK LOGAN








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