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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Some performers at last month's L.A. Spring Fair claim they haven't been paid by promoter

Rachel Luna, Staff Writer

Posted: 05/24/2011
IRWINDALE - Circus acts, animal trainers, vendors and others who performed at the Los Angeles Spring Fair said the promoter who hired them disappeared before cutting checks. Promoter David Jackson, 40, of Victorville promised the first-ever LA Spring Fair would bring eight days of "non-stop entertainment" to the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Instead the event has brought anger and frustration to the entertainers who put on the show.
And some, like "Swamp Master" alligator trainer David Quattrocci, say they are considering legal action.
"We all kind of saw it halfway through and we were hoping that wasn't going to be the case," said Quattrocci, who claims he is owed $8,500 for putting on an educational alligator show.
The promoter denied having trouble paying any of his performers.
Jackson said all 58 vendors and entertainers at the fair except two - Swamp Master and Kids Celebration - were paid shortly after the fair ended in April. Jackson said a contract dispute delayed those payments.
But others, including the Kent Family Circus, Kyra Sundance and her Stunt Dog Team, Rainforest Exhibit and Educational Show and Movie Stunt Adventure all indicated Friday they have yet to be paid by Jackson.
The six entertainment groups claim they are owed more than $50,000, according to the performers.
If there was a problem, it may be related to low attendance at the event, which ran from April 8-17. Jackson said
read more at: http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_18131521

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