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Friday, February 15, 2013

2013 IISF Trade Show a success; many deals made at the show
Exhibitors are optimistic about 2013 season



The Deggeller Family:  Jamie, Evelyn, Cathy and Andy
FROM: carnivalwarehouse.com
2/14/2013
By Ron Weber
Gibsonton, FL - As the 2013 IISF Trade Show and Extravaganza drew to a close on Saturday, February 8th, some were tearing down and rushing to catch flights, others were still catching up with old friends and still others were making last minute deals on rides and equipment.
In fact, from manufacturers and suppliers to trade show attendees and buyers, there seemed to be an almost universal sense of optimism at the show this year.  People were buying.  Some were buying in large amounts, others in not so large amounts but the good news was most were buying.

Larry Yaffe of Firestone Financial, a major industry lending institution, confirmed the mood of the show this year.  He reported that "demand was good" and business "steady".  Yaffe actually became a bit of a supplier this year when Firestone partnered in a new photo booth venture displayed at the show.  The Face Place booths are versatile and purchasers can use the logo of the carnival or fair for pictures.  It even has a social media option where the customer can tweet or put their picture on Facebook from the booth itself.  Yaffe said they had sold five units at the show where they offered no interest and no payments on new purchases until October.
Gary Otterbacher of Lifetime Products also had a good year at the show.  Formerly in the food trailer building business, Otterbacher now build bunkhouses and living quarters.  Kyle Brady, Brandon Petree, Eric Bates and Roger Swyear all had new units on display at the trade show.
Otterbacher commented that he was now selling to the grandchildren of some of his former customers.  "When I broke in I sold to a customer, then his sons and daughters and now in some cases to the grandchildren of that customer", said Otterbacher.

Bob Johnson (left) of the OABA poses with Chris Atkins, 2013 Showmens League President, and Joe Burum, SLA Secretary.
Zamperla had some rides on display at the trade show, recalling their large displays of former years.  Zamperla reported a sale on closing day to bring its totals to 3 Mini Tea Cups, 3 Happy Swings and 2 Lolli Swings.  The company declined to reveal the buyers but said both rental companies and carnivals had made purchases.
Next to Zamperla was Battech where a Zero Gravity ride going to PBJ Happee Days Shows was on display.
Not far from these two companies, Dalton had a Down on the Farm kiddie ride that was going to Roger Wadkins of Sherwood Amusements.  Kevin Dalton said the company "had a fantastic show."  "We are very, very happy", he added.
In addition to the ride on display, Strates Shows purchased two complete rides, All Around Amusements purchased a motorcycle ride, Blue Sky bought a trailer mounted Quad ride, Wagner's Carnival bought a tractor ride, Rosedale Attractions purchased a reconfiguration of ten trucks, Fiesta Shows reconfigured a trailer to a 10-sweep tractor ride, Swank's Steel City Shows also did a reconfiguration to a 10-sweep ride, Snyder Amusements did the same with one of their older rides and Schmidt Amusements bought four tractors for replacement vehicles. 
read more at:
http://www.carnivalwarehouse.com/brnews/newsarticle.asp?ID=409

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