News May 29 2016 Boonsboro Rescue Company Carnival continues through June 4 – Herald-Mail Media HeraldGreat Boonsboro Rescue Company Carnival continues through June 4Herald inspectors travel around state checking rides – Carroll County Times Maryland inspectors travel around state checking ridesJust days before the start of a summer carnival, crews come out to the site with rides in tow, transforming a previously empty plot of grass into a midway of rides and games. Trinity to host Greek Festival – Press of Atlantic City Holy Trinity to host Greek FestivalOne dollar buys admission to the festival, which offers activities celebrating Greek culture. In addition to music and dance, the festival offers family-friendly rides and a carnival midway. days (and nights) bring the fun June 11-12: The 13th Annual Gathering of the Great Lakes Nations Pow Wow will be at the Tri-State Engine Grounds across from the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland. 22-26 — Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival – Port Huron Times Herald June 22-26 — Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival•Nightly entertainment in festival tent; kids’ games; midway with canival rides. Cost: No admission fee; wristband for carnival rides is $20. Food and drink: Concessions, vendors and restaurants. Sponsor: Area businesses, Bay-Rama Board and Committee. Fair Opens Tonight! a huge carnival midway and more. Fair gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.,1467991/Boalsburg Marks Memorial Day Weekend with Celebrations, Remembrance – State College News Boalsburg Marks Memorial Day Weekend with Celebrations, RemembranceIt all gets started Thursday night with the Boalsburg Fire Company Carnival, which will be held on the carnival grounds behind Station 3 through Monday (see below for times)., Chocolate-Filled Weekend Ahead – Racine County Eye Colorful, Chocolate-Filled Weekend AheadThis 30th anniversary celebration of the city’s chocolate making heritage includes a chocolate carving competition, chef demonstrations, live music, a carnival midway, petting zoo and the Miss Burlington pageant. Virginia Three Rivers Festival features pepperoni rolls, music, rides, a parade and more – The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration) West Virginia Three Rivers Festival features pepperoni rolls, music, rides, a parade and moreThe event has become a big draw at the West Virginia Three Rivers Festival, which kicked off unofficially Wednesday with the carnival, from 6 to 9 p.m., and then which officially gets underway with the Grand Feature Parade at 6 p.m. season: Just how safe are those rides? – Carnival season: Just how safe are those rides?It was her oldest son’s 12th birthday, so she thought a carnival would be the perfect place to celebrate. Jarrett admitted, though, she sometimes gets nervous about her kids “flying out” of the rides. park risks nearly impossible to know – New York Daily News Amusement park risks nearly impossible to knowSo as kids and families prepare to pour into amusement parks nationwide, even the most eager thrill-seeker has to wonder: How do you know you’re safe? For the most part, you …. Lake Park opens with water fun, without Blue Streak The lazy river water park was scheduled to open at noon along with the amusement rides, but its opening was delayed until 4 p.m. because of a scheduling glitch in making sure there were enough lifeguards on duty. best new theme park rides “In terms of virtual reality, this has the chance to revolutionize the roller coaster experience,” said Colleen Mangone, director of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. parking, heavy traffic at Pungo Strawberry Fest In addition to an assortment of strawberry food items, the festival includes live bands, carnival rides, petting zoo, face painting and other activities. For more information on the family-friendly event, click here. carnival at Canalside This is the second year for the carnival at Canalside. There are more than 17 amusement rides, games, music and food. The carnival is Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. Days events will be held June 2-5; see video Festival hours will be Thursday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.‘The Joker’ ride reopens at Six Flags Great Adventure after malfunction Saturday, ‘The Joker’ makes its official public debut. The ride takes inspiration from the chaos created by Batman’s infamous nemesis, incorporating the unpredictable spinning of carnival rides into a modern roller coaster. Lake Park marks start of 125th year with reopening of water park “It brings a lot of people here who use the amusement park. We’re hoping they use the water park.” The water park, which has a lazy river inner tube water ride, kiddie pool and a water slide, hasn’t been operational since the mid-2000s. Eyerly: The man who invented the amusement park rides you love Many people enjoy amusement parks and rides as part of their holiday entertainment. Beaches oftentimes have amusement piers where you can ride everything from baby rides up to thrilling roller coasters. But how much do you know about those rides? annual Gabriel Richard Downriver Days Festival to offer new rides, activities With thrill rides, big “kiddie” rides and family rides wrapping around the school, there will be something for everyone among the 19 options from Wade Shows, this year’s new carnival company. market bouncy castle will not return According to the organization, the TSSA’s Amusement Device Safety program regulates amusement rides in Ontario to ensure all amusement devices conform to the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000 and applicable regulations, codes and standards. year at Multnomah County Fair – camel rides! – East PDX News This year at Multnomah County Fair – camel rides!Cool-but-sunny weather for the opening day of the 2016 Multnomah County Fair on Saturday, May 28, boosted attendance as families from all over the greater Portland area drove to historic, nonprofit Oaks Amusement Park for a day of fun. Fair helps kids have fun, interact with first responders But other than speeding up the melting of some shaved ice, the weather couldn’t stop the Safety Fair at Clarksburg City Park from being a success. The annual event is organized by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. County Fair’s top official quits but event moves forward – Chicago Daily Herald Lake County Fair’s top official quits but event moves forwardThe Lake County Fair Association will be without a chief executive heading into the biggest event of the year, but officials say operations are on track for the 88th annual county fair later this summer. Fair Cares – NTV State Fair CaresShowing that the “State Fair Cares”, two non-profit organizations will be selected to set up at the fair, and the fair will match up to $10,000 in donations. Church all swagger and smiles, Darius Rucker thanks Les Miles at Bayou Country Superfest Rucker officially came to country music in 2008 with the release of “Learn to Live,” and he’s since offered four albums with that focus. “No matter what genre of music you work in,” he noted, “a great song is a great song. impression: Little Big Town’s One of Those Days That’s not to say that I think the group is predictable – their last album Pain Killer was their most experimental yet – but Little Big Town have consistently served up songs that are perfect for the Country music landscape. Taste of Country Music Festival Lineup: Kid Rock – Taste of Country 2016 Music Festival Lineup: Kid RockIt’s going to be one crazy party when Kid Rock brings his high-energy stage show to the 2016 Music Festival in June. The festival is set to take place from June 10-12 in Hunter Mountain, N.Y.


News May 28 2016 a camel at Multnomah County Fair Want to ride on a camel without leaving Portland? Be sure to check out the 110th annual Multnomah County Fair, coming to Oaks Park this weekend. Camel rides and a beer and wine garden are new attractions this year. County Fair : New coordinator, events, rides, attractions, more – The Mountain -Ear The Mountain Gilpin County Fair : New coordinator, events, rides, attractions, moreThe Mountain bull riding black Heather Pearce, Gilpin County. Mark your calendars and get excited for the 24th annual Gilpin County Fair, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21. County Fair announces 2016 theme, dinosaur attraction and newest fried food – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin LA County Fair announces 2016 theme, dinosaur attraction and newest fried foodDr. Michael Ortiz, interim president and CEO of the L.A. County Fair, said the Our Body: The Universe Within exhibition with “200 uniquely preserved human specimens” would likely be one of the most popular attractions because of its past history. to Your Ears: Downtown’s best summer shows – Billings Gazette Music to Your Ears: Downtown’s best summer showsOriginally an agricultural and educational fair, MontanaFair has expanded to include bands both nationally and locally known, as well as supercross, PRCA Pro Rodeo and a carnival midway. Fair to take hiatus – The Livingston County News Caledonia Fair to take hiatus“Out of necessity, we eliminated the carnival rides. We couldn’t … By eliminating the midway rides and games, the fair board has committed that money to hosting two of the most popular and well attended fair events over the summer months. Prospect Jaycees Cancel Carnival – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online Mount Prospect Jaycees Cancel CarnivalMount Prospect Jaycees Cancel Carnival. Story · Comments · Image (2). ShareShare; Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Previous Next. 2016 features sweet eats, music, a hypnotist and more Family-oriented activities include lumberjack and fireworks shows, carnival rides and a variety of games, contests and chef demonstrations. And, at the heart of it all is that ever-popular confection — chocolate. County Fair has the exhibits, but let’s find the deep-fryer The fair will run through Memorial Day and is expected to entertain … cotton candy and deep-fried everything.

Arts & entertainment news May 26-June 1 This annual event features carnival rides, a midway, memorial services for veterans, Gospel sings, raffles and more. • May 27-June 4. Annual event with carnival rides, a midway, memorial services for veterans, Gospel sings, raffles, more.

Arts & entertainment news May 26-June 1 This annual event features carnival rides, a midway, memorial services for veterans, Gospel sings, raffles and more. • May 27-June 4. Annual event with carnival rides, a midway, memorial services for veterans, Gospel sings, raffles, more. Ride Opening Date Set, Disney’s Star Wars Fireworks, More Theme Park News The Frozen ride — based on the hit movie of the same name — at the Norway Pavilion in Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot amusement park will officially open to the public on June 21. Fast Passes for the new ride are now on sale. Vista prepares to salute summer The annual Salute to Summer Festival in La Vista kicks off Memorial Day weekend– and it’s going to be busy. They have events, carnival ride, food, games and all the fun you can fit into a weekend. On Friday, the carnival runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Rockford to host 48th annual Start of Summer Celebration Sponsored by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature food, crafts, carnival rides, musical and other performances, a movie, races, church service and fireworks. the fun can begin, operators, state inspectors check carnival rides’ safety – Omaha World-Herald Omaha WorldBefore the fun can begin, operators, state inspectors check carnival rides’ safetyOmaha WorldBefore any amusement rides may operate in Nebraska, state inspectors are supposed to see whether they are being operated in the manner detailed in the manufacturer’s handbook, Cantrell said. Family Festival Come early and save a seat! Want to take a peek at the acts planned? Go to http://sjnfreetown. state inspections for carnival rides in Alabama – Anniston Star No state inspections for carnival rides in AlabamaIn states like Georgia, the fire marshal is responsible for inspecting carnivals and fairs.’s happening in Annapolis and the surrounding area On Memorial Day, the carnival opens at 4 p.m., with the annual parade starting at 5 p.m. pride: Spirit Festival marking three decades of fun in Dearborn Heights Wednesday, June 1 — Sneak Preview Night Amusement rides, 4 to 11 p.m. (Pay one price of $16 until 10 p.m. out the first day of Fiesta Days carnival She vigorously nodded her head when asked if she likes carnival rides. “I got creeped out,” said Blood, who had got on the plane just after watching his sister ride the Zipper. Still, he was in good spirits. of carnival in Anniston has faced criminal, civil cases over injuries in North Carolina, Pennsylvania Joshua Macaroni, who worked for his family’s business, Family Attractions Amusement of Valdosta, Ga., was sentenced in February to 30 days in jail on a charge related to an incident in which one of his rides injured four people in North Carolina in 2013. you need to know about the Pungo Strawberry Festival The parade is 10 a.m. Saturday. Wristbands for the carnival can be purchased May 27 only. fun day! Nicole Richie and Joel Madden treat their children to a day at famed Santa Monica Pier’s seaside carnival rides and other beachside activities. While in was a little cold for a change in LA on Wednesday, the foursome made the most of things rugging up so they could still enjoy the seaside carnival and other actives on the pier.


News Thursday May 26 2016 looking for private operator for NY State Fair – WXXI News State looking for private operator for NY State FairNew York State government could be getting out of the fair business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a privatization task force to look at the ways a private sector developer can help run the New York State Fair. State Fair will replace cash with a prepaid, nonexpiring pass The 50th State Fair has officially entered the 21st century. For the first time ever, guests won’t need cash to pay for admission to the annual multiweekend event at Aloha Stadium. looking for private operator for NY State Fair – WRVO Public Media TWC NewsState looking for private operator for NY State FairNew York State government could be getting out of the fair business. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched a privatization task force to look at the ways a private sector developer can help run the New York State Fair. State Fair announces entertainment lineup – UP State Fair announces entertainment lineup(WLUC) The entertainment acts for the U.P. State Fair have been announced. They include some old favorites and new shows. Heartland State Fair starts tomorrow – The Daily Advertiser Cajun Heartland State Fair starts tomorrowThe Cajun Heartland State Fair starts Thursday. If you plan on heading over to the 11-day event, here are a few things you should know: Parking is $10 every day. If you leave and come back, you will have to pay the fee again. The fair opens at 5 p. Reality and Interactivity Dominate New Theme Park Rides Also at Disney, the new shopping, dining and entertainment center at Disney Springs offers four neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center. Disney Springs is also hosting a Cirque du Soleil show. From the top Conner Family Amusements of Beardstown set up carnival rides Wednesday in the northeast corner of the park. The rides and food and game vendors will be in operation from 5 to 10 p.m. today and Friday and from 1 to 4 p. parks are where families go for summer fun Ever since the invention of the carousel in 18th century Europe and the introduction of the Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, rides have become a staple of summer fun. brings fun rides, family time Admission was free and visitors had the opportunity to purchase unlimited carnival rides for $8 a day. “Maynia is designed to provide fun for our service members, their families, and celebrate spring. Firemen’s Carnival Kicks Off The Jessup Hose Company’s annual carnival opened up at 6 p.m. with rides, games, and lots of good food. The carnival runs through Memorial Day, and as always, it coincides with the borough’s popular St.


50th State Fair honors military with free admission on Memorial Day

The 50th State Fair kicks off this weekend at Aloha Stadium and runs through June 26.

Highlights include the Anastasini Circus, which features high-wire performers, aerial acts, costume magic, and illusions by performers from Italy, Russia, Mexico, Columbia, Bulgaria, and the U.S.

A new ride called the Equinox will also be unveiled, providing riders with controlled flips while rotating 50 feet above the ground.


Wednesday News May 25 2016 track opens for Disney World’s Toy Story Midway Mania – Theme Park Insider Third track opens for Disney World’s Toy Story Midway ManiaDisney announced last year that it would add a third track to the ride, where visitors play a series of carnival-inspired video games featuring the Toy Story characters. Eventually, Midway Mania will become part of Hollywood Studios’ new Toy Story Land. of the Lakes Offers Carnival Mega Pass in 2016 Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation and Modern Midways are pleased to announce the return of the carnival Mega Pass for use at the 13th Annual Festival of the Lakes. Village Fair rolls into town June 2-5 The 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair & Carnival rolls into town next weekend, offering new rides and events for the whole family to enjoy. Sponsored by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, the fair runs June 2-5. Costa County Fair celebrates area’s heritage – East Bay Times Contra Costa County Fair celebrates area’s heritage”I think what brings people to the fair is the safe, family-fun atmosphere we provide while still showcasing everything that Contra Costa County has to offer,” Robert Williamson, CEO/Fair manager said. and about at the Calaveras County Fair – Calaveras Enterprise Out and about at the Calaveras County FairAlthough skies looked threatening at times on Saturday, the weather didn’t dampen enthusiasm of fairgoers as they rode a rollercoaster at the Calaveras County Fair. Out and about at the Calaveras County Fair. Enterprise photo by Shasta Garcia. season kicks off Saturday You have to weigh the good and the bad.” Myers said the carnival is celebrating business as usual, with the same classic collection of rides, foods and events throughout the week.’s annual Memorial Day weekend carnival kicks off Thursday Greenport Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day Carnival begins this Thursday. The carnival, which will feature pay-one-price specials, games, rides and food, will take place at the Polo Grounds on Moores Lane. Catherine’s Carnival Kicks Off June 2 Featuring Wrist Band Thursday – St. Catherine’s Carnival Kicks Off June 2 Featuring Wrist Band ThursdayEach year, thousands of revelers come from throughout the area to enjoy the St. Catherine’s Carnival midway games, thrilling rides, delicious food, and so much more. Spring Fair packs midway fun into fairground – CHEK Luxton Spring Fair packs midway fun into fairgroundThere was no rodeo, for the second year in a row, but the Luxton Fair was still busy as kids took turns on the rides and games. Langford’s Luxton Fairgrounds is full of carnival midway rides, games, heritage displays and antique farm equipment. best new US roller coasters for 2016 according to the IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook 2015-2019 report. The competition to keep fans coming back is intense. Six Flags is opening more than 30 new rides across the country this year, a company spokeswoman confirmed. Carnival Rides Are Flight Simulators in Disguise – Atlas Obscura Classic Carnival Rides Are Flight Simulators in DisguiseIt was a hit, and orders from the operators of fairs and carnivals started rushing in. The contraption, which would be re-named the Acroplane, became a thrill ride—the first of a series of iconic Eyerly-created rides. Fest brings the heat to Gonzales Also on-site will be crafts and souvenirs for sale. Carnival rides get started Thursday and last through the weekend. Music, always a staple for the festival, will be performed on two stages and inside the Gonzales Civic Center. GroveFest 2016 Carnival Ride Specials It’s once again that time of year when school is ending, the temperatures are rising, the sun is out and Rotary GroveFest is around the corner. Set up for Jessup Hose Company Carnival JESSUP — Everything is set for the start of an annual firemen’s carnival in Lackawanna County. The rides are up and food carts in place for the Jessup Hose Company Carnival. The carnival kicks off on Wednesday and runs through Memorial Day. carnival kicks off at Danbury Fair mall The carnival offers rides, games, food and live entertainment, including aerial performances, puppet shows, and funny cars, according to a release. Prices are four tickets for $5, 22 tickets for $20, or unlimited rides for $25. annual Blue Crab Festival The 28th annual Blue Crab Festival takes place Friday through Monday in downtown Palatka. The festival features carnival rides, live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors along Palatka’s newly renovated riverfront. The festival runs 5 p.m. Fun: Odenton carnival kicks off summer this week Enjoy carnival games, carnival rides, carnival food – it’s a small town carnival at its very best. Buy a $25 all you can ride bracelet and have fun! The Carnival opens at 5:30 p.m. to host country music festival featuring Big & Rich – The Tennessean Fontanel to host country music festival featuring Big & RichThe Fontanel will host a country music festival in celebration of Memorial Day featuring some of Nashville’s biggest acts. Called Camp Nash, the all-day event begins at 11 a.m. Watt joins Erin andrews to host 2016 CMT Music Awards “There are two things that I know about the people of Nashville…they love country music and they know how to throw a party. When you put those two things together, it makes for one heck of a night”, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year said. Star Charlie Daniels Doesn’t Think Iran Has ‘Met America’ You might have met our fresh-faced, flower child president and his weak-kneed, Ivy League friends, but you haven’t met America,” country music singer Charlie Daniels said. Seventy-nine-year-old Daniels isn’t a fan of Iran nor President Obama. Wing County Board: Another year, still no beer For the second year in a row, the Crow Wing County Board modified a liquor license to prevent the sale of beer at the county fair. the Martin County Fair? – WPBF West Palm Beach Moving the Martin County Fair?AS WHITNEY BURBANK TELLS US IT COULD TAKE YEARS BEFORE A FINAL DECISION IS MADE. >> THIS FAIR WAS DESIGNED PEOPLE. CLEARLY WE’VE OUTGROWN IT. released for the 2016 Wicomico County Fair – WMDT Dates released for the 2016 Wicomico County FairThe Wicomico County Fair serves to showcase the importance of agriculture on the Eastern Shore in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. to perform at Columbia County Fair CHATHAM >> Country music group Lonestar will be the headline entertainment at the 2016 Columbia County Fair, performing one show at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in front of the fairground’s grandstand. State Fair hiring more than 600 seasonal positions – WISH-TV WISHIndiana State Fair hiring more than 600 seasonal positionsWISH“How many seasonal jobs get you into the State Fair every day, where people come to have fun,” asked Mark Anderson, Human Resources Director. Fair announces annual pie bake-off – The Montgomery Herald State Fair announces annual pie bake-offThe person receiving the most votes for a particular county will be invited to participate in the contest at the State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 13. All nominations must be received by the fair office no later than June 6. fair still pondering racetrack’s fate, how to pay for $40 million ‘wish list’ – Hutchinson News State fair still pondering racetrack’s fate, how to pay for $40 million ‘wish list’The future of the Kansas State Fair racetrack still is uncertain. For now, fair board members continue discussing their wish list for the fair’s future. Day Watchfire, Shearing Festival: 9 things to do this weekend in CNY 6. Empire State Boer Goat Show In the Goat, Llama & Swine Barn, watch a sanctioned meat goat competition for boer goats registered in the American Boer Goat Association. Where: NYS Fairgrounds at 581 State Fair Blvd. When: 9 a. new members appointed to fair board She is a Republican. Their appointments do not require state Senate confirmation, and there is no compensation. “We’re looking forward to having two new board members,” Stacey Dodge, Mother Lode Fair manager and CEO, said Tuesday. Fair still mulling racetrack’s fate, how to pay for $40 million ‘wish list’ – Hutchinson News State Fair still mulling racetrack’s fate, how to pay for $40 million ‘wish list’Fairgoers make their way along Cottonwood Avenue during the Kansas State Fair on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. to make announcement at NY State Fair on Wednesday He better wear a hardhat.


County Fair News Mon May 23 2016 County Fair planning well underway – Lake County Fair planning well underwayCROWN POINT —The Lake County Fair Board has its schedule firmed up for the August fair and it features a variety of contests, competitions and new attractions. The 164th edition of the Lake County Fair runs Aug. 5 through 14 on the Crown Point grounds. hosts wanted for Benton County Fair – Corvallis Gazette Times Teen hosts wanted for Benton County FairBenton County is recruiting teen hosts for this year’s Benton County Fair & Rodeo.‘Broom Guy’ honored at walk, fair And next month, he will be honored again with a “Jim Richter Night” at the Marion County Fair. Just three months after Richter worried about his future, he says with a hint of his well-honed sense of humor, life is looking up again. Bernardino County Fair kicks off 2016 run in Victorville – San Bernardino County Sun San Bernardino County Fair kicks off 2016 run in VictorvilleVICTORVILLE >> It’s time for some deep-fried fun. The San Bernardino County Fair kicked off its 2016 run Saturday afternoon at the High Desert Event Center. The fair runs through May 30 at the fairgrounds 14800 Seventh St. County Fair picks new site, but relocation uncertain – TCPalm Martin County Fair picks new site, but relocation uncertainThe Martin County Fairgrounds pictured on Feb. 11, just before the start of the 9 day event. In addition to rides and food stands, the fair offered livestock competitions, concerts, and a Mardi Gras parade. (LEAH VOSS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS). Host Hemp and Cannabis Event In a way it looked like a small business expo or county fair. Except that just a year ago many of the products on display would have been illegal. County Fair canceled – Bluefield Daily Telegraph McDowell County Fair canceledFair organizers say poor crowd attendance at past fairs was a reason for canceling this summer’s festival. 12 San Diego County Fair foods When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And then you fry it, if you’re at the San Diego County Fair. Diego County Fair: Mad About the Fair – CBS 8 San Diego San Diego County Fair: Mad About the FairAlmost time for the @SDFair! Got a preview of the food today:) cbs8 #SanDiego Night June 11 At Lawrence County Fairgrounds (BEDFORD) – Safe Night 2016 will be June 11th at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m.till 10 p.m. McBride to perform at Boone County Fair BOONE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) — The Boone County Fair is only a few months away and multiple Grammy-nominee Martina McBride is set to perform on Saturday August 13 at 8:00 p.m. out! Deep-fried bacon bombs coming to San Diego County Fair – 10News Look out! Deep-fried bacon bombs coming to San Diego County FairThe San Diego County Fair is becoming famous for its gut-busting deep-fried concoctions. Fried Lemonade To Lasagna Sandwich: 11 Calorie Bombs At San Diego County Fair If it fits in a deep fryer, someone somewhere at the San Diego County Fair will probably be selling it. This year’s fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds opens June 3 and ends July 4 (full schedule here). kicks of 70th county fair – KFSN-TV KFSNChowchilla kicks of 70th county fairKFSNThe rides are rolling, food is frying and the gates are open for a north valley fair celebrating it’s 70th year. Country nights and carnival lights are the theme of this year’s Chowchilla Madera County Fair.


Strawberry Festival lineup announced: three nights of fireworks, local bands and more, June 16 through 19 – SoutholdLOCAL

The Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival will feature performances by local bands and three nights of fireworks this year.

Held every year on Father’s Day weekend, the festival draws thousands with its hulling night, strawberry shortcakes, crowning ceremony, carnival rides and more.

The event kicks off on Thursday, June 16 when there will be free admission courtesy of Kolb Mechanical Services and Ammirati’s of Love Lane (only rides, midway and food court will be open). There will also be no admission charge for fathers on Father’s Day when accompanied by a ticket-holding child.


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Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually. It is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwestern United States and is Chicago's number one tourist attraction. History The Navy Pier opened to the public on July 15, 1916. It was originally named "Municipal Pier", the pier was built by Charles Sumner Frost, a nationally-known architect. The pier's design was based on Daniel Burham's "Master Plan of Chicago." Originally the Navy Pier was to be a dock for freights, passenger traffic and a space for indoor and outdoor recreation for the public. Many events were held at the pier, such as expositions, pageants and other types of entertainment. In the summer of 1918 the pier was also used as a jail for draft dodgers. In 1927, the pier was renamed Navy Pier to honor the naval veterans who served in the First World War. In 1941, during World War II the pier became a training center for the Navy. About 10,000 people worked, trained and resided there. The pier contained a 2,500-seat theater, gym, 12-chair barber shop, tailor, cobbler shops, soda fountain and a vast kitchen and hospital. In 1946, as the Navy was winding down from its mission, the University of Illinois at Chicago held classes at the pier. Though the maximum capacity was exceeded the school outgrew the pier and the university relocated to Circle Campus. After the university left, the Navy Pier became underutilized. In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened and increased commercial shipping activity at the pier for a short amount of time, though business died down and left for more modern facilities at Lake Calumet. In 1976 the East End buildings got renovated and for a brief period the pier was alive again and home to summer events, such as ChicagoFest, though the Pier struggled to stay maintained and went into decline. In 1989, the City of Chicago had the Urban Land Institute contrive uses for the pier. Then, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority was created, it’s responsibility was to manage and operate the Navy Pier as well as the McCormick Place. The MPEA undertook the redevelopment of the pier incorporating some of ULI’s recommendations. In 1995, the Navy Pier was redesigned and introduced to the public as the mixed-use retail, dining, entertainment, and cultural venue. Today, the pier is undergoing another renovation. Starting in 2014, the redevelopment plan called The Centennial Vision was implemented. The purpose of this plan is to fulfill the mission to keep Navy Pier a world-class public space and to renovate the pier so it will have more evening and year-round entertainment, more compelling landscape and design features. Most construction is finished, yet The Centennial Vision should be completed by summer 2016 Attractions Navy Pier attractions include sightseeing tours from companies such as Seadog Ventures, Shoreline Sightseeing cruises and Water Taxi service, and the Tall Ship Windy. There are also dinner cruises by Entertainment Cruises, on their ships the Spirit of Chicago, The Odyssey II, and the Mystic Blue. The Pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer and Saturday nights during the fall. Navy Pier hosts the PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest from December through January. There is an indoor ice skating rink, as well as shopping and dining in Festival Hall. There are many outdoor attractions at the Navy Pier Park, such as the Pepsi Wave Swinger, Light Tower Ride, Remote Control Boats and the Carousel. Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze is also on the pier. It is a self-paced, full sensory maze experience where you navigate your way through 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Crystal Gardens is a one acre, botanical garden inside the pier. It is a six story glass atrium with a 50 foot arched ceiling. Many events are held here. The Chicago Children's Museum is a part of Navy Pier, with many different exhibits and activities for both children and adults to enjoy while visiting the museum. The Pier also has an IMAX theater. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, a theater that recreates Shakespeare's productions. The Pepsi Skyline stage venue is also at the pier. It seats 1,500 and hosts a variety of live events including music, theater, comedy and acrobatic spectacles from summer through early fall. There is lots of outdoor art such as the anchor from the naval vessel USS Chicago (CA-136/CG-11) which is on display at the far end of the includes a statue of actor Bob Newhart on a couch as on The Bob Newhart Show, the Captain On The Helm statue dedicated to maritime captains, and the Crack the Whip sculpture of eight children at play holding hands by J. Seward Johnson Jr. The Ferris Wheel is under construction and will reopen May 27, 2016. A new model was selected and purchased—the DW60—from Dutch Wheels, the Netherlands-based company that built the Pier’s current wheel. The state-of-the-art DW60 will be the first and only one of its kind in the U.S. with similar wheels currently in operation in Hong Kong and Baku, Azerbaijan. Significant features include two-sided cars that allow for easy loading and unloading, a fortified structure to withstand winds of 115 miles per hour, and safety glass capable of weathering intense storms. Plans for renovation This is the iconic Navy Pier wheel which was put to retirement on 27th September 2015 Musical carousel Efforts to update Navy Pier for the twenty-first century began, on January 13, 2006, when the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority released a proposal for a major renovation of the Pier, which including a monorail, a 260-foot (79 m) spokeless Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, floating hotel, and a water park with a Great Lakes theme. The plan would have included nearly double the current parking and a replacement theater with a greater capacity. At the time of the announcement, a price tag of $2 billion was announced. Subsequently, following the reorganization of the agency that runs Navy Pier and McCormick Place, a new study was commissioned to reinvigorate the upgrade process. The new study, by the Urban Land Institute, was released on November 11, 2010, and recommended a more modest set of enhancements aimed at retaining the Pier's role as a public space, rather than turning it into a theme park. Suggested elements include a concert venue, an enlarged Chicago Shakespeare Theater space, new restaurants, a renovated commercial area around the Pier's entrance, and additional park-like features to bring people closer to the lake. More grandiose possibilities, including the enlarged Ferris wheel and a hotel, are mentioned as more remote possibilities. In March 2012, a competition led to selection of a design concept presented by a team led by James Corner of James Corner Field Operations that focuses on the Pier's role as a waterfront promenade. In 2013 the Authority announced plans to carry out the first elements of a streamlined version of that concept, with reworked streetscape and a wider pedestrian space, moving tour-boat moorings to improve the view from a new central stairway centered on the Ferris wheel. Work began during the winter of 2013–2014, with completion expected by Summer 2015. A new Ferris wheel for the pier was announced on June 23, 2015. It will be 196 feet (60 m) tall, 46 feet (14 m) taller than its predecessor. Rides will be twelve minutes instead of seven and feature three revolutions. The new wheel will have brighter lights and is expected to open in May 2016

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