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Australian Amusement Fanatics • Information on rides
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Information on rides

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:27 am
by Steve07
Hi, i was wondering do showmen have to booked their spot where they set up and camp and stuff in advance for shows??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:52 pm
by benclare
Yes and depending on the show or event, it can be quite a process, especially when bidding for space at a capital city show.

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:41 pm
by Steve07
oh really, do they have to bid for the space, what happens if you lose it, what happens next and is that the same for regional shows as well??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:54 pm
by benclare
In the case of capital city shows, operators fill out a lot of paperwork and pay a fee to submit an expression of interest to have their attraction at the Show. It is usually up to the Exhibit Manager at the Royal Agricultural Societies to decide what is accepted and what will ultimately appear at a Royal Show. Then once the rides are on site, they are fully checked and certified by organisations such as Work Cover and are then free to operate. I understand the RAS receives a certain percentage of the takings from each ride but I don't know how much this is.

The above mentioned process is also in place for smaller agricultural shows although the ride line-up at each event rests far more with the Showmans Guild of Australaysia rather than the local show society. For nonshow events, rides are hired by local councils, schools for fates etc.

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:22 pm
by Steve07
okay, ahh thats what they have to do, so do you know if there is a limit for types of rides that are allow at a show like for an example like if a lot of Thrill rides wanted the places and there was not enough of the kiddie and family rides??
how do you know whats coming in rides at shows is there a ride list of whats going to show up at a show, how can i find out??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:46 pm
by benclare
Capital city shows definitely have a carnival layout which features certain types of rides. For example, most will feature an inverted ride like Hangover or Ranger, a Rainbow like attraction, Wave Swinger, Dogem Cars, Ferris Wheel and of course kiddy attractions. A roller coaster is also a given for the Easter Show and probably others as well. A good example of this type of layout is when a particular ride like Ranger isn't available, it is replaced with something similar, in this case Hangover. Regional shows don't necessarily follow this type of structure, hence the huge number of Dogem Cars and several types of the same ride appearing in the same carnival.

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:57 pm
by Steve07
hmm.. thats very interesting how they layout a royal show, so that would mean the EKKA would be similar to the layouts other royal shows have?? In my life i havent been to a capital city show and would love to go to one.. i notice when i visited the Fraser Coast show (Maryborough QLD) last year they had 2 inverted rides (Hangover, Gill's Kamikaze) there, is it common to have 2 or more of the same type ride at a regional show?? I know ive never seen the same type ride at Gympie but yeah like you said we get alot of dogem cars at Gympie every year.. whys alot of dogem cars seen alot at regional shows these days is it because its cheap to run??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:11 pm
by Tayz

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:07 am
by Top Gunner14
And cause they're one of the top earners at a show, anyone can ride them...

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:00 pm
by Steve07
okay... thats true.. so are showmen allow to set up like a week or 2 before the show actually starts or is there a time limit to when they are to set up at a showground??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:57 pm
by HUSSRAINBOW
Usually the showgrounds have certain times when the rides can "bump in" and when you have a show close to each other (adelaide and melbourne) it's pretty much, pack up in adelaide, bump out and head to melbourne to set up. Times are just allocated because other exhibits and livestock also need to be driven in and out.

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:41 pm
by Steve07
ahh okay, so if a show decided to change its dates to a later week on the same time as another show would it ruin it for the other show thats on the same day because thats whats happen to the Gympie QLD one, Ipswich QLD has changed the dates this year to our show weekend??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:30 pm
by Zamperla
Gee BenClare for someone who doesn't work as a showie you sure seem pretty spot-on and have a good way of explaining it :)

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 9:28 pm
by Steve07
so anyway im just wondering will they ever bring back the sky lifts to the EKKA one year or is it gone forever??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Sat May 05, 2012 7:23 am
by Force10
They are gone forever.

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 12:16 pm
by Steve07
o well... do the rides we see in capital city's go to regional shows when they arent on or do they only do captial city shows??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 3:56 pm
by Top Gunner14
Correct... there is a clone of every ride that does a capital show. They get stored away at Kennard's self storage when the capitals aren't on then then the clone's only travel doing the regionals

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:37 pm
by princess
:lol:

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:55 am
by Hardrock
I like that TG :lol:

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:18 pm
by Monkeypie
:lol:

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:05 pm
by Steve07
whats the biggest regional show in Queensland??

Re: Information on rides

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:42 am
by islander
the biggest regional show in qld is townsville