Presenting the Tailgate Entertainer Podcast!

Tailgate Entertainer is a podcast about the fair industry and the exciting people involved in it. It exists to help those involved in the industry succeed by sharing years of collected wisdom. You will not find a more eclectic mix of people in the world than those that work at fairs. The exciting journeys, lessons, and humorous anecdotes are woven together here to provide encouragement, education and support for the industry.

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Welcome to Tailgate Entertainer! I’m your host, Alan Bruess. This show is all about the fair industry and the really exciting people involved in it.  After working in the industry for 23 years myself, I am thrilled to share some of the most entertaining stories I have ever heard from some of the most wonderful people on this planet.   

 In 2016 we featured a number of performing artists and fair managers.  In 2017 we will hear from food concessionaires, fair board members, talent buyers, and commercial vendors.  

If this is your first time checking out the show, welcome! For the best experience, go back to the very first episode and start listening! If you have suggestions on how to make the show better, please feel free to send me an e-mail through the website.  I would love to hear from you!

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Podcast Reviews

  • Fascinating stories!
    December 29, 2017 by Nickname_MRK from United States

    Allen Bruess has assembled SUCH an amazing collection of stories from all kinds of entertainers in the fair industry. Stories that are touching, hilarious and unexpected. Really enjoyed the Terry Fator one. Well done and looking forward to more!

  • Fantastic Depth
    March 8, 2017 by MagicBoy_Robert from United States

    One of the best features of Alan's podcast is that he regularly goes for depth, not width. So he really gets into a subject with his guests. Fantastic information.

  • Great host!
    December 16, 2016 by Amanda of The World Wanderers from Canada

    This is a really fun podcast with a great host! Thanks for an awesome show, Alan 🙂

  • Entertaining!
    December 9, 2016 by Henry Lopez @ How of Business from United States

    Great show, and it's definitely much more that a show for performers! Particularly enjoyed one of your earlier episode where you share how you overcame your fear of public speaking. Keep it going Alan!

  • Cool!
    December 9, 2016 by Can't get enough!!! Thank you! from United States

    This show is great! Love the concept and different interviews shared! Love the bugs episode.