51: It’s a Wrap

51: It’s a Wrap

Take a walk in the lives of people who live, breathe, and sleep the fair industry. Today we are going to spend quality time with people who have insight from fair managing, food vending, and performing arts. Tune into your Tailgate Entertainers last episode for the...
50: Kids in the Biz

50: Kids in the Biz

As important as the food vendors and the rides are, the fair business wouldn’t be the same without the kids involved. Not only do the children’s high spirits create the atmosphere, but their hard work and tenacity and an integral part of the structure of the fair. Not...
49: Foodies – Kim Barr & Daryl Whicheloe

49: Foodies – Kim Barr & Daryl Whicheloe

You could operate a fair without a carnival, it might be less fun, but it is achievable. You could probably also run a fair without entertainment, but it isn’t advised. What you couldn’t host a fair without, is food vendors. Food vendors are the anchor of the fair....
48: Elisa Hays – Connecting with the Heart

48: Elisa Hays – Connecting with the Heart

Pain and suffering are always topics pushed under the rug, but what people have failed to inform you is, oblivion is not bliss. Today we are going to sweep it all out from under the rug and hit the topics that are, more often than not, avoided. Feelings of...
46: Balloonacy with Dennis Forel

46: Balloonacy with Dennis Forel

Time, money, travel, and experiences are all a few things we have in common. In the fair industry, it takes a lot of investment in all of the following. But, a few special things about our guest today is his constant great spirits, his classy behavior, enthusiasm in...
45: Evacuation Centers for Lake Oroville Dam

45: Evacuation Centers for Lake Oroville Dam

Today’s episode is different than our normal episodes. We have so many friends in California that are being affected by the evacuations for the Lake Oroville Dam, and the Fair Industry as a whole is stepping up to the plate to offer help. Today Alan talks with 3...
44: Remedy for Hate

44: Remedy for Hate

With everything that’s been going on in today’s media, it’s easy to feel bombarded by the hate and negativity. It’s hard to say whether this is a new conflict, or if we’re simply becoming more in tune to the situation. Join your tailgate entertainer, Alan Bruess, on...
43: The Talent Behind the Talent with Jerry Ross

43: The Talent Behind the Talent with Jerry Ross

Today, we are going to take a look at a new and exciting angle of the fair industry. We’ve ventured through many different aspects of vendors, managers, and various performing artists. Today, we are going to take a walk in the shoes of the person who finds all the...
42: A Class Act – Chris Whatley

42: A Class Act – Chris Whatley

Just like every other industry, the fair industry is all about connections. But, the special thing about this industry is that everyone is willing to support and help one another. Now, who doesn’t want to participate in that?    Today we are going to listen to and...
41: Behind the Scenes with Heather Hansen

41: Behind the Scenes with Heather Hansen

When people think of the fair, they think of all the exciting things in the spotlight. Sometimes we fail to notice all the things behind the scenes that make that excitement happen. All the hard work, planning, and orchestrating goes unnoticed. Today, take a look...
40: Dianne Linderman: Everything That Matters

40: Dianne Linderman: Everything That Matters

The fair industry is typically stereotyped into a finite variety of things. Ranging from clowns, to corndogs, to cotton candy, to Ferris wheels. Join your Tailgate Entertainer, Allen Bruce, in digger deeper into exploring the entrepreneurship involved in the fair...
39: A Solution to Your Business Problem with Thomas Rock Lindsay

39: A Solution to Your Business Problem with Thomas Rock Lindsay

Would you like to be more savvy about the best type of structure for your business? Or are you unsure about whether someone doing work for you is an employee or an independent contractor? If so, listen in to today’s episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan...
38: Lessons and Direction

38: Lessons and Direction

Today we are kicking off our last episode of 2016, it’s going to be a bit of a short one, but a good one. If you haven’t heard our show before, we are all about the fair industry. Also, here is a message to some of the fair boards, we asked on our Facebook what you...
36: Terry Fator – Focus!

36: Terry Fator – Focus!

If you have talent, as yet untapped, or you love watching performers do their thing at fairs, Terry Fator will certainly inspire you. Whether or not you are in the fair industry, you will love Terry. Listen to his down to earth approach to becoming successful as he...
35: Karla Majewski – Crickets for Dinner?

35: Karla Majewski – Crickets for Dinner?

This week, we have Karla Majewski to tell us about her animal business. She and her family live on 4 acres in California with almost 200 exotic animals. For nearly 3 decades, her company, Pacific Animal Productions, has been helping to conserve wildlife and endangered...
34: The Mentor, Marty Davis

34: The Mentor, Marty Davis

Welcome to a conversation with my friend, Marty Davis. Marty has been in the fair industry longer than anyone I know. This is an honest interview from Marty’s heart with a little bit of crazy thrown in! If you listen all the way to the end, you’ll be treated to a...
33: Pam Schilt Shultz – Finding the Balance

33: Pam Schilt Shultz – Finding the Balance

Welcome to a great show with my friend, Pam Shultz. Pam and her husband of 34 years, Rob, run The Imagination Gallery, a business which provides hands-on, interactive science displays for fairgoers. You’ll be inspired by Pam’s passion for what she loves to do and what...
32: Jeff and Pam Martin – He’s the Show, She’s the Business

32: Jeff and Pam Martin – He’s the Show, She’s the Business

How does a couple travel non-stop, perform shows all over the United States, and still manage to love each other at the end of each day? Professional magician Jeff Martin and his wife Pam share the secrets of keeping it all together.” Show Highlights: How the...