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...
31: Negotiating Up with Elisa Hays

31: Negotiating Up with Elisa Hays

A win-win strategy for both buyers and sellers trying to find common ground at trade shows. In this discussion, Elisa Hays and Alan Bruess talk about how to communicate more effectively between the two sides and the importance of creating dialogue centered on added...
30: Tammie Ryan: Being Part of a Team

30: Tammie Ryan: Being Part of a Team

In this episode, Alan Bruess interviews Tammie Ryan about her work and her team!  In this heart-warming episode, Tammie Ryan shares her lifelong involvement in the fair industry.  She talks about her challenges as an entrepreneur, living on the road, and where she...
29: Five Lives, Five Struggles

29: Five Lives, Five Struggles

Let’s talk about the biggest struggles or challenges that artists encounter as performers. My own biggest struggle is:  losing my voice.  Here are 5 different artists and their challenges: Washboard Willy – He was our guest in Episode 4. He travels  all the time...
Brady Goss: A Style All his own

Brady Goss: A Style All his own

This week’s guest is the lucky and gifted Brady Goss. As a young child, Brady had been intently watching his dad play the piano day after day and he tinkered with the instrument when his dad was done playing. He was only 4 years old when he tried playing the melody...
26: Alan Bruess:  How society benefits from the fair industry

26: Alan Bruess: How society benefits from the fair industry

Wow! It’s the 26th episode of Tailgate Entertainer! I’ve gone this far, more than halfway in meeting my personal commitment to the show. My personal commitment is to deliver a show every Tuesday of every week. It’s not an easy task for a guy like me, 52 years old, who...
24:  John Dunnigan Sings Live on Tailgate Entertainer!

24: John Dunnigan Sings Live on Tailgate Entertainer!

Tailgate features Alan’s best friend, John Dunnigan, a most amazing musician who is of the same caliber as the legendary musicians that generations have applauded.  He learned to play the guitar as a child because his dad played well and the guitar was always in a...