How much $$$ do carnival rides make?

Friday, July 2, 2004 7:43 PM
Kind of on-topic, there was a Zyklon coaster there.

Was given a spreadsheet with figures from the 2004 Florida State Fair this year. I turned it into an interactive table for my fellow carnival buddies on my site.

Keep in mind, that the Fair itself got 55% of the owners gross, and the owners also had to give up 10% of their final cut to Ed Gregory, the man who has the rights to the spot itself.

Friday, July 2, 2004 11:07 PM
Then you have to figure in the cost of operating the half dozen or so tractors that it took to get it there, the labor to set up and operate it. Does the fair supply power, or does he have to supply his own? Those CAT gensets consume a heck of a lot of red carb Diesel when there running wide open. Is he still making payments on it? Besides liability insurance the ride itself is insured for fire, road accidents,etc. The premiums mount up.Bottom line is all things considered, he doesn't net all that much considering what goes into it.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 6:13 AM
Oh, but of course. I'd be remiss to say that the figures posted would be actual income, hence, the headers suffixed with 'Gross'.
Saturday, July 3, 2004 1:27 PM
Thats understood. It's criminal what the fair boards are doing to shows now. Fifty-five percent to them, then another ten percent to the guy who has the independent midway(who used to own a show himself) rights doesnt' leave much for paying the bills. When all of the dust settles he might clear a grand a day if he's lucky.

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