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A number of amusement industry trade
shows and events are planned for the
coming month.
On February 4, for example, the UK
National Farm Attractions
Network (NFAN) stages a one-day
conference and exhibition at Drayton
Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire.
There’s been a real explosion of such
facilities in recent years, providing a
cheap day out for the family and a
lifeline for many farmers – in fact they
could be just the right sort of attraction
to benefit from the recession. Find out
more at:
The World Waterpark
Association (WWA) holds a new
North American Symposium on
February 11 and 12. While not
intended to replace the association’s
established Symposium and Trade
Show in October, it will nevertheless
provide a useful get-together for
members in the USA, as well as a
great chance to check out the on-site
Sixth annual haunt fest set for Milwaukee
waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge in
Grapevine, Texas, which is hosting the
The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and A key component of HAuNTcon is education, with over event.
Convention –or HauNTcon – takes place in just over 40 hours of seminars and workshops included in the price
two months in the USA. Here we take the first of two of admission, helping attendees learn how-to build props, From February 11 to 13, the EAAPA
peaks and what visitors can expect at this event by sets and make their attractions better. trade show takes place for a second
haunters for haunters The trade show floor will be open from May 1 to 3, filled time in Moscow. More than 50
with the latest in fright services and equipment for the exhibitors were confirmed at the time
If you own a haunted attraction or would like to find out professional haunted house owner and Halloween of writing, making it much smaller
how to get started, then this is the place for you! This, the enthusiast alike. From horror makeup and highly detailed than the established RAAPA trade
sixth HauNTcon, takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, masks to static props and large animatronic creatures, it will show, which takes place in Moscow
brining together haunted houses operators and enthusiasts all be there at wholesale prices. each April. EAAPA is also believed to
for almost a week’s worth of haunted education, trade Saturday night, May 2, is the costume ball, where be more focused on coin-op and
show, tours to local haunted houses and various spine- haunters from across the United States show-off their most FECs than it is amusement parks.
tingling social events. creative costumes. It will be like Halloween come early!
“HAuNTcon is an opportunity for haunters to network, Meanwhile a hearse rally is planned for Sunday, as the hotel
share tips and stories, get fresh ideas and check out the parking lot fills up with a collection of creepy cars packed The resilience of the Indian
latest in haunting props,” explains Leonard Pickel, event co- with gags and effects. amusement industry, or at least that
ordinator and editor of Haunted Attraction Magazine. Before the event, a tour will be arranged to local haunted in Mumbai, will be under the
attractions including the all new Terror on the Fox in Green spotlight when the 9th IAAPI Expo
An education session
Bay, Wisconsin on April 30, and Morgan Manor Haunted takes place in the city from February
from last year’s show House in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on May 1. Both of these 21 to 23. As well as many domestic
attractions will be opened off-season specially for HAuNTcon ride manufacturers and suppliers,
attendees. A pre-show bus tour of local attractions is also several foreign companies have
planned from April 28 to 30, full details next issue. confirmed their participation among
the 80 or so exhibitors, including
HauNTcon 2009 takes place at the Wyndham Milwaukee Elton Games, IE Park, Interlink,
Airport Hotel and Convention Center from April 30 to May Moser Rides, Westech and Zamperla.
4, with the pre-show tour of local haunted houses scheduled Co-inciding with the show will be the
for April 28 to 30. Registration details and the full IAAPI national awards for amusement
programme of events for the week can be found at industry excellence.
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