Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE UTHBRIDGE HERAIB Friday, July M, investment High risk Running a midway not all gravy HOME OFF THE RANGE With the cattle fed and the horses watered, every cowboy likes to relax and what better way than a cool tall one at the fair. Conlented for the moment, this young fella will soon be looking for a stall to sit back in and let it all hang out. Ed Finlay Pholo By MYRON JOHNSON Staff Writer Running a midway can be a lisky business involving loim hours of work and months of travelling each year, but it's the only kind of life Bernard P Thomas is interested in. 'Bernie" Thomas, owner and general manager of Thomas Shows, the midway currently operating at the Exhibition Grounds, has been travelling with his show to exhibitio: s and stampedes for 20 years now. Thomas Shows is a million investment, Mr. Thorn- is said, and he has no part- ners. He owns the rides on the midway, although most of the side shows and concessions are independently owned and charged a commission by Tho- mas. However, they all travel with the midway, and are under the supervision and responsibility of Mr. Thomas. A "substantial roughly one third of the midway revenue go.es to the local fair board, Mr. Thomas said. In addition, he contends the midway indirectly boost, the fair's revenue, because i is such a big attraction. There are considerable risk in operating a midway, accorc 'ng to Mr. Thomas. For ir lance, if the fair is rained out he midway must still pay its share of revenue to the fair )bard. The midway owner has I take out substantial liability in surance to cover possible ii juries or accidents on the mid way, and this insurance als irotects the fair board in sue nstences. The midway has undergon changes in emphasis, if not i basic design, over the year There is much more emphas on rides, and less emphasis o side shows and concession Mr. Thomas said. "Side shows are becoming tlu'ng of the he sai blaming television for the c dining interest. "It's a good thing people can get the thrill of a midway rid by watching television, or we be out of business." Thomas Shows currently tra- vels the exhibition circuit in Canada and the United States for six months each year. About one month is spent in Canada at fairs in four cities Thun- r Bay. Brandon, Saskat o o n (i Ldhbvidgc. Income tax is id to the country in which money is earned. The midway travels froir. wn to town by truck, with early 100 units involved in the ove. About 125 persons are em- oyed directly by Thomas Shows, although nearly 400 came into Canpcia with the nidway, many employed by the independently opsrated shows and concessions. In addition, about 50 Canadians join the group at Thunder Bay, and fol- i'iw through for the Canada tOTOV- For the Winter months ic midway sils idle at Mr. 'homas' trame town, Le-nnox, South D'akcta, while vvorkers epair and paint equipment and the small winter staff makes arrangements for the ollowing summer. Mr. Thomas, 47, brings with him each summer his wife, nree daughters and two sons- in-law, who are actively in- volved in the business. His wife las been traveling with him ince he purchased the mid- way from Ms uncle 20 years ago. He is not interested in retir- ing "I'd be climbing walls within three months" but he says he would eventually like ,o turn over the business to his sons-in-law when they are more experienced. His plans for the future, though, are to continue travel- ing with the midway. Sculptor of Moses visits city Sorel Etrog, an internation- ally-known sculptor whose ma- jor work Moses is to be placed on the new University of Letb- bridge campus, will be in Leth- bridge Saturday for consultation with U of L officials. Moses is a six ton, 18-fool bronze sculpture donated to th university by the House of Sea- gram Ltd. in November, 1958. It lad been purchased by gram in Vienna in 1966 for dis play at Expo 67 in Montreal. Mr. Etrog, a 38-year-old Ho manian-born artist now living in Toronto, will discuss the bes placement of the statue on the new campus. U of L architect Arthu Erickson, of Vancouver, wil also attend the meeting and consult with university official on other campus land develop ment olans. Bernie Thomas show owner Walter Kerber Photo MAXIMUM WEIGHT The Alberta Highway Traffic Board has announced that the maximum weight that may be transported on Highway 5 from Lcthbridge to Waterton Park Gates is pounds. Engineers ratify agreement Operating engineers across the province Thursday ra'ified a wage agreement worked out Wednesday with contractors. The agreement ended a strike which had halted construction of major projects in the prov- ince, including the new Leth- bridge university. The strike started July 13- Details of the contract were not announced. Work on the Lethbridge uni- versity site is returning to normal, with more than 75 per cenf of the workmen on the job again. It is expected nearly everyone will be back by Mon- day. CREDITORS' MEET Notice is given that a meet- ing of the creditors of Mc- Cready's Ltd. will take place Monday at 2 p.m.. at the office of the liquidator, 1003 4th Ave. S. FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! OPTICAl PRESCRIPTION GO AW DAD, JUST ONE MORE BITE Vicky Alexander, fair-going daughter of Stuart Alexander of Lethbridge, wonders if she can down the candy apple before she gets to the next booth. Watch out boys, with eyes like these, Vicky can already keep the candy with the kids. _ Walter Kerber Photo Taber Polka Band and beer mix well By HERB .JOHNSON Staff Writer Take a good pota band tnat eally knows its business, book hem into a beer garden and hey'll play Beer Tjarrel Pol- a ever; time. Milt iverson and UK Taber ollta Band took exactly sev- n minutes from the time they it the stand Thursday night t the Whoop Up Days beer arden to launch themselves Vith customary aplomb into he familiar strains of this reer-drinker's favorite. The Taber troupe, fresh from three day stint at the fair n Red Deer, arrived shortly fter 7 p.m. earlier than hey thought originally they vere supposed to, but two hours ater than the time given out >y the beer garden manage- ment _ a first year wrinkle along with the cover charge, now defunct) that will >robably be ironed out next 'ear. Seasoned professionals, their approach lacks the high-power- ed knock 'em dead enthusi-, asm of Ireland's Travelling People, who filled the first three days of fair week. Relaxed, and with their am- plification set at a volume level more in tune with over-30 tastes, they play the oldies I polkan and waltzes that nave 1 been around for years and ap- peal to all age groups, espe- cially after the first few rounds of brew. Decked out in their smart Lederhosen, the six band mem- bers put on a good show a few jokes, a song here and there and. above all. some com- fortable old-time music. Evidence of their popularity is the fact that the band is booked right through next July. They play Cranbrook, Salmon Arm, Rocky Mountain House and any number of towns in between. Their current engagement, however, marks the first time the band has ever played the local fair. Leader Iverson says it seems to be the old story of recognition always coming last in one's home stomping grounds. The band members are all from Taber, except Morris Iv- erson, who recently moved to Lethbridge. The others are Harry Peard Don Harding Ray Hac- kclt (baritone saxophone) and Tom Anton Milt plays tenor sax and does all the arrangements. Everybody dou- bles on at least one extra in- strument. (Jerry Pokarney of Lethbridge sat in for Harry Peard, f ASPHALT PAVING TOLIESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd, B SAND and GRAVEL r Construction Co. Ltd, A W PHONS r 328-2702 327-3610 2 To Serve You Better DINING ROOM Open a.m. Food served Till 12 Liquor served till 1 a.m. AT THE BAR Open a.m. Liquor served till 12 s've Changed Our College Shopping Mall Mayor Magrolh Drivo 327-7123 HANG ONI! Ever since Dr. Aenian Keenan discovered centrifugal force, young- sters have had to hang on for dear life to avoid being thrown from those wilcI midway rides. One problem, of course, is that even a secure grip on the nearest solid object does not ensure the stability of one's innards. This ride, the Trabant, willjjwe queasy stomach" every Tailf eathers heads media Allan Tailfeathers, former housing director of the Blood Indian band, has been appoint- ed to the post of executive di- of Indian News Media in Cartlslon. Mr. Tailfeal.hers replaces Lcs Ilcaly, current executive direc- tor, who resigns from the posi- tion effective Aug. :n. Peter Swartman of the Indian affairs branch in Lcthbridgo has been appointed acting hous- ing director for the Bloods until n permanent replacement is hired. WANTED-TOP MECHANIC Salary to for right man. Mainly tuneup and wheel alignment. All inquiries strictly confidential. APPLY BRIAN ROELOFS NORTH LETHBRIDGE MO-TIRES EVENINGS 378-4869 PUBLIC NOTICE PROCLAMATION I, A. C. Anderron, Mayor of the City of Lethbridge, in accordance with o resolution of Council passed under the provisions of Section 237 of The Municipal Gov- ernment Act, do hereby proclaim that Monday, August 2, 1971 is declared to be a CIVIC HOLIDAY within the meaning of The Municipal Government Ac, and that "Shops" as defined in the "Closing of Shops By-law of the City will require to be closed on that date. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 22 day of July 1971. A. C. Anderson, MAYOR.