Spun sugar crystals float by spinning horses and pools of docile magnetic sharks beneath the glittering midway lights of Carol Stream Amusements' lively traveling carnival. The nearly 110-year-old fair company's third-generation of stewards bring rides, games, and snacks to states such as Florida, North Carolina, and New York, where it operates the state fair in Syracuse. A 65-foot century wheel soars above the bustle of the music-filled midway, where LED lights twinkle in patterns of white, green, blue, and red around its gondola cars. A merry-go-round sends fantastical steeds cantering around in a stately circle, while bumper cars careen around their nearby enclosure. Carnival games such as squirt-gun races and fishing for magnetized sharks yield prizes such as stuffed animals and inflatable Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob, and Henry VIII dolls, while flurries of corn dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, and taffy apples fall constantly on hungry fair-goers.
During a round of golf in this region, it’s not uncommon for players to see the occasional alligator sunning itself on the banks of a fairway pond. The same, however, cannot be said for miniature-golf courses, unless you’re playing at Congo River Golf, where the civilized sinking of putts coexists with the visceral carnage of live-alligator feedings. More than 25 alligators wait for patrons to feed them morsels of gator food in an exhibit beside the course. Though the course offers no chance for an encounter with the ancient, scaly species, it enchants players with waterfalls, safari-themed artifacts, and towering rock faces. In addition, Congo River Golf encompasses an indoor arcade and a gemstone-mining station, where guests dig through dirt for fossils, arrowheads, and Neanderthal’s kindergarten time capsules.
Since he was old enough to walk, Joshua Bruner also ran, jumped, and tumbled, testing how far and fast his body could take him. His energetic toddlings grew into a life-long passion for extreme sports, the most recent iteration of which he found in flyboarding.
To use a flyboard, a rider straps his or her feet down to the device, then activates a jet-ski-like intake engine. The engine scoops up water and feeds it to the board through a hose. The board spits a compressed stream back at the water's surface with extreme force, enough to lift a full-grown human up to 30 feet in the air. The rider gains the ability to soar like a seagull or dive like a porpoise, allowing a freedom of movement that really appeals to Joshua. He helps others discover that same freedom though lessons and play time in the water using his flyboard.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Our staff, their dynamic personalities and our activity locations will make your paddle boarding experience one of a kind!
What is the experience customers can expect?
We encourage you to come out of your shell, let loose and enjoy Florida. Come enjoy a day on the water with your family, friends and even your pups!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We are H2O fueled and want to share our passion with anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone!
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting people, sharing our favorite local areas and soaking up the sun!
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
When Christopher Lee and Terence Pierce founded the SoleChasers clothing brand in 2012, they simultaneously laid the foundation for what would eventually become an annual series of national conventions dedicated to stylish shoes: Solecon. At these day-long celebrations of footwear, collectors are encouraged to buy, sell, and trade their treasured kicks. Each attendee is allowed to bring along a couple of pairs to sell or trade, although vendors are also on-hand, displaying tables full of rare finds, discontinued stock, or garter snakes trained to act as self-tying laces. The conventions even host live performances by musicians hoping to entertain and energize the gathered crowds.