Published: Thursday, April 14, 2005
Farm Show- Goers Can Give Carousel a Whirl
By Michael Lello
Mercury, January 14, 2005

BIRDSBORO --The Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg is in its 89th year, but for the first time ever, it has a carousel.

And that carousel is courtesy of a Berks County company, Oscar’s Amusements.

Kim Imes, office manager at Oscar’s Amusements, said the proceeds from the carousel rides are being split between two charities: the Pennsylvania State Showmen’s Association scholarship fund and the farm show’s scholarship fund.

"It’s just an effort of good will," Imes said. "We don’t hand out business cards, and we don’t have a sign there promoting (the business). What we get out of it is just being part of something that has been a large part of our family and promoting the industry in a better light."

Warren Imes and Betty Imes started the company in the 1950s, and Kim Imes said Warren was an integral member of the Showmen’s Association and a big part in starting its scholarship fund. Members of the Imes family are still involved with the organization.

The carousel is a full-size, six-year-old High Lite carousel, Imes said, with "very traditional" horses.

"We take it to all our events," she said.

In the dead of winter, though, it wasn’t needed, so Oscar’s Amusements was happy to get it out of storage and showcase it at the event for a good cause.

Imes said it took two trailers to transfer the piece of equipment to Harrisburg, and four people to set it up. The company also needed an insurance rider, and it is inspected every day, she said.

The farm show, which began Jan. 8 and concludes Saturday, is expected to draw more than 400,000 spectators and competitors.

Exhibitors will win a total amount of $346,273, more than $11,250 more than what was offered during Farm Show 2004, according to the show’s Web site.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us. For more information on Oscar’s Amusements, visit www.oscarsamusements.com.
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