Daily Archives: February 16, 2010

First-Ever Amusement Expo Heads to ‘Fun’ Las Vegas on March 10

What a better place to go and have fun and be amused- and make money!- then in fabulous Las Vegas?

The first-ever edition of the Amusement Expo will take place from March 10 through March 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where their exhibits will be commingled with a Fun Expo. 

Although fewer than 100 exhibitors had signed up for the combined Amusement Expo and Fun Expo as of mid-January, their numbers are expected to expand significantly by show time. 

One indicator of strong support for the combined show was the Jan. 15 announcement by Incredible Technologies that it would exhibit. This is first coin-op spring show that the maker of Golden Tee Golf will be a part of in eight years. 

During Amusement Expo, there will host a free seminar program for street vendor operators. 

Fun Expo’s seminar program includes the Fun Academy and a series of standalone educational events such as the Party Workshop. 

The new Amusement Expo is co-owned by the Amusement and Music Operators Association and the American Amusement Machine Association, both based in Chicago. The show is managed by W.T. Glasgow Inc. (Orland Park, IL), which has long managed AAMA’s Amusement Showcase International, AMOA International Expo and Fun Expo, which is now owned by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

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Las Vegas’ World Record Hug-Off

Need a hug?  Then big-hearted Jeff Ondash is your man. 

The 51-year-old Ohio man embraced the Valentine’s Day spirit faster than anyone before — passionately embracing 7,777 hugs in 24 hours for a new world record. Jeff Ondash, who sought the squeezes under the costumed alter ego Teddy McHuggin, broke the record Saturday night outside the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

In his quest, Ondash also broke another record:  1,205 hugs in one hour- another world record. 

Ondash did it all to raise money for the American Heart Association. He said that all of his hugs helped raise awareness of America’s Heart Month, a cause especially important to him because his father and brother died of heart problems. 

Ondash’s Las Vegas feat smashed the record 5,000 hugs in one day previously set by Siobhan O’Connor in Dublin Ireland.

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