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.
When I was a kid, my brothers and I would spend hours each week hanging on the fence at the sand pit. I couldn’t tell you what those bull dozers and earth excavators were doing – it wasn’t a proper rock quarry or even a real sand pit – but we would race around the bend, following those machines around that acre-wide hole in the ground, super impressed with the big loads, loud noise and heavy hauling. Those drivers were our rock stars.
Now there’s a new company in Henderson, Nevada that has made a bet that there are plenty of similar people who have never lost their childhood fascination and attraction to ‘dozers and Cat’s. Big Dig Las Vegas is offering even the most novice of equipment operators – no experience required – the chance to get behind the controls of one or more real earth movers. They will pick-up visitors at their hotels and wisk them to their 10-acre ‘playground’ for a day of car-smashing and earth-moving fun like no other. You’ll hear the metal-gnawing machine groan with each bite and the earth shake with each excruciatingly juicy grab-and-drop.
Some restrictions apply – you have to be 18 and sober to participate. But as long as you meet those criteria you can select from the Dozer Adventure, Agression Session or Hard Core Challenge (maybe that allows you to rain destruction down on one of the half-finished casinos?) and you could just get your agresssions out and spend part of your family reunion enjoying the most healthy and legal form of destruction that the Las Vegas Valley has to offer.