||Gambill Amusements was founded in
1941 by Quinn, Ken and Lola Gambill in their hometown of
Wintersville, Ohio. Their first investment was a pony
ride which they took to local festivals, picnics, and
fairs. As the years passed, mechanical rides were added and before they
knew it, instead of an extra job, it became their business.
| Like any
family business, we were all called on to help in one way or another. We
were taught that if we would take care of our customers, they would take
care of our business.
A carnival is like a traveling town. We have a varied group of people just
like in any town. Unlike the common notion that carnival personnel are Gypsies,
tramps and freaks in today's world they could more likely be your next door
neighbors. A sample of the people who travel with our organization would include
a retired policeman, a stock broker, a PRCA rodeo contestant along with many
teachers, mechanics and college graduates.
As in any small business the carnival industry is governed by many federal,
state and county rules and regulations. Like the trucking industry, we are
governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Act and at the present time employ as many
certified drivers as most medium size trucking companies. In addition all of our
employees must be tested and certified in order to be ride operators.
Not only do our employees go thru testing and certification but so do the
rides they operate. In addition to being continuously inspected by trained
personnel they must also go through an off season inspection program using such
non destructive test methods as Ultra-Sound Testing, Magnaflux Particle Testing
and various X-Ray Testing of hidden components.
In order to insure safety, inspection from outside our organization are
emphasized. We are regularly inspected by our insurance carrier and the states
of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. These are welcome inspections
because they have helped us obtain high safety ratings with all concerned. We
are proud of the fact that Gambill Amusement has always been rated as one of the
safest carnival operations in the country.
In the past year we have sent 10 people to a First Aid and CPR
training course and they now each have a 2 year certificate so we are better
equipped to handle emergencies. Safety for our patrons and employees is one of
our biggest concerns.
|These high standards govern not
only our rides but all aspects of our operation including
games, food, and attractions. Our food operation is
highly regarded by the state health departments and we
have been invited to speak at seminars concerning
portable food preparation.
The guidelines governing our games are some of the most rigorous in our
business with only family type games being allowed. Merchandising is a
key factor in our policy.
Carnivals are one industry that hasnít been
taken over by big corporations. Most are small businesses owned and operated
by families that live, travel and work together.
In the height of the season, itís common to
see three family generations working the attractions. And once school ends,
children join their parents on the road, keeping families together. We are
proud that of the school age children on our show most are in accelerated or
gifted programs. At the present Gambill Amusement is being operated by the
third and fourth generations of its founders, stressing the same basic
values that have entertained families for the past 55 years.
The carnival is more than a business to us, it is more a way of life. We
love our life and look forward to being on the road and playing your fair or