History of Tons Of Fun Shows
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Tons Of Fun shows was formed in 1991 by David and Sue Pfeffer; The name came from David’s maternal grandfather who was a joker and worked many attractions for David’s father Otto from Otto’s amusements, Inc.

1947 - Warren Imes spent the summer as a teenager in the Virginia area picking up milk bottles at local fairs and festivals and thoroughly enjoyed the industry. After returning from world war ll he decided that he should do something in life that he enjoyed, well that was the carnival industry. He purchased a home for his family from his G.I. Bill and with the extra money began to frame some games to work at local festivals and fairs along with this family. Life was good for several years operating games at county fairs across the region.

1952 - Otto Pfeffer used to watch amusements whenever the circus came to town, which then lead him to get the family started in the carnival business when he was a boy in Pottsville Pennsylvania. He caught the showbiz bug early but dedicated many years to tending to his family before joining the industry. His father died shortly after returning from World War I leaving Otto to take care of a great deal of responsibility for his mother and sister. As a son of a widow he did not go to World War II.

1954 - That all changed one day at the Bloomsburg fair when the military picked him up and sent him to Korea to finish his duty. Even in Korea he opened up a base store in order to generate money so that he could send his full check home to his wife, Betty who now had three children.

1956 - This time when he returned from war, he solely focused on the carnival business. Fair goers of all ages absolutely loved this new concept. So warren framed several of them and put them on several local midways. By this time Warren and Betty had six children and they were all involved in the business working together. Sue’s father, Warren booked games on Ottos Amusements Inc, Penn Valley Shows, Oscars Amusements and S & S Amusements for several years during the 1970’s and 1980’s

1957 - Still interested in the amusement industry, Otto built his first ride out of military spare parts which was a kiddie rocket constructed of P 51 Mustang external fuel tanks. More homemade rides came next and Otto’s amusements was born. He started out in Pennsylvanias’ coal regions playing block parties and fire companies. As the show grew Otto’s ride lineup also grew. A big fan of king rides, David’s father owned just about every ride they manufactured at one time or another. From a pony trot to a merry-go-round. Otto passed away in 2011 but there is still family running his business along with his mother, Harriet.

1977 - David and Sue met and after a short courtship they decided to become partners and purchased several games to form D & S Concessions.

1979 - David is second generation in the carnival business and was raised along with his four siblings working with his parents at Ottos’ Amusements, Inc. within the Tri State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

1979 - Warren and Betty purchased Oscar’s Amusements from the Magdule family after the loss of the owner. By this time David and Sue were already together.

1979 - They then decided to take their game concessions to central New York state and book with Corky Powers and Amusements of Rochester. After 5 years of working New York State and adding several new games and vehicles they decided to return home to Otto’s Amusements Inc. Upon returning home it didn’t take them long to figure out that buying their own rides and working their own show would be way more satisfying. They were also raising four children by this time.

1991 - Tons of Fun Shows was born with the purchase of a moon bounce, TM Mangels fire truck and a TM Allen Herschel sky fighter from Sue’s parents plus the 7 game concessions they already had. It seemed to be a slow start with the bookings for the rides, so Sue took the games and children and worked the fair season with the New York show. It only took one year and they ended up with a full calendar for the following season. After only 2 seasons they were approached by Steve Swika Jr of S & S Amusements to lease 3 rides; AH Helicopter, Smith & Smith Swing and a Hrubetz Round-up; which was a great addition to the show and helped to secure events of a much higher caliber.

1996 - Tons of Fun Shows had grown to 8 rides and 10 games. 25 weeks of work and the purchase of a Super Slide along with 10 acres of winter quarters with a large storage building located in the Douglassville Pa area.

1999 - 3 short years later their only son Benjamin, purchased a whisper cart as his first amusement ride at the age of 15. Jackie’s Swika of S & S Amusements helped finance. With the knowledge of the industry running through both David’s and Benjamin’s veins the only place to go was forward.

One thing that has not changed over the years at Tons Of Fun Shows is their love for the business. For David and Benjamin to be able to arrive at a new location and turn a barren lot of land into a small amusement park for the week is still truly a magical experience they love!
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1658 East Main St
Douglassville, Pennsylvania 19518

Email: Info@tonsoffunshows.com
OR Carneyman2@icloud.com

Benjamin J. Pfeffer (Owner): 610-476-4238

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