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Tailgate Entertainer is a podcast about the fair industry and the exciting people involved in it. The goal of the show is to help those involved in the industry succeed by sharing years of collected wisdom. You will not find a more eclectic mix of people in the world than those that work at fairs. Their exciting journeys, lessons, and humorous anecdotes are woven together here to provide encouragement, education, and support for the industry.
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Dec 27, 2016

Today we are kicking off our last episode of 2016, it’s going to be a bit of a short one, but a good one. If you haven’t heard our show before, we are all about the fair industry. Also, here is a message to some of the fair boards, we asked on our Facebook what you all want to hear in 2017, so we’ll talk a little about that today and I also asked what your greatest lesson was in 2016. All of that will be captured in today’s show, glad you’re here with us. 


Listen to the episode as Alan also discusses:


  • Get people who can bring you a fresh perspective and use younger people to get to the demographic you want to reach 
  • God’s mercies are new every morning and each moment is a new moment to align your mind and will with God’s and the result is perfect peace 
  • Never Assume 
  • Don’t let perfection be the enemy of good 
  • Read the sports page on the front of the newspaper so that you’re not a sports illiterate 
  • There is always a way with the help of many 
  • There are at least three sides to every story
  • Cherish each moment spent with family and friends
  • Try to put yourself in other people's shoes 
  • Do not judge others 
  • Being a professional entertainer is a team effort 




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Dec 20, 2016

Welcome to my show everyone! Merry Christmas to you! Now, if you’ve never heard our show before, we are all about the fair industry. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about corn dogs or Ferris Wheels, even though those are two important parts. We spend most of our time talking about the amazing people involved, and that’s why I stay in it.

I decided to make this episode a Christmas episode, but that doesn’t mean I’m leaving out all the people who celebrate in a different way.  We have a fantastic guest coming your way, and her name is Teddy Anne Cunningham.

She is originally from Wyoming and lives there now with her husband and two kids. She has been playing at fairs for over 25 years, mostly with her brother Cal. They are both amazing artists. She told me a funny story about them growing up, she said they were “reluctant graduates of the wooden spoon youth movement program, under the supervision of Mama Lark Lindford”. Which kind of reminds me a bit of my mama as well.

I love her story, plus, she is a strong woman of faith, has an angelic voice, loves her family, and loves her career. You might want to put your headphones on for this episode because you’re going to hear some cool songs. I even included one that her brother Cal sings. So sit back ladies and gentlemen, here is Teddy Anne Cunningham.



  • She played with her family over 27 years ago for the first time because the band didn’t show up
  • Talks about her husband being a fair manager
  • Events that have happened in the fair industry that she needed to walk in faith
  • Did you feel the stronger your faith was, the stronger the resistance was?
  • As an adult, what kind of things are challenging you now?
  • Created to have a family and be a performer
  • It’s okay that Teddy is not a super established musician because Teddy has also concentrated on all her other dreams (like her family)
  • Everything Teddy does is for her kids
  • Mothers just spend all their time taking care of their kids, which is Teddy’s biggest challenge in taking care of her own career
  • John Dunnigan was her biggest aspiration as a kid
  • Teddy and her brother mostly perform locally
  • The ultimate dream for performing somewhere: meeting Vince Gill or Ronny Crowell
  • For self-improvement, you pray


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Dec 13, 2016

If you have talent, as yet untapped, or you love watching performers do their thing at fairs, Terry Fator will certainly inspire you. Whether or not you are in the fair industry, you will love Terry. Listen to his down to earth approach to becoming successful as he talks to Alan Bruess about his meteoric rise to fame since 2005, on today's episode of Tailgate Entertainer.


Terry, singer, comedian and ventriloquist/impersonator,  a great, funny, regular guy, won America's “Who's got Talent” in 2007. One year later, he signed a five-year deal with The Mirage for $100,000,000! All this, with skills he honed while performing at fairs. Listen in today, as Terry talks to Alan about his incredible experiences and the fascinating people he has met, in the world of the fair industry.

Join Terry and Alan, as they discuss:


  • Terry's passion for performing on stage.
  • How Terry started performing at age three.
  • The touching story of Terry's sensitive handling of an autistic boy at a “meet and greet” session.
  • What it takes to win in life.
  • How Danny Gans really inspired Terry to become a ventriloquist/impersonator.
  • Terry's standing ovation in 2006, at the Rocky Mountain Showcase.
  • How Terry got to perform on “America's got Talent”.
  • How you can work your way up, as an entertainer, through the fair industry.
  • Terry's unprecedented rise to success.
  • What you put out, comes back to you.
  • What Terry does with the money he earns from selling merchandise at fairs.


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Dec 6, 2016

Karla MajewskiThis week, we have Karla Majewski to tell us about her animal business. She and her family live on 4 acres in California with almost 200 exotic animals. For nearly 3 decades, her company, Pacific Animal Productions, has been helping to conserve wildlife and endangered species while educating people about the wonders of wildlife. During animal “edu-tainment” exhibits, she lets people see and touch the animals.  She comes up with inspired ideas that are mutually beneficial to both humans and animals. She even feeds people with crickets – stir-fried, in tacos, to provide safe animal protein to people.

Show Notes

  • How eating insects is becoming more popular around the world
  • Her school programs – educational show about animals
  • What edutainment accomplishes
  • The most renewable protein source for humans - crickets!
  • Making cricket tacos in her shows
  • She likes grasshoppers too!
  • Bugs are pollinators therefore beneficial for men and nature
  • Why kids today know more about animals than kids did in the past
  • She employs 5 full time zoo keepers to take care of almost 200 animals
  • Her purpose for teaching children about animals
  • The biggest challenge she had encountered 
  • The regulation and licenses she has for her animals
  • Her plans for the future