The Tailgate Entertainer | Performers | Performance Business | Creatives | Artists | Talent Buyers

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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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Is this generation really evolving? Are we different than other generations due to technology? Or are we simply coming full circle with the advancements previous generations have put in place for us? After years of advancements, we are finally beginning to see the fruits of the internet. But, have these advancements brought us closer together? Or magnified our differences? Tune in while Kady Porterfield answers a few of these questions, and more, with your host, Alan Bruess.

 Today, Alan and Kady Porterfield also discuss:

  • How Kady became the head of the agriculture department and her history in the industry
  • How to get millennials involved, engaged, and keep them there
  • How this generation has grown up more diverse and open than any other generation
  • The extreme advertisement of everyone being entitled or capable
  • The importance of learning and asking questions
  • The positive & negative effects of phones and social media
  • Tips for older generations to relate and use to help the millennial generation
  • The viability of the fair industry
  • How to engage through social media
  • Showcasing what people want to see but keeping the traditions
  • The value and educational resources tied to the fair
  • Figuring out how to bring urban kids or schools in general involved
  • The importance of the fair
  • Showcasing the culture of the community
Feb 21, 2017

Time, money, travel, and experiences are all a few things we have in common. In the fair industry, it takes a lot of investment in all of the following. But, a few special things about our guest today is his constant great spirits, his classy behavior, enthusiasm in his work, his amazing story, and the magic he puts into his work.

Welcome balloon artist, Dennis Forel, with your tailgate entertainer, Alan Bruess.


Today, Alan and Dennis Forel also discuss:

  • The inspiration that led to his career
  • Where his career led with persistence
  • Opportunities for balloon artists
  • Putting together an original act
  • Being rotated between people you work for
  • Upholding your act and keeping your enthusiasm
  • The importance of being versatile
  • People can tell when you’re not being authentic
  • You have to be diverse and unpredictable but reliable
  • Why you should always go the extra mile
  • Being part of the outreach you work for
  • The difficulties of having a family while being in the fair
  • Being honest about your circumstances with your employers
  • Getting the courage to take the next step
  • Stumbling into your career
  • Mistakes in the business
  • The vitality of building relationships
  • Showing your commitment
  • If you don’t match the theme, you won’t be hired and look up Kevin Ridgeway

Phone number: 310-218-2629

Feb 13, 2017

Today's episode is different than our normal episodes. We have so many friends in California that are being affected by the evacuations for the Lake Oroville Dam, and the Fair Industry as a whole is stepping up to the plate to offer help. Today Alan talks with 3 different Fair Managers who have sprung into action to help anyone who has been displaced by this evacuation. 

Listen to the episode to find out where to go if you are forced to evacuate!

Feb 7, 2017

With everything that’s been going on in today’s media, it’s easy to feel bombarded by the hate and negativity. It’s hard to say whether this is a new conflict, or if we’re simply becoming more in tune to the situation. Join your tailgate entertainer, Alan Bruess, on discussing this new topic that we all deal with on a regular basis and listen for ways you can improve this situation for yourself. 

Alan also discusses:


  • A remedy for hate 
  • The importance of expressing yourself 
  • Art fuels the thirst for knowledge 
  • The ways art is supposed to make you feel and influence 
  • Will what you leave behind be remembered?
  • How creating love for yourself creates love for others 
  • Despite what is happening, you have to work for yourself 
  • Broadcast what you stand for 
  • If the situation around you is gnawing at your soul, do something about it