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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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Mar 28, 2017

Today's episode is an opportunity to have a few questions answered about the show, take a peek behind the scenes a little, and a chance for me to give some final thoughts about the importance of our industry.  A huge THANK YOU to all of the guests and listeners that have been a part of the adventure.  

  • Reasons for producing the show.
  • How the show is doing, how has it done?
  • Is the show going to continue?
  • Did I make any money podcasting?
  • Any regrets producing the show?
  • Biggest lesson learned producing the show.
  • Most frustrating element.  
  • Biggest mistake I made producing the show. 
  • Why the fair industry is so important.  
Mar 21, 2017

 In this episode: Mat Wells - son of  Kim & Alan Barr

Nathen Smith - son of Robert & Sara Smith

Sarah Hays - daughter of  Steve & Elisa Hays

Hayden Newman - daughter of Mike & Ryann Newman

Chase Barton - son of  Tammy & Bryan Barton

Brayden Bruess - son of  Alan & Renee Bruess


Mar 14, 2017

You could operate a fair without a carnival, it might be less fun, but it is achievable. You could probably also run a fair without entertainment, but it isn’t advised. What you couldn’t host a fair without, is food vendors. Food vendors are the anchor of the fair. They are also some of the hardest working people, with a job that doesn’t guarantee a paycheck. For them, the risk is worth the reward. Tune in to today’s fast, food show to hear two of the fair’s best, Kim Barr and Daryl Whicheloe. Order’s up!

 Kim & Alan Barr (Pacific Crest Concessions)

Kim & Alan Barr (Pacific Crest Concessions)


  • Investing in the food industry
  • How has the industry changed in the last 30 years
  • The amount of off time food vendors get
  • Working and traveling
  • Being invited back to the same fairs
  • The importance of your presentation and operating
  • Connections made with fair family
  • Set up time
  • Purpose of NICA
  • Uniting concessioners and giving them a voice in their industry
  • Fair commission
  • Potential in the concession industry that people aren’t looking into
  • The types of people in this industry
Mar 7, 2017

Pain and suffering are always topics pushed under the rug, but what people have failed to inform you is, oblivion is not bliss. Today we are going to sweep it all out from under the rug and hit the topics that are, more often than not, avoided. Feelings of self-worth, effects of tragic accidents, pride, the ICU, all topics that lack a sense of hope, but your guest, Elisa Hays, will hopefully leave you with an appreciation for life and hope in the virtue of humanity. Tune in with your host, Alan Bruess, for a taste of this bitter-sweet message. 


  • Why people want to talk about their hurt 
  • Defining your worth 
  • Dehumanizing yourself in the ICU 
  • ICU psychosis 
  • Understanding and experiencing pain 
  • Acknowledging pain instead of belittling it 
  • Existing in a fundamental foundational level 
  • The way pain changes the views of everyone around you 
  • Finding reasons to laugh when bad things occur 
  • How accidents change relationships 
  • Reflecting on memories that impacted Elisa 
  • How horrific accidents change your motivation 
  • Living with a handicap 
  • The disadvantages of living in a wheelchair 
  • How accidents consume your life 
  • The ripple effect of doing good for people

Facebook: Elisa Hays