OABA - Outdoor Amusement Business Association
We are a vital part of American families and Fundraising for Non-Profits
We work with community, civic, and other non-profit, charitable organizations, including church groups, Volunteer Fire Departments, Shriners, Lion Clubs, VFW Posts, and many more. Revenue created by these civic events support their benevolent causes, provide educational scholarships for young people, and purchase life saving fire fighting, medical and other equipment. These are just a few of causes that rely on our industry as a major fundraising tool.
Our employees are the face of our industry. Well-trained and professional workers are essential to ensure our visitors a fun, safe and friendly experience. To that end, we invest heavily in training and recruiting and believe that these investments pay off. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to recruit workers who are willing to travel for up to 6-10 months at a time. For that reason, the industry relies on a combination of American workers and foreign workers through the H2B visa program.
All carnival and fair workers are subject to criminal background checks and drug and alcohol screening. They must be willing to work in all weather conditions and must be physically able to lift weight. In addition, they are required to meet certain grooming standards. And of course, they must pass an I-9 screening and be willing to pay taxes.