- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CHESANING, Mich. (AP) - The last of an amusement company’s carnival equipment is being sold at auction at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds.

The equipment to be auctioned off Saturday and Sunday is from McDonagh’s Amusements, which was founded in 1958 by Bruce McDonagh. Auctioneer Rod Butler told The Saginaw News (https://bit.ly/1kd9XZz ) that items up for grabs include rides, paint booths and trucks.

McDonagh’s Amusements operated the midway at the Saginaw County Fair, and brought rides and games to county fairs, churches and festivals. The business was passed down to Bruce McDonagh’s son, Tom, in the 1980s.

The company was at one time “pretty much a local show,” said Jim Hayes Sr., CEO of Saginaw-based Hayes Specialties Corp. He said McDonagh’s Amusements grew over the years and “became one of the largest and finest shows in the Midwest.”

Saginaw County Fair president Francis Sloan said Tom McDonagh sold the present-day fairgrounds to the fair in 2005 for $1. Sloan said the fair recently purchased the remaining four buildings and eight acres, and is supposed to take possession Dec. 1.

The newspaper says Tom McDonagh couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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