Rosedale Attractions & Shows is a direct result of the Gaylin family's involvement in the amusement business since 1928. The business has passed from generation to generation, beginning with Eastern Amusement Company, founded by Ann Gaylin, playing the streets of Baltimore City with two rides. When the company set up shop in Rosedale, MD the name was changed to Rosedale Amusement Company, operated by Ann and her husband Thomas Gaylin Sr., and expanded to eight rides. In 1966, Ann and Tom's son, Thomas Jr. (affectionately known as Tucker to everyone who knows him), took over. During this time the company grew to about 25 rides. In 1986 the name was again changed to Rosedale Attractions & Shows, when Tucker's son Tom III continued the tradition and brought the show to its current status. In 2008 Tom became a director of the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association). In 2013 he began serving through the chairs and in 2016 he was Chairman of the Board. Tom is also vice-president of the IISA (International Independent Showmen's Association) museum and has just joined the board of directors for the IISA.
Rosedale Attractions is a family business in the truest sense of the word. Tom Gaylin III and wife Barbara are semi-retired. They are still involved in operations but on a much smaller level. Joe has taken over the operation of Rosedale Attractions. His twin brother Jason is now working on a part time basis overseeing midway operations and tearing down. Joe has taken on a large load of responsibilities, but he has some good people assisting him with overseeing midway operations and maintenance. Rosedale added a guest relations booth under the supervision of Gina Principio who is also the safety coordinator for the show. Gina is a retired Maryland State Ride Inspector. She with the help of Mike Fajna handle anything that comes through guest relations along with managing employee relations. Mike is a former fair president whom we formed a relationship with while playing that fair.
Tom and Barb's kids and their spouses all have various responsibilities or involvement in Rosedale Attractions. Oldest child and daughter Nicole and her husband John operate their games and John has taken over the logistics of teardown. The fifth generation begins with their children CJ, Rachel and Colin. CJ is following his own path. Rachel, a full time Mom, is raising Tom and Barb's great grandson, the first of the sixth generation. Colin still in school, works teardown. Second daughter Michelle and her husband Ray own food concessions. Ray grew up in the carnival business on his father's (Jerry "Pop" Farrow) show. Ray also helps move the show. Their daughter, Katelyn is learning the ropes in Michelle's food stands. Rounding out the fifth generation are Jason & Dottie's son, Jordan, daughter, Karlee and Joe's son, Aiden. They are all still too young to be directly involved, but Jordan and Aiden follow their dads around the midway soaking up whatever knowledge they can. Jason's wife Dottie helps out in a food stand when needed. Joe and his wife Erin are adding a daughter, due in July 2020, to our family. Erin has been pulling trailers to help move the show.
OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
Rosedale's employees and concessionaires and their families are an extension of our family. Sue and Bill Shreve, concessionaires, who had been with Rosedale since 2001 retired in 2017. Joining us in 2006 were Sue and Bill's daughter and son-in-law, Kristy and Wayne Hinson, and their young daughters. In addition to operating and moving their own equipment, everyone plays a part in moving the show. Wayne has taken over the responsibility of assigning trips to our drivers. While working closely with their sponsors, some for over fifty years, Tom and Barbara and their children have formed many long-term relationships with them as well.
Rosedale Attractions would like to dedicate this website to two very special former members of their extended family. We lost both the same year. Ride super, Elmer Fisher had been with us for about 46 years. He suddenly passed in the spring of 2009. Later that year Paul Marking, concessionaire and good friend also passed. He and his wife Barbara had been with us for 16 years before retiring. Both Elmer and Paul are dearly missed and are still with us in spirit. Barb is still known as grandma to our younger generations and is one of Tom and Barb's closest friends.