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Old 01-21-2015, 06:44 PM #1
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Paintball booth at Fairs?

Does anyone run a paintball booth at their local fairs? We are looking into running them at any local fairs we can with the intent of booking parties and getting more exposure for paintball in the area.

Any pictures of your setups? We're still in the planning process and would love to see what everyone else does!
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:53 PM #2
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A store had one at my local fair a few years ago. They had one of those small inflatable arenas and let 4-6 people go in and play some games with reballs. Their booth was just some flyers, pictures and stuff. Pretty neat though.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:24 PM #3
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I had considered this as well
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:27 PM #4
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Field I used to work at would set up a shooting gallery at local fairs and events. Our setup was pretty basic. A couple bucks got you 10 shots, go 10 for 10 on a cowbell at the end of the 30 foot long tent and win a free rental and entry to the field. Hit it at least 5 times and you won a prize, a little trinket we got for pennies a piece from some wholesaler.

Though you can run into issues with whoever is running the carnival. Whatever you set up might be considered a "game" or "ride" and the city might have a non-competition clause in their contract with the carnival organizer. We ran into that in one small town and had to set up clear on the other side of a park, really cut into the foot traffic.

The event where we had the most success was an air show oddly enough. We were the only interactive game available so we had a huge line of people.

Got out some great advertising, and gave out plenty of free rental coupons. One guy who was an absolute crack shot came back 20 times in one day and racked up enough passes for his entire birthday party. You might want to stick a "limit one per customer" rule somewhere, but that group spent enough on paint and other things to still turn a profit.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:02 PM #5
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We go to lots of tradeshows, just to exhibit. We've never done a shooting range, just because it's a ton of work.

They're a good way to get in front of lots of people. Just make sure the audience is the audience you want.

We actually just got back from a little tradeshow tonight, a Chamber of Commerce mixer.

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Old 01-22-2015, 12:57 AM #6
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I am currently working on getting a booth at our county fair. So far things are looking good in terms of the committee approving it. We haven't discussed any money yet, though. As I understand it, 10X10 spaces are usually what are sold at events, so to have a decent amount of space for a range, you're going to need to buy 2 or 3 of them.

It's going to be a lot of work, but I think it will pay off, if it doesn't cost an excessive amount of money. The trick is going to be how to set up a netted booth. I have explored a few options and I think I'm going to set up smaller versions of what the PSP uses for netting supports.
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:16 AM #7
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Have you considered instead of setting up a field just charging people to shoot? Bring a ref from your field and let people light him up. Get the ref some pads or a costume for some protection, turn the markers down to 200-225fps, and let people have 25 or 50 shoots for whatever price is profitable. Maybe bring a higher end marker with a ramping or full auto board and charge a premium to use that.

Its definitely not as fun as playing but could still make money. Its a lot less set up and take down. You don't have to give any prizes away. Whoever mentioned reballs above is on the right track too. Anything you can use over and over will put more cash in your pocket.
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At the field I use to work at Mt. Doom Paintball we did the local fair, and also the Oktoberfest. I was not there for the Oktoberfest fest, but the fair went real well. It stayed busy from open to close.



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At the field I use to work at Mt. Doom Paintball we did the local fair, and also the Oktoberfest. I was not there for the Oktoberfest fest, but the fair went real well. It stayed busy from open to close.



What are the dimensions of that and how much did it cost? Where could I go to find one?

How noisy was it to operate?
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:52 PM #11
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I wouldn't bother with the shooting at the person thing, there's no need and it opens up a whole world of problems. People are happy to shoot at targets
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:07 PM #12
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What are the dimensions of that and how much did it cost? Where could I go to find one?

How noisy was it to operate?
This was one of the ones we used for the JT shooting booth. We went to a few Wal-Marts in north Alabama and had a shooting display for all the new JT equipment. After it was over they sold us one of them. They are about 6x18 and real nice. It was easy to sweep up the reballs in a corner, clean them and keep going. As for noise it was not that bad. Shooting the markers was louder then the fan we used to inflate it.

Call JT maybe they still have a few they would like to get rid of.
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Old 01-22-2015, 03:14 PM #13
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Reballs are a fantastic idea. I can't believe I didn't think of that. I'll work on contacting JT about it. this would only be used 1-2 times a year, so the price has to be right.
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Call Chris at K-Pro and talk to him if your looking for a shooting booth.
We had one at Cup 2 years ago that I set up for DLX/GOG that used 3-10x10 pop ups, a 80' long Net for the sides and a 40' piece in the top.
worked great-Inexpensive, easy to ship and set up..
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Make sure you are applying for off-premise event coverage. Your insurance does not follow you around unless you pay for that endorsement. It's relatively inexpensive but still should factor into your costs.
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:03 PM #16
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We did it about 2 years ago.. Plan on doing 4-5 this summer.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:25 PM #17
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Mobile trailer expands to a 17 foot shot, targets rest on a pull chain, targets mounted on puck board, i bet you it is on its 20th year in use, paint funnels into 50 gallon pail, gunn barrel chained so it can not be turned, air line chained.....
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