Arnold Amusements has provided the midway at Durand Railroad Days for years, but won't be returning in 2017. The Durand Railroad Days Festival has announced that Chesaning-based Big Rock Amusements will bring the midway to this year's Railroad Days festival, May 18th through 21st.
Matt and Kelly McDonagh purchased Matt's father's company, McDonagh's Amusements, in 2012 to grow their own company, Big Rock Amusements, which they founded in 2010 after purchasing Georgia-based Jules and Beck Combined Shows.
Matt and Kelly are the third generation McDonaghs operating McDonagh's Amusements. Matt's Grandparents, Bruce and Ruth, built the company more than 50 years ago from a shetland pony ride.
Today, Big Rock Amusements has all the classic and best carnival rides, like the Himalaya, Alien Abduction (aka Gravatron), Sea Ray (aka Sea Dragon), Sizzler (aka Scrambler) and Tilt-a-Whirl. One of Big Rock's newest attractions is the Giant Wheel, a massive 80-plus-foot ferris wheel with gondola seating and thousands of computer-controlled LED lights.
Authorities believe a 1984 Durand graduate was murdered by her husband of 13 years in West Michigan on January 11th 2015, and now, more than two years later, her mother, daughter, granddaughter and other family and friends are still looking for answers that can only come with the capture of authorities' number one suspect, Harold "Butch" Knight.