5 Ways Drones HELP Events

5 Ways Drones HELP Events

Deggeller Attractions, as well as their fair partners, are utilizing drone technology to help their show.  Some venues are worried about these new devices, but this up and coming technology has many benefits. Drones can be a valuable tool to developing a better venue.

Main Midway at The State Fair of Virginia


  • EMT’s and security and management can have a better map of the venue.

For emergencies on the grounds during an event, the EMT and securities who are hired for that event may not always know the names of each ride or game.  Having a detailed map to give to both the main fair office and carnival office can be a huge help. This way they can distribute these maps to the right outlets such as the fair board, security, and EMTs. It allows people to be more informed and for the show to run smoothly. If someone over the radio says, “We need EMTs at the “Hang 10” some might not know what the “Hang 10” looks like. Is it a ride? Is it a game? Food Booth? Building? This detailed map eliminates the guessing. Deggeller Attractions has now taken layout photos of all of our spots to ensure the safety of our employees and patrons.


  • Better use of space on the grounds

Deggeller Attractions has also used drone photos to utilize space that has been overlooked from the ground. By providing an aerial view of the grounds, the carnival can see what areas they can still utilize on the midway. Another perspective is sometimes all someone needs to change the whole show. The goal is to create a midway that people get “lost in” with so much to do and no open spots to get out. It is almost a fun trap for the average fairgoer.

Kiddie Land at The State Fair of Virginia


  • Implementing ideas for the following year

Being able to know a carnival/ fair layout from year to year and spot to spot is important. For Deggeller Attractions it’s a tool used to explain to fairs what worked and what didn’t from year to year. It is easier to show someone the exact spot we are talking about for revision for the next year. Sometimes planning committees don’t get going right after the fair ends, and it is hard to remember the layout and revisions after a few months, so by providing them the photos, it helps with the visual picture.


  • Know the parking layout ahead of the event

With many different venues it’s difficult for carnival operators to know where to park all of their equipment. Rides, stock, kitchens, and homes all have a place and a spot they have to go. Side note: Stock takes up a lot more room than most people think. The issue is everyone rolls in at a different time on many loads. The driver doesn’t have time to ask around to see if it’s okay to drop the load in a particular spot. By giving the truck drivers a map of where the truck was parked last year, they can park it once and efficiently at the time they get to that venue.  Having efficient parking when carnivals pull up to venues saves time in the long run. The back end of the carnival is just as big as the front.

Parking For Stock and Trailers


  • Proactively looking at past photos makes the event better.

Look at last year’s event and layout.  By having an aerial shot of the layout, Connor’s Corn Dog Stand can’t say, “I was on the main strip next to the Giant Wheel last year. I want that location back.” With 300 some vendors, does one really know where everyone was exactly? Maybe! But it is always nice to look back at the aerial shot.  It is also helpful when John Smith says, “My truck was parked there last year.” We can confirm or deny this based on the footage. This is a fool proof way to solve some everyday issues that events and venues encounter.

Drones can be scary at first, but they can help an event in so many ways. Start focusing on the positives instead of worrying about the negatives. Having video or photos from a different perspective is fun for the event goers, as well as the event managers and personnel. 


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