Bay Tek Introduces New-Generation Skee-Ball Lane For Carnivals

Posted On: 2/15/2019

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GIBSONTON, FL -- A new Skee-Ball carnival lane was launched at the Gibtown trade show here, according to the game's manufacturer, Bay Tek Entertainment (Pulaski, WI). The Gibtown fair, organized by the International Independent Showmen's Foundation, is the largest carnival trade show in the United States.

"We got a lot of great interest in the game at the show," said Bay Tek account manager Jeff Hudson. "This is a brand that's not going anywhere – in fact it's getting stronger, despite being 110 years old."

Bay Tek acquired Skee-Ball three years ago, and has been working to revive and update the brand while maintaining its original design integrity. The company reports that it has made substantial improvements to the quality and the service support of all Skee-Ball games, and these enhancements are reflected in the brand-new carnival alley.

The rail lighting has been glamorized to increase its allure, especially in night-time operation. New ball-chase LED illumination follows the ball up the ramp when the player releases it, an attention-getting effect that didn't exist on the original Skee-Ball lanes. The new piece is constructed of durable marine-grade plywood to withstand the harsh elements faced by carnival operators.

"We made significant changes to the Skee-Ball lane with the carnival market in mind," Hudson explained. "We know durability, dependability and striking aesthetics are crucial to this group, and we made enhancements to address all of those areas.

"There are a lot of alleys out in the carnival market today that are more than 30 years old," the Bay Tek executive continued. "Our customers deserve a quality option to replace them with." Since the new alley has been designed to be retrofitted into most existing Skee-Ball trailers, upgrading an existing installation should be no problem, he added.

From the time of its invention in 1908, Skee-Ball -- perhaps the first ticket redemption game -- has played an important role in American culture as  reflected in the amusement industry. The oldest arcade game in today's market, Skee-Ball has served billions of smiles for more a century and counting. Because of this rich history, the original alley bowler is freighted with a great deal of nostalgia, bringing up fond memories of simpler times and pure joy, Bay Tek pointed out.

"Whether being played during summer vacations on the boardwalk or at traveling carnival shows, Skee-Ball is a sentimental and meaningful game," the company noted. Cross-generational and unbiased with respect to the player's age and capability, its immense popularity has built very extensive brand recognition. That popularity has continued to rise since the brand was acquired by Bay Tek in 2016.

Order the carnival alley by contacting Jeff Hudson at (610) 554-7499 or jhudson@baytekent.com. Click here to learn about the alley.

Founded in 1977, Bay Tek Entertainment is a family-owned and operated business committed to providing fun and profit through innovative entertainment products and services.

STEP RIGHT UP: New from Skee-Ball is this carnival model, shown here installed in a trailer containing 10 lanes. Game is built using marine plywood for extra durability in harsh environments, and equipped with eye-catching LED chase lights that track the ball up the ramp.