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Grandstand ticket sales at Kansas State Fair wane

Associated Press - November 3, 2016 10:36 pm

The 2016 Kansas State Fair had its second best attendance in at least 40 years, but the number of people gracing the grandstand at the fairgrounds continues to wane.

The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/2ehUMdW) reports that nearly $360,000 people attended the state fair this year, but the fair lost a net $56,905 in grandstand tickets sales. That includes revenue from concerts, the demolition derby and the truck and tractor pull. Grandstand acts have collectively lost money six of the past eight years.

Some numbers reported to state fair board members Wednesday were positive, including the number of young people who participated in the Kansas’ Largest Classroom Program.

The board also reported a record high of more than $257,000 for the fair’s corporate club sponsorship.

Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com.

Danny Engling

November 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm

VIP seating at the fair concerts has turned me away. Before VIP we were able to enter the handicapped area and take photos for a few minutes. Seems to me the fair went from a great place to catch a concert to a “fair” place. (I make no apologies for the pun)

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