2021 Grant County Fair sees substantial increase in revenue
LAKE MOSES – A larger crowd spending more money, along with price increases, have pushed the Grant County Fair revenue this year to nearly $ 650,000.
Fairground manager Jim McKiernan said on Wednesday total revenues were around $ 648,000, including the Davis Shows Northwest Carnival Fair Cup and beer garden. This represents an increase of about $ 200,000 from 2019, he said.
The equitable turnout was around 72,000 people, McKiernan said.
Campground revenues increased from 2019, as did parking revenues. More and more companies and individuals have also purchased referrals, McKiernan said.
In a meeting with Grant County Commissioners on Monday, McKiernan said most food stalls, whether from community groups or commercial vendors, have also seen significant increases in their income. There were fewer food vendors in 2021, he added.
“It was a good fair,” McKiernan said.
In addition, fairground officials have increased camping and parking fees, a change expected to take effect in 2020, McKiernan said. Parking is free in the public car parks of the fairgrounds, but people who park inside the park during the week of the fair must pay a fee. Sponsorship fees have also been increased. Carnival owners have raised prices for 2021, he said.
However, people attending the fair also spent more money, he said. Fairground officials expected an increase in income, he said, but not as much as has happened.
He said he was unsure whether the increase in fair attendance would become a trend or if 2021 was an outlier.
The Grant County Fair had lovely weather, with temperatures in the ’80s rather than the’ 90s and over 100 from the previous six weeks, which could have drawn more crowds.
It also happened after most of the restrictions taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic were suspended and before they were reimposed.
The show has attracted people who haven’t been to it for a while and maybe the experience will bring them back next year, he said. But another possibility was that people were simply looking for a place to go after more than a year of movement restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The fair was a bit normal, where so much has been abnormal over the past two years,” he said.