The Numbers Are In...But, Was The Fair A Success
Filer, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The 96th annual Twin Falls County Fair is in the books.
After six days of rides, great food and fun, The Twin Falls County Fair has come to an end.
But, the numbers are a little disappointing.
"We were a little bit down from last year. The grandstand event last night wasn't very well attended and that's kind of what drives our evening crowd," said John Pitz, Manager, Twin Falls County Fair.
Only a few hundred people showed up even though this year's grandstand event was free.
As Pitz explains, the Monday night event could end up on the cutting room floor next year.
"It's pretty tough in this economy to get people to come out six nights in a row," said Pitz.
The numbers were right on par until last night.
Overall, 22–hundred fewer people showed up this year, bringing the 2012 total to...
"78,000 and change," said Pitz.
Despite all that the fair was still a success.
"We had a lot more pre–sale this year and really good attendance this year at the concert as well as the rodeo," said Pitz.
There's also significant impacts on the overall economy.
"When you look at the economy and how it's impacted by the fair a lot of that activity really happens within the confines of the fairgrounds. But, there's definitely spill over into the rest of the economy," said Shawn Barigar, Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce.
So, which merchants saw the most success this year?
"This is a food fair. People come out to this fair to eat deep fried something," said Pitz.
The number one favorite food at this year's fair was mini donuts – selling 1 million orders of the sugary treat.
Vendors said sales were down significantly this year.
But, the one's that have regular stores also said they usually see an uptick in business after the fair.