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Midway Talk – September 24, 2009

Carnival contributor Bill Pfeifer reported that paid attendance at the New York State Fair hit its highest level in at least a quarter of a century and overall fair attendance grew more than it has in a decade, as families flocked to one of the most successful fairs in New York history.  In all 971,273 people attended the fair, which ran from Aug 27 through Sep 7.  The previous record was set in 2001 when over a million people attended the fair.  A total of 558,267 people bought tickets for the fair, giving it the highest paid attendance of any New York State Fair since 1984.

The 106th Florida State Fair, which opens on February 4, 2010 will have as its theme “Super Fair – Super Fun – Super Value.”  Bright Monkey Marketing, a Tampa communications group developed the 2010 logo and theme for the fair.

The Minnesota State Fair set a new attendance record of 1,790,497 for the August 27 through Sep 7 event.  That was 27,521 over the previous record set in 2001.  The total food and beverage gross was $25,239,855 and the total midway ride gross was $5,414,027.  The 2010 fair will run from August 26 through September 6.

The Nebraska State Fair, held in Lincoln since its beginning in 1868, will move 90 miles away to Grand Island for the 2010 event.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will take over the old fairgrounds converting it into a research campus.  Attendance at the 2009 fair was 367,203 representing an increase of 18.78 percent over 2008.  Belle City Shows provided the midway for the first time, taking over from Mighty Blue Grass Shows.