CENTRAL POINT, Ore. –The Jackson County Fair is over the Expo is nearly empty. Organizers said numbers in key categories significantly increased over last year.
Paid attendance is up 20% compared to 2013. Food and beverage sales increased between 25% and 30% compared to 2013, while the fair’s carnival did record business on Saturday. This time last year, organizers were wondering how to recover from a ten percent drop in attendance. Now, they said they’re back on track.
“I do know that promotion, kids 12 and under are free, that’s going to be a repeat going forward, and as you know that was privately funded. But, that really did make it an affordable proposition for families and what they did was look at the calendar, look at the programming and made their decision on when they were going to come,” said Jackson County Expo Manager Dave Koellermeier.
Also up this year was the money raised by 4H and the F.F.A. Organizers said when combined, the two organizations almost reached one million dollars.