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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Crown Center contracts with new vendor for Cumberland County Agricultural Fair

By Gregory Phillips, Staff writer

FROM: fayobserver.com

Thu Jun 30, 2011

Fayetteville, NC--Hoping to attract more visitors, the Crown Center has switched operators for this year's Cumberland County Agricultural Fair.For the past eight years, J&J Amusements supplied the carnival rides for the event.

Since 2009, the company has been responsible for the whole fair.

But the Crown is contracting with Hildebrand Rides Inc. of Florida for this year's event, which takes place in September. Hildebrand last handled the rides for the fair at the Crown in 2001.

Crown officials have released few details of the change ahead of a public announcement expected in late July.Last year, patrons paid $6 for admission or $20 for an unlimited ride wristband. This year, tickets will cost $10, rides included, or $8 in advance, according to a memo detailing the contract.According to memos detailing the deals with each company, Hildebrand will pay $7,000 less in rent up front to the Crown than J&J did and a lower facility fee per ticket sold.

J&J paid $37,852 in rents and fees in 2010. After operational expenses, the Crown made $10,498 profit on the event.It's hoped the lower, all-inclusive admission price will attract more visitors and result in more revenue - and a better fair.

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