Visitors crowd the midway at the Georgia National Fair in October.
By ANGELA WOOLEN
November 14, 2012
PERRY -- Revenue for the 2012 Georgia National Fair was up 2.2 percent, or $98,250, over last year, making it the second best fair in overall financial results, the comptroller for the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter said Wednesday.
During the November meeting of the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority, Ron Goldsby, chief administrative officer and comptroller for the fairgrounds, announced the fair grossed nearly $4.7 million, with an estimated net contribution of about $1.8 million after expenses.
The ride vendor, Reithoffer Shows, set an overall record in midway ride revenue of almost $3 million, of which the fairgrounds received a record of almost $1.3 million. This was a 10.5 percent increase from 2011.
“This was the highest gross he’s ever had here or anywhere he’s been,” Goldsby said of Reithoffer.
Gross attendance at the fair, held Oct. 4-14, was 445,395, an increase of 5,464 from 2011. Paid attendance was 257,711. This was the second-highest attended fair. The largest fair was in 2010 with an attendance of 465,053
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