Alaska State Fair has successful year, despite low attendance
The Alaska State fair is calling this year's fair a success, despite lower attendance.
According to fair officials, ticket sales were down almost 3 percent in 2017. However, advanced sales tickets, which are 30 percent cheaper, were up more than 5 percent.
"The slight decrease in attendance was perhaps a reflection of Alaska’s economic uncertainty, as was the increase in fairgoers taking advantage of available discounts," ASF officials wrote in a press release Monday. "Sales of advance admission tickets – which offered discounts up to 30 percent – were up by 5.5 percent. Meanwhile, attendance on $2 Buck Thursday – when admission was just $2 between noon and 2 p.m. – was up 29 percent."
Another high note this year included, sold out concerts from Josh Turner, the Doobie Brothers and a record fundraiser for 4-H. Its livestock auction brought in $221,000 -- $6000 more than last year.
The Alaska State Fair thanks everyone who attended this year. By bringing friends or family, the fair said it made it "Better Together."
Next year, the state fair will take place August 23 through September 3.