- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new report says the Utah State Fair draws fewer of its residents but costs the state more, compared to a handful of its counterparts.

The report released Wednesday from the Utah Auditor’s Office compares the annual celebration to those of Arizona, Idaho and New Mexico.

The audit says the three other states each hold their state fairs in their largest cities, but all three draw bigger crowds and avoid continuously dipping into state coffers.

The audit says the state could save money by using the Fairpark for other events, contracting out its operations, privatizing the grounds or selling them altogether.

But Utah State Fairpark Executive Director Michael Steele says Idaho and New Mexico draw more revenue by allowing gambling. He says Arizona’s more modern facilities can handle bigger crowds.

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