- 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.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide