- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - While officials still don’t know if this year’s Oregon State Fair was profitable, the event saw increases across the board in paid attendance, sponsorship, and carnival and concession sales.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://is.gd/fidZ49 ) that paid attendance increased 18 percent during the 11-day fair from 226,000 in 2014 to 268,500 this year. Parking revenue increased 22 percent, carnival sales increased 20 percent and sponsorships increased 29 percent over last year.

Fair officials say many of those increases can be attributed in part to the milestone of this being the 150th state fair. Attendance was also buoyed by promotional days such as $1.50 admission on opening day.

Officials say they hope to know if the event was profitable by the end of the year.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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