It will cost more to go to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this summer. The admission price is rising again. IPR's Sean Crawford reports.
Fair officials last hiked admission in 2009 to help offset a loss of state funding. That's the reason for the latest move as well. Fair Director Amy Bliefnick says adults will pay two dollars more for a total of $7 to enter the fairgrounds. Children and seniors will be charged $3, that's a dollar more. Bliefnick says the decision was necessary after state money the fair receives was cut by about $400,000. She expects no impact on attendance.
"The national average for adults is $9.05, so with our increase to $7 for adults, we will still be below the national average on adults. Senior citizens, the average is about $6.50. With $3 for seniors, we're way below the national average for seniors."
The fair's marketing budget will stay the same. Bliefnick says people around the state still need to be reminded about the fair, which takes place in August. Bliefnick also announced the grandstand lineup will include country stars Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Charlie Daniels, pop acts Demi Lovato and Train and rock groups Creed and Cheap Trick.
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