Last Saturday I took Peanut and one of her friends to the opening day of the Howard County Fair. A good time was had by all.
Later that evening I tallied up the cost of our day in West Friendship.
Admission (3): $15.00
Ride Bracelets (2): $36.00
Carnie games: $22.00
Food & Beverage: $15.00
This led me to wonder how the current recession might affect the fair. For many families, an expenditure of a hundred bucks for a day at the fair right now could be prohibitive.
In this report last month by Ana Bloom, Alex Johnson and Afsin Yurdakul on MSNBC, the reporters found that “many fairs and festivals around the country say they’re doing booming business this summer as families pass up expensive out-of-town trips in favor of cheaper ways to have fun.”
With four more days to go, it will be interesting to see if this holds true for our county fair.