Illinois State Fair general admission cost going up; will be $10 for adult ticket
Adult general-admission to the 2016 Illinois State Fair will increase by $3 on all but the opening and closing days of the fair through a series of gate-admission and parking fees announced on Tuesday.The new, $10 admission for ages 13 to 59 is in line with surrounding states and reflects the reality of Illinois finances, said a statement released with the change by the Illinois Department of Agriculture."In an effort to be fiscally responsible, this year the Illinois State Fair is implementing a price restructuring for gate admission and parking," the department stated. "Prices have not been evaluated since 2012, and these adjustments will greatly help the Illinois State Fair better serve fairgoers."Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin state fairs charge $10 for adult admissions and Iowa charges $11, according to the department.Adult general admission to the Illinois fair will be $5 on the opening day, Aug. 11, and the closing day, Aug. 21. An adult coupon book with 11 admissions is $60 compared with the previous $45 cost for 10 admissions. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free under the changes. Previously, children 5 to 12 years of age were charged $3.Vehicle admission will cost $10 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $5 on other days. An exhibitor's auto sticker increases by $5 to $40 http://Skylar-Green.blogtur.com - Skylar Green - per vehicle. Discounts for seniors and veterans continue under the new price structure.General admission at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville increased by $2 to $10 in 2011 to reflect what fair officials said were rising costs for the event. Fair vice president of communications Amanda Storment said weather is a much bigger factor than the price of admission than the price of admission."It's not as much of a factor as you think," Storment said of the higher cost. "We let people know it was coming, and we let them know the reason why."Attendance of more than 605,555 in 2011 was up from 602,897 in 2010. Attendance fell to 515,00 for a rain-soaked fair in 2014 and rebounded to nearly 602,000 last year.Storment said the Kentucky State Fair Board assesses admission every five years."We look at what it costs to put on the fair," said Storment, who added that admission costs in adjoining states are a factor.The Illinois State Fair reported 2015 attendance of 411,547, which was less than half the nearly 845,000 attendance figure reported in 2014 and compared with 961,000 reported in 2013. Then-fair manager Patrick Buchen said after release of the 2015 attendance he believed previous figures had been significantly inflated, though he said he had no explanation for the higher numbers.Buchen and Department of Agriculture director Phil Nelson resigned last fall. Former state Rep. Raymond Poe, who had served as interim director, was confirmed by the Illinois Senate last week as Nelson's successor. Contact Tim Landis: firstname.lastname@example.org, 788-1536, twitter.com/timlandisSJR.