PUEBLO, Colo. — The Colorado State Fair, which starts Friday, isn’t necessarily about the rodeo, concert events and fried food, even though those are crowd favorites. To Pueblo, it’s about the green: the money the fair brings into the city.
A sneak peek event Thursday night gave attendees a chance to ride the carnival rides before the fair opened.
Fair general manager Sarah Cummings said annual fair attendance is usually just short of 500,000 people, so that’s a goal they strive to reach.
Because so many people attend the fair, it’s a good time to rope in tourists. Pueblo Chamber of Commerce president Rod Slyhoff said they have an information table to capitalize on the huge audience.
”That information booth isn’t necessarily information about the Colorado State Fair, which we do have. It’s about things that are going on in Pueblo, because we get a lot of questions about that,” Slyhoff said.
“We’re really proud to make an impact on our local community and on the state as a whole with a $34 million a year economic impact,” Cummings said.
An economic impact study on the fairgrounds found the venue brings in $34 million to the state each year, with $29 million of that coming from the fair alone.
Concerns have surfaced around carnival rides after a man was killed when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. Cummings said all of the fair’s rides have been inspected thoroughly. She said the rides are inspected before they get off the truck by carnival staff, and then the fair contracts people to inspect them again.
The event runs for 11 days, closing on Labor Day.
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