State Fair attendance significantly down due to tight economy

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Low attendance at state fair compared to last year

PHOENIX - The tight economy has taken hold on an Arizona institution, the state fair.

3TV found it is a problem at state fairs across the nation but our fair is taking a big hit. There are thousands and thousands of fewer guests this year compared to the same time last year.

Bonita Garma and her husband brought their daughter, but they almost did not make it. Garma says, "Because the economy is pretty bad right now and funds are pretty low."

By the looks of the empty seats around the fair, they are not alone. This year there have been more than 46,000 fewer guests compared to the same time last year. Nevertheless, fair officials insist there are ways around it.

Kristi Walsh, with the state fair, explains, "Regular price is $12 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors but very few people should be paying full pricewe have so many admission discounts this year."

There are currently more discounts than they have ever had in the last 124 years of existence.

Walsh remains optimistic and says that fair still has a shot at raising attendance over the next two weeks. "I think that everyone in the gloom and doom of the economy still wants to have a release from that and the state fair is a great place to do it."

That is the reason the Garma's say they came in the first place.

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