Tulsa State Fair a Screaming Success!

Associate Editor

FAIR HELPS RED CROSS: Nearly $5,000 was presented to the American Red Cross to help the agency with its disaster relief at the Exposition Building after the Tulsa State Fair. Presenting the check are: Brad Snyder, Ford marketing, Mary Ogle, American Red Cross, Ashley Vanhoesen, Miss Oklahoma Rodeo 2005 and Bill Knight, United Ford.

D.J. MORROW INGRAM for GTR Newspapers

Nearly one million visitors helped set some record numbers for the 2005 Tulsa State Fair, with the final day being the second best Sunday in Tulsa State Fair history, Fair officials report.

From September 29 to October 9, 971,449 people passed through the gates of the Fair; 36,229 more people than in 2004. Financial statistics were good as well, with gate sales up 12 per cent over last year, food and beverage sales up by five percent, Midway ride coupon sales up ten percent and MEGA ride passes up by four per cent.

Paid events fared well with Disney on Ice making a huge splash, Finding Nemo showing a 31 percent increase over 2004 and the PRCA Rodeo selling out on Friday and nearly selling out Saturday.

The Junior Livestock Auction set a record this year, bringing in a 23 percent increase over last year’s numbers. This money benefits the 4H and FFA students and the scholarship fund. The Grand Champion Steer and Lamb brought in record amounts.

“The Fair staff worked very hard to bring in the best of the best for Oklahoma this year,” said Amber Phillips, fair manager.

Updated 10-25-2005

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