(INDIANAPOLIS) - Visitors to next month's Indiana State Fair will face higher gate admission prices and a first-ever parking fee as the fair returns after taking a financial hit in the wake of last year's deadly stage collapse.
Fair Executive Director Cynthia Hoye and Board Chairman Andre Lacy said the price hikes will pay for increased attractions at the fair, including more free concerts at the fairgrounds, lumberjack and extreme sport shows and other events. They said they're confident the added attractions will keep attendance and revenue up. Gate admission has risen from $8 to $10 - the first hike since 2006 - for the Aug. 3-19 fair. And The Indianapolis Business Journal reports a first-time $5 charge has been set for parking inside the fairgrounds.
The higher gate prices and the parking charge aren't geared to making up for the possibility of attendance and revenue losses due to fewer headline concerts and moving those shows from the fairgrounds to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, Hoye and Lacy said.
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