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Profits up at the county fair, CEO says

The Del Norte County Fair was a financial success, according to Randy Hatfield, CEO of Del Norte County Fair.

While attendance was consistent with last year’s fair, profits rose slightly.

“People spent more when they came to the grounds,” said Hatfield.

Total gross for the carnival was $151,000, of which the fairgrounds receive about 40 percent of the profits, Hatfield said. Last year’s gross was $146,000.

“It’s a big money-maker for us,” said Hatfield.

Total gross from food sales was about $96,000, from which the fairgrounds will receive 20 percent, Hatfield said.

The livestock auction also generated a fair amount of income for the children who sold their animals, Hatfield said.

There were fewer entrants than last year, but the prices people were paying were higher, he said.

Chickens were sold at $70 per pound, Hatfield said.

“We’ll have a lot more chickens next year because of that,” said Hatfield. “That was good for the kids — this year’s buyers opened up their pocketbooks and a made a nice impact on them.”

Hatfield is looking for suggestions from the community for ideas to fill some gaps in entertainment left from acts that will not be picked up next year, particular for the fair’s Friday night schedule.

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