It looks like the U.P. State Fair Authority and everyone who worked so hard to make this year's fair a success has accomplished their mission.
According to an audit of ticket sales, this year's fair - the first under local control - was an overwhelming success. In all 51,500 people went through the gates of the U.P. State fair last week. The Authority had hoped that 45,000 would come. Their goal was exceeded by 6,500 people. Although these figures are still unofficial, it looks like the fair surpassed everyone's hopes.
Revenues were also a bright spot for the fair. The fair exceeded expected revenue at the gate by $14,000. Carnival revenue was also over expectations.
The Delta Commerce Center serves as the managing arm of the Authority. Vicki Micheau, director of the Delta Commerce Center, said last week the future of the Upper Peninsula State Fair looks bright.
We couldn't agree more.
This year's outcome was exactly what the U.P. State Fair needed in its its first year under local authority. This year's numbers surpassed those set in 2009 - the final year the U.P. State Fair spent under the control of the state of Michigan.
Sure, the fair wasn't perfect. There will always be room for improvement and things that should be changed. The 2010 U.P. State Fair, however, has exceeded expectations. Organizers of the fair should be proud. Due to your efforts, it seems that the U.P. State Fair does have a bright future ahead.
To have such a successful first year, you are definitely doing something right.