GREAT FALLS — The 2019 Montana State Fair wrapped up a few days ago, and according to a press release from Cascade County, it was "a strong year" with revenues of more $1,670,000.
Here are some excerpts from the press release:
Total paid guests at the fair this year was 76,077, compared to 74,580 in 2018. The total revenue was $388,500. Fair Gate Admission was off by $4,470 from the 2018 Fair which was $392,970.
Saturday, July 27, was the most visited day at the fair with 12,809 people.
The Food Concessionaires grossed $725,788, a slight dip of 1.09% from 2018. The Food Concessionaires busiest day was the first Saturday of the fair, grossing $116,033.
The Mighty Thomas Carnival set a record on both Saturdays during the fair. Saturday, July 27, brought in $114,440, and the following Saturday yielded $95,919. Over the course of the nine-day event, Mighty Thomas Carnival grossed $645,468, up by $3,302 from 2018.
Competitive Exhibitors were awarded $40,714 in premium monies. There were 5,223 exhibits to view by 700 exhibitors. The Junior Livestock Show and Sale grossed $31,860.
There were 43 vendors from Montana and 43 vendors from out of state. Total booth spaces filled by the vendors exceeded 179 booth spaces.
PRCA Big Sky Pro Rodeo attendance for the 4-night event was 6,673, up slightly from the 2018 attendance of 6,504. The total payoff for the PRCA Big Sky Pro Rodeo was $128,968.
Headline performers at this year's fair were Collective Soul, The Four Tops, Tracy Byrd, Hairball, Trace Adkins, Larry the Cable Guy, and child ventriliquist Darci Lynne.