Local fair expected to pump $2M into community

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) –The Clark County Fair is expected to rake in more than $2 million dollars for the local economy.

According to Clark County Commissioner John Detrick, the annual fair draws in visitors from all over due to its proximity to Interstate 70.

“We’re going to have a lot of visitors. We’re right next to Interstate 70 which makes this an event that is easy to get to,” he said.

Allan Hess, Executive Director for the fair, tells us he’s looking forward to his 20th year running the fair.

“We’re excited. I’m optimistic that we’re going to have a good year,” Hess said.

He tells us that the fair is a place that can still thrive even in a down economy.

“The fair is certainly an economic, reasonably priced alternative than to take the kids and to go to a park someplace,” Hess added.

He believes that even in a recession, people are still able to to make small trips locally, instead of going out-of-state. But one big factor that could determine this year’s attendance is something he can’t control–the weather.

“High 70s, low 80s is perfect. You get above 90 and it discourages people to come out,” Hess explained.

More than 100 additional camping spots have been added this year, and the facility is now equipped with state-of-the-art wiring to prevent any fires.

Hess told us there’s a waiting list to get an RV spot at the fair.

Detrick says the fair will boost the local economy by about $2 million, with half of it going toward the fair.

“You’re going to be truly in rural America. You’re going to be smiling, and you’re going to be having a good time,” Detrick added.

While the fair generates a good chunk of its annual revenue through the fair week, the other 51 weeks throughout the year facility is being used by different shows and events, which generates an extra $750,000.

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