The Iowa State Fair is currently running a commercial that claims to be the greatest state fair in Iowa. While that is true, since it’s the only state fair in Iowa, the fair sometimes struggles to make ends meet.
A state auditor’s report shows that nine of the fair’s 53 acts since 2008 have cost more to bring in than what is earned in ticket sales. Janet Jackson’s concert in 2011 may have been entertaining, it cost the fair about $107,000.
In 2013, three performers did not produce enough ticket sales to cover their fees. The fair had to come up with $91,000 to cover expenses.
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