October 2, 2014
A plan to eliminate cash sales at food vendors and other Iowa State Fair attractions has been dropped following a heavy public backlash.
The Iowa State Fair Board canceled plans for the cashless payment system at a meeting Thursday. Officials announced Tuesday that they would sell 50-cent tickets online and at multiple locations at the fairgrounds in Des Moines for food and other rides. They said the new system would be more secure and speed up food purchases.
In response, some fairgoers said the hassle of lines and other confusion would keep them at home. Seventy-one-year-old Andi Blume said "it's just all an inconvenience." She said she and her husband don't attend events that use a ticket system.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement they were pleased with the decision. Reynolds also serves on the board.
The 2014 fair begins August 7th.