10 Ways the Oklahoma State Fair helped (and hurt) the economy!

According to an article by KFOR, the 2021 Oklahoma State Fair allegedly contributed $103 million to the Oklahoma economy. At least that's what the people who run the fair told us: Officials with the Oklahoma State Fair say 900,000 people visited the state fair for new food, shows, competitions, rides, and more. In all, 25% of visitors came from out-of-town for the event, while 75% of fairgoers were local.


As a result of the event, officials say the fair brought in $103 million in direct spending to the Oklahoma City economy.


So, basically, 75% of the $103-million was spent on the State Fair instead of on other things that impact the economy, like local restaurants and bars, retailers, etc. Isn't that a bit like robbing the world's smallest horse to pay a carnie?


While I wouldn’t doubt that my brethren (and myself) shelled out millions for fried food and tickets to rides to throw it all up on, I think the financial benefits and implications of the State Fair is a little more complicated than that.


Here are 10 ways the Oklahoma State Fair helps and hurts the economy...


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