News 12 @ 11 o'clock -- October 25, 2008
AIKEN, S.C. -- The Western Carolina Fair in Aiken opens it's gates for another year of fun and thrills; but with the current economy, organizers aren't seeing their usual business.
"We're down in our growth a little bit," said Doug Wolf, Director of Marketing for the Aiken Western Carolina Fair.
Wolf says other fairs in the area are reporting a 20 percent drop in business, numbers the Western Carolina Fair feared, but didn't reach.
"But as far as attendance this year, it's been very good," said Wolf.
Here at the fair, while admissions are still pretty good, the one place that's taking the hardest hit is here in the games.
"Make one you take one tonight!"
Fair workers say they've seen sales at the games plummet and working on commission really takes a toll on them and some of the vendors are feeling that pain too.
"On Saturday I was down maybe about thirty to thirty-five percent but on Monday and Tuesday, it was real bad. I was down at least about sixty percent," said Everett Walker, vendor at Western Carolina Fair.
From where you eat to where you play, the signs of the tough economic times are all around. But here at the fair, it's mostly causing a lot of growing pains.
"I think it's like everything else, it's really hurt the growth. It's hurting the growth of the country and it's hurting the growth of fair," said Wolf.
Wolf says the hard numbers aren't in just yet since the fair just wrapped up. One thing organizers do know is kids night was the big draw, bringing in some of the biggest crowds of the year.