Fair keeping ticket prices for admission same as 2013

There will be no increase in ticket prices this year for the Hancock County Fair.

The fair board has tried to maintain ticket prices, in order to encourage families and visitors to attend the celebration that runs from Wednesday through Labor Day.

“I don’t think we’ve priced ourselves out of the entertainment business,” said Dave Thomas, fair operations coordinator.

Steady ticket prices have contributed to growing attendance at the fair, according to Thomas and Tom Warren, fair board president. About 130,000 visitors attended last year’s fair, and Warren expects this year’s attendance to increase, as long as the weather cooperates.

A season ticket, which admits an adult and their children 15 years old and under throughout the fair, costs $21 and can be purchased through Thursday.

Anyone who is 17 or younger can purchase what is called a “school ticket” for $15 through Thursday. The ticket admits that person throughout the fair.

Daily admission costs $7 at the gate and admits an adult and their children if they are 15 or younger.

All men and women serving in the military will be admitted free with identification. Veterans and senior citizens can attend the fair for $2 on Wednesday with identification.

The demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, and motocross showcase each cost $5 to attend for adults. The demolition derby also costs $3 per child and $15 for a pit pass.

Burton Brothers Amusements will again be providing fair rides this year.

Ride wristbands allow anyone to get on as many rides as they want during their visit to the fair. On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, ride wristbands cost $18 per person. On Thursday and Saturday, ride wristbands are available for $12.

People participating in 4-H will be eligible for $12 wristbands throughout the fair.

Individually, ride tickets can be purchased for $1 per ticket, 20 tickets for $18, and 60 tickets for $50.

On Labor Day, each ride will cost $1.

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