Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Illinois State Fair sets all-time revenue record
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Illinois State Fair sets all-time revenue record

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

* Press release

It’s official: the 2019 Illinois State Fair is the most successful in state history with over $6.5 million in estimated revenue. This year’s all-time record exceeds revenue brought in for the 2018 fair by approximately $750,000 and surpasses the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013.

“I’ve had more fun at the state fair than almost anything else I’ve done in the past eight months, and I’m proud that so many families enjoyed everything the fair has to offer – and it’s no wonder this fair is one for the history books,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This fair brought in record-breaking revenue of over $6.5 million, highlighted our tremendous agriculture industry and supported incredible small businesses from across the state. I’m grateful to our hardworking team at the Department of Agriculture for making this possible and already looking forward to next year’s fair.”

“The success of this year’s Illinois State Fair is a testament to the hard work of our staff, not only during the fair but throughout the whole year,” said John Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “The buildings and grounds crew made the fairgrounds look more beautiful than ever and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon came up with new ways to bring more people back to the fairgrounds. After a lot of hard work, Illinoisans have a lot to celebrate.”

Today’s revenue announcement comes on top of a record-setting year at the grandstand with 63,633 tickets sold, bringing in a record $2.3 million. Estimated attendance totals of nearly 509,000 were 37% higher than 2018’s projection of just over 370,000, making it the largest attendance since 2014.

This data represents conservative estimates, with the final numbers being released for 2018 and 2019 in the auditor’s report in October or November.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 10:47 am:

    Great news. Congratulations and thanks to all who made it successful.

    On the other hand, the Confederates’ boycott was an abysmal failure and so well-deserved. But all isn’t lost. Maybe some of these folks can get hired by those who professionally trash Illinois.


  2. - Sonny - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 10:52 am:

    JB did better than Rauner while standing on one leg.


  3. - City Zen - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    Good times on the fair circuit. Both Iowa and Wisconsin state fairs also set attendance records this year.


  4. - Bourbon Street - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 11:29 am:

    @ Sonny: You are correct, and I would add that J.B. (stupid iPad keeps adding initials) could do better than Rauner while standing on his head.


  5. - Pick a Name - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 12:02 pm:

    Pretty sure those acts, or most of them, were booked before JB took office. Throw in good weather and that is the recipe for success.


  6. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:03 pm:

    ===were booked before JB took office===

    Yeah. I kinda think that Bruce did not book Snoop.


  7. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:08 pm:

    Combination of good weather and a string of good acts at the Grandstand contributed to it.

    And it was great to see the “I ain’t a goin’ to tha State Fair cuz they doan like thuh Confederate Flag” crowd be made to look like the blowhards that they are.


  8. - Marty Meh-lan - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 1:35 pm:

    Now we just need to have 1,086 more of them to pay off the state’s bill backlog.


  9. - Hemi345 - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    i Am assuming that the Department of Revenue collected Retailers Occupation tax on a portion of that Revenue? How about showing what taxes were collected this year as opposed to previous years


  10. - Hemi345 - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 2:31 pm:

    Oh I forgot. The Department of Revenue no longer has tax collectors at the fair attempting to collect taxes on out of state vendors doing a cash business


  11. - Pick a Name - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 3:04 pm:

    C’mon Rich, Bruce is a big fan of Snoop!


  12. - Alex Ander - Thursday, Sep 19, 19 @ 4:14 pm:

    == And it was great to see the “I ain’t a goin’ to tha State Fair cuz they doan like thuh Confederate Flag” crowd be made to look like the blowhards that they are.==

    Oh, go look at WSIL’s Facebook page. They think this is fake news. They’re in full “tin foil hat” mode right now.


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Lightfoot again says she'll have to raise property taxes unless Springfield helps
* *** UPDATED x1 *** WBEZ: Feds raid Jay Doherty's City Club office, John Hooker cut loose as Kasper lobbyist
* East St. Louis closes fire house, lays off firefighters to help make pension payments
* Question of the day
* “The number of defendants would be many more”
* CTU strike bits and pieces
* Today's corruption roundup
* I think they call this a "meta" post
* Lightfoot unveils congestion tax
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* IPPFA wants to spend $480K on lobbyists to stop Pritzker consolidation
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller