Gas prices to effect fair costs?

June 25, 2008 4:46:01 PM PDT
Soaring prices for gas and food seem to be having a ripple effect just about everywhere you look. In the Triad, that includes the Midway. Reports say the Dixie Classic Fair set for October in Winston-Salem will cost more to enjoy this year.

Word is higher prices for gas and food will lead to higher prices for fairgoers at Winston-Salem's annual Dixie Classic this fall.

Could the same fate affect Raleigh's fair?

Its director says "no."

"Our ticket prices will be the same as they were in 2007, we've made no changes to the price structure," Fair Manager, Wesley Wyatt said.

And Wyatt says the Midway operator, powers Great American, has no intention to raise the price of rides.

He says everyone is trying to keep the fairgoers prices the same by reducing operating costs.

Many of the rides are switching to LED lights and generators --which guzzle gas-- will be used more efficiently, quickly turned off near closing time each night. One wildcard --food.

"We've not been made aware of any changes that our food vendors are going to make, but they're independent food concessioners, so they may or may not have any changes in their prices," Wyatt said.

The fair will run one extra day this year. It starts on Thursday October 16.


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