Source: Triangle Business Journal – by Chris Baysden

The North Carolina State Fair’s take from Powers Great American Midways, the carnival operator at this year’s event, is nearly $4.1 million, according to spokesman Brian Long.

The fair already had announced that its attendance at the event topped the 1 million mark. But the carnival operator’s tab is based on the number of paid attendees, which clocked in at 788,318.

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Souce: Written by Jeff Hamlin/David Horn – NCNN

For the first time ever, the North Carolina State Fair has surpassed the 1 million mark in total attendance. Over the course of the fair’s 11-day run 1,091,887 went through the gates.

Going into the final day of the event on Sunday, the fair had already set a new attendance record. State Agriculture Department Spokesman Brian Long said the good weather helped. “Last year we had some cold weather, we had some rainy weather and this year really we’ve had, with minor exception, just fantastic weather the whole time. It’s just really made a difference,” said Long.

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Source: Cincinnati.Com

Soon-to-be displaced by the coming downtown casino, Bones Pictures & Toys paid $2 million for a 142,000-square-foot industrial building in Mariemont to house its toy buying, distributing and manufacturing business.

The company will move from a 50,000-square-foot building on Reading Road purchased in September by Rock Gaming Cincinnati, an entity associated with the developer of the $400 million casino at Broadway Commons. It is likely that the building will be demolished in coming months.

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Source: KRQE.Com

Whether it was the weather or closing on Mondays and Tuesdays, New Mexico State Fair attendance decreased from 611,231 in 2009 to 535,567 in 2010. Their revenue increased however by 14 percent.

Fair officials explained away the 14 percent decrease, saying the 2009 fair was 17 days versus 2010’s being only 13 days. Digging deeper, however, fair officials determined that the 2010 fair was “better attended than 2009″ on a day-by-day comparison. The biggest day in the last three years happened on Sept. 18, when 66,745 people attended the fair.

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