Gallatin County Fair Sets Records
The 2015 Gallatin County Fair could turn out to be the most successful ever. Nearly 3,400 people attended the XL Country concert with Terri Clark last Friday night, and gate admissions and carnival sales all saw record sales this year.
Below is the post-fair press release from the Gallain County Fair:
Admissions, carnival sales, concessionaire sales and the 4-H Market Sale all experienced leaps in numbers this week at the Gallatin County Fair in Bozeman, MT.
With no change in admission prices from 2014, gate revenues are up an astounding 53 percent with an average daily gain of 24 percent. Carnival revenues, which experienced an increase in wristband fees but remained at 2014 prices for presales, were up 21 percent. Early reports on concessionaires show a 63 percent increase over last year. The MSU Extension Office is reporting record sales from the 4-H Market Sale at nearly $100,000 over last year.
“We broke nearly every sales record we have so far,” said Lori Cox, general manager of the Gallatin County Fair. Revenues include gate admissions; carnival sales; concessionaire and commercial vendor sales; exhibitor and contestant passes; RV space rentals; and purveyor sales.
Programming at Gallatin County Fair changed significantly this year with free entertainment offered with Fair admission. Event attendance compared to 2014 was as follows:
2015 Attendance Numbers
Mutton Bustin’ and Pig Wrestling, Wednesday 619 (2014) 2,629 (2015)
Hot For Teacher, Thursday N/A 1,073
Terri Clark, Friday N/A 3,396
Bozeman Roundup, Saturday 836 (2014) 2,255 (2015)
Motor sports events including the Mountaineers 4x4 Truck Pull and Mud Bog, the Big Sky Motocross Challenge and the Bozeman Jaycees Demolition Derby were also free with Fair admission. While attendance was not taken due to a wide-open entry, bleacher seating was full with overflow crowds.
Final numbers, including total attendance, are expected to be published by August 1.