Rain, economy hurting vendors at NM State Fair

September 18, 2011 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Fair officials say it’s the safest on record in the event’s 73 year history. But that doesn’t mean that the fair hasn’t been plagued by problems.

[auth] KOB-TV says lightning knocked out power at the fair on Saturday. And the station says many fair vendors say they’re down 30 to 50 percent in revenue this year.

The fair runs through Sept. 25 and the second Saturday is supposed to be the biggest money day for vendors.

But many vendors say fair attendees aren’t spending much many his year, possibly because of the weak economy.

They say the rain didn’t help sales, but they’re hoping that better weather in the fair’s final week will make up the difference in sales.

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