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Industrial Arts Auction, carnival were big moneymakers at 2019 Mid-State Fair

Industrial Arts Auction, carnival were big moneymakers at 2019 Mid-State Fair
Posted at 5:46 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 00:34:24-04

Now that the 2019 California Mid-State Fair has come to a close, organizers are already looking ahead to next year.

The 2020 fair is scheduled to take place from July 22 to August 2. It will be the fair's 75th anniversary.

As for this year, the fair is celebrating a record haul from the Industrial Arts Auction. High school students whose creations were included in the auction made a total of $150,000.

The Helm and Sons Carnival also saw a 3.3 percent increase in revenue over 2018. The fair attributes the increase to the success of the opening day promotion, which offered all rides free with paid fair admission. Organizers say, "Riders were so impressed with the carnival that they returned day-after-day."

And for just the second time in the fair's history, there were two sold-out concerts - Cardi B and Blake Shelton. Last year, the Eric Church and Luke Bryan concerts sold out and overall, the fair sold about 78,000 concert tickets. This year's sales were a little lower, at 76,000 tickets.

Overall attendance was reportedly flat year-to-year at 426,000.