Jackson County Fair performers bring economic boom

JACKSON MI (WLNS) – Sunday marks the start of the 162nd Jackson County Fair.

While some make it to the Jackson fair every year, today others have come for the first time.

Abby Stuck drove an hour and a half to see her favorite band.

“I’m with my friend and her family to come watch the Shinedown concert” Stuck said.

While this fifteen year old is excited for first concert, fair organizer Denise Owens said a variety of performers brings new faces and more dollars.

“Every time we have a show that’s a little bit different we bring new people in once they’ve been here….they come back every year and they look forward to see who’s coming back on the big stage” Owens said.

On average, 220,000 people will walk through the gates this week.

“Our impact on the economy is huge” Owens said as she explains how visitors help local communities.

But it isn’t only visitors who contribute to economic boom, fair vendors themselves also contribute.

“They are also going out and buying their groceries here, their stocking their stock trailers, their eating at local restaurants…” Owens said,

“We go to outside businesses ourselves and other necessities while we are here, toiletries, things like that and that helps the town’s commerce”. Colin Huggett of Fiske Foods said as he stood next to his elephant ear and funnel cake stand.

As ticket sales are already high and could lead to record numbers, Denise Owens has even higher hopes for the effects of the fair this year.


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