A Fair Profit
For all of the guff
The fair reports it has netted a $245,302 profit from its grandstand concerts despite spending about a half-million more to book shows, state officials told the Post-Standard of Syracuse.
Fair director Dan O’Hara and State Agricultural Commissioner Patrick Hooker said the fair netted nearly $250,000 more in 2008 than last year because Live Nation helped sell a record number of seats.
The state did not include all of its expenses, including up to $165,000 it paid to Live Nation, the paper reported.
The fair recently took heat for swapping its longtime talent buyer for Live Nation in a no-bid contract, and the Post-Standard recently reported O’Hara getting into a verbal scuffle with a fair usher.
The Aug. 21 to Sept. 1 fair’s bill included Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn/ZZ Top, Jonas Brothers and Ted Nugent, among others.