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State Fair opens this week without smartcards

State Fair opens this week without smartcards

PUEBLO, Colo. - General Manager Chris Wiseman wants to remind fairgoers: cash is back. After experimenting with a cashless system last year, the fair decided to do away with it this year.

'We realized that the customer didn't like it," he said.

And neither did many of the vendors, including Tommy Giodone. "Our bartenders and our wait staff did not make any money as fair as tips go because nobody was exchanging cash."

Last year, fairgoers had to put money on a card if they wanted to purchase food or go on a ride.

"We want to make it about the customer this year and that's one of the reasons why the smartcard is gone," Wiseman said.

Giodone said, "It's all about cash. People have money in their pocket and they want to spend it. They don't want to be tied to do that."

Before the fair officially opens on Friday, more than 50 rides at the fair need to be inspected. On Thursday, the fair will open at 5 p.m. for a discounted rate for Sneak Peek Night.

Wiseman said there will also be a shuttle this year to transport people around the fairgrounds if they get tired. Additionally, fairgoers will be able to purchase a ride wristband at the admission gate.

Also new this year, the state fair has a mobile app that can be accessed by iPhone and Android users. It features a schedule of daily events. It can be found under Colorado State Fair.

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