PUEBLO, Colo. - The Colorado State Fair is right around the corner, and that means more than a few funnel cakes and cotton candy. The fair brings in millions of dollars to Colorado every year.
?It's a great impact to Colorado,? said Chris Wiseman, State Fair general manager.
The downturn in the economy didn?t change a thing.
?You know its amazing. The last two years we've seen a decline in the economy, and they've been out two fairs both attendance wise and profit wise,? said Wiseman.
In fact, a study done out of Chicago showed just how much money the fair brings in.
?It brings in $29 million to the state of Colorado,? said Wiseman.
A big portion of that comes right back to the Steel City.
?Of course, a lot of the economic impact hits Pueblo, but Pueblo is a part of Colorado,? said Wiseman.
More than 500,000 people flock to the area to attend the fair. Wiseman hopes that trend will continue.
?If we go over 500,000, I'll be ecstatic,? said Wiseman.
It?s not just visitors; vendors are also counting down the day.
?There's a lot of people who make a living going fair to fair, festival to festival,? said Wiseman.
One of those people is Patrick Crabtree. He is in charge of the fair?s carnival rides. The Colorado State Fair is his big moneymaker.
?This is it. We need this,? said Crabtree.
Crabtree lives in Pueblo every summer just to get ready for the state fair.
?We like the fair and we love living here,? said Crabtree.
He spends the rest of the year in Texas and traveling the country going from fair to fair.