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7/11/2014 10:45:00 AM
Fair Too Costly

Editor, Times-Union:
I have always enjoyed the fair and so have my children. But it seems the fair has just gotten ridiculously expensive. I have several complaints about the fair.
Not only do you have to pay a lot, in my opinion, just to walk into the fair, but then you have to pay so much just to allow the kids to ride the rides. I feel for the families who have multiple children: $7 for an adult and $5 for kids under 12 just for admission.
In my opinion, those who ride the rides and are spending the most at the fair are the children, whether they are 5 or 17, but if they are over 12 they are charged an adult fee. My 14-year-old daughter had $30 to spend for bracelet day. She decided to go early to receive the early free admission since she had to spend $20 just for the bracelet. She arrived with all of her friends at noon only to find that rides did not open until 3 p.m. – 3 p.m.?
As they were waiting for the rides to open they were told not to sit on the chairs because that was considered loitering. It’s a fair, I didn't know you had to keep moving at a fair or you would be considered to be loitering.
These children spent  $20 for a bracelet to ride for a few hours because most parents I am sure are not going to stay late on a work night. Out of the five “big” rides, the biggest and the most popular was broke down on the most popular night of the fair.  I just think the fair has become out of control when it comes to how much money they are expecting people to pay.
Adults who just want to go in and eat are forced to pay $14 just to walk in. I do not think that is right. I think from now on we will save our money that is usually spent on the Kosciusko Fair and find something the whole family could enjoy.
Jolene Stanley
Warsaw, via email

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