Created on Friday, 15 November 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nice weather and record attendance helped this year's Ohio State Fair turn a profit of $400,000.
Fair records show that higher revenue from ticket sales, entry fees and attractions more than made up for lower revenue from sponsorships and entertainment. Total fair revenue through October was $8 million.
It's the sixth straight year the fair has made money, with profits ranging from $200,000 to $400,000.
Thanks to the sunny skies, the fair had an attendance of 903,824, the most ever during a 12-day run.
Officials say profitable years make up for the years when attendance isn't so good.
Finance director Doug Smalley tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1e7pRwg) that the fair is in "an excellent cash position" and in good shape heading into next year's event, which will be July 23-Aug.3.