Blowing Money at the Minnesota State Fair
Last Sunday I went to the Minnesota State Fair with my wife and brother. The Minnesota State Fair is no joke – it has the highest average daily attendance of all fairs in the United States. People come from all over the state (and surrounding states) to eat a ton of unhealthy food, visit exhibits, and enjoy the entertainment.
Just look at this sea of people who were at the Fair on Sunday:
In 2010, over the course of 10 days, 1,776,211 people went to the Fair. That’s approximately 148,000 people a day.
After reading Peter’s post at Bible Money Matters about how much money he spent at the fair, I decided to do something similar. Throughout the day we kept track of all the money we spent to see how much money we blew at the Fair.
Here’s our spending breakdown:
2 Tickets: $24
Parking: $0< (Free Park and Ride)
Corn on the Cob: $3
Large RC Cola: $2
Pronto Pup: $3.75
2 Large Pops: $5
Cheese Curds: $5.50
Deep-Fried Candy Bar: $4
Game/Ride Tickets: $10
Total Cost: $57.25
Not too bad, considering the State Fair only happens once a year. As you can imagine (or have noticed in your own experiences), it’s incredibly easy to blow money at the fair. There are some ways to keep costs down, but ultimately you are going to end up spending around $10 to get in and probably around $15 on food, minimum. The best thing to do is to set a budget before going and sticking to that pre-determined amount.
Did I forget to mention we are going again tonight? I guess we have some more expenses to factor in than I first thought!
Photos by Victoria Carlson