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Don't Go To State Fair Without This
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI-TV) Many of us don't carry a lot of cash around anymore because we use debit and credit cards, but if you're heading to the Iowa State Fair you will still need it.
Many food vendors still don't take cards.
Weston Crase shows pigs at the fair every day. He said Wednesday that using cash helps him stick to his budget.
"I would rather pay with cash. It's easier for me to handle and I know how much I have," said Crase.
The majority of food vendors KCCI's Cynthia Fodor spoke to insist on doing business the old fashioned way. The Fair Board is encouraging vendors to change with the times.
"Some people don't carry cash. I think a credit card would be nice or a debit card," said Lauri Niehaus of Sac City.
"The younger generation carries less cash and uses debit cards everywhere. It's convenience and customer service plus sales go up when you take credit cards," said Fair CEO Gary Slater.
Linda Filliman is a fair vendor who runs Coney Corner. She said the electronic transactions would cost her.
"We have sales tax included 6 percent and we pay the fair board so don't want any more to pay out," said Filliman.
The increase in costs to vendors would likely be passed on to customers.
"If we did decide to use credit cards, prices would go up," said Alyssa Cole of Coney Corner.
Slater said so many people ran low on cash that ATM's around the fairgrounds dispensed $3 million last year.