Economy Not Affecting Bangor State Fair 

It’s opening weekend at the 160th Bangor State Fair, and according to organizers,it’s so far so good.”Yesterday was a banner day,” says Mike Dyer, Director of the fair, “we were really pleased, we had 15,000 people on the fairgrounds.”To try and combat the strugling economy, fair officials have introduced the $10 wristband, which gets you admission to the fair as well as unlimited access to all the rides.The promotion has many fairgoers wanting to make a return trip to bass park.”Everybody seems to love it,” says Dyer, “even the people who are soaking wet waiting to get on rides and stuff were going to go home and take a day off and come back on tuesday or saturday, i think it’s the right thing to do for the times.”The economy isn’t the only concern. The folks who run the fair know that an event like this is at the mercy of mother nature. “The weather has been good, you do 10 days outdoors you understand your gonna get a little bit of bad weather, you’re gonna catch a few bad breaks.”While business seems to be booming inside these gates, what effect does the fair have on other local businesses?”We definitely get pretty busy,” says Lindsey Mckay, a server and bartender at Paddy Murphys in Bnagor. “Everybody is kind of in town, we get slammed all at the same time, everybody decides decides they want to go have lunch and dinner at the same time.”Up to this point all signs are pointing to a wildly successful year, both here on the fairgrounds and for buisnesses in the area.”We’re way ahead of last year,” says Dyer, “we had some real tough breaks with weather and lost what would have been some really big days, right now we’re 1/3 of the way to last years total after two days.””It’s awesome,” adds Mckay, “it brings in a great crowd, everyone is excited, it’s an awesome atmosphere, yeah we’re definitely pretty busy.”