State fair vendors report sales down after tragedy - WDRB 41 Louisville News

State fair vendors report sales down after tragedy

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Vendors at the Indiana State Fair estimate sales may be down by as much as one-quarter due to decreased attendance following the fatal collapse of a stage.

The Indianapolis Star reports even free admission Friday won't be enough to make up for lost sales. Washington Township Lions Club treasurer Marilyn Martin-Jeter estimates the club's roasted corn sales will be down by at least 25 percent. Jewelry stand owner Will Caudill figures his sales will be off 25 to 30 percent from last year.

A 60 to 70 mph wind gust August 13th caused the stage rigging to collapse into a crowd as it was waiting for country duo Sugarland to perform, killing six people and injuring dozens. The state fair shut down the following day.

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