Gregg County fair sees huge losses after hurricane Ike

Short of using the term disastrous, bad weather and hurricane evacuations spelled trouble for the Gregg County Fair last week.

Organizers say it takes a small fortune to put the 4 day event on every year. That includes paying for vendors and entertainment events.

It costs around $70,000 dollars to put on the fair. In 2007, the fair drew near record crowds and turned a profit, which all goes to local charities.

But this year, the fair closed on Saturday, which accounts for two thirds of their gate admissions total. An estimated lost of around $40,000.

"When you have Saturday for 12 hours close, 45,000 people that's going to be coming through the gates you just can't make it up. There's just no way humanly possible to do it. The carnival lost money all the way around so it's a big devastation to everybody. We'll just cinch it up and try again next year," said Billy Clay, the fair organizer.

Unfortunately, since the fair is in the red this year, no money will go to scholarships and local charities.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.