Saturday rain puts a damper on the Tulsa State Fair

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/28/2013 10:34 pm Published: 9/28/2013 9:02 pm

The rain has put a damper on cash coming into the Tulsa State Fair.

Vendors tell FOX23 they are frustrated with how few people they saw early Saturday.

Big crowds mean big money for them.

Jeff Smith operates a corn dog stand. He explained a good weekend to FOX23.

"People all up and down the midway. Like little space in between. Heads to heads to heads is a good Saturday."

Jose Bernaby, who works at a burrito stand on the midway, agrees.

"Wall-to-wall people walking around, buying, spending their money. We like that," he said.

But it was a different story early Saturday at the fair. The weather kept many people home, and cash out of vendors' hands.

"It is frustrating a little bit," Bernaby told FOX23.

He said he normally runs about 200 customers at mid-morning on a Saturday. Today, it was only five.

FOX23 checked out the indoor buildings, thinking they'd be more crowded, but we quickly found that wasn't the case.

Vendors there were just as worried.

"It feels more like a middle of the week kind of day. I think the rain just scared people off," Jose Turner said.

For the few fairgoers who did brave the weather though, it was a  dream -- a Saturday experience they weren't used to.

"We walked everywhere. There's no lines or anything," one told FOX23.

"It's been fun. It was cold and wet at first, then they opened up the rides and we've been going ever since," another fairgoer said.

It's what vendors hope everyone else will do, now that the rain is gone.

If you're wanting some fried food or live entertainment, you still have plenty of the weekend left. The midway is open until midnight Saturday and will reopen at 11 Sunday morning.

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t town253 - 9/30/2013 2:47 PM
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They the ones that shut down the rides anyways. Didnt start up until after 3pm. We had been there since 11:30. I am from Washington State (hence the area code 253) and they dont let a few drops stop them from running the rides. We had three books of coupons and I was afraid we wouldnt be able to use them. Thankfully they eventually started the rides and we were able to use them.
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