Tulsa fair attendance down 7%, official says loss of Bell's irrelevant

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:58 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The 2007 Tulsa State Fair saw attendance dip and ride-related accidents rise. The fair drew 987,057, down 7 percent from 2006. The fair also saw Mega Ride pass sales decline 10 percent and midway coupon sales plummet 29 percent. Bjorklund said he doesn’t believe the closing of Bell’s Amusement Park at the fairgrounds had anything to do with the lower attendance. Bell’s had coordinated its amusement park rides with those offered on the fair’s midway until its lease expired in November 2006.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 10:49 AM
Bjorklund said he doesn’t believe the closing of Bell’s Amusement Park at the fairgrounds had anything to do with the lower attendance.

Maybe if they repeat it over and over again some people might actually believe that it's true.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 11:50 AM
Ummm, yeah.

I'm glad... the fair got what it deserved. I hope attendance continues to drop each subsequent year.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 12:00 PM
Yeah, I'm not sympathetic either. I still don't understand how nobody got sued on the basis of some impropriety or something.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 12:53 PM
Boren's Law: If the facts don't fit the theory, they must be disposed of.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 1:06 PM
The fair grounds just wasn't the same, I went because of work obligations, but I didn't take my family. It felt very empty without Bell's signature rides (Zingo, Log Flume, Car ride, etc.). People talk about how "run down" Bell's was - but even at Bell's lowest point a few years ago - their rides were still in better condition than anything that Murphy Bros. brought.

The Tulsa Fair isn't anything "special" anymore. With Bell's gone all you have is a carnival.

Because of the way this went down, I fully expect the vote for the river improvements today in Tulsa County to go down in flames. People have lost confidence in the leaders.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 4:51 PM
^Using the word "leaders" a bit liberally there? ;)

Here's hoping Robbie takes Bell's to someplace where they'll be appreciated, and SOON!

As for this: "Bjorklund said he doesn’t believe the closing of Bell’s Amusement Park at the fairgrounds had anything to do with the lower attendance." Personally, I'd have blamed the weather! ;)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 5:06 PM
Two accidents injuring 4 children on the Pinfari coaster alone probably didn't help matters either:

http://newsok.com/article/3141064/1191589429

The Tulsa World article mentions 8 ride related accidents. Yeah I'd want to go to that fair too. NOT!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2007 10:23 PM
"The state Department of Labor reported last week that of the eight ride-related incidents, five were caused by operator error; two were caused by patron error; and one was caused by mechanical error."

Lovely thought. Under what rock did they find these operators?

"In addition, Bjorklund said, entries and exhibitors to the livestock shows increased 10 percent over last year."

Well, yah-frickin-hoo! Maybe they'd do a better job operating the rides.

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