"We're here!" emphasized Carolyn McDougal. She is bored. "It's the slowest," said Lois Phillips. "Bad, it's a lot, it's killing us," said Nancy Fetterly. Her chili dogs are stuck in a rain delay. "
Mother nature is killing concessions. "Well, the weather is really crummy," said fair manager Herbert Higgs Jr. He's calling 2004 one of the worst weather season's for the South Plains Fair in over 30 years. "We're done about 20,000 in attendance," he said. Which translates into huge losses for the dozens of non-profit concession stands.
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"Sales are down about 60%," said Fetterly. Washed out revenues, normally earmarked for everything from religion to reading. "Books for the library, building remodeling," said Phillips. "We plan for this to be the largest fundraiser for the student ministry," said McDougal. "It goes into the school funds for improvements," said Phillips.
The message from vendors, grab those umbrellas, for a corn dog and a good cause. "It's not that bad out here," urged McDougal.
According to Fair Manager Herbert Higgs, the South Plains Fair has one of the largest numbers of non-profit concession stands in the country.