Gregg County Fair renews contract with carnival supplier


POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:07pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:14pm

The 2013 Gregg County Fair had more than twice the number of visitors than in 2012, the fair manager said on Monday, prompting organizers to ink a five-year contract with Las Vegas-based Todd Armstrong Shows, which provided the amusement rides for the nine-day event.

Billy Clay, who manages the fair for Longview Jaycees, said the attendance total from the event, which ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 14, was 83,246 people.

Attendance in 2012, when several evenings were rained out, was between 30,000 to 35,000 persons, Clay said.

“Response to the new rides and new set up was just tremendous,” Clay said.

Todd Armstrong Shows worked with the Gregg County Fair for the first time this year.

A representative with the company could not be reached Monday, but Lara Armstrong, a co-owner of the carnival said prior to the fair that she hoped the relationship would develop with the fair.

“We are really excited. We are hoping that this is a relationship that is developed for shows in the future,” Armstrong said. “The fair is going to be better than ever.”

Clay said that renewing the contract with Todd Armstrong Shows would allow the fair to bring in even more rides and expand on the fair grounds next year.

Read more stories from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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