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Iowa State Fair reverses course, will now allow cash sales

DES MOINES (KWWL) - The people have spoken: The Iowa State Fair will keep its current payment system in place.

The decision comes from the Iowa State Fair Board after a major public outcry when changes were announced this week to how people would pay for food and drinks.

In the proposed plan, fairgoers would buy tickets at different locations on the fairgrounds to pay for food and beverages.

Fair officials said it would be more secure and speed up food purchases. But mass criticism from potential attendees cited cost confusion and extra lines among the reasons they would abandon the fair altogether.

Even the governor was happy the change was reversed.

“I’m pleased the Iowa State Fair Board has listened to fairgoers’ concerns and decided to maintain its cash payment system," Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds serves on the State Fair Board, and took part in Thursday's meeting on a conference call.

“The people of Iowa take great pride in their state fair, so it came as no surprise that Iowans were quick to express their opinion on the decision," Reynolds said.
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