Fairs Help Local Economy

ALBERT LEA, MN — For some, county fairs mean entertainment and trying some of that food.

But, they bring much more to the table than just that.

They can also be very beneficial to the towns they are located in.

Fairs, like this one in Albert Lea, provide businesses and other establishments a chance to bring in more revenue.

With the additional entertainment, it also provides a big boost with more people in town.

“It’s not unusual to see people from Mason City, to see people from Owatonna, Austin, Rochester coming for particular entertainers,” Randy Kehr of the Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce said. “And, when they come, they stop in our convenience stores and they run into our grocery stores.”

He adds fairs provide non-profits in the communities a great chance to raise money during the week.

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