Study Says State Fair Brought Millions to Grand Island Area

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) -- A recently completed study by the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce has found that the Nebraska State Fair's economic impact on the community exceeds $22 million.

Chamber president Cindy Johnson said that the study took into account both the State Fair's 2013 budget of $7.6 million and estimated spending of $14.7 million by State Fair visitors in the community in 2013.

The $22.3 million total exceeded the estimated economic impact in a study developed before the opening of the Nebraska State Fair in 2010, the year the event moved from Lincoln to Grand Island.

The 2010 study had projected a $20.6 million impact.