TULSA — The Tulsa State Fair is a multi-million dollar money maker. It is Expo Square’s highest selling event.
With a million visitors every year, fair vendors also bring in high dollars. Some of them bring in a couple thousand a day.
Keith Gregory, owner of Grizzly Mountain Saw Works says, “Tulsa is probably the biggest show we do all year.”
Wealth is also shared off fairgrounds.
Residence Inn, a hotel a few miles from the fair, has 30 rooms booked to fair vendors for at least 11 nights.
The average cost to stay at Residence Inn is $129. That would mean a receipt of $40,000 for the 30 rooms.
Amanda Blair, Expo Square C.O.O., says, “The Tulsa State Fair has such a significant economic impact over, not only the 11 days of the fair but, the entire month. We have people coming here from all over the country: staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, as well as shopping in our shopping centers. Overall, the economic impact on an annual basis is over 51 million dollars.”