COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - They made money on the midway this year: officials say the Ohio State Fair turned a profit for the first time since 2004.
The fair's financial director, Doug Smalley, says the expected $300,000 profit will help next year's fair cope with rising wages and energy costs, as well as reduced state funding.
Smalley presented the latest numbers to the fair board on Wednesday.
Officials say this year's 12-day fair was blessed by favorable weather that wasn't too hot or too rainy.
In 2007, the fair lost $200,000.