Ohio State Fair Turns 1st Profit Since '04

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.

Smalley says for the last four years, the fair had been living off the $350,000 profits from the 2004 event, the last one that was in the black.