State Fair Manager Says Four of the Nine Grandstand Shows Lost Money, But is “Satisfied”

Four of the nine 2015 Illinois State Fair Grandstand concerts lost money, but State Fair manager Patrick Buchen says the he’s satisfied with the final numbers.

Buchen tells the State Journal-Register that the Grandstand schedule resulted in a $37,600 profit, after expenses were paid.

Sammy Hagar and Collective Soul brought in the biggest payday for the State Fair, with a $102,000 profit. Teen pop singer Austin Mahone’s performance was the biggest loser, with a nearly $93,000 hit to the bottom line.

Buchen says his staff is looking into a scenario for next year’s Fair where the Grandstand features fewer shows, but more expensive and well-known acts, which he says are easier to make money on.

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