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Money counters help state fair vendors track profits

State fair vendors have their hands full, and money counters help them manage their businesses. Whether these merchants sell food, toys or tickets, they undoubtedly accept cash payments left and right. At the end of a hectic day, money counters help them total their profits quickly and efficiently.

Cash counters necessary as state fairs expand

Despite the difficulties, many come back year after year with new and improved offerings, much to the delight of attendees. For example, according to the News and Observer, merchants at the North Carolina State Fair are offering more innovative, nuanced food options. Heavily based on the emerging trend of New South cuisine, fair-goers can dine on crab cake fritters with chipotle butter, bacon pimento cheeseburger egg rolls and blueberry-infused funnel cake in addition to the traditional deep-fried cookies, ice cream and butter. Local vendors will likely see an influx of curious North Carolinians eager to try these new foods.

North Carolina isn't the only state with a fair undergoing noticeable changes. According to The Clarion-Ledger, this year's Mississippi State Fair hosted a record number of visitors. Over 730,000 people attended the 12-day festival, up 4 percent from the record set in 2014. Rick Reno, the executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission, credited the high turnout to the state's good weather.

Both Minnesota and New York also saw record state fair attendance this year. According to Minnesota Public Radio, visitors totaled 1.9 million people this year. In addition, over 30,000 people competed in the event's creative and agricultural competitions. Similarly, almost 1.1 million people attended the Great New York State Fair, according to a press release from the governor's office. The event adds about $100 million to the state's economy and employs over 2,800 people. A $1 million marketing campaign, $50 million investment in the fairgrounds and a giveaway that included a lifetime pass to the fair are likely what drew many attendees this year. 

Regardless of what brings people - whether it's creative food options, good weather or effective marketing campaigns - state fair vendors should anticipate abundant business. They'll need to strategically prepare to handle the hundreds of transactions they encounter daily, and money counters are one of the various tools necessary to operate effectively. These machines reduce the amount of time it takes to total bills, letting staff focus on cooking and handing out prizes.

December 19, 2016