August 2, 2004
Costa Mesa, CA -- The Orange County Fair (July 9 - Aug 1) announced that both attendance and ride revenue records were broken for this year.
Attendance was 963,850, up 9.3% from last year. Ride revenues at the RCS operated midway increased 22% to $4.5 million. Ray Cammack Shows operated the ride midway for the ninth straight year.
"Everything added up to a spectacular fair," said Becky Bailey-Findley, Orange County Fair CEO.
RCS brought three new rides this year: the Spinning Coaster, Cobra Coaster and Zero Gravity. The top-grossing rides were the La Grande Wheel and the Sky Ride, while the Kite Flyer and Rocking Tugboat rides were tops in the kiddie carnival.
A total of 30,405 "Ride All You Want" $20 wristbands were sold in their inaugural year, and 419,655 rides went for $1 apiece on Thursdays and Fridays. There were also pay-one-price promotions Tuesdays and Wednesdays, sold until 5 p.m. and good until 8 p.m.
A Positive Note: A total of 21 arrests were reported at the fair, down from 66 last year. A likely result of beer prices being at an all-time high. - Editor