Organizers say the cash-free system that debuted at the Colorado State Fair last year is too expensive to be brought back this year.
Last year, fair-goers were able to use pre-loaded smart cards to buy snacks, drinks and tickets to shows at the fairgrounds in Pueblo. Fair general manager Chris Wiseman said Wednesday the California-based vendor Cashless earned about $60,000 by charging users $1 per card in fees.
Wiseman says Cashless presented a proposal that would boost its earning close to $200,000 this year. He says officials want to cut the costs to fairgoers this year.
Wiseman says he would like to bring back a cashless system, but is not sure when that will be possible.
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