James Q. Lynch
Published: January 10 2014 | 11:08 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:54 am in

Your cash will be good at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. After considerable public outcry, members of the Iowa State Fair Board decided Thursday they will not implement a mandatory cashless payment system at the 2014 Fair. Instead, they will continue to investigate future implementation of a more progressive system that will eliminate Fairgoers’ concerns of the inconvenience of paper tickets and long lines, improve the concessionaires’ reporting system and accommodate the Fair’s infrastructure. Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds applauded the ISF board’s decision to maintain its cash payment system for food and drinks. “I’m pleased the Iowa State Fair Board has listened to fairgoers’ concerns and decided to maintain its cash payment system,” Branstad said in a statement. “When making a decision affecting so many individuals, it’s important to find a consensus. This decision will ensure convenience and efficiency for State Fair visitors.” Reynolds, who serves on the board and joined the meeting via conference call, said, “The people of Iowa take great pride in their state fair, so it came as no surprise that Iowans were quick to express their opinion on the decision. I applaud the board’s decision today - which reflects the sentiment of a majority of Iowans - giving Iowans the ability to use cash for food and drink concessions.”


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