The Ottumwa Courier

February 3, 2014

Iowa State Fair Board eyes another no-cash system


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair Board is still discussing a way to eliminate cash sales at food vendors and other attractions.

The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/LqMNNg) the board has been discussing prepaid plastic cards similar to credit cards, even though no changes are planned for this summer's fair. Following a public outcry, officials announced Jan. 9 that they were scrapping plans for a cashless system this summer that would have used tickets purchased online or at several sites on the fairgrounds.

Fair board member Jerry Parkin said in a Jan. 8 email to county fair leaders that he hopes to offer a "credit-type card" that could be loaded with any amount.

State Fair CEO Gary Slater says the prepaid cards could be used at any business that accepts credit cards.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com