State Fair Board Eyes Another No-Cash System

Shell Noftsger (left) of Norwalk and Courtney Brown (right) of Adel sit outside the grandstand eating corndogs at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in August 2008. (file photo) (Courtney Sargent/The Gazette)

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By Rachel Begle

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 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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