State Fair Cashless Plan Drawing Criticism

Patrons pass down Grand Avenue on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Litchfield/The Des Moines Register)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A plan to eliminate cash sales at food vendors and other Iowa State Fair attractions has drawn criticism from some longtime fairgoers.

Patrons will no longer buy items with cash. Instead, they will buy tickets at about 50 fairgrounds spots and pay for food and beverages with those tickets. Fair officials said in announcing the system Tuesday that it will be more secure and speed up food purchases because vendors won't have to make change.

Some fairgoers say the hassle of lines or figuring out how many tickets they'll need could be enough to make them stay home.

Seventy-one-year-old Andi Blume told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/KDfHdB ) that "it's just all an inconvenience." She says she and her husband don't attend other events that use a similar ticket system.

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