Business dips when fair comes to town

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 business owner says his business slows down during fair season.

"Our business really declined in the evening hours," said Wimpy's owner David Hundley.

Hundley said during the 2012 Northeast Arkansas District Fair week business was cut in half. "It's huge (but) it's not something where we wish the fair didn't come to town."

This year Hundley adjusted normal business hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"We're locally owned. We're local people. We know the fair. We know once a year people want to go eat fair food."

Fair manager Jerry Reese says he expects about 60,000 people to attend the fair this year.

"When the fair is over we've actually found lost and found driver's licenses that indicate that we have people from Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas all together."

Hundley says the hit to his business is still a win for the area.

"That's just part of being in the community. We still support all of those ventures."

Hundley says during the two years Wimpy's has been open, he has also learned when to expect a bump in sales, such as during football season and holiday season.

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