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Greater Baton Rouge State Fair will reopen Wednesday evening

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (Source: WAFB) Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Officials with the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair announced the fair will reopen Wednesday after significant weather this past weekend. 

Chairman Cliff Barton said the fair will reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"There was a lot of work done on the grounds today and while there are areas that are damp, the grounds are drying up rapidly and the parking areas are solid," said Barton in a statement Tuesday. We appreciate the public's patience while we worked through a difficult situation."

The fair was closed again on Tuesday because the parking area could not safely accommodate vehicles. It first closed early on Saturday due to weather conditions and remained closed both Sunday and Monday. 

Barton estimates closed gates have cost the fair between $50,000 and $75,000.

"It's going to have a major economic impact because we have contractual obligations that we do have to pay," said Barton.

On Tuesday, fair workers laid sand and gravel over the fairground's midways. Other workers, who missed out on another payday, killed time in their trailers.

One man is waiting to get back to work to provide for his family in Mexico. Speaking in Spanish, he said if he cannot work, he cannot send money home.

According to Barton, another big loss are local charities being supported. That includes the annual back to school uniforms drive.

"We have donated over $3.5 million," said Barton. "We give all of our profits away in the form of scholarships and grants to all of our organizations involved with families, children and wellness of life."

Tickets purchased for the fair are good for any day it is open.

Days that were canceled will not be rescheduled. The fair will still end on Sunday, November 1. 

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