2018 Illinois State Fair Loses $210,000 On Grandstand Concerts
The Illinois State Fair lost $210,000 because of grandstand concerts and the finger of blame is being pointed at a major country music performer.
Country superstar Thomas Rhett was scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Fair, but unfortunately the concert has to be cancelled due to rain.
According to the State Journal Register, the Thomas Rhett and opener Danielle Bradbury were paid $300,000 to perform. Had Rhett performed, fair organizers said the fair grandstand shows would have made a $75,000 profit off the show. The show sold $435,526 in tickets.
According to The State Journal Register:
All of the Rhett ticket revenue goes back to concertgoers as refunds. An insurance policy the state fair takes out to cover Grandstand cancellations allows the state to recoup 80 percent of the artists’ expenses, state fair officials said. For the Rhett show, that’s a $240,000 recovery.
Hey, you can't control the weather, so don't blame Thomas Rhett!
On the other hand, one country artist's show generated a lot of money in Springfield. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Luke Combs show at the fair made the most money for the fair, generating a $132,000 profit.