Berrien County Youth Fair to incorporate ride wristbands

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BERRIEN SPRINGS – Rides can mean everything to a fair.

That’s why the Berrien County Youth Fair plans on making every day a “Rides Wristband Day” during fair week.

Wristbands will allow attendees to go on an unlimited amount of rides for one price. While there is no limit on how many a fairgoer can buy, a wristband can only be used for one day during fair week from Aug. 17-22.

Wade Shows, a Michigan-based rides company, operates and oversees the rides at the fair each summer. BCYF Executive Director Karen Klug said Wade Shows teamed up with the fair to make each day a wristband day – something the fair has done for several years.

“The response continues to be overwhelming – it is such a good deal,” Klug said. “It makes everybody happy because the prices are affordable and the times are flexible.”

By doing this, Klug said the lines are not as long because everyone is not trying to get on the rides at the same time.

During the fair, wristbands will have two price levels. Monday through Thursday prices will be $20 each, while Friday and Saturday prices will be $22.

A special sale promotion on rides wristbands will take place July 6 through Aug. 14 where the price will be $15 per wristband at several Honor Credit Union locations and the fair’s office. This saves riders $5 per wristband if they use it Monday through Thursday, or it will save them $7 per wristband if they use it on Friday or Saturday.

“We are excited to partner with Honor Credit Union on this promotion to offer the discounted wristbands to people all over the county,” Klug said. “That saves fairgoers money and makes it affordable for families.”

Wristband vouchers are available at Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Coloma, Decatur, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Niles, Paw Paw, South Haven, St. Joseph and Stevensville Honor Credit Union locations, as well as the BCYF office for a limited time.

Riders will receive a wristband voucher to be used on any one day during the fair. The vouchers are exchanged for a wristband at the fair in the rides area.

For more information, contact the fair office at 473-4251 or visit it in person at 9122 US-31 in Berrien Springs.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@thehp.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on July 1, 2015)

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