Colorado

Feb 26, 2014 11:44 PM by Zach Thaxton

State Fair abandons cashless card system

The Colorado State Fair is abandoning the controversial cashless payment system it tried in the summer of 2013.  Last year, fair-goers were able to use pre-loaded smart cards to buy snacks, drinks and tickets to shows at the fairgrounds in Pueblo. Fair general manager Chris Wiseman said Wednesday the California-based vendor Cashless earned about $60,000 by charging users $1 per card in fees.

"In order to continue with the current contractor, it would probably cost the Fair about $180,000 out of our pocket, maybe more, depending on the services that we have to pick up," Wiseman said.  "We felt the investment wasnt worth it at this particular time because of the cost."

People who still have an outstanding balance on their cashless cards from last summer can receive a refund at the 2014 Colorado State Fair or by filing for a refund online.

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