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Smaller crowds at Colorado State Fair impacts families who supplement their income by parking cars

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 11:21:02-04

PUEBLO — The smaller crowds at this year's Colorado State Fair are having an impact on families who live in the neighborhood. Many supplement their income by parking cars.

Every year, Jennifer Maes and her family take advantage of the busy crowds the state fair brings to make some extra money.

"We do it off of Beulah in a residential area so we keep an eye on all of the cars that park there," said Maes. "The money we use, we use for the beginning of the school year, for transportation to get our kids back and forth across town," said Maes.

Maes says the money made is split between the families evenly. With no spectators allowed this year, she says it's hurt them.

"That little bit of extra money goes towards school clothing, school supplies, and lunches," said Maes.

Elmer and Frances Helik Montgomery used to own one of the lots used for parking. The couple says they wish the fair wasn't modified because of the impact it's having on their community.

"Everybody is losing out on income. All of the businesses and everyone around the fair," said Frances Helik.

Some people in the neighborhood say they're happy no spectators are allowed because of the chaos they bring to the area. Elmer and frances Helik say they've never had problems with rowdy fairgoers.

"If the people aren't satisfied with it then move," said Elmer.

"I think the people who aren't satisfied are kinda mad they aren't getting that same income," said Frances Helik.

Both say a lot of their neighbors are disappointed the fair isn't open to everyone, but they understand it is the safest option right now.