Lawmakers Question Moving State Fair from Pueblo

July 15, 2015
Carnival rides are part of the attraction each year at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC
Carnival rides are part of the attraction each year at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.

Some lawmakers are rumbling about possibly moving the Colorado State Fair from Pueblo. Colorado's Legislative Audit Committee took up the issue of State Fair finances Tuesday, noting that the annual event has lost money each year for more than a decade. 

The Fair receives state and local support, but some committee members questioned Pueblo's commitment, and suggested it might make the Fair more financially viable if it moved.

Pueblo City Council President Steve Nawrocki says the city's contributions are on a rebound.

"We continue to support the fair financially," says Nawrocki. "Certainly less than we did over 5-6 years ago, and we're committed to continue to increase that as our economy recovers."

Nawrocki says the topic often resurfaces, and that it's a rallying cause for civic and economic groups in the area.