If you are headed to the fair this weekend, you will want to make sure you have plenty of cash. Many vendors, particularly the food stands, do not take credit or debit cards. And while there are ATMs on the grounds, transactions will cost you. Our Katie Gibas spoke with some vendors about their decision to take, or not take, credit.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Skip Spink and his wife came to the fair prepared to have to use cash. But they weren't ready to have to use it almost everywhere.
"My wife has arthritis kind of bad and I'm short-winded. So we decided to rent a scooter and unfortunately, they didn't take my debit card. So $55 fee for the cart. We were in Disney World a few weeks ago and every place down there took the debit card. It was surprising," Spink said.
"I do find it pretty surprising, because our generation, is definitely more geared towards the convenience of a card. We don't really rely on cash," said Cazenovia resident Kevin McGreevy.
For some vendors, like a lot of the food places, accepting credit cards doesn't make sense.
"It requires additional machinery and there's a cost per transaction. And in addition to that, it kind of slows down our process. And we're a mobile stand, so it's not as effective, whereas at our restaurant, we have it and it makes sense there," said Alyssa Hilton of Wrap it Up!
"Up until just recently, maybe in the last year or two, have we noticed more people inquiring as to whether we accept credit cards or not. And not for any specific reason, but we haven't really lost any business so far because there are certainly a significant amount of ATMs here at the fairgrounds," said Charlie Roman, Daniella's Steakhouse manager.
Others say the increasing use of credit and the ease of technology to process them is the only option to optimize business.
"If you only take cash, you actually lose a big volume of sales. Not everybody has the cash right now," said Jen Richard, Migi Nail Art manager.
"We've found the past five or six years, that more and more people [want it]. It's just a convenience for people. Somebody with just a little bit of cash on them will stop here because we accept credit cards and then they can save their cash for other things," said Vince Martino, Santillo's owner.
Fairgoers say they'd like to see more, if not all of the vendors, take credit or debit cards in the coming years.