Cashless system scrapped for Iowa State Fair

Officials behind the Iowa State Fair say they're scrapping plans to eliminate cash sales at food vendors and other attractions, following a heavy public backlash.

The Des Moines Register

reports the Iowa State Fair Board canceled plans for the cashless payment system at a meeting Thursday.

Fair officials announced Tuesday that they would sell 50-cent tickets online and at multiple locations at the fairgrounds for food and other rides. They said the new system would be more secure and speed up food purchases.

In response, some fairgoers said the hassle of lines and other confusion would keep them at home.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement they were pleased with the board's decision. Reynolds also serves on the board.