We are once again indebted to our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.” He has provided us with the latest official ticket sales figures for people visiting Ark Encounter — the creationist tourist attraction built by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia.
As you know, Hambo has to pay a safety tax of $.50 (fifty cents) to the City of Williamstown for each ticket sold, and the results are available through the Kentucky Open Records Act (KORA). Our operative showed us a copy of the latest Monthly Safety Assessment Report. It discloses that Hambo’s Ark Encounter sold 69,207 tickets in September 2018, resulting in a fee due to the city of $34,603.50.
We know what you’re wondering: What were the ticket sales for the same month during the preceding year? As we reported in Hambo’s Ark — True Figures for the 2nd Year, in September of 2017 the Ark sold 83,330 tickets.
Think about that, dear reader. Last September they sold 83,330 tickets; this September they sold 69,207 tickets. That’s a decrease of 14,123 tickets. Compared to what they did last year, it’s a drop of almost 17%.
Hambo will once again put on a brave front by mentioning that there were more visitors than the official numbers reveal. That’s because people who bought lifetime memberships don’t have to buy tickets each time they visit, and tiny children can get in free with their ticket-buying parents. But that was true last year too, so it doesn’t change the significant decline in ticket sales.
What does this mean for the future of Hambo’s enterprise? Who knows? They’re probably taking in enough to keep going. Anyway, despite Hambo’s earlier claims to the contrary, the numbers aren’t increasing. It’s quite the opposite. We are grateful to our clandestine operative for his excellent work.
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