This is becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated features of our blog — thanks to the ceaseless efforts of our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.” He has once again 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 reveals that Hambo’s Ark Encounter sold 40,193 tickets in November 2018, resulting in a fee due to the city of $20,096.50.
Now the question is: What were the ark’s ticket sales for the same month during the preceding year? As we reported in Hambo’s Ark — True Figures for the 2nd Year, in November of 2017 the Ark sold 51,914 tickets.
This November there were 11,721 fewer tickets sold than in November of 2017, which is more than a 22% decline. Nevertheless, we’ll give Hambo credit for selling a lot of tickets. Although the numbers keep dropping, he’s probably taking in enough revenue to keep things going.
We know what Hambo’s response to this news will be, because he says the same thing every month. He’ll say that the secularists are spreading misinformation about his glorious ark because there are enormous numbers of uncounted visitors, due to the fact that little children get in free with their ticket-buying parents, and lifetime pass owners don’t have to buy a ticket each time they visit.
And we’ll respond again by saying that those factors were also true last year, and it doesn’t change the fact that actual ticket sales have declined — so there’s less money coming in.
We don’t know if the recent declines in ticket sales will continue. The important thing is that despite Hambo’s claims to the contrary, the numbers aren’t increasing. It’s quite the opposite — at least for now.
As before, it’ll be fun to watch Hambo’s reactions when the press reports his ticket sales figures. And we’re grateful to our clandestine operative for his excellent work.
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