We’ll tell you right up front: The numbers are up.
Thanks to our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass,” we have 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 46,400 tickets in December 2018, resulting in a fee due to the city of $24,200.00. (Our math says that should have been $23,200, but the city’s form shows otherwise.)
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 December of 2017 the Ark sold 36,472 tickets. That’s right. Hambo sold almost ten thousand more tickets this December than last December — a 27% increase.
What accounts for that? Our operative notes that “Ham has added an ice skating rink outside the Ark, and now (or at least during December) allowed Grant County residents park for free instead of the usual $10 parking fee.” That might explain it. Or maybe the weather was better this year than last, but we don’t know that. There must be some explanation. Perhaps you know what it is, dear reader.
For the past several months, while monthly ticket sales were declining, Hambo kept insisting things were better than ever. Now that he’s actually had an “up month,” it’s difficult to imagine how he’ll handle it — but it’ll be fun.
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